Short – Shorts

Often in life, it just doesn’t add up.  In my case it NEVER adds up.  Been a slow day here at the goat farm, need some sunshine, I am so far in the dark now, they will have to pump it into me when they do find some.  Okay, here is today’s trivia lesson, odds and ends for the cocktail circuit, take them … share them …. be the life of the party!

A full 25% of all Americans believe Sherlock Holmes is a real person, he is not.  Ernest Wrights 1939 novella Gadsby does not contain the letter “e.”  In how many Agatha Christie novels did the butler do it?  None.  Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in only six weeks.  The average grizzly bear will eat up to ten full grown salmon before being satisfied, that is the equivalent of 40 hamburgers.

Don’t you just hate reading a sign three hours into your scenic hike enjoying the wonders of the outdoors that reads:  “In the unlikely even that a Grizzly Bear attacks, use everything available — including your bare hands — to fight back.  Do not play dead.”

I like that last one … now that is a hoot …. You have this monstrous bear having YOU for lunch and they expect you to be calm?   I-don’

George Washington did not have wooden teeth.  The German crowd witnessing John F. Kennedy‘s speech in Berlin in 1963 did not mistake Ich bin ein Berliner to mean “I am a jelly doughnut.”  Al Gore never said he invented the Internet, though he did state that “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet”.

Entrapment law in the United States does not forbid police officers from going undercover, or from denying that they are police. It is a common misconception among persons engaged in low-level crime that if an undercover police officer is asked, “Are you a cop?” that they must reveal themselves to avoid entrapment.

You do not have the “right” to a telephone call.   Sorry.  If you get arrested, you’re entitled to make one phone call.  There is no law however, anywhere, that guarantees this.  It is just a courtesy or privilege offered, not a legal right.  Some places, if you are not surly or rude, will actually give you a second call.

Before approving benefits, the Oregon Department of Human Services requires all welfare applicants to take an informational workshop on saving money.  As part of the program, attendees in 2001 received a list of 17 suggested money-saving techniques, one of which was to scavenge for usable items in “residential or business dumpsters.”

When a meteor lands on Earth (after which it is termed a meteorite), it is not usually hot.  In fact, many are found with frost on them. Seasons are not caused by Earth being closer to the sun in summer than in winter. Rather, they are caused by Earth’s tilted axis.  Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after a person dies.  Rather, the skin dries and shrinks away from the bases of hairs and nails, giving the appearance of growth.

An earthworm does not become two worms when cut in half. An earthworm can survive being bisected, but only the front half of the worm (where the mouth is located) can survive, while the other half dries out or starves to death.  The common cold is not caused by being cold or wet. It is caused by a virus of the rhinovirus family. Being cold or wet may weaken your immune system, making it easier to succumb to the virus.

Not wearing a hat on a cold day will lead to a cold because of heat loss, false, any area of the body that is uncovered will lead to heat loss.  But take it from me … It is better to grab the ballcap.

Name this well known object described in this poetic riddle:

  • My love when I gaze upon thy beautiful face,
  • Careering along, yet always in place
  • The thought has often come into my mind
  • If I ever shall see thy glorious behind.

The Moon

(What were you thinking?)

And finally … The Mathematical formula doesn’t always add up. E=MC2 — A nice looking error if you ask me. (Quick!  Hit the screen saver I think the boss is coming.)