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One Short Trivia Question

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were filled with Grandchildren who wanted me to look at clothes on-line (17 y/o g-daughter), and 6 y/o g-son wanting me to play new video games, and 3 y/o g-daughter wanting me to see all of her new "dress-up" outfits and accessories.

I think my 3 y/o is going to be costing me more as she gets older. She doesn't particularly like wearing pants and she has 14 pairs of shoes, already.

OK, today's one bit of trivia is very easy. See if you can name all ten (10) of Santa's reindeer.










Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner (previously known as DoNder and AKA DUnder) and Blitzen, and of course, the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolf.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, .....9? But there are ten in the song.

OK, I remember!

The 10th reindeer in the song is Olive.

Everyone should know this answer if they enjoy a pun or are a touch out of square.

"..... All of the other reindeer..... " Olive, the Other reindeer.

Olive, the Other Reindeer now has her own book, and I think her own DVD.


So, are you ready to return to the dreaded Salt Mine on Thursday?


Reindeer have interested me and I have been doing research on Santa's reindeer.
I have found a bunch more and will share them tomorrow after I finish the research and put the piece together.

So, it already qualifies as a herd - if that's what a swarm of reindeer might be called; murder, no, I don't thing reindeer would ever share a name with a murder of crows.

So far, I am up to 26 more positives and one possible. It's either a reindeer or a camel with reindeer antlers attached.

Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas and didn't bust your weekly dietary needs to badly.

My family has a "different" Christmas tradition. So grandma doesn't have to work for two days in the week before Christmas day; we have BBQ.

Yes, I said BBQ.

We order the whole meal for take-out from Fiorello's Jack Stack BBQ in Martin City, MO. They have four restaurants in the Kansas City area and have an on-line business, and are the largest single users of Black Angus Beef in the world.

We didn't know about call-ahead the first year that we started our tradition, so we had to inside to the take-out register to order. We had a pound of brisket, a pound of Burnt-ends, a gallon of their beans (I would challenge anyplace with their BBQ beans. Awesome). We also had a pound of smoked turkey and a smoked chicken.

When the food came up to be sacked, a man behind me asked me, (I've heard the BBQ Beans here are good. If you don't mind, how many do you expect to feed with a gallon of beans?"

"Six adults."

"Six! Do you have to load up the fireplace and open all of the windows tomorrow?"

"No, we'll have almost half of them tomorrow, then two days from now we'll all get back together and finish everything off while we watch some football games."

"How many different BBQ places have you been to. I mean, have you lived here all your life and this is the best in Kansas City?"

"Oh no. Chris and Pitts has a BBQ sauce in the BBQ section at the store and they have restaurants in California that are considered a destination BBQ place to go. I've had North Carolina BBQ that my brother & sister-in-law swore was the greatest in the Carolina's. We lived in Texas for 10 years and we've had BBQ in 2-3 places in Houston, a couple in Dallas and maybe been to 12-15 BBQ cook-offs in towns throughout East and Southern Texas. We've had Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, which is big in Oklahoma. Finally there are about four highly rated BBQ restaurants here in Kansas City. Gates, uh, Kansas City Masterpiece, another one I can't remember ... Smokehouse BBQ and here. Zagat had rated this the number 1 BBQ place in America for three of the past four years (currently it's three years straight)."

"How many people are you having at your get-together?"

"We're having five other couples over Christmas afternoon."

"Do y'all like BBQ beans?"

"Why yes, we do."

"Then I'd recommend you get another half gallon of beans. Jack's beans are totally awesome. Great beans and BBQ sauce, and the best thing is that there are chunks of brisket in almost every bite, actually, the best BBQ beans I've ever had, Period."

"Do you work here?"

"Me, no. I'm a banker."

"OK, you've got me convinced. I'll order another half gallon of beans. They better be good!"

Reaching for my wallet, I said, "Here's my business card. If you have too much for your group, just call me up and I'll buy what you've got left".

He laughed and took the card. I never heard a word from him so I guess he didn't have too many beans.

Speaking of which, I need a snack.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/2/2014 12:51AM

    Sounds like a great xmas !

