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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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids – The ‘Sloppy New Years’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 12/28/14 – Happy Sunday to all.  Hoping you are all having a wonderful holiday season thus far and getting primed up for what might be the most over-rated of all holiday party days…. New Year’s Eve.  If you do indeed make it to midnight, you get to kiss a roomful full of acquaintances (hoping like hell a case of herpes simplex 2 isn’t just around the corner) after an always anti-climactic countdown, followed by a weak and horribly off-key rendition of Auld Lang Syne….. good times… WOW !!!! Anyhoo, enough of my whining and on with this week’s  SF&FS….. enjoy.   1) Russia uses 9 different contiguous time zones, the most of any country in the world, while France has the most total time zones with 12. 2) There’s a Christian church in San Francisco that worships John Coltrane as a Saint and uses his lyrics...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Christmas Is Okay, But Hanukkah Is So Much Cheaper’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 12/21/14 – Happy Sunday, folks.  Hope you are all ready for the upcoming holiday season, or as I like to call it….. ‘more coal in my sock again this year….. WTF?’ No time to chat today as I am running severely behind….. so without further ado, on with the show….. 1) Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati. 2) In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ. 3) Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.  Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907. 4) The Canadian province of Nova Scotia leads the world in...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Can We Please Cancel Christmas This Year?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 12/14/14 – