Interesting Stuff


    Oxymorons


    Act naturally Legally drunk Sweet sorrow
    Terribly pleased Found missing Silent scream
    Childproof Computer security Resident alien
    American history "Now, then ..." Political science
    Advanced BASIC Living dead Synthetic natural gas
    Tight slacks Genuine imitation Small crowd
    Passive aggression Business ethics Definite maybe
    Airline Food Taped live Pretty ugly
    Good grief Soft rock Clearly misunderstood
    12oz pound cake Same difference Peace force
    Butt Head Almost exactly Military Intelligence
    Extinct Life Diet ice cream Government organization
    Sanitary landfill Computer jock Software documentation
    Exact estimate Working vacation Temporary tax  increase
    Microsoft Works Plastic glasses New York culture
    New classic Alone together


    Stuff To Ponder

    Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars, and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint, and he has to touch it.

    How come SUPERMAN could stop bullets with his chest,

    but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?

    If it was only a 3 hour cruise, why did MRS. HOWELL have so many clothes.

    Why is it called a HAMBURGER, when it's made out of BEEF?

    Why does SOUR CREAM have an Expiration date?

    What would a chair look like, if your knees bent the other way?

    If "Con" is the Opposite of "Pro"....then what is the opposite of PROGRESS?

    Why is LEMON JUICE mostly artificial ingredients.... but DISH WASHING LIQUID contains real lemons?

    How much deeper would the ocean be, if SPONGES didn't grow in it?

    Why buy a product that it takes 2000 flushes to get rid of?

    Why do we wait until a PIG is dead, to "CURE" it?

    Why do we wash BATH TOWELS - aren't we clean when we use them?

    Why do we put SUITS in a Garment Bag, and put Garments in a Suitcase?

    Why doesn't GLUE stick to the inside of the bottle?

    Do Roman paramedics refer to TV's as “4’s”?

    Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have an "S" in it?

    What do little birdies see, when they get knocked unconscious?

    If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

    Instead of talking to your plants, if you yelled at them would they still grow, only to be troubled and insecure?

    What’s another word for synonym?

    Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?

    When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

    When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?

    Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all”?

    Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?  

    Why do they report power outages on TV?

    What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?

    Is it possible to be totally partial?

    If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

    Would a fly that loses its wings be called a walk?

    Why do they lock gas station bathrooms?  Are they afraid someone will clean them?


    If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their headlights off?


    If a stealth bomber crashes in a forest, will it make a sound?


    If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?


    If a turtle loses his shell, is it naked or homeless?


    Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?


    Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?


    If the cop arrests a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

    Why do people who know the least know it the loudest?

    If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

    Strange but Interesting Facts

    The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

    The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

    A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

    The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

    A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

    Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis1 middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

    Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

    Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

    Shakespeare invented the words "assassination" and "bump".

    If you keep a gold fish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

    Women blink nearly twice as  much as men.

    Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

    The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

    The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

    TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard.

    A snail can sleep for 3 years.

    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

    China has more English speakers than the United States.

    The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

    "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, dogs only have about 10.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.

    Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

    In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

    Feb 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

    Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. State capital without a McDonald's.

    The Pentagon in Arlington, VA, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.

    When it was built in the 1940's, Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month.

    The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

    There are 2 credit cards for every person in the United States.

    The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

    Cat's urine glows under a black light.

    Leonardo DaVinci invented the scissors.

    It takes about 1/2 gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

    The highest point in Pennsylvania  is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. Who would try?

    If you have three quarters, four dimes and four pennies, you have $1.19.

    You also have the largest amount in coins, without having change for a dollar.

    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

    No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.

    The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave it to Beaver”.

    In the great fire of  London in 1666, half of London was burnt out but only 6 people were injured.

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs.

    Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older.

    The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan".

    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

    If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

    Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

    Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

     On average, people fear spiders more than they do death!!!

    The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

    Appreciate what you have

    One day ... a wealthy family man took his son on a trip to the country, so he could have his son see how poor country people live.

    They stayed one day and one night in the home of a very humble farmer. At the end of the trip, and when they were back home, the father asked his son, "What did you think of the trip?

