Here is one I did not see coming
by James K. White | December 2, 2009
Portland, Oregon has what may be the world’s smallest public park. The park encloses a total of 452 square inches and was designed for snail racing.
Perspectives and views change with time. For instance, in 1923 the U.S. Attorney General declared that it was illegal for women to wear trousers in this country.
An alert scientist noted that a certain species of mosquito normally flutters at 600 vibrations per second if the insect is a male and 400 hertz (not the car rental) if it is a female. Also noted: both genders vibrate at 1200 hertz when an interest in mating is exhibited.
Successful experiments involving the 1200 Hz have lured mosquitoes into traps. Environmentalists are hopeful that similar snares become popular because no toxins are used with this ilk of pest control.
For you stargazers: the left foot of Orion is a huge star named Rigel that is as bright as 47,000 of our suns.
Here is one I did not see coming. A former drummer for the Grateful Dead has been in communication with Smithsonian personnel to translate light waves emitted millions of years ago into music. Holy asteroid, Batman!
One might exercise caution when becoming rowdy in Kennesaw, Georgia. Each “head of household” therein is required by law to own both a firearm and appropriate ammunition.
Perhaps Thomas Young should be a bit more famous. The Englishman had read the Bible through twice by age four and while he was at Cambridge in 1803, Thomas worked out the first light wave theory (darn, I was going to do that). Mr. Young also fluently spoke a dozen languages, expertly played several musical instruments and made significant contributions in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. In contrast it might be mentioned that I was almost 12 before I learned all 22 letters of our alphabet (in order).
Circus Maximus in Rome was remodeled by Julius Caesar to hold an impressive 150,000 spectators. Later emperors expanded the structure to accommodate 250,000 persons.
During most of the 1700’s, the Roman Catholic Church owned more than 60 percent of all the land in Portugal.
Sometimes fame comes too late. Today Mozart is recognized as one of the world’s greatest composers. It is recorded that only one person accompanied Wolfgang Amadeus’ coffin to his final resting place and since the musical genius was placed in an unmarked pauper’s grave, no one knows the exact location of his burial site.
Well, do not damage your eyes staring at Rigel and have a tremendous week.
Cowboy rules Part 2
Cowboy rules for Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the rest of the Wild West are as follows:
9. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.
10. We open doors for women. That's applied to all women, regardless of age.
11. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.
12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup! Oh, yeah...We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat...IT AIN'T REAL CHILI!!
13. You bring 'Coke' into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring 'Mary Jane' into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
14. College and high school football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.
15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards – it spooks the fish.
16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain't music, anyway. We don't want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to number 1!
True Westerners are friendly so we share in hopes you can begin to understand what a real life is all about!!