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We have to get silly every once in a while at least that’s what my husband reminds me.  I’m much more serious than I should be and I wish I had my sister-in-law Juanita’s capacity to laugh and laugh heartily.  She really has the most contagious laugh!  So today I giving you at least 10 totally useless facts to do with what you will.  Next time you’re at a cocktail party and need to start a conversation, maybe one of these will spark the talk.  Thanks to my consistent content contributor, Gail – she sent me this Buzz Feed post.  I have just decided to put initials after Gail’s name;  From now on she’s Gail C.C.C. !

  1. The founders of Hewlett-Packard flipped a coin to see whose name would come first in the company’s name.
  2. People with higher incomes prefer their toilet paper to roll from the top whereas people with lower incomes prefer it to roll out from the bottom.  In a 1989 book, Barry Sinrod and Mel Poretz revealed that 60% of people making more than $50,000 a year preferred the toilet paper to come over the roll, while 73% of those making under $20,000 preferred it to go under.   

    Toilet paper Español: Papel higiénico

    Toilet paper 

  3. The lint that collects at the bottom of your pocket actually has a name, gnurr.
  4. Some animals like the Western Spotted Skunk are able to delay their pregnancies for months.  In these cases, the embryos cease developing for a certain period of time before attaching to the uterine wall. Other animals with types of delayed pregnancies include otters and kangaroos.  
  5. Sigmund Freud once believed that Cocaine could be used to treat Morphine addiction.
  6. Flamingos get their color from the carotenoid pigments in the foods that they eat, like algae and shrimp.  Once their feathers shed, they quickly lose their color.   

    Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink

  7. The line between the two numbers in a fraction is called the vinculum.
  8. The U.S. pizza industry serves up to 100 acres of pizza every day.  GTY_pizza_dm_130807_16x9_608
  9. If you type in 52.376552, 5.198303 on Google Maps, you can see what is allegedly two guys dragging a dead body into a lake. 
  10. A standard 3×3 Rubik’s Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations.  

    Go Figure…

    Go Figure…

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With a really good  camera, a super lens, the patience of a saint (not Latter Day) and the eye of  a wonderful photographer, we can see just how one clever little squirrel builds his new home in Central Park.

Step 1.  Location, location, location-this squirrel knows the first rule of real estate

Central Park, New York City,

Location, location, location

Step 2. Start with a solid foundation.  In this case, oak leaves and twigs.

 

central park, Murray Head, new york city

Putting in a good foundation

Step 3.  Making sure the footings and foundation are set.

 

central park , bushy tail

Inspecting the foundation

Step 4. Double checking the work before continuing.

 

Double Checking

Step 5.  Looking to see if any home invaders are casing the neighborhood.

Anyone watching?

Step 6.  Re-enforcing the studs and joists.

Studs McGee - Master Builder

Step 7.  Installing dry wall.

Putting in the dry walls

Step 8.  Shingling the roof.

Hauling up shingles

Step 9.  Inspection before the C.O.

central park

Home Inspector

Step 10. Home Sweet Home

squirrel nest, cental park

Home Sweet Home

All photos by Murray Head

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Epic Fail

Image via Wikipedia

I was really excited when I saw the subject line of an email I received from my friend, Gail; you know, my chief contributor of fact, fiction, trivia and minutia!  I went to the site, read it and experienced an AHA MOMENT, I thought great; Let’s end 2010 by banishing certain over-used, mis-used and conf-used words.  Here is the list compiled by Lake Superior State University. I’M JUST SAYIN this list has the WOW FACTOR and by publishing it, I hope my blog goes VIRAL, read by all the MAMA GRIZZLIES, that I get an EPIC number of hits. I’m going to GOOGLE and FACEBOOK it and if read by all THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, it surely will not be a FAIL. And as we enter into a new year, I do hope all of you will LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!

VIRAL

“Often used to describe the spreading of items on the Internet i.e. ‘The video went viral.’ It is overused. I have no objection to this word’s use as a way to differentiate a (viral) illness from bacterial.” Jim Cance, Plainwell, Mich.

“This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined.” Kuahmel Allah, Los Angeles, Calif.

