POTPOURRI #30   8/29/6

There is enough stone in the Great Wall of China to build an 8-foot wall around the earth at the equator.

King Richard II of England was so careless with royal funds that he once had to pawn his crown to make ends meet.

Job openings:  PUFFER, an auction booster;  ABIGAL, a lady’s maid;  BONIFACE, an innkeeper;  COUTURIER, dressmaker;  COSTERMONGER, fruit peddler.

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31.  Whose sweetheart was “Calamity Jane”?

32.  Which President was living with his wife for two years when they found her prior divorce was not valid?

33.  How many kings sat on the English throne in 1936?

34.  Do mulberries grow on bushes or trees?

35.  Who founded the University of Chicago?


Republican Sen. John McCain flip-flopped on the Iraq war again Friday, saying he now supports the U.S. mission in Iraq days. This latest chance in stance came just days after faulting the Bush administration for misleading Americans into believing it would be "some kind of day at the beach."

The pharmaceutical industry quietly footed the bill for at least part of a recent multimillion-dollar ad campaign praising lawmakers who support the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to political officials.

President Bush is standing at the podium taking questions from the press, and time and again as you look at his glazed gaze you think you are watching a tragic twist on the old deer-in-the-headlights refrain. The president looks frozen in place and time, like he has been trapped in the glare of his own headlights. It is clear that he has no idea of what to say or do to make victory happen, or at least to assure non-defeat. It is then that a freeze-frame panic in his eyes makes you think that perhaps he has finally gotten a clue, deep inside, of the once-unspeakable, horrible outcome that awaits the troops he commands. His fear: That due to the exponentially mounting failures of his Iraq war decisions, more than 2,600 of the bravest American men and women who volunteered to serve their country have died in Iraq, possibly in vain.  --Martin Schram

“President Bush operates in Washington like the head of a small occupying army of insurgents.  He’s an alien in the realm of the governing class, given a green card by voters.”  Fred Barns in “Rebel-in-Chief”

75% of vocabulary is learned outside of school.

The superstition of “three on a match” may date to trench warfare in WWI.  Soldiers believed that by holding a match long enough to light three cigarettes gave the enemy enough time to shoot the match holder.

Iced tea was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

The old Greek name for southeast Italy was Oenotria.  The root is Greek for wine.

ABNER DOUBLEDAY did not invent baseball as is commonly believed, but he did play a special part in American history:  He aimed the first Union shot at Fort Sumter.

GOT RELIGION?  40-45 new religious groups emerge each year in the US, compared with just a handful a year over a century ago.  J.G. Melton, UC-SB.

A hip replacement in the US costs $50,000...in London it’s $9,500.  WHY???

The flag of DENMARK is the oldest unchanged national flag in existence, dating to the 13th century.

Originally a farmer’s thresher, what we call a mace became a peasant’s weapon.  In Spain it’s called MATRE SUEGRA or “mother-in-law killer.”  Spikes were added to make it more effective.

Payback for the GI Bill:  $5 to 12.5 for every dollar spent.

From “The Stranger” by Albert Camus (a book Bush claimed to have read on his summer vacation):  “We have witnessed lying, humiliation, killing, deportation and torture, and in each instance it was impossible to persuade the people who were doing these things not to do them, because they were sure of themselves and because there is no way of persuading an abstraction, or, to put it another way, the representative of an ideology.”

HIV VIRUS is an obvious redundancy, since the "v" stands for "virus." Some other common redundancies which include an abbreviation are ATM machine, SALT talks, START talks, VIN number, PIN number, AC current, DC current, ISBN number, DOS operating system, and LCD display.

Missouri and Tennessee both touch on eight other states.

Each class preaches the imporance of those virtues it need not exercise.  The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor.  Oscar Wilde

Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report raised a few eyebrows this week when he went public about President George W. Bush's fondness for…well…farts.  Yep. The President farts - a lot. He farts in front of other White House staffers. He likes to joke about farts, cusses constantly and laughs with glee at the misfortune of others. In fact, the President's fondness for spicy Mexican food leads to farts that can clear a room.

The chicken is native to Asia.

The US spends nearly 16% of GDP on health care. Nobel Laureate Robert Fogel (U of Chicago) predicts it will be 25% by 2030.

“Since the discovery of the first obesity gene in 1994, scientists have found about 50 genes involved in obesity.  Some of them determine how individuals lay down fat and metabolize energy stores.  Others regulate how much people want to eat in the first place, how they know when they’ve had enough and how likely they are to use up calories through activities ranging from fidgeting to running marathons.”

NYT magazine, 8/13/6

Upton Sinclair's principle: “It's difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

A LICHEN is a partnership between a plant [fungus] and a one-celled animal [blue-green algae, e.g.]...the alga provides the food and the fungus provides the water and protection.

KWIKWIZ answers:

     31.  Buffalo Bill Cody.

     32.  Andrew Jackson.

     33.  Three.

     34.  Trees.

     35.  John D. Rockefeller.

CHALLENGE #19 was:  What percentage of the cells in your body are not human?

Answer:  Of the trillions and trillions of cells in a typical human body--at least 10 times as many cells in a single individual as there are stars in the Milky Way--only about 1 in 10 is human. The other 90% are microbial.  These microbes, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and a form of life called archaea--exist everywhere in and on the body.  NYT magazine 8/13/6

CHALLENGE  #20:  Which states are named after people and which state capitals are named after presidents? 



The letter used most in the English language is E, followed by T, A, I, S, O, N, H, R, and D in that order. S begins more English words than any other letter, far more than its nearest rival, C.

The PILGRIMS did not land at Plymouth Rock.  The Mayflower first touched land at the tip of Cape Cod on November 11, 1620 and didn’t reach Plymouth Rock until December 21st.  The legend began in the 1740s.


   36.  In which state did women first achieve suffrage?

   37.  Which President introduced waffles to the United States?

   38.  What do the initials H.J. on old tombstones mean?

   39.  In Scotland, what was blackmail originally?

   40.  What is the correct name of “The Statue of Liberty”?


~  Brain injuries are so common among U.S. troops that they're called the signature injury of the Iraq war, but Congress is poised to cut military spending on researching and treating them.

~  Under a plan devised by Bush political guru Karl Rove, Republicans funneled millions of dollars into the primary campaign of Democrat Joe Lieberman, a conservative online magazine reports.

~  At the Pentagon, senior officials privately refer to Bush as "numnuts" and call his actions "nitshit." Some worry openly about the President's mental capability and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs recently called a number of senior officers on the carpet and told them to tone down the rhetoric.  Capitol Hill Blue

~  FEMA remains demoralized and currently has fewer than 84% of its authorized personnel.

