SF&Fs

The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The “Meanwhile In…” Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/16/15 – Howdy, hi, boys and girls….. sorry my SF&Fs are a tad late today.  Suffice it to say that too many beers was the culprit.  On with the show….. here’s a bunch of useless factoids to jam into your ever filling craniums.   1) The Greek language has 4 words for love. Agape: Charitable love; Eos: Sexual love; Philia: Love between friends; and Storge: Family love. 2) One of the assassins of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife threw a grenade but missed the car. He swallowed cyanide and jumped to the River Miljacka. The cyanide was expired and did not work, and the river was only 10cm deep. He was captured seconds later. 3) Since 2007, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, has been re-appropriated by squatters into a vast ‘vertical slum’ which now includes grocery stores, hairdressers, and an unlicensed dentist. 4) Harry Potter’s author J.K....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/02/15 – Happy Sunday…. Happy August.  I hope you are all having a wonderful day/weekend thus far.  Perfect weather up here north of the 49th.  So much so that I will hit the deck with my coffee and bagel and cream cheese immediately and just let you get to the factoids and chuckles. Enjoy…… 1) In 2001, Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur’an to improve relations with Islam. 2) 359 years after the Catholic Church forced Galileo Galilei to recant his theory that the Earth moves around the Sun, it declared he was right in 1992. 3) GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S.Government. It can be ‘switched off’ at any time. 4) Drug lord Pablo Escobar had a prison built to his specifications and to choose his own guards. It featured a soccer field, a giant doll house,...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 07/26/15 – Happy Sunday, boys and girls….. beautiful weather up here in the gateway to the north  Couldn’t have pre-ordered anything better…. high 70s, plenty of sun, low humidity.  I hope you all have the same but looking at the weather map, some of you are in sauna like conditions….. well, turn on the A/C and learn some absolutely worthless trivia that you can use to bore others at a moment’s notice.    ;-)    Enjoy….   1) Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.” 2) John F Kennedy had such concerns about the space program’s high cost, that he proposed partnering with the Soviet Union on a joint expedition to the moon. 3) The average adult in Switzerland has a net worth of US $513,000....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – It was my birthday this past Friday…. it reached a daytime high of 63 degrees and rained sideways off and on all day….. not that unusual for the middle of July in Canuckistan.  It seems to go one way or another…… dank and miserable or sub-Saharan and miserable.  The main thing being, I survived after a day of gluttony involving copious amounts of Chinese food and scotch, so the weather mattered not. Thanks for dropping in….. time to feed your brain with some absolutely worthless trivia…… enjoy 1) In 15 years of conquest, Alexander The Great never lost a battle. 2) In 1986, a volcanic lake in Cameroon, Africa burped a C02 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people in minutes. 3) Sweden has the largest scale model of the solar system in the world. It is in the scale of 1:20 million and stretches 950 km across...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – 07/12/15 – Happy Sunday, boys and girls.  Another day in paradise here.  Mid to high 70s, blue skies and more of the same for the upcoming week….. hope you are all blessed with the same.  I just love this time of year….. back deck, beer, and BBQ weather….. chipmunks eating me out of house and home….. Owen yowling at the screen door to get out and ‘play’ with said chipmunks…. good times.  AND, breakfast at Wimbledon…… life, she be good.   1) Faith in organized religion dropped in 2015 to just 42% in the U.S., the lowest ever. 2) California’s economy has surpassed Russia and Italy to become the eighth largest in the world. 3) 75% of school shooting incidents have been linked to bullying and harassment. 4) The British Navy uses Britney Spears’ songs to scare off Somali pirates……. yeah, what’s the surprise with that…. 5) George Washington...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Happy B’day Canada & the USA’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 07/05/15 – Happy Sunday and happy 5th of July to all of my southern friends.  I hope the hangovers aren’t too severe today and when you use your digits to count you can still make it all the way up to 20. I took a couple of weeks off for a much needed hiatus but am back full of new facts and funnies to hopefully teach you a thing or two that you didn’t know before today. Enjoy the latest edition of the SF&Fs…… 1) The “Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge” is offered to anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. In 40 years, no one ever won. 2) There are more payday lenders in the U.S. than there are McDonalds. 