    The son replied,  "Very nice dad."

    Then the father asked his son, "Did you notice how poor they were?"

    The son replied, “Yes.”

    The father continued asking, "What did you learn?”

    The son replied, “I have learned that we have one dog in our house, and they have four.

    Also, we have a fountain in our garden, but they have a stream that has no end.

    And we have imported lamps in our garden . . . where they have the stars!

    And our garden goes to me edge of our property. But they have the entire horizon as their backyard.

    At the end of the son's reply the father was speechless.

    His son then said, "Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are."

    Isn't it true that all depends on the lens you use to see life?

    One can ask himself what would happen if we give thanks for what we have instead of always asking for more.

    Learn to appreciate what you have. Wealth is all in one's point of view.

    Einstein's Chauffer

    This is a true life anecdote about Albert Einstein, and his theory of relativity.

    After having propounded his famous theory, Albert Einstein would tour the various Universities in the United States, delivering lectures wherever he went. He was always accompanied by his faithful

    chauffer, Harry, who would attend each of these lectures while seated in the back row! One fine day,

    after Einstein had finished a lecture and was coming out of the auditorium into his vehicle, Harry

    addresses him and says, "Professor Einstein, I've heard your lecture on Relativity so many times, that if I were ever given the opportunity, I would be able to deliver it to perfection myself!"

    "Very well," replied Einstein, "I'm going to Dartmouth next week. They don't know me there. You can deliver the lecture as Einstein, and I'll take your place as Harry!"

    And so it went to be... Harry delivered the lecture to perfection, without a word out of place, while

    Einstein sat in the back row playing "chauffer", and enjoying a snooze for a change.

    Just as Harry was descending from the podium, however, one of the research assistants intercepted Him, and began to ask him a question on the theory of relativity.... one that involved a lot of complex calculations and equations.  Harry replied to the assistant  "The answer to this question is very simple! In fact, it is so simple, that I’m going to let my chauffer answer it!"

    Ever Wonder?

    Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

    Why women cant put on mascara with their mouth closed?

    Why don’t you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

    Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

    Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

    Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on "Start"?

    Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

    Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

    Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

    Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

    When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?

    Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

    Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

    You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

    Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

    Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

    If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

    If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

    A Fascinating Story!

    A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare

    suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into

    the president of Harvard's outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that

    such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even

    deserve to be in Cambridge.

    She frowned. "We want to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all

    day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours, the secretary

    ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.

    They didn't. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the

    president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. "Maybe if they just

    see you for a few minutes, they'll leave," she told him.

    And he sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously

    didn't have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and

    homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern-faced with dignity,

    strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, "We had a son that attended Harvard

    for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was

    accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him,

    somewhere on campus."

    The president wasn’t touched, he was shocked. "Madam," he said gruffly. "We can't

    Put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this

    place would be a cemetery". "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't

    want to erect a statue.

    We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard." The president rolled his

    eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A

    building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over

    seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard." For a moment the

    lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. And the

    lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a University?

    Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted

    in confusion and bewilderment.  And Mr. And Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away,

    traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears

    their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

    “You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do

    nothing for them or to them.”  Malcolm Forbes

    100 Years Ago

    A lot of this is applicable to our grandparents, and even some of our parents.

    It May Be Hard to Believe That A Scant 100 Years Ago...

    The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

    Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

    Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from Denver to

    New York City cost eleven dollars.

    There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

    The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

    Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than

    California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first

    most populous state in the Union.

    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

    The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour. The average U.S.

    worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

    A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.

    More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.

    Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, theybattended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”

    Sugar cost four cents a pound.

    Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

    Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

    Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

    Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason, either as travelers or immigrants.

    The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1.  Pneumonia and influenza  2. 

    Tuberculosis  3.  Diarrhea  4.  Heart disease  5.  Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars.  Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

    Drive-by-shootings, in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy, were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.

    The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.

    Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

    There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

    One in ten U.S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

    Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the sewing machine's foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide into the woman's drinking water, which was thought to diminish sexual desire,.

    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.

    Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

    Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.

    Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.


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