Dec 6, 2005

* Christmas comes from Old English, "Cristes maesse" or "Mass of Christ."

* A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

* The holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life," was originally a box office flop.

* The real Santa Claus was born in 280 A.D. as Nicholas. He commonly wore a red and white Bishop's robe.

* "Xmas" is considered by some to be a disrespectful abbreviation. But the Old English word for Christmas begins with X. The Greek word for "Christ," from which the English is derived, begins with the Greek letter chi, or X. So, X is an appropriate abbreviation for Christ.

* The first electric Christmas tree lights were telephone switchboard lights.

* About 400,000 people get sick each year from consuming tainted Christmas leftovers.

* In 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to make Christmas a legal holiday.

* Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces and firs can be eaten.

* According to the laws of the time, Joseph could have had Mary stoned to death for becoming pregnant.

* "Hot Cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. In the game, players took turns striking a blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow.

* Boris Karloff was the voice of the Grinch in the animated classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

* During the Christmas shopping season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the US

* According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 dogs in Great Britain get Christmas gifts from their owners.

* The average American household will send out 28 Christmas cards each year, and will receive the same number in return.

Oct 28, 2005

* "Phasmophobia" is the fear of ghosts.

* A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.

* It's illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.

* Eighty-two percent of children take part in Halloween festivities, as do 67% of adults.

* The first jack-o'-lanterns were made of turnips.

* "Samhainophobia" is the morbid fear of Halloween.

* Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year when it comes to candy sales—estimated at $1.93 billion. One quarter of all the candy sold each year is purchased between September 15 and November 10.

* The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,469 pounds. It was weighed in on October 1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off.

* The Scots believed in "Samhanach," a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.

* Halloween costume sales are estimated at $1.5 billion.

* Eighty percent of kids say their favorite Halloween candy is either chocolate or gum.

* Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

* Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts.

* Americans consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year.

* According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women, followed by lavender, cucumbers, baby powder and Good & Plenty candy.

* Americans spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.

* Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the U.S. are used to make jack-o'-lanterns.

* The average U.S. household spends $44 on Halloween candy.

* October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.

Sep 8, 2005

* There are about 180 million cell phone subscribers in the United States.
* "Endytophilia" is the desire to keep one's clothes on during sex.
* The average U.S. farm has 467 acres. The average Japanese farm has three acres.
* There are 412 doors in the White House.
* Experts insist bright blue cars and yellow cars are the safest to drive.
* Oak trees are struck by lightning more than other trees.
* The last word in the Old Testament is "curse."
* According to a recent survey, 85% of streakers keep their shoes on.
* Sweden made bestiality legal in 1944.
* One million dollars in $1 bills would weigh 2,040.8 pounds.
* Milk is the official drink of Louisiana.
* There are 18 animals in the popular animal crackers known as Barnum's Animals.
* There's a town in South Carolina called North.
* Someone who uses as few words as possible when speaking is called "pauciloquent."

Jul 2, 2005

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have remained a virgin." --Lillian Carter

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was notpleased to read the description in the catalog: "No good in a bed, but fine against a wall." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. -- Mark Twain

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. -- George Burns

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. -- Victor Borge

Be careful about reading health books.You may die of a misprint. --Mark Twain

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce. -- Mark Twain

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. -- Socrates

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. -- Groucho Marx

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. -- Jimmy Durante

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things. -- Jilly Cooper

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. -- Zsa Zsa Gabor

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. -- Alex Levine

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. -- Mark Twain

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. -- Ed Furgol

Money can't buy you happiness... but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. -- Spike Milligan

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. -- Henny Youngman

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was shut up. -- Joe Namath

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. -- Herbert Henry Asquith

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. -- WC. Fields

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. -- Will Rogers

Don't worry about avoiding temptation... as you grow older, it will avoid you. -- Winston Churchill

The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good spit it out. -- Unknown

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere. -- Billy Crystal

Jun 30, 2005

* An average person's yearly fast food intake will contain 12 pubic hairs.

* The Three Stooges were originally called Three Lost Souls.

* The average clock's snooze function lasts nine minutes.

* On the standard Rorschach test, there are 10 inkblots.

* One of every seven people in the United States is Hispanic.

* The success rate of A.A. is estimated to be 5%.

* The Roman emperor Commodus was at one time going to change the name of Rome to Colonia Commodiana.

* Forty percent of women experience nocturnal orgasms.

* There are lyrics to the theme song from 'Star Trek'.

* A.A.A., the American Auto Association, has more members than any other organization in the US.

* Donald Duck's father is named Quackmore Duck.

* Orchids release a chemical that intoxicates bees.