3) Bayer, famous for producing aspirin, bought prisoners from Auschwitz to use as research subjects for testing new drugs. 4) There are four times...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Summer is but a Week Away’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 06/14/15 – Happy day, one and all.  Thanks for stopping by for your weekly brain jolt.  I am in a very rushed state today so I won’t bore you with my usual idle chit-chat.  So, please, enjoy the trivia tidbits below… I hope you learn something you didn’t know before. Have a great day, and thank you for coming by….. makes all the effort more than worth while.   1) After John F. Kennedy’s WWII PT boat was sunk, he wrote a message on a coconut asking for help. It worked. Kennedy kept the coconut and it became a Presidential paperweight 2) Actor Sean Bean has died in 32% of his movies, the highest percentage of any living actor of note. 3) The ruins of Pompeii are so well-preserved that you can still read graffiti from the period. 4) In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Is the Pollen Almost Done?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 06/07/15 – Happy Sunday, gang, and welcome to June.  Hope this edition finds you all well and rested up from your weekend respite.  Nice weather up here north of the 49th and not too hot….. yet….. that will start sometime sooner than later.  But until then the windows are open and Owen and I are savoring every minute of it. Okay…. on with the show……   1) A wealthy man in Bangladesh built a replica of the Taj Mahal for US$56 Million so that the poor of his nation could get to see it. 2) John Lennon claimed that his song”Imagine” was basically a summation of the Communist manifesto. 3) Ten days after the Chernobyl disaster, further risk of massive thermal explosion was identified. Three men known as “The Chernobyl divers” volunteered to swim through pooled water under leaked reactor to release the safety valves. They died a...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Last Day of May, My Ass’ Edition –

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/31/15 – I awoke this morning to a blistering temperature of 37 degrees….. so much for what the 97% of climate scientists maintain…. global warming, my ass.  I am now entrenched firmly in the climate deniers camp until this shit stops and I see some real late Spring temps.  I may even shoot an email off to Jim Inhofe to tell him that he now has one more ardent follower and that I can get on board with his cult, errrrrr constituents…… I’m kidding of course, but you have to admit 37 degrees is more than a little over (under) the top. Okay, enough of my bitching and moaning and on with the show…….   1) Otto Frank wrote Audrey Hepburn asking her to portray his daughter Anne in the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Audrey kindly declined the part. 2) During WWII, an American pilot...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Not a Single Mention of the Duggars’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/24/15 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of trivia and chuckles.  I hope this weekend finds you all well. Please, just sit back and peruse my latest entries into The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) India is expected to be the world’s most populous country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China’s population combined. 2) During the American Civil War, it was necessary to print out money in a hurry, so the Treasury released paper bills with designated values of fractions of a dollar. 3) Noah and Emma were the most popular names in the U.S. for boys and girls respectively in 2014. 4) Fossil evidence suggests that fish have been on Earth for about 530 million years. 5) In 1989, an innocent man was punished with the death penalty in Texas because the jury...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Yeah, I Like Cats, So Sue Me’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/17/15 – Happy weekend to one and all.  Hope you’re having a great day.  I’ve been in mourning after the passing this week of the blues legend B.B. King and paying tribute to him by playing music by the artists that were so influenced by his music, and there are many. R.I.P.,  B.B.  We are forever in your debt and many have been lucky enough to ride on your shoulders. 1) The last surviving Civil War widow didn’t pass away until 2008. She married an 86-year-old veteran when she was only 19……. either it was love or money……. hmmmmm….. 2) Anne Frank is on YouTube. She was captured on film while leaning out of her window to get a good look of a wedding.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPUxjgo5LPE 3) If New York City were its own country and the NYPD was its army, it would be the 20-best-funded army in the...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Hug Your Mom Today’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/10/15 – Happy Sunday….. I’m on the fly today so I will just take the time to wish all the moms out there a happy kick back and put your feet back kinda’ day….. Happy Mother’s Day, ladies. Without further ado…… on with the factoids…….   