20170820

The Great Amherst Mystery

In the latter half of the 19th century, in a little town called Amherst in Nova Scotia, a woman named Esther Cox was beset by what she claimed were poltergeists. Esther lived in a house with her sister and her family. After Esther had been nearly killed by a male friend of hers, who may have suffered a psychotic break, her house began to be haunted. After spending some time at another sister’s house in a nearby province because of her failing health, Esther returned to Amherst, whereupon the hauntings began again

After the the poltergeists threatened to burn down the house, Esther moved in with another family, whose house became haunted as well. Part-time actor Walter Hubbell moved in with Esther, as he was also an occasional paranormal investigator. He investigated the house for a number of weeks, eventually writing a popular book about his experiences, in which he claimed to have seen floating objects as well as attacks on Esther by unseen forces. To date, no explanation has been given, though some who’ve investigated the stories believe it was all a hoax by Esther.

20170814

Ancient Egyptian Women


Ancient Egyptian women used crocodile droppings as birth control. 

Documents dating back to 1850 BC refer to this unusual method of contraception. 

Crocodile excrement is actually slightly alkaline, like modern-day spermicides, so it could have worked.

20170812

Elizabeth Taylor

When MGM expressed interest in signing Elizabeth Taylor, its rival, Universal Studios, made her mother an offer. Mrs. Taylor accepted the latter opportunity and signed Elizabeth to a seven-year contract. However, the studio’s casting director wasn’t optimistic about the child’s chance for stardom. “The kid has nothing,” he complained after he’d seen her screen test. “Her eyes are too old, [and] she doesn’t have the face of a child.” She was no Shirley Temple or Judy Garland.
Her contract didn’t last seven years. It was over in one. During the time that she worked for Universal, she was in only one movie, her first, Man or Mouse(1942). It was later renamed There’s One Born Every Minute.
Elizabeth, then 10, appeared opposite 15-year-old Carl Switzer, who’d played Alfalfa in the Our Gang comedy series. Most of Elizabeth’s time on the film was spent “firing elastic bands at fat ladies’ bottoms.”
Although Elizabeth’s introduction to Hollywood was a dismal failure, it didn’t stop her from becoming an accomplished actress who won Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, and numerous other honors.

20170811

Students Forced to Eat on the Floor

Because a fifth-grade student in New Jersey accidentally dropped water on the floor, a vice principal of his school forced him and fourteen other students to eat off of the floor. 

All this while the other students taunted them. 

Their teacher was fired after she encouraged students to tell their parents what was going on; she was given a settlement of $75,000. 

Fortunately, seven of the children also filed a lawsuit and won. The vice principal transferred to another school.

20170809

Naval Tidbit

The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides—even though she was made of oak), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (I.e. fresh water distillers). However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men,

48,600 gallons of fresh water,
7,400 cannon shot,
11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."
Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November.. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine. On 18 November, she set sail for England.

In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war ships, and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted.
Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland ..Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799,
with no cannon shot,
no food,
no powder,
no rum,
no wine,
no whisky,
and 38,600 gallons of water.

GO NAVY!

20170808

Shot of Whiskey


In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. 

If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. 

This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

20170803

Tale of two houses

House #1:

A 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas.  

Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas.

In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year.  

The average bill for electricity and natural as runs over $2400 per month.   

In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home.  

This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern "snow belt" area.   It's in the South.

House #2:

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university.

This house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide.  

The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on ahig h prairie in the American southwest.   

A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet
into the ground.

The water (usually 67 degrees F) heats the house in the winter and coolsit in the summer.  

The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural
gas and it consumes one-quarter electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system.   

Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000-gallon underground cistern.   

Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern.

The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house.

Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.  

HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville , Tennessee ; it is the abode of the"environmentalist" Al Gore.


HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford , Texas ;  it is the residence of ex-President of the United States , George W. Bush.

20170729

W.C. Fields

In 1891, when his father injured himself by stepping on a shovel (in some accounts, a rake), 11-year-old W.C. Fields laughed at the mishap. 
His father spanked him, and the next day, Fields left home. He only returned for brief visits with his mother when his father was away.
For a while, the homeless boy lived in a hole in a vacant lot. Later, he moved into rooms above a wheelwright’s shop. 
The suite, furnished with “discarded chairs and stools,” represented a clubhouse for Fields and his friends, who brought him food from their families’ larders.
He also stole bakery items from stores and milk from residents’ porches. 
The free lunches provided by saloons to their customers were additional sources of sustenance. 
Fields would tell waiters to bring him two plates—one for himself and the other for his father. Fields would tell them that his absent father would be by shortly to buy drinks.
Not long after, he became an “overnight success” in movies.

20170718

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. 

The difference between margarine and butter:
  
Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine:

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it.

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

911 Call

Reginald Peterson of Jacksonville, Florida called police when Subway employees left off his sauce. 

He then called back to complain that officers weren’t responding fast enough.