~  Karl Rove distributed to every Republican state chairman a custom compact discs with lists of voters, along with information on their voting patters AND CONSUMER HABITS.  NYT 9/3/6

A woman, standing NUDE, looks in the bedroom mirror and says to her husband, "I feel horrible, I look fat and ugly.  Pay me a compliment." The husband replies, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect." He never heard the shot.... Philip

The word CANVAS is derived from cannabis, a high-tensile fiber naturally resistant to decay.  [Altho’ THAT hemp plant is not good to smoke.]

SUPPOSE 30 students are eating lunch in a school cafeteria. Twenty are white; 10 are black. The 10 black students are at one table; the 20 white students are at two other tables. The  "natural" question:  Why are all the black kids sitting together?  Sociologists say this question is far more likely to arise than the question of why all the white kids are sitting together.  An example of how whiteness works as an "unmarked category."

Each day the average person consumes, in one form or another, about 3 quarts of water.  It’s released as urine at the rate of about 1/30 ounce per minute.

Percentage of respondents who think Americans are RUDE:

  Jordan 63%;  Indonesia 56%; Canada 52%;  Turkey 52%;  Russia 48%;  China 44%;  Spain 39%; France 37%;  U.S. 36%;  Grt. Britain 30%; India 27%; Poland 21%; Germany 12%.    Pew Global Attitudes project, Sp. 2005

GW’s reading habits from MAUREEN DOWD:

“On the 2000 campaign trail, W. told me that he did not identify with any literary hero, that baseball was his favorite ‘cultural experience,’ and that he liked ‘John La Care, Le Carrier, or however you pronounce his name.’  He was a gym rat, not a bookworm.  He told Brit Hume in 2003 that he rarely read newspapaer articles, preferring to get his information through aides, and he told Brian Lamb in 2005 that he would fall asleep after 20 or 30 pages of bedside reading.”

A husband and wife go to a counselor after 15 years of marriage. The counselor asks them what the problem is and the wife goes into a tirade listing every problem they have ever had in the 15 years they've been married. She goes on and on and on. Finally, the counselor gets up, walks around the desk, embraces the wife and kisses her passionately. The woman shuts up and sits quietly in a daze. The counselor turns to the husband and says, "This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?" The husband thinks for a moment and replies, "Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish."     Carla

PERSPECTIVE:  “Outside of Afghanistan and Iraq, the number of people killed around the world since Sept 11 by groups in sympathy with Al Qaeda is ... less than the number of Americans who drowned in bathtubs during this period.”  John Mueller in Foreign Affairs.

The Spanish owe the name of their nation to the Carthaginians of the 6th c., who gave the land the romantic name of Spania, or “land of the rabbits.”

The SEVEN SEAS is a figurative term meaning  all the waters of the earth.  The expression appears in the ancient literature of the Hindus, Chinese and Persians.

Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz independently created their own version of an internal-combustion engine.  They never met, but their firms ultimately merged to form Mercedes-Benz.


--The trouble with the law is lawyers.  Clarence Darrow

--What do I care about the law?  Ain’t I got the power?  Cornelius Vanderbilt

--Lawsuit, n.  A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.  Ambrose Bierce

--I was never ruined but twice:  once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.  Voltaire

--Rather than rules, have principles.

--“Where cruelty exists, law does not.”  --Alberto Mora [former Navy general counsel who won the “Profiles in Courage” award for warning the Administation that unleashing dogs for psychological torture and turning America into a law unto itself would hurt the nation.]

--A jury is 12 people whose job it is to decide which side has the better lawyer.

Edmund HOYLE has been credited with formulating rules to many popular games, but he wrote only two books on card playing, and never heard of most of the games for which he supposedly formulated rules.  Poker, e.g., was invented almost 100 years after his death.

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.  A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.  A good scientist has freed himself of concepts and keeps his mind open to what is.    Lao-tzu

Success to me is having ten honeydew melons, and eating only the top half of each one.  Barbra Streisand

All 25 members of the European Union had a 2004 fertility rate significantly below population maintenance.   Eurostat

KWIKWIZ answers:

   36.  Wyoming.

   37.  Thomas Jefferson, who brought a waffle iron from Holland.

   38.  Hic jacet (here lies).

   39.  A tax paid to bandits to insure immunity from pillage.

   40.  Liberty Enlightening the World.

CHALLENGE #20 was:  Which states are named after people and which state capitals are named after presidents? 

Answer:  I had ten states named after people:  LA, VA, WV, MD, NY, PA, GA, WA, NC and SC.  And four state capitals named after presidents: Jackson, MS; Jefferson City, MO;  Lincoln, NE; and Madison, WI.  RON had those, and in addition DE...named after Lord De La Warr...Ron gets bonus points!

CHALLENGE #21:  Which Americans invented the swivel chair and the rocking chair?

Potpourri #32   SENT SEPT 13

“It’s OK to make money.  It’s a good thing.  You go to heaven if you do it.”  Ivan Boesky

“I bet you, Ziggie, a hundred bucks that he ain’t here.”  --Charles Dillingham to Flo Ziegfield as they carried Harry Houdini’s casket away as pall-bearers. [See the movie The Illusionist...it’s VG.]

In 1642, Rembrandt painted “The Shooting Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq,” in which 29 life-sized civic guards are shown leaving the armory at high noon, with the sun shining brightly upon them.  Less than 200 years later the picture was so dingy and dark that someone called it “The Night Watch.”  The name stuck.

MEXICO has more millionaires than Germany.

“VP Dick Cheney suggested last weekend that the White House is even more delusional than Mr. Bush’s rhetoric suggests. The VP volunteered to NBC’s Tim Russert that not only was the Iraq invasion the right thing to do, ‘if we had it to do over again, we’d do exactly the same thing.’”  NYT editorial


   41.  What was Edison’s first patented invention?

   42.  Do cows perspire?

   43.  What is the origin of the word cereal?

   44.  Amber is:  animal, vegetable or mineral?

   45.  A football field is 100 yard long;  how wide is it?

FROM:  Six Arguments for a Plant-Based Diet by Michael Jacobson:

>>  2/3 of the grain and hay in the US is fed to livestock [but only 21% in other countries], and half the fertilizer used in the US is used to grow it.

>>  1/3 of the 511 million pounds of pesticides used in 2001 were used on crops that feed livestock, and it accumulates in their fat.