1) Hallucinatory ‘voices’ seem to be shaped by local culture. In the U.S. , the voices are harsh and threatening while those heard by schizophrenics in Africa and India tend to be more benign and playful. 2) There’s a zipline connecting Spain and Portugal. It’s 2,365 ft. long and takes 60 seconds to traverse. 3) The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird. 4) The primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was an atheist. 5) Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting to Christianity or Islam. He sent envoys to study...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘I’m Gonna’ Need a Bigger Bag of Peanuts’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/03/15 – Happy Sunday one and all….. wonderful weather up here in Canuckistan now and for the foreseeable future.  I sure hope you are experiencing much the same.  Spring seemed like a long time coming this year but it sure is paying off in spades now. I’m a little punchy this morning…. stayed up late trying to get the results of last night’s BIG fight, so I will spare you any more of my verbal meanderings and just set you free to enjoy some absolutely useless, yet fun, information….. On with the show…..   1) During London’s “Great Smog” of 1952, between 4,000 and 12,000 people died in a few days due to air pollution. 2) The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000. 3) Judaism arrived to India 2500 years ago with no...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘It Just Might be Spring’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 04/26/15 – Happy Earth week…. happy 4/20 day… a busy week for us all, but if you celebrated 4/20 properly you may have missed it…. but the S’mores were to die for. Not a lot of time to chat today seeing as I’m running behind some….. so, without further ado, proceed and learn something absolutely useless. 1) The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981. 2) The city of “New Amsterdam” was given to the Duke of York in 1664 as an 18th birthday present from his father. He renamed the city as “New York.” 3) Neptune emits more light than it receives from the Sun. 4) After the fall of the Roman Empire the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years. 5) Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah, Here it is’ Edition’

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 04/19/15 – It must be true….. Spring is upon us.  I see laundry drying on clothes lines…. the songbirds are nesting…. the chipmunks are awake and back to their job of stashing food…… BBQ smells fill the air.  Tis great to be alive. Thanks for swinging by…. refill your coffee and let me fill your brain up with worthless crap…… no thanks necessary, it’s what I do……   ;-)   1) Abraham Lincoln actually hated to be called “Abe.” 2) Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is built on 14 islands, and the city centre is virtually situated on the water. 3) Purple is known as a ‘royal’ color because it was the hardest dye to extract, as it came from sea snails, so only the royalty could afford it. 4) Male ants do not have fathers because unfertilized eggs become males while fertilized eggs become females. 5) The first recorded...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids The ‘What is This Golden Orb in the Sky?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All.com, 04/12/15 – Holy shit…. it’s 50 degrees out and there is nary a cloud in the sky.  I’m outta’ here……. enjoy……   1) In 2011, two men paraglided from the summit of Mount Everest, arriving at a village in 42 minutes and avoiding the dangerous conventional 3 day descent. 2) Nelson Mandela has a cameo in the 1992 movie “Malcolm X” as a teacher reciting one of the civil rights activist’s speeches. 3) Frank Sinatra’s mother, Dolly, ran an illegal abortion business from her home. 4) 47% of U.S. smartphone owners say their smartphone is something they “couldn’t live without.” 5) For every grain of sand on every beach on Earth, there are 10,000 stars in the universe. 6) The Nation of Islam states that White People are “Devils” created by a scientist named Yakub on the Greek Island of Patmos. 7) The average U.S. commuter wastes $713 annually on gasoline while...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Roll Away the Stone’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, O4/05/15 – Happy Sunday. Happy Easter. Happy day that Jeeeebus came back to life, rolled away the stone that blocked the entrance to his cave (tomb), saw his shadow and knew there would be six more weeks of winter……. hehehehehe Enjoy this week’s edition of the SF&Fs.  Thanks for stopping in. 1) A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old. 2) U.S. Police killed more people in March, 2015, than the entire UK police have killed since 1900. 3) 1 in 40 people in Scotland use cocaine, the highest rate in the world…….. well yeah, it’s friggin’ Scotland….. I’d stay high too…. 4) The world’s oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/29/15 – Happy Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope this week’s edition of my SF&Fs finds you happy and healthy. Spring has finally arrived after a brutal winter and moods seem to be elevating some….. have a great rest of your weekend and week ahead and, in the meantime, jump into some absolutely useless facts.   