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  1. Weird $tuff

    THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW --- BUT PROBABLY DON'T 1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton. 2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (also used for rope and marijuana) 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 will kill a small sized dog. 12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's 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 DaVinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. (Hence, multitasking 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. 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. 23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death. 24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk's 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. 34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart. "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her off to jail."
  2. Judge Jeanine

    HOORAY THE JUDGE IS RIGHT ON, AS USUAL. http://video.foxnews.com/v/5709974970001/?#sp=show-clips
  3. Weird $tuff

    More on Marriage ... An attorney arrived home late, after an extremely stressful day trying to get a stay of execution for a client who was due to be hanged for murder at midnight. His last plea to the governor had failed, and he was worn out and depressed. As soon as he walked through the door, his wife started in on him about, "What time of night is this to be getting home?" "Where have you been?" "Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it"; and on and on. Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a double shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by additional sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs. While he was in the bath, the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that the governor had changed his mind. Her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution and would not be hanged that night. Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go upstairs and give him the good news. As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of the rear of her husband, bent over, naked, drying his legs. "They're not hanging Wright tonight," she said. In response he whirled around and screamed, "GOOD LORD WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER LET UP?!"
  4. SHARING FINDS

    PROGRESS! Couldn't stand it any longer, had to get out of this house and go "country". Made sure the Toy had enough diesel to make 15 miles and back, reserve tank switch worked, repaired it the other day. Got to the rut infested dirt road and the belly didn't rebel. Half a mile off the pavement got to the new four strand barbed wire blockade. UNLOCKED! Guess talking to my civil engineer a month ago worked. Told him to contact the land owner if he didn't remove the illegal fence I would call my brother-in-law that's a Fed. foresture cop. Now I can take it easy and do a little beeping in the heavy brush infested growth next to my old patch. WHEW!
  5. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE, HOPE 2018 IS YOUR BEST YEAR YET!
  6. Weird $tuff

    SANTA CLAUSE SUSPENDED FOR "HO" COMMENT. THE REMARK WAS MADE 3 TIMES.
  7. Thanks Clay you did what I couldn't do and much better. Merry Christmas.
  8. You’ll never see this picture on the front of Time Magazine, or any other magazine. We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans but women vets get wounded and maimed too. You may need to take a second, closer look though. The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles. Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in. These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedoms. And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid!!! There is more patriotism and class in those 11 ladies pictured than the majority of Congress and the former White House combined!!! And a HECK of a lot more than those over-paid athletes who choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!! They risked these injuries (or death) FOR YOU and ME, AMERICA! GOD BLESS THEM ALL !!! Enjoy Life!
  9. New buggy!

    Don't have photo shop anymore so I can't post a pic but my wonderful 1986 Toyota Bandeirante made in Brazil is still going strong. In 04 had it restored but needing it again now. The Mercedes diesel just keeps on going. Most of the troubles I have is when driving over small trees and brush they rip out the electric wires. About ten years ago one of the mech's here put power steering in the old girl. Now I'm thinking about a under the dash AC. I get three or four offers a year to sell it but no thanks.
  10. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

    Fifteen reasons why men have 2 dogs and not 2 wives 1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you. 2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name. 3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor. 4. A dog's parents never visit. 5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across. 6. Dogs like to do their snooping outside rather than in your wallet or desk. 7. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go 24 hours a day. 8. Dogs find you amusing when you're drunk. 9. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing. 10. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, 'If I died, would you get another dog?' 11. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away. 12. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert. 13. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don't get mad. They just think it's interesting. 14. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck. And last, but not least: 15. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff
  11. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

    Don't worry about the last woman in the bar at closing time..... better worry why your the last man there! A pick up line for her: you might not be the best lookin girl here but beauty's only a light switch away.
  12. Weird $tuff

    Friday Night At The Pub ... A little guy is sitting at the bar just staring at his drink for half an hour when this big trouble-making biker steps next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig. The poor little guy starts crying. 'Come on man. I was just giving you a hard time,' the burly biker says. 'I didn't think you'd CRY.' 'I can't stand to see a man crying.' 'This is the worst day of my life,' says the little guy between sobs. 'I can't do anything right.' 'I overslept and was late to an important meeting, so my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car was stolen and I don't have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the gardener and my dog bit me. So I came to this bar trying to work up the courage to put an end to my life, -- and then you show up and drink the darn poison.'
  13. Friday Night Tunes

    'Tis the Season for Great Music https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=hallalujah+chorus#id=13&vid=35b8f38acc0ac24e4d267f6e71f72ce2&action=view
  14. HONOR THE FALLEN...

