Jun 18th, 2012 by Mike

I just finished reading and article in Reader’s Digest entilted, “105 Unforgettable People & Places.” I can’t remember a one.

Oh, And Here’s Some More
Jun 6th, 2012 by Mike

Reader’s Digest also published:

  • 20 percent of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of Americans don’t know how long it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun.
  • Only 59 percent of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.


Jun 3rd, 2012 by Mike

What are the three branches of government?

Name at least two members of the supreme court.

Point to Louisiana on a map?

The majority of Americans—three in four—identify Larry, Curly and Moe as the Three Stooges. That’s certainly understandable. But only two out of five respondents can correctly identify the executive, legislative, and judicial as the three branches of government.

More than three quarters of Americans can name at least two of the seven dwarfs, while less than a quarter can name two members of the Supreme Court.

Less than six months after Hurricane Katrina, one third of those surveyed couldn’t point to Louisiana on a map. 1Source Readers’ Digest, June 2012, citing, business, and as their sources.

Really? And I thought Jay-Walking was a set-up.

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1. Source Readers’ Digest, June 2012, citing, business, and as their sources.
Only In America
Mar 9th, 2010 by Mike

We just received a letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce telling us that our 2010 Census form will arrive in about a week. I’m glad the government is spending billions to tell us this. Last year we received a letter from the government telling us that our stimulus check would arrive in about a week. Anybody else think this is a waste of money?

Screwy Ad
Feb 26th, 2010 by Mike

In this morning’s Daily Sun, an ad for a shoe store claimed, “We have a huge stock of reduced shoes.”

I think I’ll wander on down there to see if they have some size thirteens that have been reduced to nine and a half EEEEs.

Once in a black and blue moon . . .
Oct 14th, 2009 by Mike

Found in The Villages Daily Sun:

Berlin — Reuters

A German man mooning at railway staff in a departing train got his trousers caught in a carriage door and ended up being dragged half naked along the platform, out of the station and onto the tracks.

Dangling by his trousers, the 22-year-old journalism student got pulled along for about 200 meters, all the while managing to keep his legs away from the wheels of the train.

The ordeal ended when a passenger pulled the emergency brake.

Rescue services were called in, causing rail services between Bremen and Hamburg to be suspended for over an hour, delaying 23 trains.

Moral of the story: When your mother told you, “Just keep your pants on,”  she wasn’t whistling Dixie.

The Point: Well pay for you to die
Jul 26th, 2008 by Mike

I found this over at The Point blog. They’re quoting The Eugene, Oregon, Register-Guard:

After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that could slow the cancer growth and extend her life, [Barbara] Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn’t cover the treatment, but that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide. . . .

Are these folks in Oregon crazy?

Government At Work
Nov 12th, 2006 by Mike

Quoted from The Villages Daily Sun:

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Animal-control officers in Cobb County have cited tow women for having their dogs off leashes–even though the women were in a park created specifically to let dogs off leashes. When Cobb opend an off-leash dog park last month, it seems, officials didn’t take the county’s leash law into account.

“It’s ludicrous to say it’s off-leash and to give people tickes for having them off the leash,” 1Duh said Clare Salkin, who was ticketed for violating the law. She has a court date in about three weeks for unleashing Bob, her Labrador-mix.

The county says it has stopped enforcing the leash law in the park 2Even though those already ticketed are being prosecuted. It plans to clarify its ordinances to make it legal for people to unleash dogs in the park, said a county spokesman.

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1. Duh
2. Even though those already ticketed are being prosecuted
Sorry Folks
Sep 29th, 2006 by Mike

For those of you who have been trying for the last two days to enter comments, I apologize. I had recovered a backup of my blog from a local server and neglected to change the server address to the public one. Dah.

Here’s Why I Love Robert B. Parker
Aug 19th, 2006 by Mike

In Bad Business by Robert B. Parker, Spenser asks Rita Fiore how her love life is going. She responds:

“Busy,…but, same old question, ‘why are there so many more horses’ asses than there are horses?'”

When It Rains It Rains
Jul 21st, 2006 by Mike

Regarding the conditions at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, England, where the British Open is being played this year, Tiger Woods predicted, “Unless it rains again, this course will not see another drop of water.”

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