1) In 1891, London built a structure designed to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. It was unsteady, never completed and demolished in 1907. 2) King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway. 3) African-American men were not deemed equal members of the Mormon Church until 1978…… Really?  That would imply that The Church of Jeeeebus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are somehow archaic….. tell me it isn’t so. 4) A safe...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factiods – The ‘Coldest Spring EVER’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/22/15 – Hi there, ladies and gentlemen….. welcome to this weeks Sunday Funnies & Factoids.  Thanks for stopping by….. it’s always a pleasure when you do.  This edition is short and sweet but I’m sure you will still learn a little sumpin’ sumpin’ that you were unaware of before you arrived…… enjoy….   1) Abraham Lincoln has no confirmed living descendants. The last one, a great-grandson, died in 1985. 2) In Brazil, just 43% of adults have a high-school degree. In Sweden, it’s 87%. 3) The farthest distance from Earth an astronaut has ever traveled was during the Apollo 13 emergency. 4) 60% of apps in the Apple App Store have never been downloaded. 5) Heroin derives its name from “heroic” as it was originally marketed as a non-addictive wonder cure to morphine addiction…… oooooopsie…… 6) Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence punishable by up to 3...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘You Don’t Have to be Irish to Get Smashed on Tuesday’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/15/15 – Happy Sunday, folks….. hope you’re having a great weekend and are doing your elbow exercises for the upcoming St. Patricks’ Day festivities. Thanks for stopping by for your weekly fill of useless, yet sometimes informative, trivia. Enjoy……   1) Over 20% of all calories collectively consumed by humanity are from a single food: rice. 2) The Dalai Lama was on the CIA’s payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving US $180,000 a year. 3) When U2 singer Bono was 14 years old, his mother died at her father’s funeral. 4) The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found. 5) The average wedding in the U.S. costs $31,231……. yeah, ’cause that makes sense….. 6) In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/08/15 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Thanks for stopping by.  Daylight Savings Time took place overnight giving people one more thing to bitch about amongst the many others that they choose to drone on about…… sorry, do I sound a tad bitter this morning? Enough of my prattling and on with what you came here for in the first place, the latest installment of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids.   1) Multiplying 21978 by 4 reverses the order of the numbers: 87912. 2) According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the pope on Twitter. 3) After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all. 4) The U.S. government’s “official expert” on Marijuana from 1938 to 1962 once in court, under oath, said that he had smoked marijuana and it turned him into...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Yeah, I Missed Last Week, So Sue Me Already’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/01/15 – Happy March, folks….. here’s praying to my imaginary walking erect god that this month is closer to a seasonal norm than the last two have been.  SAD is in full force, people are downright nasty, and even the migratory birds are pissed. Oh well, if people weren’t bitching about the weather they would just find something else to whine about, I suppose.  With that in mind….. here’s the latest edition of the SF&Fs to hopefully distract your minds from whatever ails you, makes you smile and teaches you a little sumpin’ sumpin’. On with the show…… 1) The world’s oldest legal system was in ancient Mesopotamia and established beer as currency. 2) In WWII, the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 “tsunami bombs”designed to destroy coastal cities. 3) Lesotho, in Africa, is the only country on Earth to lie completely above 1000 meters in elevation....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Even the Brass Monkeys Balls Have Ascended’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 02/15/15 – Hello, folks.  Welcome back to the site where you can load up on absolutely useless information that will likely impress no one in the circle you run.  But that matters not.  What does matter is that you leave this page knowing a thing or two more than when you first arrived.  Throw on top of that a chuckle or two and I can only hope that the five minutes spent here were worth your while. So, without further twaddling on my part, on with the Sunday Funnies & Factoids.   1) 106-year-old Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest active film director. He began making movies during the silent era. 2) And on that note……… starting at age 30, a person’s chances of dying doubles every eight years. In 1939, economists revised Gompertz’s law to accommodate people older than 80, whose rate of mortality seemed...