“Events, photographs, written pieces and even occasional videos that attracted a great deal of attention once were simply highly publicized, repeated in news broadcasts, and talked about for a few days. Now, however, it is no longer enough to give such offerings their 15 minutes of fame, but they must be declared to ‘go viral.’ As a result, any mindless stunt or vapid bit of writing is sent by its creators whirling around the Internet and, once whirled, its creators declare it (trumpets here) ‘viral!’ Enough already! If anything is to be declared worthy enough to ‘go viral,’ clearly it should be the LSSU Banished Words list for 2011!” Lawrence Mickel, Coventry, Conn.

“I knew it was time when the 2010 list of banished words appeared in Time magazine’s, ‘That Viral Thing’ column.” Dave Schaefer, Glenview, Ill.

“I didn’t mind much when ‘viral’ came to mean an under-handed tactic by advertising companies to make their ads look like pop culture. However, now anything that becomes popular on YouTube is suddenly ‘viral.’ I just don’t get it.” Kevin Wood, Wallacetown, Ont.

“Every time I see a viral video on CNN or am asked to ‘Let’s go viral with this’ in another lame e-mail forwarded message, it makes me sick.” Lian Schmidt, Bandon, Ore.

EPIC

More than one nominator says the use of ‘epic’ has become an epic annoyance.

Cecil B. DeMille movies are epic. Internet fall-outs and opinions delivered in caps-lock are not. ‘Epic fail,’ ‘epic win’, ‘epic (noun)’ — it doesn’t matter; it needs to be banished until people recognize that echoing trite, hyperbolic Internet phrases in an effort to look witty or intelligent actually achieves the opposite.” Kim U., Des Moines, Iowa.

“Over-use of the word ‘epic’ has reached epic proportions. Tim Blaney, Snoqualmie, Wash.

“Anything that this word describes in popular over-usage is rarely ever ‘epic’ in the traditional sense of being heroic, majestic, or just plain awe-inspiring.” Mel F., Dallas, Tex.

“Standards for using ‘epic’ are so low, even ‘awesome’ is embarrassed.” Mike of Kettering, Ohio.

“I’m sure that when the history books are written or updated and stories have been passed through the generations, the epic powder on the slopes during your last ski trip or your participation in last night’s epic flash mob will probably not be included. This may be the root of this epic problem, but it seems as if during the past two years, any idea that was not successful was considered an ‘epic-fail.’ This includes the PowerPoint presentation you tried to give during this morning’s meeting, but couldn’t because of technical problems. Also, the ice storm of ‘epic proportions’ that is blanketing the east coast this winter sure looks a lot like the storm that happened last winter.” DV, Seattle, Wash.

FAIL

One nominator says, “what originally may have been a term for a stockbroker’s default is now abused by today’s youth as virtually any kind of ‘failure.’ Whether it is someone tripping, a car accident, a costumed character scaring the living daylights out a kid, or just a poor choice in fashion, these people drive me crazy thinking that anything that is a mistake is a ‘fail.’ They fail proper language!”

“Fail is not a noun. It is not an adjective. It is a verb. If this word is not banned, then this entire word banishment system is full of FAIL. (Now doesn’t that just sound silly?)” Daniel of Carrollton, Georgia.

“When FAILblog.org went up, it was a funny way to view videos of unfortunate people in unfortunate situations. The word fail is now used by people, very often just to tease others, when they ‘FAIL.’ Any time you screw up in life — a trip up the stairs, a bump into a wall, or a Freudian slip, you get that word thrown in your face.” Tyler Lynch, Washington, Iowa.

“Mis-used. Over-used. Used with complete disregard to the ‘epic’ weight of the word. Silence obnoxious reality TV personalities and sullen, anti-establishment teenagers everywhere by banishing this word.” Natalie of Burlington, Ont.

“It has taken over blogs, photo captions, ‘status’ comments. Anytime someone does something less than perfect, we have to read ‘FAIL!’ The word has failed us all.” Aaron Yunker, Ishpeming, Mich.

WOW FACTOR

“This buzzword is served up with a heaping of cliché factor and a side order of irritation. But the lemmings from cable-TV cooking, whatever design and fashion shows keep dishing it out. I miss the old days when ‘factor’ was only on the math-and-science menu.” Dan Muldoon, Omaha, Neb.

“Done-to-death phrase to point out something with a somewhat significantly appealing appearance.” Ann Pepper, Knoxville, Tenn.

A-HA MOMENT

“All this means is a point at which you understand something or something becomes clearer. Why can’t you just say that?” Audrey Mayo, Killeen, Tex.

BACK STORY

“This should be on the list of words that don’t need to exist because a perfectly good word has been used for years. In this case, the word is ‘history,’ or, for those who must be weaned, ‘story.'” Jeff Williams, Sherwood, Ariz.

BFF

“These chicks call each other BFF (Best Friends Forever) and it lasts about 10 minutes. Now there’s BFFA (Best Friends For Awhile), which makes more sense.” Clare Rabe Forgach, Ft. Collins, Colo.

MAN UP

“A stupid phrase when directed at men. Even more stupid when directed at a woman, as in ‘Alexis, you need to man up and join that Pilates class!'” Sherry Edwards, Clarkston, Mich.

“Another case of ‘verbing’ a noun and ending with a preposition that goes nowhere. Not only that, the phrase is insulting, especially when voiced by a female, who’d never think to say, ‘Woman up!'” Aunt Shecky, East Greenbush, NY.

“Can a woman ‘man-up,’ or would she be expected to ‘woman-up?'” Jay Leslie, Portland, Maine.

“Not just overused (a 2010 top word according to the Global Language Monitor) but bullying and sexist.” Christopher K. Philippo, Glenmont, NY.

“We had to put up with ‘lawyer up.’ Now ‘man up,’ too? A chest-thumping cultural regression fit for frat boys stacking beer glasses.” Craig Chalquist Ph.D., Walnut Creek, Calif.

REFUDIATE

“Adding this word to the English language simply because a part-time politician lacks a spell checker on her cell phone is an action that needs to be repudiated.” Dale Humphreys, Muskegon, Mich.

Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles, Calif. wants to banish what he called ‘Sarah Palin-isms’: “Let’s ‘refudiate’ them on the double!”

MAMA GRIZZLIES

“Unless you are referring to a scientific study of Ursus arctos horribilis , this analogy of right-wing female politicians should rest in peace.” Mark Carlson, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

“These politicians in Congress say ‘the American People’ as part of what seems like every statement they make! I see that others have noticed it, too, as various websites abound, including an entry on Wikipedia.” Paul M. Girouard, St. Louis, Mo.

“No one in Washington can pontificate for more than two sentences without using it. Beyond overuse, these people imply that ‘the American people’ want/expect/demand all the same things. They don’t.” Dick Hilker, Loveland, Colo.

“Aren’t all Americans people? Every political speech refers to the ‘American’ people as if simply saying ‘Americans’ (or ‘people’) is not enough.” Deb Faust, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

I’M JUST SAYIN’

“‘A phrase used to diffuse any ill feelings caused by a preceded remark,’ according to the Urban Dictionary. Do we really need a qualifier at the end of every sentence? People feel uncomfortable with a comment that was made and then ‘just sayin” comes rolling off the tongue? It really doesn’t change what was said, I’m just sayin’.” Becky of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

“I’m just sayin’…’I’m not sayin”’…Actually, you ARE saying…A watered-down version of what I just said or intended to say….SAY what you are saying. DON’T SAY what you aren’t saying.” Julio Appling, Vancouver, Wash.

“Obviously you are saying it…you just said it!” Catherine Wilson, Granger, Ind.

“And we would never have known if you hadn’t told us.” Bob Forrest, Tempe, Ariz.

“When a 24-hour news network had the misguided notion to brand this phrase as a commentary segment called, ‘Just sayin’, I thought I was going to wretch.” Casey Conroy, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

FACEBOOK / GOOGLE as verbs

“Facebook is a great, addicting website. Google is a great search engine. However, their use as verbs causes some deep problems. As bad as they are, the trend can only get worse, i.e. ‘I’m going to Twitter a few people, then Yahoo the movie listings and maybe Amazon a book or two.” Jordan of Waterloo, Ont.

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

“It’s an absurdity followed by a redundancy. First, things are full or they’re not; there is no fullest. Second, ‘live life’ is redundant. Finally, the expression is nauseatingly overused. What’s wrong with enjoying life fully or completely? The phrase makes me gag. I’m surprised it hasn’t appeared on the list before.” Sylvia Hall, Williamsport, Penn.

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