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JANIEWWJD 12/29/2013 11:28PM

    Very interesting blog!!! I love "Olive" the other reindeer!!!
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GEORGE815 12/29/2013 1:53PM

    New challenges for us all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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PAMBWS 12/27/2013 8:02AM

    Sounds like a great place to get BBQ. BBQ is not so big here in central Ontario...sometimes I wish it was.

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SMILINGEYES2 12/26/2013 11:55PM

    Will have to remember Olive. Thanks for the chuckle.

The bar-b-que sounds like a great tradition as it frees the hostess to enjoy the day with the guests.



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IGNITEME101 12/26/2013 4:56PM

    funny guy! I know about olive...
oh wait!!!

That's Popeye's girlfriend!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/26/2013 11:42AM

    sounds like you all had fun! I got the next 2 weeks off on vacation

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ANDREWMOM 12/26/2013 9:08AM

    My son has the Olive the Other Reindeer movie!!! Love it!

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MADEIT3 12/26/2013 7:58AM

    How amazing!! We're getting Jack Stack barbecue for the grand-kids' Christmas tonight! In Martin City! But we're only planning on a quart of beans.

Loved the Olive story. When my son was young and in the first grade, he came home and asked me who is "Richard Stands?" And when I said, repeatedly, that I didn't know anyone by that name, he insisted that I did. "You talk to him when you say the pledge," he explained, "you know, '...indivisible for Richard Stands...'"

Your story about Olive reminded me...

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GRANDMAFRANNY 12/26/2013 5:41AM

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD "QUALITY FAMILY TIME" GRANDMA . WELLBACK TO WORK, KID. GOTTA DO WJHAT WE GOTTA DO. AND THAT IS emoticon

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One Short Trivia Question

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were filled with Grandchildren who wanted me to look at clothes on-line (17 y/o g-daughter), and 6 y/o g-son wanting me to play new video games, and 3 y/o g-daughter wanting me to see all of her new "dress-up" outfits and accessories.

I think my 3 y/o is going to be costing me more as she gets older. She doesn't particularly like wearing pants and she has 14 pairs of shoes, already.

OK, today's one bit of trivia is very easy. See if you can name all ten (10) of Santa's reindeer.










Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner (previously known as DoNder and AKA DUnder) and Blitzen, and of course, the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolf.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, .....9? But there are ten in the song.

OK, I remember!

The 10th reindeer in the song is Olive.

Everyone should know this answer if they enjoy a pun or are a touch out of square.

"..... All of the other reindeer..... " Olive, the Other reindeer.

Olive, the Other Reindeer now has her own book, and I think her own DVD.


So, are you ready to return to the dreaded Salt Mine on Thursday?


Reindeer have interested me and I have been doing research on Santa's reindeer.
I have found a bunch more and will share them tomorrow after I finish the research and put the piece together.

So, it already qualifies as a herd - if that's what a swarm of reindeer might be called; murder, no, I don't thing reindeer would ever share a name with a murder of crows.

So far, I am up to 26 more positives and one possible. It's either a reindeer or a camel with reindeer antlers attached.

Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas and didn't bust your weekly dietary needs to badly.

My family has a "different" Christmas tradition. So grandma doesn't have to work for two days in the week before Christmas day; we have BBQ.

Yes, I said BBQ.

We order the whole meal for take-out from Fiorello's Jack Stack BBQ in Martin City, MO. They have four restaurants in the Kansas City area and have an on-line business, and are the largest single users of Black Angus Beef in the world.

We didn't know about call-ahead the first year that we started our tradition, so we had to inside to the take-out register to order. We had a pound of brisket, a pound of Burnt-ends, a gallon of their beans (I would challenge anyplace with their BBQ beans. Awesome). We also had a pound of smoked turkey and a smoked chicken.

When the food came up to be sacked, a man behind me asked me, (I've heard the BBQ Beans here are good. If you don't mind, how many do you expect to feed with a gallon of beans?"

"Six adults."

"Six! Do you have to load up the fireplace and open all of the windows tomorrow?"