>>  Hot dogs are as much as 30% fat.

>>  1600 calories from fossil fuels produce 100 calories of grain-fed beef;  500 produce 100 calories of chicken or milk;  50 calories to produce 100 calories of plant food.  Ethel/Martin, U. of Chicago

>>  Half the Seventh-day Adventists are vegetarians and they live about 3 years longer than the other half.

>>  Reducing high sodium in foods could prevent 100,000 deaths/year, and eliminating trans-fats could save another 25-50,000 lives.

>>  18,000 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of edible beef.  Bioscience 47, 97, 1997

“That whole show was completely beyond me.  I never understood what was going on.  They’d tell me to go over there and trip, so I’d go over there and trip.”  --Bob Keeshan, AKA Captain Kangaroo, on his early work on The Howdy Doody Show as Clarabell the Clown

DID YOU NOTICE?  Last month a federal judge blocked an administration scheme to harvest timber in California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument, criticizing it as “incomprehensible.”

An oven’s heat source is in the walls, so you lose minimal heat by opening the door to peek.

QUASI is Latin for “as if,” when used as a prefix it means “seemingly.”

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the  last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

The PENTAGON, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and  whites.

The word PIZZA is obviously related to the word PITA, which is a name for various kinds of yeast-risen flat bread.  It is a good bet that both pizza and pita are descended from the first yeast-risen breads, which were Egyptian.  In 1889, a Neapolitan baker named Raffaele Esposito invented a special pizza for a state visit of Queen Margherita to Naples.  He used basil, mozzarella and tomatoes, which represented the three colors of the Italian flag--green, white and red.

It’s easier for water molecules to form ice crystals in boiled wated because dissolved air has been removed.

POLISH is pronounced two ways, depending on whether or not the first letter is capitalized. Some other such words: JOB, LIMA, RAINIER, READING, NICE, NATAL, MALE, SAID, WORMS and EWE.

MONDAY is the only day of the week that has an anagram, DYNAMO

There are four reasons for working:  Habit, Pleasure, Money, Power.

Nietzsche is pietsche, but Sartre is smartre.

FLIP-FLOP?  “Mr. Cheney’s friends and former aides said they were mystified about how the same man who as defense secretary in 1991 warned that ‘for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire’ managed, 15 years later, to find himself facing that prospect.”  David Sanger, NYT, 9/10/6

The name PAKISTAN was coined by Chaudrie Rahmat Ali from appropriate letters of the words Punjab, Afghan Border States, Kasmir, Sind and Baluchistan.

"You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too." Anais Nin

FDR named the United Nations.  He thought of it while taking a shower one day in the White House, and called it out to Winston Churchill in the next room.

The fact that you hold a pair in a poker game increases the probability that your opponent also holds a pair.

In 1897, while serving a term in the Ohio State Penitentiary, a prisoner helped design, build and install its first electric chair.  Years later, he returned to the prison after being convicted of first-degree murder.  In 1911 he was executed in the same electric chair.  His name was Charles Justice.

There is nothing difficult about selling a refrigerator to an Eskimo.  Many Eskimos use them--to keep food from freezing.

KWIKWIZ answers:

   41.  The electrical vote recorder.

   42.  Only through their nose.

   43.  It comes from Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture.

   44.  Vegetable.

   45.  160 feet wide.


#  [declining] noetical faculties--relating to the intellect

#  mumpsimus--pigheaded adherence to something that is obviously wrong

#  anosagnosic--unaware of my condition

#  extropianist--believes that cultural and technological development tends to oppose and will overcome entropy.  [The Extropy Institute, founded in California in 1988, has defined seven Extropian Principles which codify the philosophy. They are: perpetual progress, self-transformation, practical optimism, intelligent technology, open society, self-direction, and rational thinking.]

#  dona novis pacem--give us peace

#  [not] bien-pensant...a judgmental person, very rigid in thinking, who sees things in black and white

#  bloviater--one who talks at length, esp. using inflated or empty rhetoric; to speechify or ‘sound off’

#  olericulturist--cultivator of edible plants, esp. leafy veggies & herbs

#  conscientious omnivore--cares about animals, but eats them anyway

#  nettler--A person who nettles, stings, or irritates

CHALLENGE #21 was:  Which Americans invented the swivel chair and the rocking chair?  Swivel chair: Thomas Jefferson.  Rocking chair:  Ben Franklin...however, Jerry cites the latter as popular mythology, since the rocker pre-existed in Europe, but he allows that Ben added an automatic fan to the rocker as a unique contribution.

CHALLENGE #22:  Who said “Play it again, Sam”?


  When  King Farouk fled Egypt in 1952, a number of personal items were left behind in his luxurious palace:  a vast collection of American comic books; a pocket radiation counter; 75 pairs of binoculars; 1,000 ties; photographs depicting copulating elephants; an immense stamp collection; and a $20 double eagle which had vanished some years before from the Philadelphia Mint museum.

  Magnesum gains weight in the process of burning;  its ashes weigh more than the metal.

  NICOTINE in cigarettes has risen 10% in the past 6 years, making it harder to quit and easier to be addicted.  Mass Dept of Health


   46.  Save Israel, which Middle Eastern country has the most Jews?

   47.  What % of Big Pharma’s marketing budget is directed at doctors?

   48.  What color are the gondolas in Venice?

   49.  What famous hotel was formerly on the site of the Empire State Building?

   50.  How many survived the Custer Massacre?

  “WAR IS OVER!...if you want it.”  sign held by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

  The VETERANS ADMINISTRATION achieves higher customer satisfaction than the private sector, higher qulaity of care and lower mortality rates--at much lower cost per patient.  Hundreds of thousands of vets have switched to the V.A., but the Bush administration has limited it to poor vets and those with service-injuries.  HMOs cost lots more than Medicare because of marketing and bureaucracy.  But in 2003 Bush pushed through “Medicare Advantage” which gives HMOs heavy subsidies that cost 11% more than traditional Medicare.  And the mortality rate is 40% higher than for elderly vets in the V.A.  Bush and Congress oppose expanding the best health care system in America [which would save tax dollars], because they fear expanding a successful gov’t program would undermine their anti-govenment crusade and displease powerful business lobbies.  Therefore they waste billions of dollars.  Remember this when conservatives talk about excessive spending on entitlements and the need to cut Medicare and Medicaid.  Paul Krugman, 9/4/6

  US contractors were hired to limit the number of soldiers sent to Iraq.  How many were killed so far?   Over 500...but who’s counting???

