A Change Of Pace

Mullet Over
Little known fact: There was no Pope John XX

By James K. White | October 8, 2008

James K WhiteSome college basketball coaches will not allow players’ names to be placed on team jerseys. The expressed idea is to promote team goals rather individual recognition. Perhaps the philosophy works and perhaps not. There has not been a national NCAA basketball championship team without players’ names on the uniforms since 1989.

According to biologists, bears do not hibernate. In order to qualify for true hibernation, body temperatures must drop to near freezing and heartbeats must slow dramatically. When a hibernating mammal is exposed to warmth, it may take hours before it awakens. Hibernating animals can include ground squirrels, bats and, of course, the ever popular hedgehogs. Bears can experience what is termed “a deep winter sleep,” but they can easily awaken if disturbed by external stimuli. I wonder what kind of nut would think it was a good idea to agitate a sleeping bear.

That fine state of Tennessee consists of three distinct regions: East, Middle, and West. East Tennessee has some gorgeous mountains and hard-to-reach valleys. These remote valleys might be a factor as to why (according to U.S. government reports) illegal marijuana ranks as the state’s largest cash crop.

Possibly you recall one of the most popular popes of all time – Pope John XXIII. John is the most common name of the popes. However, you will not find much if you research the life of Pope John XX. There was no Pope John XX. The line of John succession skipped from nineteen to twenty-one. The reason is not clear, but there are multiple theories.

When was the last time that you ate a drupe? Perhaps I should mention that a drupe is a fruit with a large seed (stone) in the middle. Drupes include cherries, peaches, olives, dates, etc.

If you see a monotreme today, you are observing a native of Australia or New Guinea. Monotremes are egg laying mammals.

Georgia was named after King George II of England and is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. It ranks as the 21st largest state in the United States. The Peach State entered the union on January 2, 1788.

Lyndon Johnson met his wife-to-be in the office of a mutual friend in Austin, Texas in 1934. Within three minutes of being introduced, Lyndon asked Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor for a date. She turned him down.

One tiger known as the Champawat man-eater killed at least 438 people between 1903 and 1911. Lone tigers often kill and eat people, but it is unusual for a lone lion to kill or eat a human. I am reporting this interesting theory, but I have no intention of testing the thesis.

My wife thinks that I suffer from severe pronoia. Pronoia is the irrational belief that one is liked by other people. Ha Ha. She is such a kidder.

Oh well, be cautious when poking around on “hibernating” bears or surprising lone tigers and – I’ll see you next time.


The Family Tree of Vincent Van Gogh

His dizzy aunt Verti Gogh

The brother who ate prunes Gotta Gogh

The brother who worked at a convenience store Stop N Gogh

The grandfather from Yugoslavia U Gogh

The cousin from Illinois Chica Gogh

His magician uncle Where-diddy Gogh

His Mexican cousin A Mee Gogh

The Mexican cousin's American half-brother Gring Gogh

The nephew who drove a stage coach Wells-far Gogh

The constipated uncle Can't Gogh

The ballroom dancing aunt Tang Gogh

The bird lover uncle Flamin Gogh

The fruit loving cousin Man Gogh

An aunt who taught positive thinking Way-to-Gogh

The little bouncy nephew Poe Gogh

A sister who loved disco Go Gogh

And his niece who travels the country in an RV Winnie Bay Gogh

Are you smiling yet? There ya Gogh!