"No, we'll have almost half of them tomorrow, then two days from now we'll all get back together and finish everything off while we watch some football games."

"How many different BBQ places have you been to. I mean, have you lived here all your life and this is the best in Kansas City?"

"Oh no. Chris and Pitts has a BBQ sauce in the BBQ section at the store and they have restaurants in California that are considered a destination BBQ place to go. I've had North Carolina BBQ that my brother & sister-in-law swore was the greatest in the Carolina's. We lived in Texas for 10 years and we've had BBQ in 2-3 places in Houston, a couple in Dallas and maybe been to 12-15 BBQ cook-offs in towns throughout East and Southern Texas. We've had Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, which is big in Oklahoma. Finally there are about four highly rated BBQ restaurants here in Kansas City. Gates, uh, Kansas City Masterpiece, another one I can't remember ... Smokehouse BBQ and here. Zagat had rated this the number 1 BBQ place in America for three of the past four years (currently it's three years straight)."

"How many people are you having at your get-together?"

"We're having five other couples over Christmas afternoon."

"Do y'all like BBQ beans?"

"Why yes, we do."

"Then I'd recommend you get another half gallon of beans. Jack's beans are totally awesome. Great beans and BBQ sauce, and the best thing is that there are chunks of brisket in almost every bite, actually, the best BBQ beans I've ever had, Period."

"Do you work here?"

"Me, no. I'm a banker."

"OK, you've got me convinced. I'll order another half gallon of beans. They better be good!"

Reaching for my wallet, I said, "Here's my business card. If you have too much for your group, just call me up and I'll buy what you've got left".

He laughed and took the card. I never heard a word from him so I guess he didn't have too many beans.

Speaking of which, I need a snack.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!

  


Teenie, tiny things about Christmas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

We are getting seriously close to Christmas, and I thought I'd share some of the things I have gathered over the years (of course I have it on a list in my computer! Do you really think I could remember all of this trivial information from year to year?)

If you read this and are not a Christian, please don't be offended. This blog is meant in the Spirit of Love and Good Will. If you have another religion you want me to read about on your blog, please direct me. I'm passable for a non-Jew, because I taught Saturday and Sunday school with a Rabbi so children of both religions could recognize how many things we have in common. First and foremost to Christians is that Christ is the most important Jew we recognize.

We'll start out with some of the simple things:

1. We all know Rudolph has a shiny red nose, but does he have antlers?
2. The movie, " Miracle on 34th Street," is in what city?
3. Which country introduced us to eggnog?
4. The most popular thing to put on the top of a Christmas tree is?
5. Name the three reindeer whose names begin with "D".
6. McDonald's puts what holiday image on bags during the Christmas season?
7. Frosty the Snowman first debuted on which TV station?

OK, enough of the simple ones. These are considered "Medium Challenges".

8. On this day every year, the largest government mailing takes place?
9. How much did it cost to send a Christmas card within the same city early in the Victorian era?
10. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has how many verses?
11. What state was the last state of the contiguous 48 states to declare Christmas a legal holiday?
12. What automobile manufacturer was born on Christmas Day 1878?

Now is the time to get serious, these should be challenging, at least after number 13.

13. This is in two parts. A. Which NFL player is known as "St. Nick"? B. Which NFL player is from Santa Claus, Indiana?
14. What city name do the states Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Georgia have in common?
15. When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, what did he do?
16. Approximately how old was Jesus when the wise men (Magi) from the east arrived with their gifts?
17. When and where did the habit of hanging stockings begin?
18. If St. Nickolas is real, where was he born?
19. How did the custom of putting colored balls on trees begin?
20. What does an upside down Christmas tree signify?
21. Are those people who use Xmas insulting the Christian religion?