  “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”  Albert Einstein

  DUECES WILD.  Ray Chapman, former star shortstop of the Cleveland Indians, batted second in Cleveland’s lineup.  In one game, during the 1920 season, he went to bat twice and got two hits, each a double.  He stole two bases and scored two runs.  In the field, he made two put-outs, two assists and two errors.  In two unofficial times at bat he was struck by pitched balls--twice.  The second of these killed him.

  Life is too short not to be filled with passion and commitment.  Saul Alinsky

  How could Karl Rove use a false “gay card,” in W’s governor race v. Ann Richards, e.g., when his own father, who died 2 years ago, was a public homosexual?

  In legal use, when a married person dies, an insurance policy does not have to pay a “wife” or “husband”(since that means a living partner), but would pay a spouse.

  By choosing the right starting points, it is possible to go due south from Arkansas into each of the six adjoining states.

DO YOU FEEL A DRAFT COMING?  The U.S. military has about 21,000 troops in Afghanistan, an increase of several thousand over the past year.

Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. forces throughout the Middle East, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the military will likely maintain — or possibly even increase — force levels of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring. The current total is 147,000, up about 20,000 since June.

The Army is six brigades short of its goal of 42. That is one reason why the Army was forced in 2004-05 to use more National Guard combat units in Iraq than normal; at one point there were seven Guard combat brigades there, compared with just one now.

President Bush, in New York for U.N. General Assembly meetings on Tuesday, told Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that the U.S. will keep soldiers in Iraq as long as necessary.

"We are in a dilemma," O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution said. "A radical new policy may be needed, such as offering citizenship to foreigners abroad if they'll serve first" in the U.S. military.

  WHY?  In the US we pay twice as much for health care as any other country, but we are 46th in the world in life expectancy.

  Charles Kettering’s inventions [2nd to Edison]: motor on cash register, ignition system, 2-stroke diesel engine, paint finish for cars, ethyl gas, freon, pilotless bomber, cure for VD [pre penicillin).

  A Spanish explorer lost in the jungles of South America, rather than die a slow death of starvation and fever chose a quick death: eating the poisonous root of the casava plant. He boiled the root and drank it--it was tasty.  Nothing happened since he was the first to discover that boiling destroys the poison.  He survived and the new food was given a South American Indian name:  tapioca.

  Microwaving a potato STEAMS it, but it is not baked.  If you want fluffy insides, use the oven.

  The term BOOTLEGGER originated on the Indian reservations of the West.  Since it was unlawful to sell alcoholic spirits to Indians, peddlers often carried flasks of firewater in their boots to conceal them from government agents.

  An express train labeled LIMITED doesn’t mean limited stops, rather limited seating.

  The most costly punctuation error of all time was committed in November of 1962 when the omission of a hyphen from directions to a US Venus space probe rocket resulted in its destruction.

  SCULPTURES...some repeats, but it’s rather extensive and tells how to do them-- from Carla:     http://dalesdesigns.net/sandsculpt1.htm


  In 1949 Jerome Robbins proposed to Leonard Bernstein an updated version of Romeo & Juliet as a Broadway musical called East Side Story:  Jews vs. Catholics.  It became Jets & Sharks in West Side Story.

  More people die of snake bite in India than in all the Western World:  more than 250,000 are bitten by venomous snakes and over 50,000 die.

  More than half of the families who file for bankruptcy do so because of a serious medical problem.  It’s expensive to get sick in America today--too expensive for the average family.    Newsweek

  The U.S. spends 8% more than we produce.  Paul Volker

KWIKWIZ answers:

  46.  Iran has 20,000 Jews.

  47.  ~90% of $21 billion.  JAMA

  48.  Black.

  49.  The Waldorf-Astoria.

  50.  Only one horse.

CHALLENGE #22 was:  Who said “Play it again, Sam”?

Answer:  Not Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca.”  He said “Play it,” and Ingrid Bergman said “Play it, Sam.”  Woody Allen said “Play it again, Sam.” That Q didn’t fool anyone [at least not those who responded.]  Jim S. added:  “Ilsa said ‘Play it once...’”

CHALLENGE #23:  Name the ten Hispanic countries that have been represented in the major leagues of baseball.

Potpourri #34   :  The Canine Edition  sent 9/27

Things we can learn from a dog:

~  Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

~  Allow the experience of fresh air and wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

~  When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

~  When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

~  Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

~  Take naps and stretch before rising.

~  Run, romp and play daily.

~  Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

~  Be loyal.

~  Never pretend to be something you're not.

~  If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

~  When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

~  Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

~  Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

~  On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

~  When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

~  No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and run right back and make friends.

~  Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.


51.  Which country holds the 3 monkeys: See/Hear/Speak No Evil?

52.  Did the Pony Express ever lose a mail pouch?

53.  The Eskimo dog is sometimes a purebred what?

54.  How many toes does a horse have?

55.  What animal was formerly called cameleopard?


  1.  If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what you want.

  2.  Don't go out without ID.

  3.  Be direct with people; let them know exactly how you feel by piddling on their shoes.

  4.  Be aware of when to hold your tongue, and when to use it.

  5.  Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.

  6.  Always give people a friendly greeting. A cold nose in the crotch is effective.

  7.  When you do something wrong, always take responsibility (as soon as you're dragged out from under the bed).

  8.  If it's not wet and sloppy, it's not a real kiss.

1. How Dogs and Men are the Same:

>  Both take up too much space on the bed.

>  Both have irrational fears about vacuum cleaning.

>  Both are threatened by their own kind.

>  Both mark their territory.

>  Both are bad at asking you questions.

>  Neither tells you what's bothering them.

>  The smaller ones tend to be more nervous.

>  Both have an inordinate fascination with women's crotches.

>  Neither does any dishes.

>  Both fart shamelessly.

>  Neither of them notice when you get your hair cut.

>  Both like dominance games.

>  Both are suspicious of the postman.

>  Neither knows how to talk on the telephone.

>  Neither understands what you see in cats.

2. How Dogs Are Better Than Men:

>  Dogs do not have problems expressing affection in public.

>  Dogs miss you when you're gone.

>  Dogs feel guilt when they've done something wrong.

>  Dogs don't criticize your friends.

>  Dogs admit when they're jealous.

>  Dogs are very direct about wanting to go out.

>  Dogs don't laugh at how you throw.

>  Dogs don't feel threatened by your intelligence.

>  You can train a dog.

>  Dogs are easy to buy for.

>  You are never suspicious of your dog's dreams.

