Thursday, April 15

Odds & Ends + $1,000 Bucks

Our weather has been so gorgeous the last few days that I haven't wanted to be inside. In fact, if I were lucky enough to own a laptop, I'm sure I'd be outside all the time - at least until the bugs discover how beautiful it is and the humidity comes roaring back along with the bugs. On Tuesday I put on a swim suit top and got on the lounge with a good book. Maybe the next time I go to the doc she won't tell me I am Vitamin D deficient, and I can lose some of this winter pallor (which makes me nearly the same color as my gray hair!) Update: I did get a mild sunburn!


"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."
Ambrose Bierce


Did you know?

When you clean out a fish tank, use the water on houseplants. The nitrogen and phosphorous in fish droppings make aquarium water a great fertilizer.

Drop an egg on the floor? Cover it with salt, then sweep it up. There will be no slimy mess.

To clean phones, keyboards and remote controls without risking damage, just lightly dip a cotton swab in isopropyl rubbing alcohol and wipe around the buttons, using as much pressure as needed. Used in moderation, the alcohol will evaporate before it drips into circuitry. I do this: turn your computer keyboard upside down and rap the corner sharply against a firm surface. You might be surprised how much dust and grit comes out.

Brontology is the study of thunder.

The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles. (Gee, maybe even I could hear them!)

One month after Michael Jackson passed away, his Facebook Page became the first (by a big margin) to reach 10 million fans.

Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharoahs has been tasted by archeologists and found edible!

The second best selling game of all time is 'Jenga'. Jenga is a Swahili word, meaning "to build."
(Which make me wonder what is the BEST selling game of all time? Is it Scrabble or Monopoly?


Perusing a magazine at the mammography office on Thursday, I saw an ad for a toilet paper holder by Kallista/Kohler. It has a rotating (swivel) arm, so that when you need to replace the roll of paper, all you do is rotate the arm upward, slip on the roll and rotate it back to the proper position. Now that seems like a great idea to me; one that is many years too late in coming. I tried to find a picture of it to show you, but the website doesn't include that one. Maybe this is why: the price was listed at.....starting at $997. At first I thought I had misread the decimal point, but it was at the end. Yes, that's right, almost $1k for a darn toilet paper holder. For that money, I could hire a kid to stand in the bathroom and dispense it for me, couldn't I?? It looked like a chrome finish, but for $1k, maybe it's sterling silver. Should


BreadBox said...

Surely the best selling game of all time is a deck of cards?


Travelin'Oma said...

I have made many great speeches I totally regret. Some of my best letters should never have been sent. And I've even deleted a couple of blog posts that too hot to handle. That's a great quote!

Tabor said...

I learn something every time I come here!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL< LOL...Love that Toilet Paper Holder---Are they kidding? $1,000? I'll stick to that old fashioned springy kind....!
I knew that about Honey. Don't you find that amazing?
And...I use little Alcohol Swabs to clean all the things mentioned....The good thing about them is...Nothing to spill!
Your weather sounds glorious, Judy. Enjoy, Enjoy!

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow that must be some toilet roll holder!

I think a bit of sun on our skin is good for us. :)

Pat said...

We want swim suit photos !

tiff said...

that toilet paper dispenser? Egads.

Been loving the weather lately, even this chilly morning. Good for camping and keeping the bugs away.

Peter said...

Sunburn Judy!!!! haven't you heard about skin cancers???

srp said...

Maybe that toilet paper holder is gold!
Most popular board game would be Monopoly I would think.

I read an article recently that says our skin's ability to make Vitamin D by absorbing the UV rays of the sun decreases significantly as we age.... another minus... so it would take either more sun, which is harmful in other more significant ways (melanoma) or some supplement. Also, it is thought that the recommended Vitamin D of 400IU for those between 50 and 70 is way too low. So, I decided to pop the Vitamin D daily.

Granny Annie said...

This post is full of wonderful information as always. I had to stop and ponder the honey thing. Oh I believe it lasts forever but I can't help but wonder what brave archeologist tried it first. Do you suppose they took Mikey on the expedition to see if he liked it?

robin andrea said...

A very interesting list of odds and ends.

Star said...

I'd I had that TP holder I would show it offto everyone. And I would leave the price tag on!

Kay Dennison said...

I look better with a tan and need to get myself out now that the weather is good. I rarely burn.
Right now I look pasty. Yuck!

As to the TP holder, isn't nice that people somewhere have nothing better to do than spend money?

Ambrose Bierce is one of my favorites.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

If you did have a laptop, you wouldn't be able to see it outside. The screen glare is terrible (even in the shade). I know...I've tried it! LOL.

Grannymar said...

My laptop screen looks like glass so outdoors it acts like a dark mirror. Elly had a more up market one with a dull screen and she often sits outdoors to work on it.

Shephard said...

I think politics is the best-selling game of all time. :)