The secret is out
by James K. White | April 7, 2010
The secret is out: Circus staffers often add banana oil to the peanuts sold under the Big Top and that recipe gives the goobers a special flavor.
Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman all worked as waiters prior to hitting the Big Time in Hollywood.
Compact discs have been around since 1965.
And it is no wonder that I am “plump.” Scientists claim that the average adult in America has 50,000,000,000 fat cells. Meanwhile, a biologist in the Maldives has declared that some dragonflies travel more than 11,000 miles each year including an annual route from India to Africa and back. The sooty shearwater (some kind of bird) would likely not be impressed as that species yearly migrates a total distance that exceeds 40,000 miles. This perplexes me (many things do) because circumnavigating the earth would total “only” 25,000 miles. I simply report and observe.
A company called Hyperion has plans to market a nuclear (nucular for some folks) power plant about the size of a small car that could generate enough electricity to supply 20,000 U.S. homes. The current proposal includes estimated costs at $40 million per unit. The device would be buried under at least 15 feet of earth and/or concrete. Target date is 2013.
Speaking of that target date, marketing strategists insist that the influence of television is rapidly growing and that by 2013 sixty-six percent of the world’s households (4.2 billion people) will have access to a functioning TV with the largest viewing expansions occurring in Asia and Africa.
Scientists are frequently quoted in this column because they reveal interesting tidbits. I just read in a scientific magazine that viruses are simply packets of chemicals and are technically not “alive.” That is the reason antibiotics are ineffective in battling the little whatevers. Without hosts, viruses are inert. Viruses do not convert food into energy and do not contain cells. Yet viruses do evolve, reproduce and contain genes. That sounds “alive” to me, but I am ‘way over my head here and shall move on.
It is common to equate the movie industry with productions in Hollywood. However, Paramount is currently the sole major movie studio headquartered in the famous H-town.
One of the dances which I have not fully mastered is the waltz. “Waltz” is derived from the German word “waltzen” which means “to revolve.” I wonder what might be the German word for “stumble.” Anna (my boss) says it is “stolpern.” Well, try not to stolpern much and have a great week.
You think English is easy???
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present her the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Your Horoscope by Madame Bournard
ARIES (MAR. 21 - APRIL 19)
It’s a good time to adopt new ideas for your future. Remind yourself that patience and moderation are important. Communication is imperative.
TAURUS (APR. 20 – MAY 20)
A series of stressful things happen to upset your daily routine. Get used to it; there are more detours ahead. New career opportunities will heighten your mood.
GEMINI (MAY 21 –JUNE 20)
Smart ideas at work may lead to more money for you. Personal reflection and appreciation for what you have are meaningful. Stay busy; it’s no time to argue with others.
CANCER (JUN 21 – JULY 22)
Listen to what your partner says is wise because they are right on the mark. Social plans are in order. Get out and have a good time.
LEO (JULY 23- SEPT. 22)
Your loyalty to your partner may be challenging for you this week. You may be quick with your tongue and then sorry in the aftermath.
VIRGO (AUG. 23 –AUG 22)
You may have a new opportunity for your future. Keep reaching out by communicating. Your end of week is brighter after some aggravating situations earlier.
LIBRA (SEPT. 24- OCT.23)
Take steps to lead a more stable life; your partner’s new issues may cause a short upset. However, the future looks much brighter.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21)
You are in a busy mode lately, dealing with short trips, advancing your education and many errands. Clashes with others are possible, so stay low key.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22- DEC. 21)
You’re unusually perceptive about office politics so keep your ear to the ground. New possibilities may open up for you in the near future.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22- JAN 19)
A strange comment from a younger worker perks your interest in something. Consider it “food for thought.” Try to keep a tight reign on spending this week.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20- FEB. 18)
You may have new insights about a home situation this week. It may help with an existing problem. The Moon in your sign puts you into a state of good personally harmony.
PISCES (FEB. 19- MAR. 20)
Something this week may really puzzle you. Since you are a pretty good amateur detective, have fun getting to the bottom of it. Visit an old friend.