January 27, 2006

SASF v.1.27.6


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Gawd, I need a vacation.

Things You Should Know

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle"

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces can kill a small sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the sharks stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

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

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time ... hence, multi-tasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. (There aren't any in the casinos here, either...or in Walmart? Coincidence?)

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips. (WHY?)

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (I'll be sure to pack some on my next hike through the desert. lol)

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless!)

27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.. It's the same with apples!

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.


What are these?

Pens with Hidden Cameras?


Check this out!

Bluetooth technology in action. Your big, cumbersome PC is about to be replaced.

I saw one of these on CSI the other night. I want one! Sweet! Knowing my luck, though, I'd lose the damn thing. lol

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

I found this very interesting. I wish I would have known all this when I visited the Tomb.

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not? He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30." Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

In 2003, as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the bone, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

Now that's dedication! Wow.

Adopt a Badger!

Oh my,yes. We love badgers. They're so cuuuute! Well, it seems that an opportunity has arisen. You can adopt one! Do it!

Mushroom, mushroom!

Oh, Jesus!

Something about this is just very wrong...
very wrong

Turn him on???



Lost Find

Mad TV did a spoof recently on one of my favorite shows - Lost. It made me giggle quite madly. Check it out.

Internet Lingo for NOObs

You know, the internet is becoming more and more infected embellished with it's own language. Well, the folks at Urbandictionary.com are here to help. Click here to explore the various meanings of SFTU and other mysteries of the 'net. I know I certainly feel more enlightened after my visit.

Well, that's all for today, peeps. Now that the big company shindig is over, the heat is off as soon as I catch up. Whew! My review is next week - it had better be a good one!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Seems like a lot of shit to go through just to guard someone that nobody knows... ;)

  2. Damn... they can never drink alcohol again?! I understand while not on duty (or even for the two years), but FOREVER?! Guess that explains the <=30 inch waistlines, eh?

  3. Susan Lucci came from Phyllis Diller? lol

  4. Aw, Celti! What I'm interested in is your nose and your eyebrows in that pic. What I wnat to say about them is: awesome! SNOG. :P


  5. TYPO, what I wANt to say, but hey, whatever is more comfortable for you...

  6. Again, a full friday post!

    •Lots of new trivia (Leondardo invented Scissors? I didn't know that!)
    •I seem to recall the optical keyboard pen thingies are a hoax (see Gizmodo's article today about it). I've "played" with a prototype of this, and while it seems neat, it's hard to work with as you don't "feel" the keys as you type.
    •I've visited the Tomb of the Unknowns twice in my life--once in sunny weather, once in light rain, and I've never seen a more moving monument to someone's life and sacrifice, no matter how you feel about the conflict they were in. Of course, I wonder what the dead would make of all the fuss.
    •The switchplate gives new meaning to the term "Jesus came..."
    •The Lost spoof was just priceless! I missed most of it when it aired--thanks for the link!
    •One of my former co-workers came up with a "patch" that we were going to have made up for our jackets, with STF and an upward-pointing arrow underneath the letters. If anyone asked about what it meant, we said it was our "Special Technical Force" patch. ;)

    Good luck on the review--I'm sure all the hard work will pay off in spades! Have a great weekend, yourself!

  7. I couldn't believe it so i checked and according to snopes, your #5 is incorrect....Susan Lucci is not the daughter of Phyllis Diller, but it gave me a chuckle to think of it. Like your blog. Have you read the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon? If you like the Celtic stuff, i'd say it's a must read.

  8. oops, forgot to give you the link to see what snopes says about Lucci/Diller. Here you go... http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/lucci.htm

  9. Excellent stuff again!!...Have a super weekend!

  10. I never watch Lost, but I just watched that spoof and one of the characters looks remarkably like a certain Frenzied Nihilist... dontcha think? :D

  11. E-lo - Sure does! Quite an honor, though. They take that stuff seriously.

    Cootera - No kidding! I would understand during their 2 years, but for life?! Sheesh!

    Denny - guess it's a hoax/rumor. Didn't make sense to me, either! lol

    Owl - heh. *blush* thanks! *snogz* Wnat do you mean? ;)

    Spc - Leonardo trivia rocks. lol
    I was thinking the same thing about feeling the keys - it would be hard to get used to. I wonder if they really do have working ones or not...? LOL on the switchplate. That patch sounds awesome.

    Mitchypoo - welcome! Thanks for checking on that - now we know. I haven't read the Outlander series - I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the link!

    Mike - thanks, you too!

    Owl - hmmmm...you have a point there. Very interesting. :)

    Off I go to another birthday party with umpteem 5 year olds. Yay! lol

  12. Ahhhhhhhh a snake a snake a snake....

    Heheheheh! Now I have it stuck in my head.

  13. How interesting! And I would so never make it as a tomb guard!

  14. GTFO!! They can't swear, drink etc. forever? NFW! I would never get to wear the wreath! FT!