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The ‘Super Bowl’ Sunday Funnies & Factoids

By Keith Lennox, All-len-All, o1/02/15 – Happy Super Bowl Sunday, one and all.  Gotta’ make chili, chill beer, prep snacks, clean the TV screen, shovel the driveway, do a load of laundry and run the dishwasher. Enjoy your day and the latest installment of the Sunday Funnies & factoids….. you know the drill.   1) Homer Simpson once had a theory that the universe was shaped like a donut. The theory has some validity, according to cosmologists. 2) Australian koalas are in danger of extinction because over half of them have chlamydia. 3) Living next to a nuclear plant gives you 100 times less radiation than eating a bag of potato chips every day. 4) In the 18th century, the U.S. Congress voted between the bald eagle and the turkey to represent the national symbol of pride. The turkey lost by a single vote. 5) A group of pandas is called an”embarrassment.” 6) In 5,000...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Deflating Your Balls Really Hurts’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 01/25/15 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  I hope this weeks SF&Fs finds you happy and healthy.  I will not bore you with my ramblings about the nasty weather we are being subjected to and let you get on with filling your craniums with a few tasty tidbits that you didn’t know before you stopped by.  Enjoy…..   1) In 2010, a clown called “Tiririca” announced he would run for Congress in Brazil. He became the most-voted-for congressman of the election. 2) In 2013, a burglar in Oklahoma used the toilet and forgot to flush. He was caught after being identified by DNA. 3) The top ten deadliest snakes can be found in Australia. 4) Gunpowder was discovered by Taoist alchemists who were searching for an elixir of immortality…… well, he sure blew the shit out of that discovery…. ( I truly am sorry for that  ;-) ) 5) In...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘It’s Schizophrenic Outside’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 01/18/15 – Nice to see you.  Thanks for stopping in.  Schizophrenic weather in the great white north….. either snowing or cold enough to make an ice cube embarrassed.  Ahhhh, such is my lot I suppose.  Thankfully, I get to spend time indoors tanning by the glow of my laptop screen….. as George Carlin once said, “Us Irish don’t go to the beach to tan, we’re just trying to neutralize the blue.” So, on that note, on with the show…… enjoy. 1) Human fingers can feel objects as small as 13 nanometers. If your finger was the size of the Earth, you would feel the difference between houses and cars. 2) No one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia….. well, that is soooo great for blind folks…. I guess….. 3) Located within Italy, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic (301 A.D.) and holds the world’s oldest continuous constitution....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Here They Are’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 01/11/15 – I am in a beyond foul mood this morning.  The weather has been nasty and when it is not bone crunching frigid it is snowing…… like it is now.  I will not bore you with any narrative this morning and just present you the latest edition of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids….. on with the show…. 1) The expiration date on water bottles is for the bottle, not the water. 2) China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century. 3) The brain releases so much dopamine during orgasms that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin. 4) Rudolf Diesel, who invented the Diesel engine, committed suicide in 1913 because he didn’t think his invention would be successful. 5) The ampersand (&) was once a letter which followed “Z” in the Latin alphabet. 6) Dead passengers on British Airways flights...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids – The ‘Goodbye to the Holidays and Gravy’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 01/04/15 – Welcome back, my friends.  Hope the holidays treated you all well and that no siblings were killed or seriously maimed during the family get together.  Twas a quiet one here, just like the doctor ordered.  I spent a week or so together with the three Walker brothers…. Red, Black, and Blue. Hope you have all sufficiently recovered and are ready to get back on to a normal schedule once again.  Happy 2015, to one and all and now it is on with the latest edition of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids.   1) The runway at the Gibraltar International Airport has a road crossing it. 2) Norway was ranked the world’s #1 country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for wealth and well-being. 3) Yucatan, Mexico, was named after a misunderstanding. Spaniards asked the locals what was the place called. They replied “Yucatan,” which in their language...

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