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Friday 11-15-2013 Assortment

Friday, November 15, 2013

An Alaskan, a Texan, and a Californian were all due to face a firing squad. The Alaskan was the first one to stand against the wall. As the soldiers took aim, he suddenly shouted, “Avalanche!” The soldiers instinctively turned around to look, and he escaped.
The Texan was brought out, and as the soldiers raised their rifles, he shouted, “Flood!” Again they turned around, and by the time they realized their mistake, the Texan had slipped away.
Finally it was the Californian’s turn. He decided to follow the lead of his fellow prisoners, so when the soldiers pointed their guns at him, he shouted, “Fire!”
What U.S. magazine has the largest circulation in the world?

AARP The Magazine

The origin of the laugh track

Radio comedies used studio audiences to tell the home audience when to laugh. TV kept it up, but sometimes nobody in the studio audience laughed when they were supposed to. In the late 1940s, CBS sound engineer Charley Douglass came up with a solution: artificial laughter. He created a tape loop of ideal audience responses (from CBS archival radio shows), which could be inserted wherever they were needed. Douglass realized that dozens of taped laughs would be required. Douglass compiled his tape loops and programmed them into a device called the Laff Box—the creation of the “laugh track.”
(Now we know who to blame! emoticon )
First female nightly news anchor: Barbara Walters, on The ABC Evening News (1976).
As promised - some more apple facts:

1. About 50% of apples grown in the United States are sold fresh, and 50% are processed into apple juice, apple sauce or dehydrated apple products.

2. The first commercial orchard was planted in 1730 in Flushing, Long Island.

3. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Research has shown that eating 2 apples a day can relieve headaches, respiratory illnesses, will lower blood pressure, help prevent cholesterol build-up, and improve overall health.

More apple facts tomorrow.

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MISSDAISY23 11/15/2013 11:50PM

emoticon for the joke and interesting info!

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PDSLIM 11/15/2013 4:13PM


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FCARMICH 11/15/2013 10:40AM

  thanx - love the Californians!

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/15/2013 9:16AM

    Love the firing squad joke!

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    And here I thought the Californian would say "Earthquake!". LOL

I lived most of my life in Southern and Northern California areas. I prefer Northern. As what I call a "Californian" it is amazing to me how often the entire state seems to burn itself up each year. And, yes, re-emerges like the Phoenix.

Thanks for the blog.

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PEGGYO 11/15/2013 8:17AM


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    Thank YOU for the smile.
and, for the history
AND, for the Apple facts...
emoticon and emoticon Audra

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TWEETYKC00 11/15/2013 7:17AM

    cool, thanks so much. emoticon cheers to apples!

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