Earth Day Monotony Breaker

 Earth Day 2018  —  it only makes sense that we start w/ some beautiful photos of an “international” nature that are also a bit thought-provoking.  What follows is a cadre of “entertaining” bits that I’m sure you will enjoy.  And to enjoy it even more  —  may I suggest that you tune to for that “better variety of music” that you  love. . .


Magic Moments

The heavens open. Copenhagen , Denmark

Totoro, the Owl, with his mushroom

Feeding the ‘birds’ in Ecuador


A water spout in Genoa , Italy

So much emotion in just one photo!

Life is good

A cycling team from Rwanda sees snow
for the first time

The photographer fell off a chair when he was
taking the shot and ended up with this
masterpiece of a wedding photo

Swans swim through the street after floods, UK

A walrus becomes embarrassed when it’s given a cake
made of fish for its birthday, Norway

I really want to know what they’re looking at…

A typical rainy day in Chicago, USA

Police dogs in line for lunch

In the African wilderness

Marilyn hasn’t aged well…

A flock of sheep pass through a gate



Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden’.

and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language. 

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The first couple to  be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone. 

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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the  U.S.  Treasury. 

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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. 

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Coca-Cola was originally green. 

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It is impossible to lick  your elbow. 

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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska 

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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…) 

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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% 

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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: 
$ 16,400

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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 


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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.. 

(Just a minute … let me check.)

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The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer. 

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In the 1400’s a law was set forth in  England  that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’ 

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The  San Francisco  Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David

Hearts – Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great 

Diamonds – Julius Caesar

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111,111,111 x
111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes 

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

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? 

A. Their birthplace

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Q. Most boat owners name their boats.

What is the most popular boat name requested? 

A. Obsession 

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Q.. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’? 

A. One thousand 

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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common? 

A. All were invented by women. 

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Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? 

A. Honey 

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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father’s Day 

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In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. 

When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase…’Goodnight, sleep tight’ 

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey wine and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the
honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old  England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ 

It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’ 

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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups.

When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice. 

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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

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Don’t delete this just because it looks weird.

Believe it or not, you can read it. 

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.. The rset can be a
taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This
is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? 

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1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 

2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses. 

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first
20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee 

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : ) 

12 You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list. 

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list

~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself. 

Go lick your elbow.


And one final thought for the day. . .

There are two statues in a park; one of a nude man and one of a nude woman.

They had been facing each other across a pathway for a hundred years, when one day an angel comes down from the sky and, with a single gesture, brings the two to life.

The angel tells them, ‘As a reward for being so patient through a hundred blazing summers and dismal winters, you have been given life for thirty minutes to do what you’ve wished to do the most.’

He looks at her, she looks at him, and they go running behind the shrubbery

The angel waits patiently as the bushes rustle and giggling ensues.
After fifteen minutes, the two return, out of
breath and laughing.

The angel tells them, ‘Um, you have fifteen
minutes left, would you care to do it again?’

He asks her ‘Shall we?’

She eagerly replies, ‘Oh, yes, let’s! But let’s
change positions. This time, I ‘ll hold the
pigeon down and you shit on its head.’


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