>  The worst social disease you can get from dogs is fleas.  (OK.

>  The “really” worst disease you can get from them is rabies, but there's a vaccine for it, and you get to kill the one that gives it to you.

>  Dogs understand what NO means.

>  Dogs understand if some of their friends cannot come inside.

>  Middle-aged dogs don't feel the need to abandon you for a younger owner.

>  Dogs admit it when they're lost.

>  Dogs are color blind.

>  Dogs aren't threatened if you earn more than they do.

>  Dogs mean it when they kiss you.

3. Where Dogs Fall Down:

>  Men only have two feet that track in mud.

>  Men can buy you presents.

>  Men don't have to play with every man they see when you take them around the block.

>  Men are a little bit more subtle.

>  Men don't eat turds on the sly.

>  Dogs have dog breath all the time.

>  Men can do math stuff.  But then, who really needs a man to do math?

>  Men don't shed as much, and if they do, they hide it.

>  It's fun to dry off a wet man.

> And the reverse-----


> *  Dogs don't ask what are you thinking.

> *  Dogs don't cry.

> *  Dogs love it when your friends come over.

> *  Dogs don't care if you use their shampoo.

> *  Dogs think you sing great.

> *  A dog's time in the bathroom is confined to a quick drink.

> *  Dogs don't expect you to call when you are running late.

> *  The later you are, the more excited dogs are to see you.

> *  Dogs will forgive you for playing with other dogs.

> *  Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.

> *  Dogs are excited by rough play.

> *  Dogs don't mind if you give their offspring away.

> *  Dogs love red meat.

> *  Dogs can appreciate excessive body hair.

> *  Anyone can get a good-looking dog.

> *  If a dog is gorgeous, other dogs don't hate it.

> *  Dogs don't shop.

> *  Dogs like it when you leave lots of things on the floor.

> *  A dog's disposition stays the same all month long.

> *  Dogs never need to examine the relationship.

> *  A dog's parents never visit.

> *  Dogs love long car trips.

> *  Dogs understand that instincts are better than asking for directions.

> *  Dogs understand that all animals smaller than dogs were made to be hunted.


  There are three faithful friends--an old wife, an old dog and ready money.

--Ben Franklin.

  The other day I saw two dogs walk over to a parking meter. One of them says to the other, “How do you like that? Pay toilets!”  --Dave Starr

  Man is a dog’s ideal of what God should be. --Holbrook Jackson 1874 English Journalist.

  A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

--Josh Billings

  Dogs are lousy poker players. When the get a good hand they wag their tails.

  Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.   --Mark Twain.

  The great pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, he will make a fool of himself too.   --Samuel Butler

  Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.   --Harry S. Truman

  Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.   --Corey Ford, American writer

  They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell.   --Emily Dickenson

   Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.  --Alexander Pope

   The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.  --Andrew A. Rooney

   You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, “My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!”   --Dave Barry

KWIKWIZ answers:

51.  Japan.

52.  Only once.

53.  Wolf.

54.  Four, one on each foot.

55.  Giraffe.

CHALLENGE #23 was:  Name the ten Hispanic countries that have been represented in the major leagues of baseball.

The first Hispanic baseball player in the major leagues was Luis Castro from Colombia [Phila. A’s in 1902], since then more than 1,155 players suited up representing Cuba, Dominican Republic [409], Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico [255], Spain and Venezuela [176].  [Yes, I count PR as a Hispanic country.]

CHALLENGE #24:  If the liquid inside a fire hydrant is H2O, what is the liquid outside it?

Potpourri #35   Sent 10/4

  100 laughs will give your body an aerobic workout equal to a 10-minute session on a rowing machine.  Wm. Fry, Stanford University

  “I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting.  I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.”  Gen. Douglas MacArthur, address to Congress, 1951

  “I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.”  Andrew Carnegie, 1889.

  “So many right-wing Christians...so few lions.”  Tee shirt.

  When HUGO CHAVEZ of Venezuela spoke at the UN the US press focused on him saying that Bush is the devil...what they didn’t report was that he gave a thoughtful speech that criticized the US for its world dominance and UN vetos.


56.  What is the largest ethnic minority in Europe?

57.  What word can be formed from the initials of the Great Lakes?

58.  How did “blue laws” get their name?

59.  Who came first to the American continent: African slaves or the Pilgrims?

60.  In what metal were the first U.S. coins minted?

GOT GERMS?  Australian medical doctors self-reported their hand-washing rate at 73%...the truth was 9%.

KEEPING US SAFE AT HOME.  The F.D.A. has jurisdiction over the produce industry and has < 2,000 inspectors for > 120,000 facilities...the Bush Administration cut 250 inspectors in the last 3 years.  It’s Center for Food Safety budget has been cut by 30% and it lost 14% of its staff in the past 3 years...Bush again!  Enjoy your spinach.

GOTO http://home.att.net/~hideaway_fun/442/planet.htm

...for some beautiful views of planet earth...from Philip

THE FALLEN:  65 American female soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan--and they are not in combat positions.

FIDEL CASTRO requires every graduating physician to serve a year in rural Haiti.

HMMM.  44% of Americans think Christ will return in the next 50 years...>50% believe the universe was created 6,000 years ago [which is 1,000 years after the Sumerians invented glue]...62% want creationism taught in schools--and 44% want it taught exclusively...73% believe in the existence of Hell...>50% have a “negative” or “highly negative” view of people who don’t believe in God...70% think it important for presidential candidates to be “stongly religious.”  from Pew, Gallup and Newsweek.

GOT WORK?  Between 2000 and 2005, the number of Americans with private health insurance fell 1%.  Over the same period, employment at health insurance companies rose 32%.  What are all those employees doing??  --Paul Krugman

  91% of 2-and-3-car garages in America hold only one car.  Michele Meyer


    ~~ Height  85%

    ~~ Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder  75%

    ~~ Weight  70%

    ~~ Intelligence  52%

    ~~ Personality 50%

    ~~ Alzheimer’s disease 50%

    ~~ Vocational interests  42%

    ~~ Scholastic achievement  38%

    ~~ Memory  22%

    ~~ Hypertension 20%

    ~~ Life span  3%

Sources:  James Lyons; Robert Plomin, Kings College, London; Science

  CORPS has the plural spelled the same way as the singular but pronounced differently. Other such words are CHASSIS, BOURGEOIS, RENDEZVOUS, PINCE-NEZ, FAUX PAS, GARDEBRAS, PRÉCIS

FOOD FACTS from Marian Burros:

   *  GOT A BEEF?  Canada has had 8 cases of mad cow disease since 2003 [latest in August]...most from Alberta where we import most of our beef.  “Country of Origin Labeling” for all meats scheduled for Oct. 1 by federal law has been delayed until 2008 [lobbyists win again] even though 86% of the public want to know, according to the beef industry.

