Mullet Over
Old Bert Loomis really does not receive the credit he deserves

by James K. White | December 30, 2009

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james k whiteIt is likely that you have seen photos of the famous public arena known as the Colosseum in Rome. It is about 2000 years old and in remarkable condition when age is considered. What you might not know is that the public arena in Verona, Italy is approximately the same age and size as the famous Colosseum and is still in use. Understandably gladiator events are way down, but the summer opera seasons find the arena packed with spectators applauding the singing of world class opera stars. People still marvel at the acoustics that are so effective that no loud speakers or microphones are used in the presentations. Yo, Verona.

Those plastic bags from your favorite store are not really free. The plain cheapest bags average about 3.5 cents each and of course the costs become portions of the item purchase prices.

Remember the Beatles? Would you care to guess how many of the Liverpool Four were actually born in Liverpool?

Statistics indicate that almost two-thirds of Las Vegas gambling revenue is derived from slot machines.

Michelin has that cute mascot made of white tires and possesses a charming smile. He also has a name – Bibendum. Golly, I think that name is as unusual as Rumplestiltskin or Mullet Over.

World War II caused such a food shortage in London that the London Zoo made its edible fish available to the local citizenry.

On June 17, 1775 a famous battle occurred on Breed’s Hill. For reasons not completely clear to me, the fight is recorded in history as the Battle of Bunker Hill. The two hills are near each other and the Bunker Hill monument is located on Breed’s Hill.

The 1959 movie Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars (I refer to the award Oscar, not the fish oscar). The original Ben-Hur novel was written in 1880 by Lew Wallace while he was governor of New Mexico Territory.

On November 14, 1910 history was made when the first airplane was able to take off from a ship (a cruiser named U.S.S. Birmingham). The plane was piloted by a civilian named Eugene Ely.

Old Bert Loomis really does not receive the credit he deserves. He supposedly was the first to think of and use the basketball maneuver called dribbling. When the astonishment and protests declined, many of the fellow players liked dribbling. The ball bouncing was made legal and thusly permitted to be used during basketball games. You understand that this all happened a few years back. Way to go Bert Loomis.

Well, all four of the Beatles were born in Liverpool and I wish you a pleasant week.


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Real children's science exam answers

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Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?'
A: Benign is what you’ll be after you be eight.

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things to keep carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What does 'varicose' mean?
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarian Section.'
A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.