Answers:
1. Yes
2. New York
3. England
4. An Angel, followed by a "Shining Star".
5. Dasher, Donder, Dancer. Just checking to see if you were awake. However, in the original, Donder is correct. You don't want to know what they did to Blitzen.
6. Trees
7. CBS

7 points available

8. December 26
9. Nothing!
10. Well duh? 12
11. Oklahoma
12. Louis Joseph Chevrolet

10 points available

13. A. Nick Foles
B. Jake Cutler
14. Bethlehem
15. He considered breaking the engagement quietly.
16. 2 years old.
17. An old story dating back to third century Turkey suggests that St. Nicholas would throw coins down the chimneys of poor women who couldn't afford dowries. The legend continued that the money would land in stockings that were hung over the fire to dry.
18. The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.
19. From the eleventh century, religious plays called "mystery plays" became quite popular throughout Europe. These plays were performed outdoors and in churches. One of the most prevalent of these plays was the "Paradise play." The play depicted the story of the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin, and their banishment from Paradise. The play would end with the promise of the coming Savior and His Incarnation (cf. Gen. 3:15). The Paradise play was simple by today's standards. The only prop on stage was the "Paradise tree," a fir tree adorned with apples. From this tree, at the appropriate time in the play, Eve would take the fruit, eat it, and give it to Adam. Eventually. other round fruits were added (oranges, lemons, peaches, limes, etc.) Since only the very rich could afford to buy fresh fruit from the Mediterranean, the custom of putting up colored balls began.
20. The Christmas tree was first used by Saint Bonafice of Devonshire in the seventh century to explain the holy trinity to pagans. The Christmas tree was originally hung upside down so that pagans knew the tree was not simply a floral decoration but was instead a symbol of Christianity. By the 12th century, Christians across Europe were customarily hanging their tree upside down. Eventually, the tradition was replaced with the upright Christmas tree, so that the tree pointed toward heaven. The upside down tree and the standing tree mean the same thing.
21. No. Regardless of the many rumo0rs that float around, the use of Xmas was once very common. The Greek X is the recognized symbol for Jesus. Therefore, Xmas literally means, Christ's Mass.

30 points available

Total points possible are 47

45-47 correct means you are a Christmas genius!
41-44 indicates that the celebration of Christmas is very important to you.
38-41 means Christmas is probably a long standing tradition in your family.
35-37 might mean you weren't exposed enough at Christmas as a child.
33-36 indicates you have a passing knowledge of Christmas trivia, but
28-32 means you need help.
27 and Below makes me wonder if you're a pagan, or simply a direct linear descendant of Scrooge!

So how did you all do? Questions 1-7 are worth one point for each correctt answer. Questions 8-12 are worth 2 points and questions 13-21 are worth three points for each correct answer, except for Question 13 which is woth 6 points

  
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MINNIE 12/25/2013 2:46PM

    it's ok for different people to believe different things as long as we let each other practice in peace.

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GEORGE815 12/25/2013 2:03PM

    I am not offended by being a Christian! Merry Christmas.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/24/2013 10:29AM

    Sigh ,no one will play Trivial Pursuits with me my husband says I am a font of useless information !

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/23/2013 11:50PM

    Since the IRS isn't mailing out very many tax packages, is Dec. 26 still the day the largest government mailing takes place? Or is it the day that Soc Sec mails out their end of year statements?

I must be a real dyed in the wool pagan, since I scored a whopping 4 points... And those were on secular questions.

Have a Merry Christmas anyway!!

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MADEIT3 12/23/2013 7:29PM

    So what's a passing score? Great trivia!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/23/2013 12:09PM

    I did just okay

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GARDENCHRIS 12/23/2013 12:05PM

    I didn't keep score but I did learn some new things! THANKS for the Christmas trivia ....your an AMAZING font of triva ! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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PAMNANGEL 12/23/2013 11:56AM

    Interesting. I knew about St. Nicklaus and Xmas, but the origin of ornaments was a surprise. emoticon

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PAMBWS 12/23/2013 9:34AM

    Interesting. In the US, Dec 26 may be the day of mass mailings. Here in Canada...it is a Federal Statutory Holiday...nobody is working...not the gov't, not the Post Office.

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JANET552 12/23/2013 8:02AM

    I definitely need to study!!

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LODESTONE 12/23/2013 7:37AM

    Fascinating! Maybe I'll do better next year, if I save the blog to my computer!