   *  The FDA recently announced that it is safe to spray a mix of six viruses on deli meats.  They are usually not cooked after purchase so are particularly vulnerable to listeria, bacteria that is especially dangerous for pregnant women, fetuses and newborns.  The FDA has wanted manufacturers to clean their plants so the bacteria wouldn’t survive, but it’s easier to spray the mix of viruses to kill it, instead of cleaning up.

   *  COKE ADDS LIFE:  One extra can of soda/day will add 15 pounds a year.

  “Thinking is the dismissal of irrelevancies.”  Buckminster Fuller

  Gettin’ Their Cut:  “Even though UnitedHealth often charged higher premiums than other insurers this year, it won many subscribers because it had a product endorsed by AARP, the lobby for older Americans.”  Robert Pear, NYT 10/1/6

UKULELE means “jumping flea” in the Hawaiian language, re the finger motion used to play it.

  Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, wore gloves to hide a physical deformity:  She had six fingers on one hand.

  Keeping Profits Safe for Big Pharma:  The Dept. of Homeland Security has been confiscating prescription drugs mailed to American consumers from Canadian pharmacies.

  Several decades ago, during the mayoral election in Picoaza, Ecuador, a foot powder known as Pulvapies ran an advertising campaign with the slogan, “Vote for Any Candidate, but if You Want Well-being and Hygiene, Vote for Pulvapies.”  When the returns were in, Pulvapies had been elected mayor of Picoaza.

KWIKWIZ answers:

56.  There are 10 million Romany in Europe [aka Gypsies].

57.  Homes.

58.  From Connecticut’s rigid statues which were bound in blue covers.

59.  African slaves.

60.  Copper.

CHALLENGE #24 was:  If the liquid inside a fire hydrant is H2O, what is the liquid outside it?         Answer:  K9P...sorry about that!

CHALLENGE #25:  How many of the 50 states still allow corporal punishment to discipline public school students?

Potpourri #36  sent oct 11

  In a lifetime we consume around a million calories; 42 tons of water; 8 tons of carbohydrates; 3 tons of fat and 3 tons of protein--more or less.

   SECURITY.  71% of people in a British study were “willing to trade their office computer password for a candy bar.”   Health magazine

   SCOTT’s new, “Now Improved!” version of their 1,000 sheet toilet paper roll still has 1,000 sheets...but each sheet is 3/10” smaller, which makes the “Improved” roll 300 inches shorter.

   Remember:  Better people than you are powerless.

   EFFICIENT?/EFFECTIVE?  Every other wealthy nation provides near universal health insurance, while spending less on health care than we do.  Because we pay for private insurers.  Medicare [universal health care for seniors] spends less than 2 cents/dollar on administration and 88 cents on health care.  Private insurance companies spend only 80 cents/dollar on medical care.   Paul Krugman


   66.  Whose coat of arms suggeested the use of stars and stripes in the U.S. flag?

   67.  What is the difference between whole wheat and graham flour?

   68.  How much does the US gov’t borrow each day?

   69.  In England, what is a hamlet?

   70.  Is hot tea primarily a warming or cooling drink?

   DIXIE.  In 1859 Decatur Emmett was asked to write a “fast, noisy song” over the weekend.  The following saturday, April 4th, was the first performance of “Dixie” in Mechanic’s Hall on Broadway.  The minstrels who sang it went on the road with the song in the musical “Pocahontas” about the hstory of Jamestown.  In 1861 they performed in Montgomery AL, the capital of the Confederacy, and a local bandleader, Herman Arnold, took the song to play at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis on February 18, 1861.  It quickly became the South’s unofficial anthem and bands in the North refused to play it.  Ohioan  Emmett was furious and eventually sold the song rights for $300.  On April 10, 1865, the day after Lee surrendered, President Lincoln gave a speech on the White House lawn.  As he walked back to the executive mansion, the Marine Corps Band played the song Lincoln requested:  Dixie.

   Miami beach is where neon goes to die.  Lenny Bruce

   BEST & BRIGHTEST:  The U.S. Army recruited more than 2,600 soldiers under new lower aptitude standards this year, helping the service beat its goal of 80,000 recruits in the throes of an unpopular war and mounting casualties.

   The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.  George Bernard Shaw


  ~  Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world [1096?].  In the early 1200s, rioting broke out between “town and gown.”  In addition to inspiring the university’s earliest primitive residence halls, legend has it that the unrest forced some Oxford academics to flee northeast to an ancient Roman trading post, where in 1209 the first gathering of scholars for the purpose of study took place at Oxford’s scholastic rival, the University of Cambridge. Not surprisingly, neither school’s official history corroborates this theory of shared heritage.  John Harvard [yeah, THAT Harvard] graduated from Cambridge. 

  ~  Eight years before Oxford there was the University of Bologna in Italy--the oldest continually operating, degree-granting U in the Western World.

  ~  The term Cordon Bleu [Fr. for blue ribbon] originated w/16th c. French knight’s order Ordre du Sait Esprit, whose members were called les Cordonsbleus because of the blue sash they wore; the meals at there meetings were legendary. The famous cooking school began in 1896.

  ~  In Paris’ Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne was founded in the 13th c. by the rebelling Pierre Abelard [who later had an affair w/Heloise, a student, producing one of the most famous tragic love stories of all time].

  ~  Plato’s Academy got its name from a pubic, wooded grove near Athens left to its citizens by the hero Academus to be used for gymnastics.

  ~  The University of Wisconsin, Madison has 39 extant Native American burial mounds on campus, which are about a thousand years old.  More than any other university.

HAPPY B’DAY?   Heart attacks occur more frequently on which day of the year?   Bithdays.  Canadian researchers [Neurology J. this year] tracked >50,000 patients w/avg age of 70. They found a strong relationship between birthdays and vascular events.  Strokes were 27% more likely to occur on b’days.  A NJ study found the same result.

  What’s the fastest growing part of the federal budget?  INTEREST on excessive borrowing, which is up 20% this year to $220 billion.  That’s what happens when you cut taxes and conduct two expensive wars.  Last year  we paid $77 billion in interest to other countries.   So far Bush has borrowed $1.5 TRILLION.

