Mullet Over

There are days ...

by James K. White | November 18, 2009

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james k whiteSurely you know of the magnificent redwood trees growing in America. Were you aware that at least 180 of those gorgeous plants exceeded 350 feet in height? Scenes from the movies Jurassic Park and Return of the Jedi included giant redwoods in the U.S.A.

The continent of Antarctica has a highest peak of 16,864 feet that has been named Vinson Massif. For those determined to climb the mountain: It is located approximately 750 miles from the South Pole.

The most pervasive force in nature is gravity. It is also listed as being the weakest force in nature.

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz was bestowed with a peculiar honor; he had a lake that no longer exists named after him. Lake Agassiz once covered what is now much of Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota.

When your hands get cold, scientists recommend that you wear a hat. It is not as silly as it first sounds when a person realizes that more than 80 percent of one’s body heat typically escapes through the head area.

Do apples not seem as sweet as they did a few years back? Medical researchers declare that the average human has lost about 50 percent of his/her taste buds by age sixty. I can verify that is not all that has been lost.

Recorded rumor has it that Benjamin Franklin was not asked to be involved in the writing of the Declaration of Independence because it was feared he would hide a joke somewhere in the draft.

Some new ideas are not new at all. Approximately 2,000 years ago ancient Romans constructed cheap tenement housing using concrete.

There exists fossil evidence that adult dinosaurs the size of modern chickens once ran about our planet. Also, that pointy-backed creature known as a stegosaurus had a skull so small that the nerve knot midway down its bumpy back was larger than its brain. There are days when my behavior must be similar to that of a stegosaurus.

While in Germany, you might hear the word “Pantoffelkino” which roughly translates as “slippers cinema.” The speaker is likely making reference to “television.” Well, you might want to go enjoy an apple while you can still taste the pomaceous fruit.

Have a great week.

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New Pledge of Allegiance

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Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word 'God' is mentioned ... a 15-year-old student in Arizona wrote the following:

New school prayer

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot;
My soul please take!
~ Amen