Assume eating the stuff is optional
By James K. White | September 30, 2009
Oslo is the capital of Norway. It was founded circa (nothing to do with Barnum & Bailey) 1048. In 1624 King Christian IV renamed the city “Christiana” after his own modest self. The name was officially changed back to “Oslo” in 1925. Oslo is consistently ranked as one of the world’s “most expensive” cities. Lagniappe: in Norway, “is” means “ice cream.”
(Past presidents, please note this definition of “is.”)
The land area encompassed by Brazil exceeds the total land area of the 48 contiguous states in the U.S.A.
The name of Napoleon’s favorite horse was Marengo. (Spinetta) Marengo is a village in Northern Italy.
Research indicates that certain scents can help people sleep. One of the most effective fragrances appears to be jasmine.
Eight countries possess land that lies inside the Arctic Circle. I do not think this next bit of trivia is related to the Arctic Circle fact, but I am informed that one can obtain oyster flavored ice cream in Japan. I would assume eating the stuff is optional.
In 2007, an Easter egg hunt featuring more than 500,000 eggs was conducted in Winter Haven, Florida.
Back in 1995 a woman named Hazelton from Australia grew and submitted for inspection a grapefruit that weighed six pounds 12 ounces.
When dollar values are adjusted for inflation, etc., the all time money-champion movie is said to be Gone With the Wind (1939). A related oddity for mention: it cost approximately $3 million to build the ship Titanic and $100 million to make a movie about the ship.
A short time ago a man named Jay Ohrberg designed and had built what is likely the world’s longest car. It is about 100 feet long and even has a swimming pool replete with a diving board.
The Isle of Man TT Races were first run in 1907 which makes the event the world’s oldest motorcycle race.
The gaboon viper is an awesome looking snake. It is the undisputed longest-fangs champion and also possesses the largest volume of venom in the snake world. Experts suggest that one should not casually tease gaboon vipers. Local names for the snake include swampjack, forest puff adder, Oh no! and what-the- !!#$XX*##! (Swahili for “my goodness”).
Lest we forget, it was Douglas Engelbart who is given credit for inventing the very first functional computer mouse. He initially made his working model in 1963.
Well, take your swimsuit if you go joy riding with Mr. Ohrberg and – have a splendid week.
Dear Abby admitted she was at a loss to answer the following:
Dear Abby, A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?
Dear Abby, What can I do about all the sex, nudity, fowl language and violence on my VCR?
Dear Abby, I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his.
Dear Abby, I am a twenty-three year old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him.
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Dear Abby, I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again.
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Dear Abby, I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now how do I get out?
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