  A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective:

      a. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

      b. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

      c. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

      d. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

      e. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

  “My mother said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you.  Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying.  Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”  Helen Hayes

  PENCIL sales in Britain increased 700% due to the sudoku craze.  The Independent [London]

KWIKWIZ answers:

    66.  The Washington family.

    67.  WH flour contains about 95% of the whole wheat kernel; graham has it all.

    68.  $3 billion per day.

    69.  A village without a church.

    70.  It warms first but in 15 minutes it begins to take away in evaporation up to 50 times the heat it brought.

  CHALLENGE #25 was:  How many of the 50 states still allow corporal punishment to discipline public school students?

  Answer:   In 2002 9.1% of students in Mississippi were punished this way.  Nearly 3/4 of all corporal punishment in the US in 2002 was in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.  [Center for Effective Discipline and US DOE]

Jerry is correct, saying:  “Corporal punishment is legal in schools, at least to some degree, in 22 states. Bush/Cheney carried 19 of those states!”

CHALLENGE  #26:   What do the following people have in common?  Thomas Jefferson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Mark Twain, U. S. Grant, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Jackson, Dorothy Hamill, Mike Tyson, Jack Abramoff.

Potpourri #37  sent oct 19

   54% of Americans are “very satisfied wtih their jobs, while only 34% feel that way about their personal and family lives.”  U of Michigan study

   The earliest know dice were made from the knucklebones of sheep, but by 1300 B.C. they had acquired the smooth cube shape and dots familiar today.

  "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. . . It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." -- George W. Bush 9-13-2001

  "I don't know where he (bin Laden) is. I have no idea and I really don't care.  It's not that important. It's not our priority."  -- George W. Bush 3-13-2002

   Anyone remember Duz detergent, Kellogg’s Pep cereal, Oasis cigarettes or Plymouth cars?

   Today is Thursday, October 19, 2006: 1,266 days since George Bush declared

Mission Accomplished in Iraq.

  WANT TO VOTE ABSENTEE?  go to www.fvap.gov/links/statelinks.html

  “Beauty is no quality in things themselves.  It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.”  David Hume

   “Cut & Run OR Stay & Become an Amputee.”   T-shirt

   “The English leave w/o saying goodbye;  the Hungarians say goodbye w/o leaving.”  ...an old saying

   AVERAGE GAS TAXES/GAL:   Britain--$4.24....Germany--$3.99.....France--$3.80.....Italy--$3.75.....Japan--$2.07.....Canada--$1.03.....U.S.--40 cents [includes state and federal taxes]  Source: International Energy Agency.  NB:  Repulican economist Alan Greenspan wants it raised in the U.S.


71.  How many of the 13 Original States were first settled by Swedes?

72.  Broccoli is a variety of what vegetable?

73.  The piccolo is the diminutive of what musical instrument?

74.  What one thing remained in Pandora’s box?

75.  Who said that the hardest job of a president is to keep his temper?

   A new DATABASE is available to the general public free of charge that displays your personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates). (Soc. Sec. is available for a price.) The database is found at  www.zabasearch.com -- type in your name and check...you'll be surprised.

   GOT PORK?  The term used for political patronage is from the pre-Civil War practice of distributing salt pork in large barrels to slaves.

   The food supply sickens 76 milliion Americans every year, putting more than 300,000 of them in hospital, and killing 5,000, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

   KARL ROVE:  “Brilliance gradually succumbing to hubris.”  Joshua Greel


  + Bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all were invented by women.

  + 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.   

  + Married men revealed that they do this twice as often as single men:  Change their underwear.

  + Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. -- Benjamin Franklin

  + Who ever thought up the word "Mammogram"?  Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone.

--Jan King

  + This stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation. Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous.  A kiss

  + 85% of the guys who die while having sex are doing this.  Cheating on their wives.

  + 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.

  + I knew I had talent and I was afraid that if I learned to type I would become a secretary.  --Barbra Streisand

  + Why is the word “tongue” feminine in Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French and German?  Austin O’Malley

  + Middle age is when women stop worrying about becoming pregnant and men start worrying about looking like they are.

  + Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.  Samuel Johnson.

MYSTERY!   The Ark of the Covenant

To movie buffs, the Ark of the Covenant is the quarry of Indiana Jones in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.  To historians, the ark is a wooden container covered in gold that, according to the Old Testament, bore the stone tablets upon which God inscribed the 10 Commandments that Moses passed on to the Hebrew people.  As is suggested in the title of the movie, the whereabouts of this sacred Judeo-Christian artifact are unknown.

The location of the ark has long been speculated upon, and several people claim to have seen it since its disappearance two millennia ago.  The late amateur archaeologist Ron Wyatt claimed to have discovered the ark while digging underneath Mount Moriah, also known as the Temple Mount, the site of the first and second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.  He claimed to have found a number of other biblical artifacts, but has presented little or no evidence.

Some believe the ark is concealed under the Temple Mount, though digging under it is restricted because it is also the site of the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s most important shrines.  Another theory is that the ark was smuggled from the Jewish Temple into Africa, ending up in Ethiopia--the theory upon which Raiders of the Lost Ark is based.  The Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Axum, Ethiopia, claims the ark is kept in its treasury, though most Western historians dispute the claim.

The ark’s true location is indeed a mystery, and unless Indiana dusts off his hat and whip to rejoin the hunt, it may remain so for another couple millennia.

   KWIKWIZ answers:

71.  Three:  Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

72.  Cabbage.

73.  The flute.

74.  Hope.

75.  Woodrow Wilson.

CHALLENGE  #26 was:   What do the following people have in common?  Thomas Jefferson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Mark Twain, U. S. Grant, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Jackson, Dorothy Hamill, Mike Tyson, Jack Abramoff.

Answer:  They went from great wealth to very big debt.  David Latko says there are 5 basic ways to get rich:  inherit, marry, steal, win or earn.  Only those who earn fortunes tend to preserve wealth.  The other four tend to be wastrels.  Jerry and Harold got this one.

CHALLENGE #27:  “Wonder Bread helps build strong bodies 12 ways.”  How many can you name?

POTPOURRI #38  sent  Oct 24

   HONEY I ATE THE KIDS:  Crocodile and lion dads will eat their young just to send the female back into heat.

   “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.”  George Bernard Shaw

   ANGER is only one letter short of danger.