* Actor Andy Garcia was a Siamese twin"

Jun 27, 2005

Some people are like slinkies....not much fun, but they sure do bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs. -- Anonymous
I hope I never get so old I get religious. -- Ingmar Bergman

Jun 7, 2005

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Things are more like they are now than they have ever been. -- Gerald R. Ford

May 16, 2005

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. -- Jules de Gaultier

Only fools are positive. -- Moe Howard

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'. -- Larry Hardiman

Apr 26, 2005

* In champagne bottles, the dent in the bottom is called the"kick" or "punt."

* The average age of a new grandparent in the U.S. is 47.

* Olive trees can live to be 1,500 years old.

* The average water temperature of showers in the U.S. is 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Almost half the bones in your body are in your hands and feet.

* "Amateur" comes from the Latin "amator," meaning "lover."

* Dr. Jeckyll's first name was Henry. Mr. Hyde's was Edward.

* Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

* Hair grows more slowly at night.

* Blondie, Dagwood's wife in the "Blondie" comic strip, had a maiden name. It was Boopadoop.

* "Nostophobia" is the fear of returning home.

* "Jolly green," "ashes," "Indian boy," and "laughing grass" are all street terms for marijuana.

* Frogs use their eyeballs to push food down their throat.

Apr 22, 2005

The key to happiness is disinterest mingled with mild contempt. --

Mar 28, 2005

A chronic lack of pleasure, of any enjoyable, rewarding or stimulating experiences, produces a slow, gradual, day-by-day erosion of man's emotional vitality, which he may ignore or repress, but which is recorded by the relentless computer of his subconscious mechanism that registers an ebbing flow, then a trickle, then a few last drops of fuel--until the day when his inner motor stops and he wonders desperately why he has no desire to go on, unable to find any definable cause of his hopeless, chronic sense of exhaustion. -- Ayn Rand, "The Voice of Reason"

Mar 22, 2005

1. The "immaculate conception" refers to the birth of what biblical figure?
Answer: The Virgin Mary -- not, as about everyone but a seminary student will tell you, Jesus.

2. Which is the most accurate: The original Star Wars movie is set 1,000 years in the future, 100 years in the future or five years in the future?
Answer: Five years -- since the movie takes place in the past. (Does the phrase "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" mean anything to you?)

3. Alaska is the northernmost U.S. state. Is it also the farthest east, west or both?
Answer: Everyone will say west. But it's also the furthest east -- some of Alaska's Aleutian Islands are on the far side of longitude 180 degrees, the line that separates west from east.

4. The following piece of music was written in an honor of a famous hero. What was his weapon of choice? (Hum the Lone Ranger theme.)
Answer: Since the William Tell Overture is the real name of the tune, the answer is a crossbow -- not a six-shooter.

5. Is Reno, Nev., east or west of Los Angeles?
Answer: West. (Look at a map.)

6. During a Leap Year, how many times does the sun go around the Earth?
Answer: Zero. Earth orbits the sun.

7. Which U.S. state, known for its lovely beaches, lies farthest south?
Answer: Hawaii, not as suckers will presume, Florida.

8. True or false: The name of a notorious woman who was convicted of killing her parents with an ax was Lizzie Borden.
Answer: False. Lizzie was found not guilty -- like O.J.

9. Which goes farther north, Maine or Idaho?
Answer: Idaho stretches a lot further north than most people realize -- about 60 miles higher than Maine.

10. Going from the Atlantic to the Pacific, through the Panama Canal, in which direction are you traveling -- east or west?
Answer: East.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. -- Anonymous

Mar 18, 2005

* Robin Hood's real name was Robert Fitz Ooth.

* The common silkworm has eleven brains, but it only uses five of them.

* English has 26 letters in its alphabet. Tamil has 248.

* Wallpaper was first used as a decoration for Chinese tombs.

* Colgate's first toothpaste came in a jar.

* There are 3,000 types of lice.

* The first Olympic games to be televised were the 1936 games in Berlin.

* Room temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

* The word for a misheard lyric is "mondegreen."

* All spiders are cannibals.

* Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.

* "Scelerophibia" is the fear burglars.

* The original name for Mickey Mouse was Mortimer Mouse.

* There is a species of moth that lives entirely on cow tears.
Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats. -- Howard Aiken

Mar 15, 2005

The important thing is not to stop questioning. -- Albert Einstein
The important thing is not to stop questioning. -- Albert Einstein

Mar 8, 2005

Learning by experience often is painful- and the more it hurts, the more you learn. -- Ralph Banks

Mar 7, 2005

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago? -- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

Feb 17, 2005

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain

Feb 15, 2005

There is no such [thing] as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing. -- Edgar Degas

Feb 2, 2005

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. -- Robert Frost

Jan 19, 2005

If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you. -- Robert Anthony

Jan 6, 2005

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. -- Charles M. Schulz

The multitude of books is making us ignorant. -- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)