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GRANDMABABA 12/23/2013 5:27AM

    Wow,I need to study up and share. Thanks

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/23/2013 4:53AM

    Color me a pagan with a whopping 14 points. emoticon emoticon

Do you know why the largest mailing is on the day after Christmas? I had thought it would be before with all the advertisements...but the clue, I think, is "government" mailing?

The colored balls explanation now sort of explains why my mother insisted on putting oranges in our stockings every year, even though none of us were particularly fond of oranges. She could only say it was "traditional".

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The Fifth Dimension of Weird

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I can't believe I just now learned this. Brains actually change shapes during puberty. Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior. What a perfect defense! Instead of repressing all of those behaviors, I could have acted upon some of those urges. It wasn't the Devil who made me do it (he might have had something to do with encouraging it, though), "It was my brain that made me do it! It must have formed a new convolution". The only thing is that my brain was convoluted since way before I hit puberty.

Information in your brain travels at different speeds. Yep, The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer. It could also explain why you stuttered when your Dad asked you something you didn't want to tell him. Your brain re-routed the information to the back side of your brain where it just sat in fear.

Did you know that a "jiffy" is actually a unit of time? Absolutely! It is 1/100th of a second, about the speed of some of my slower thoughts. There is another side to that 'jiffy' thing, though. Sometimes getting up to 1/1oo of a second can be very difficult after a late night and adult beverages.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny! I wonder if that's an American penny, a Canadian penny or a British penny? The Canadian penny is the lightest at 2.35g, The American is next at 2,5g and the British is the heaviest at 3.56g.

There is now no 'official weight' for the Canadian cent because production of the coin ceased in the fall of 2012. It still remains legal tender and will continue to be used until all have been used up or sold in bulk.

NOTE: Canada strikes coins in 6 different values: the 5 cent coin, the ten cent coin, the quarter, the fifty cent piece, the $1 coin and the $2 coin. They had no trouble getting the enthusiastic use of the $1 and $2 coin because they quit printing the $1 and $2 bills. In purchasing something with cash, merchants round up or down to the nearest nickel. If a check, check card or credit card is used, the exact cost, "to the penny", is charged. The $1 coin had a picture of the common lune on one side. Instead of calling it a dollar now, it is unofficially referred to as the "loonnie". The picture on the $2 coin is of a bear, and the logical nickname for me would be that it would be called a 'Yogi' or 'Smokie'. That sounds logical, but did the Canucks (a friendly nickname unless pronounced in a strange manner) do the logical thing? No they did not.

The called the $2 coin a 'toonie". No, I am NOT kidding you. You can look it up. It shouldn't take you much more than300 jiffy's.

The American penny, the middle weight has had more varieties than either of the other two penny's . From off the top I can remember the VBD penny, 'wheat' cents, steel penny's during WWII, Special designs for Lincoln's 150th Birthday and his bicentennial. I've seen a number of pennies lately that have a different design on the obverse side, but I don't know if there is a special name for them.

The British cent is the heavyweight, coming in at 3.56g. I don't know if there is a reason, or if the Brit's are just being snobbish because their currency is based on the value of Sterling Silver. They are the only European to NOT convert to the continental EURO. Smart. Getting the Germans, French and Spanish to agree to anything must have made for some wild and crazy financial meetings. Messing with the Pound Sterling would have blown any free-thinkers brain into bits - or maybe bytes. I bet they wished that the Greeks hadn't converted to the Euro. As a bankrupt country, they are dragging te rest of the coalition down.

None of the three nations produce copper cents any longer because the cost of production and the cost of the copper are closer to two cents than one.

If you are trying to lose weight, it is best if you use email rather than snail mail.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

For some old fashioned families during the holidays, this could add as many as 3-4 total calories.

I'm off to find some more weird, strange, odd-ball and just plain unbelievable things to share.

Have a good night.

  
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PAMBWS 12/20/2013 1:34PM

    Some things we Canucks do, is just because it confounds our American neighbours. emoticon emoticon Actually, there was some discussion & we decided that two-nies made more sense than bearies...or berries...besides, our Canadian mint has a habit of making special edition coins to commemorate various things...from winning gold medals to remembering to honour our Vets.