    In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor and Those That Fought in WWII Most Americans who were not adults during WWII have no understanding of the magnitude of it. This listing of some of the aircraft facts gives a bit of insight to it. Of the total 276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US 43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat. 14,000 lost in the continental U.S. The US civilian population maintained a dedicated effort for four years, many working long hours seven days per week and often also volunteering for other work. WWII was the largest human effort in history. Statistics from Flight Journal magazine. THE COST of DOING BUSINESS ---- The staggering cost of war. THE PRICE OF VICTORY (cost of an aircraft in WWII dollars) B-17 $204,370. P-40 $44,892. B-24 $215,516. P-47 $85,578. B-25 $142,194. P-51 $51,572. B-26 $192,426. C-47 $88,574. B-29 $605,360. PT-17 $15,052. P-38 $97,147. AT-6 $22,952. PLANES A DAY WORLDWIDE From Germany's invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939 and ending with Japan 's surrender Sept. 2, 1945 --- 2,433 days. From 1942 onward, America averaged 170 planes lost a day. How many is a 1,000 planes? B-17 production (12,731) wingtip to wingtip would extend 250 miles. 1,000 B-17s carried 2.5 million gallons of high octane fuel and required 10,000 airmen to fly and fight in them. THE NUMBERS GAME 9.7 billion gallons of gasoline consumed, 1942-1945. 107.8 million hours flown, 1943-1945. 459.7 billion rounds of aircraft ammo fired overseas, 1942-1945. 7.9 million bombs dropped overseas, 1943-1945. 2.3 million combat sorties, 1941-1945 (one sortie = one takeoff). 299,230 aircraft accepted, 1940-1945. 808,471 aircraft engines accepted, 1940-1945. 799,972 propellers accepted, 1940-1945. WWII MOST-PRODUCED COMBAT AIRCRAFT Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik 36,183 Yakolev Yak-1,-3,-7, -9 31,000+ Messerschmitt Bf-109 30,480 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 29,001 Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire 20,351 Convair B-24/PB4Y Liberator/Privateer 18,482 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 15,686 North American P-51 Mustang 15,875 Junkers Ju-88 15,000 Hawker Hurricane 14,533 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk 13,738 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 12,731 Vought F4U Corsair 12,571 Grumman F6F Hellcat 12,275 Petlyakov Pe-2 11,400 Lockheed P-38 Lightning 10,037 Mitsubishi A6M Zero 10,449 North American B-25 Mitchell 9,984 Lavochkin LaGG-5 9,920 Note: The LaGG-5 was produced with both water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Grumman TBM Avenger 9,837 Bell P-39 Airacobra 9,584 Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar 5,919 DeHavilland Mosquito 7,780 Avro Lancaster 7,377 Heinkel He-111 6,508 Handley-Page Halifax 6,176 Messerschmitt Bf-110 6,150 Lavochkin LaGG-7 5,753 Boeing B-29 Superfortress 3,970 Short Stirling 2,383 Sources: Rene Francillon, Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific war; Cajus Bekker, The Luftwaffe Diaries; Ray Wagner, American Combat Planes; Wikipedia. According to the AAF Statistical Digest, in less than four years (December 1941- August 1945), the US Army Air Forces lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and assorted personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental United States . They were the result of 52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months. Think about those numbers. They average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day. (Less than one accident in four resulted in totaled aircraft, however.) It gets worse..... Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign climes. But an eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas. In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England . In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe . Pacific theater losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed. The worst B-29 mission, against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas . On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theaters and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands. Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867. US manpower made up the deficit. The AAF's peak strength was reached in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel, nearly twice the previous year's figure. The losses were huge---but so were production totals. From 1941 through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft. That number was enough not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but for allies as diverse as Britain , Australia , China and Russia . In fact, from 1943 onward, America produced more planes than Britain and Russia combined. And more than Germany and Japan together 1941-45. However, our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe sustained uncontrolled hemorrhaging, reaching 25 percent of aircrews and 40 planes a month. And in late 1944 into 1945, nearly half the pilots in Japanese squadrons had flown fewer than 200 hours. The disparity of two years before had been completely reversed. Experience Level: Uncle Sam sent many of his sons to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft. The 357th Fighter Group (often known as The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s. The group never saw a Mustang until shortly before its first combat mission. A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type. Many had fewer than five hours. Some had one hour. With arrival of new aircraft, many combat units transitioned in combat. The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly `em." When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in February 1944, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The Group commander, Col. Donald Blakeslee, said, "You can learn to fly `51s on the way to the target. A future P-47 ace said, "I was sent to England to die." He was not alone. Some fighter pilots tucked their wheels in the well on their first combat mission with one previous flight in the aircraft. Meanwhile, many bomber crews were still learning their trade: of Jimmy Doolittle's 15 pilots on the April 1942 Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before 1941. All but one of the 16 copilots were less than a year out of flight school. In WWII flying safety took a back seat to combat. The AAF's worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139. All were Allison powered. Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive. The B-17 and B-24 averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, respectively-- a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force's major mishap rate was less than 2. The B-29 was even worse at 40; the world's most sophisticated, most capable and most expensive bomber was too urgently needed to stand down for mere safety reasons. The AAF set a reasonably high standard for B-29 pilots, but the desired figures were seldom attained. The original cadre of the 58th Bomb Wing was to have 400 hours of multi-engine time, but there were not enough experienced pilots to meet the criterion. Only ten percent had overseas experience. Conversely, when a $2.1 billion B-2 crashed in 2008, the Air Force initiated a two-month "safety pause" rather than declare a "stand down", let alone grounding. The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Though the R3350 was known as a complicated, troublesome power-plant, no more than half the mechanics had previous experience with the Duplex Cyclone. But they made it work. Navigators: Perhaps the greatest unsung success story of AAF training was Navigators. The Army graduated some 50,000 during the War. And many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving "Uncle Sugar" for a war zone. Yet the huge majority found their way across oceans and continents without getting lost or running out of fuel --- a stirring tribute to the AAF's educational establishments. Cadet To Colonel: It was possible for a flying cadet at the time of Pearl Harbor to finish the war with eagles on his shoulders. That was the record of John D. Landers, a 21-year-old Texan, who was commissioned a second lieutenant on December 12, 1941. He joined his combat squadron with 209 hours total flight time, including 2? in P-40s. He finished the war as a full colonel, commanding an 8th Air Force Group --- at age 24. As the training pipeline filled up, however those low figures became exceptions. By early 1944, the average AAF fighter pilot entering combat had logged at least 450 hours, usually including 250 hours in training. At the same time, many captains and first lieutenants claimed over 600 hours. FACT: At its height in mid-1944, the Army Air Forces had 2.6 million people and nearly 80,000 aircraft of all types. Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000 civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft. The 2009 figures represent about 12 percent of the manpower and 7 percent of the airplanes of the WWII peak. IN SUMMATION: Whether there will ever be another war like that experienced in 1940-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones over Afghanistan and Iraq . But within living memory, men left the earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles high, leaving a legacy that remains timeless.
  15. AMERICA'S HERO'S ll......

