Mullet Over
Jump in the lake, or words to that effect

by James K. White | June 24, 2009

whiteRats do not sweat. If you suspect someone of being a rat, this could be the litmus test you need. In an unrelated event, Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda.

The Wright brothers named their 1903 airplane Flyer. Captain Hook, the villain pirate in Peter Pan, has a first name – James.

Have you had any good finocchio lately? Finocchio (also known as fennel) is a fragrant edible herb that is said to resemble licorice in fragrance and flavor. The best time to harvest the leaves is when the plants are 6 to 8 inches high. Bon appetit!

We humans do waste resources. I understand that the once vast and lush tropical rainforest of Nigeria is 100 percent gone. Only memories and photos remain. I hope that this trend is not repeated in other areas, but I do fear that greed and apathy may too often triumph over good judgment and honorable behavior.

Pennsylvania somehow managed to be the only Mid-Atlantic state that does not touch the ocean. Pennsylvania is our 33rd largest state and ranks 5th in population. Its largest city, Philadelphia, is approximately four times as large as its second largest city, Pittsburgh.
Back in 1856 someone thought it would be a good idea to experiment with camels in the American West. The U.S. Army sent a ship and some money to Egypt and then Arabia to procure camels. The animals were put ashore in Texas and walked overland to Arizona. An expert camel driver was hired and his name was Hadji Ali. However, the soldiers and scouts under Lt. Beale “changed” Hadji Ali’s name to “hi jolly” for pronunciation purposes. The camels did well and the project was considered a success, but no extension or follow-up of the program was immediately pursued. The Civil War soon broke out and attention was demanded elsewhere. Jefferson Davis, who had been actively involved with the “Camel Corps” as U.S. Secretary of War, resigned his office and became president of The Confederate States of America. Hadji Ali stayed in America and was married in 1880. That same year he became an American citizen and changed his name to Philip Tedro.

Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman who has won the Medal of Honor. She was awarded the medal in 1865 by President Andrew Johnson. Then in 1917, the U.S. government tried to take the medal back from Mary Walker. She told the officials to jump in the lake, or words to that effect. She wore the medal daily until her death in 1919. The government proceeded to revoke the medal, but the award was officially reinstated by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. You can see the likeness of Mary Edwards Walker on the 20 cent stamp issued in 1982.

Well, I hope that your finocchio is exceptionally good and that you have a pleasant week.

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Gentle thoughts for today

Birds of a feather flock together … and then crap on your car.

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL?

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

He who hesitates is probably right.

Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells ‘Theirs’....

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.