Keep the fun stuff coming.

Did you know that pounds sterling is legal tender in England & Scotland, but Scottish pounds are not accepted as legal tender in England?

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MADEIT3 12/20/2013 8:24AM

    Good question about which penny. People really need to be more precise!! And anyone who has raised an adolescent knows that their skulls are inhabited by some alien - well - thing!

Good post!! Keep 'em coming!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/20/2013 7:33AM

    fascinating stuff for sure!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/20/2013 7:29AM

    Great trivia!!

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  Thanks for sharing all the interesting trivia! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/20/2013 1:12AM

    My brain being thoroughly convoluted enjoyed this immensely!

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    Very interesting!!!! emoticon

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The Fifth Dimension of Weird

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I can't believe I just now learned this. Brains actually changes shapes during puberty. Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior. What a perfect defense! Instead of repressing all of those behaviors, I could have acted upon some of those urges. It wasn't the Devil who made me do it (he might have had something to do with encouraging it, though), "It was my brain that made me do it! It must have formed a new convolution". The only thing is that my brain was convoluted since way before I hit puberty.

Information in your brain travels at different speeds. Yep, The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer. It could also explain why you stuttered when your Dad asked you something you didn't want to tell him. Your brain re-routed the information to the back side of your brain where it just sat in fear.

Did you know that a "jiffy" is actually a unit of time? Absolutely! It is 1/100th of a second, about the speed of some of my slower thoughts. There is another side to that 'jiffy' thing, though. Sometimes getting up to 1/1oo of a second can be very difficult after a late night and adult beverages.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny! I wonder if that's an American penny, a Canadian penny or a British penny? The Canadian penny is the lightest at 2.35g, The American is next at 2,5g and the British is the heaviest at 3.56g.

There is now no 'official weight' for the Canadian cent because production of the coin ceased in the fall of 2012. It still remains legal tender and will continue to be used until all have been used up or sold in bulk.

NOTE: Canada strikes coins in 6 different values: the 5 cent coin, the ten cent coin, the quarter, the fifty cent piece, the $1 coin and the $2 coin. They had no trouble getting the enthusiastic use of the $1 and $2 coin because they quit printing the $1 and $2 bills. In purchasing something with cash, merchants round up or down to the nearest nickel. If a check, check card or credit card is used, the exact cost, "to the penny", is charged. The $1 coin had a picture of the common lune on one side. Instead of calling it a dollar now, it is unofficially referred to as the "loonnie". The picture on the $2 coin is of a bear, and the logical nickname for me would be that it would be called a 'Yogi' or 'Smokie'. That sounds logical, but did the canucks (a friendly nickname unless pronounced in a strange manner) do the logical thing? No they did not.

The called the $2 coin a 'toonie". No, I am NOT kidding you. You can look it up. It shouldn't take you much more than300 jiffy's.

The American penny, the middle weight has had more varieties than either of the other two penny's . From off the top I can remember the VBD penny, 'wheat' cents, steel penny's during WWII, Special designs for Lincoln's 150th Birthday and his bicentennial. I've seen a number of pennies lately that have a different design on the obverse side, but I don't know if there is a special name for them.

The British cent is the heavyweight, coming in at 3.56g. I don't know if there is a reason, or if the Brit's are just being snobbish because their currency is based on the value of Sterling Silver. They are the only European to NOT convert to the continental EURO. Smart. Getting the Germans, French and Spanish to agree to anything must have made for some wild and crazy financial meetings. Messing with the Pound Sterling would have blown any free-thinkers brain into bits - or maybe bytes.

None of the three nations produce copper cents any longer because the cost of production and the cost of the copper are closer to two cents than one.

If you are trying to lose weight, it is best if you use email rather than snail mail.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

For some old fashioned families during the holidays, this could add as many as 3-4 total calories.

I'm off to find some more weird, strange, odd-ball and just plain unbelievable things to share.

Have a good night.

  
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FLAMENM 12/19/2013 11:26PM

    Trivia is awesome, sometimes. And loonie toonie.

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