Mullet Over

James K WhiteBY JAMES K. WHITE  | FEBRUARY 23, 2011

How is your head today?


For you audiophiles: A California-based speaker manufacturer is marketing a product made of carbon and metal that will broadcast “exceptionally pure” tones through .5 inch tempered glass encasements into a 360 degree directional field. This is not an item for the common budget as the base price is $8,000.

Mercury is our solar system’s densest planet. Mercury and I share a common bond in that I was generally recognized as my high school’s densest student.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revealed plans for a universal flu vaccine. This immunization treatment (consisting of two shots) should be effective for multiple years as it apparently protects against every known influenza A virus.

In 2009, China surpassed the U.S.A. as the world’s leading investor in renewable power developments.

Handwritten checks apparently predate the use of coins. Archeologists have discovered Babylonian clay tablets that are inscribed to be accepted as currency and are at least 1,000 years older than the oldest known coins.

“Dracula” means “son of the dragon.” By the way, Dracula was never a count. He was a prince.

Perhaps this Mr. Mason could have used a GPS. In April of 1844, Monck Mason (from Wales) decided to get in his hot air balloon and traverse the English Channel (people do get whims).
One consequence led to another after strong winds prevented his landing in France. In fact, Monck reportedly wound up crossing the Atlantic Ocean and landing in South Carolina. One wonders if rude acquaintances made fun of his first name.

The man who would become Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) was an Italian sergeant during WWI.

In 1659, people in England could be fined five shillings if they were caught celebrating Christmas.

There is an ongoing dispute as to which tree is the tallest in the world. Australia and Tasmania have tall trees and some say plant giants in those locations should be recognized as having the greatest heights of any trees. However, the tallest confirmed by laser technology is a redwood in California named Hyperion. In 2009, its height was measured to be 379 feet.

How is your head today? Data indicates that in excess of a hundred million humans suffer from migraines. More women than men endure this affliction. WHO (World Health Organization) lists migraines in its top twenty causes of disability. Doctors know of no cures, but often can identify “triggers” and provide some relief from the pain. Well, be careful when hot-air ballooning and do have a great week.

James White is a retired mathematics teacher who enjoys sharing fascinating trivia. He can be reached at

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Kid’s letters to God

Dear God,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that O.K.?

Dear God,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?

Dear God,
We read Thos. Edison made light but in Sunday School they said you did it. So I bet he stoled (sic)your idea.

Dear God,
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions.
Ruth M.

Dear God,
In Bible times did they really talk that fancy?

Dear God,
I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying.

Dear God,
I am an American. What are you?

Dear God,
I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.

Dear God,
Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now.

Dear God,
If you watch in church on Sunday, I will show you my new shoes.
Mickey D.

Dear God,
If we come back as something please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her.

Dear God,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.

Dear God,
If you give me a genie lamp like Alladin (sic), I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.

Dear God,
If you let the dinasor (sic) not exstinct (sic) we would not have a county. You did the right thing.

Dear God,
Please send Dennis Clark to a different camp this year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.