   GUNG-HO:  is a military expression which today means “unthinkingly enthusiastic and eager.”  It was introduced as a slogan by Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson and adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps Second Raider Battalion in 1942.  While in China, Carlson greatly admired the spirit of a Chinese Communist organization, the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society, whose long name was abbreviated to Mandarin Chinese words kung and ho, which literally mean “work” and “peace, harmony.”  Carlson, invoking the spirit of the Industrial Cooperative, introduced the words to his men as an imperative sentence meaning “work together!” The words simply don't mean that, so one of the best-known Marine catchphrases of World War II is actually the name of a Communist organization.

   A friend’s mother buried three husbands, and two of them were just napping.


   76.  Does orange pekoe refer to color, flavor or size of a tea leaf?

   77.  Which month was named for a god whose two faces looked in opposite directions.

   78.  How many votes decided the 2000 presidential election?

   79.  How many holidays did the early Puritans celebrate each year?

   80.  How much was the outgoing ExxonMobil CEO paid his last year?


   1.  Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.  Voltaire

   2.  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

   3.  God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.  Benjamin Franklin

   4.  “American health care has many problems.  Health insurance is linked too tightly to employment, and too many people cannot afford insurance.  Insurance companies put too much energy into avoiding payments.  Personal medical records are kept on paper rather than in accessible electronic fashion.  Emergency rooms are not always well suited to serve as last-resort health care for the poor.  Most fundamentally, the lack of good measures of health care quality makes it hard to identify and eliminate waste.”  Tyler Cown, economist, Geo. Mason U.

   5.  GIMME A KISS.  The lips of hundreds of thousands of men and women around the planet are filled by plastic surgeons with synthetic collagen called Cosmoplast.  It is manufactured from fetal foreskin stem cells harvested from a single baby boy who is now a teenager.


  1)  The bandage was wound around the wound.

  2)  The farm was used to produce produce.

  3)  The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

  4)  We must polish the Polish furniture.

  5)  He could lead if he would get the lead out.

  6)  The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

  7)  Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

  8)  A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

  9)  When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

  10)  I did not object to the object.

  11)  The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

  12)  There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

  13)  They were too close to the door to close it.

  14)  The buck does funny things when the does are present.

  15)  A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

  16)  To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

  17)  The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

  18)  After a number of injections my ! jaw got number.

  19)  Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

  20)  I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

  21)  How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

   In 1936, Germany had the best educated population and the highest rate of HS and college & graduate school graduates.

   You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.  Dorothy Parker

   IN GOD WE TRUST.  The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God.  "He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country," said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

   HUH?  When Bill Clinton was president, the House took 140 hours of sworn testimony into whether Mr. Clinton had used the White House Christmas list to identify possible Democratic donors.  But in 2004-5, a House committee took only 12 hours of testimony on the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

   The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower your class.  Paul Fussell

KWIKWIZ answers:

   76.  A specific size of tea leaf.

   77.  Janus for January.

   78.  537.

   79.  Only Thanksgiving day.

   80.  $400,000,000.

CHALLENGE #27 was:  “Wonder Bread helps build strong bodies 12 ways.”  How many can you name?

Answer:  The bread company never explained even though the FTC questioned them on it.  It was a marking ploy for decades.

CHALLENGE #28:  Which Carribean country has the highest density of caves of any country in the world---and, 80 million years ago was in the Pacific Ocean?


   The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

   The cruise liner, QE II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

   $1 NICE/$10 NASTY.  So far this campaign, the political parties have exposed voters to nearly $160 million in ads attacking congressional candidates. How much spent painting a positive image? About $17 million.

   THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH:  More than 30,000 people die from gunshot wounds every year, through murder, suicide and accidents.


   81.  Does corn have an even or odd number of rows?

   82.  Prior to the 1890s, how did citizens vote in Kentucky?

   83.  Will ice on a pond two inches thick support a person?

   84.  What acid was first  obtained by putting ants in boiling water?

   85.  The name of this sport is translated:  “gentle art.”

CAPITAL/CAPITOL: They seem to be very similar, but are from different Latin roots.  Capital, has various senses, meaning punishable by death, principal, a seat of government, and wealth used in an investment. It derives from the Latin caput, meaning head [not the German, kaput, meaning broken].

Capitol, refers to the building where the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, DC. It is also commonly used to refer to the buildings where various state legislatures meet.  Capitol is a direct import from Latin into American English. It derives from the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of ancient Rome, where the temple to Jupiter once stood. The architecture of Washington was deliberately designed to evoke  images of the Roman Republic, and in this case the word chosen for the halls of Congress does also.

   A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath. "Mom, are these my brains?" "Not yet," she replied.  from Bill C.

from:  MORAL MINORITY:  Our Skeptical Founding Fathers by Brooke Allen:

#  The six most important founders--Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton--subscribed, in different ways, to the watery and undemanding Enlightenment faith called deism.  Deists believed there was a God who set the world in motion like a clockmaker and did not intervene.  They rejected the Incarnation, and therefore the divinity of Jesus.

#  The longer Adams lived, the shorter grew his creed, and he died a Unitarian.

#  When Congress hired a chaplain, Madison said “it was not with my approbation.”

#  Ten years after the Constitutional Convention the Senate unanimously ratified a treaty with Islamic Tripoli declaring the U.S. government “is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

#  Jefferson in the preamble to the VA Statute for Religious Freedom wrote:  “our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinionsk, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”

#  Four years before he died, Jefferson predicted that “there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die an Unitarian.”

   LANGUAGE NOTE: “Less” always modifies a singular noun. “Fewer” always modifies a plural noun.

   MOTORCYCLE owners:  median age rose from 24 in 1980 to 41 in 2003.


-  A recent study in The Lancet [Br. med. J.] said the average daily figure for Iraqi deaths is about 500, or the loss of 2% of Iraq’s population since the invasion in March 2003.

-  Economist Colin Rowat calculated that without a war Iraq’s economy in 2005 would have been $61 billion, but was actually $37 billion--an average loss of $1,500 for each Iraqi.

-  Rough estimates of the war’s overall cost to Americans are about $1 trillion over a 10-year period--about $3,300 for every American man, woman and child.

-  “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”--27-year-old John Kerry, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

KWIKWIZ answers:

   81.  Always an even number.

   82.  Voters physically lined up behind their candidate.

   83.  Yes.

   84.  Formic acid.

   85.  Jiujitsu.

CHALLENGE #28 was:  Which Carribean country has the highest density of caves of any country in the world---and, 80 million years ago was in the Pacific Ocean?

Answer:  Cuba, which is mostly limestone.  [Jerry got that right.]

CHALLENGE #29:  Name two popular products that were advertised by a jingle chanting the repeated name of the product to mimic the sound of a train hurtling along the tracks.