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JAMES K WHITEThe world’s largest food fight

At least 549 people in the U.S. military served continuously from 1945 (end of WWII) through the start of the 1991 Gulf War.

While growing up (or at least while growing older), I drank lots of Tang; but I no longer see the product on our neighborhood grocery shelves. A little investigating (very little) reveals that the product has recently lost some popularity in the United States while sales have boomed internationally. Top markets include Brazil, Mexico and the Middle East.

For all you Animal House fans, the world’s largest food fight takes place annually in Bunol, Spain where approximately 38,000 participants launch 140 tons of ripe tomatoes in less than one hour. The event is held on the last Wednesday of each August and is known locally as La Tomatina. Splat.

In March of 1857, a man named Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville received a French patent on his phonautograph which “recorded” sounds by moving a membrane attached to a stiff bristle which transcribed the sounds as lampblack marks on paper. Thomas Edison used a similar apparatus on his patented recording device in 1877.

The world’s largest amusement resort (not counting Washington, D.C.) is Disney World (Orlando, Florida).

According to the AKC, the most popular registered dog breed in America is the Labrador retriever. A distant #2 is the Yorkshire terrier.

Anthropologists and archeologists cannot agree amongst themselves as to the identity of the first human inhabitants in the Americas. For decades, the accepted account suggested the original inhabitants crossed a land bridge (Beringia) into what became Alaska and then migrated during subsequent millennia. However, artifacts discovered in Pennsylvania and South America appear to pre-date the land bridge people by several centuries. If you know the correct answer, please contact the Chief of Anthropology at the Smithsonian. Or contact me and I shall see that you receive full credit, unless there is some sort of remuneration involved.

Canada has only one “true” desert. It is called the Osoyoos (pronounced Osoyoos) Desert. The ecology of the region is considered to be a treasure and there is even an Osoyoos Desert Society. Visit for more information or should you wish to join.

The top recorded speed of an African lion is 50.1 mph. The top recorded speed of a horse with a rider is 47.5 mph. I thought these data tidbits might be of interest as you make plans for today.

Well, I recommend you wear old clothes when visiting Bunol in August – and I hope you experience a great week.

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

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Holy Humor

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?
The son replied, "I do know!"

"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly, "It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.

"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.

"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.

"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.

Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."

There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."

While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."

A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"

A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.

"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.

"You know – Our Father, who does art in Heaven... "

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