    PEARL HARBOR AND WHY WE STAND We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started. Ringing through the morning, as happens every day here and on U.S. military bases around the world, was the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As the song plays, people strolling through the neighborhood freeze in their steps, cars pull to the side of the road, and even children stop playing and stand tall, exactly as they have been taught, to honor our flag and the freedom and sacrifice that it embodies. “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? Although I’ve been deeply moved by this anthem throughout my life, it is particularly poignant here at Pearl Harbor, especially as we approach Dec. 7, the anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy.” The words and music seem to carry with them the spirits of those who gave their lives for our freedom in this very place 76 years ago. “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there …” I imagine the terror of that awful Sunday in this peaceful neighborhood. Homes like the one I visited were occupied by dads, moms, and children, most still in the safety of their beds. While airmen and seamen slept in, relaxed or attended to early morning tasks just after sunrise on what promised to be a beautiful Hawaiian day, the world suddenly changed forever. Many must have listened intently as they were stirred from their sleep by the roar of bombers overhead, a sound that was alarmingly different from that of normal flight exercises. Others would have stared and pointed at the sky in confusion as it suddenly darkened by hundreds of foreign aircraft. When the whistle of bombs screaming toward the earth began, fear and panic quickly gripped hearts as the ground erupted and the harbor spewed from the deafening, continual explosions. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” In the end, eight of the Pacific Fleet’s battleships were badly damaged and several, including the Arizona, were sunk, sending many of their seamen to a watery death. Sixteen ships in all and 367 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. And, so very devastating to our nation and to all who loved them, 2,335 men and women in service were murdered by evil on these hallowed grounds and waters, and another 1,178 were wounded. By the time the bloody world war ended in 1945, more than 400,000 American military men and women had been killed. They proudly fought and honored our flag with their very lives so that you and I could live in peace and freedom. While they endured a hellish nightmare for us, it is beyond shameful that some cannot muster the decency to simply stand in honor of them.
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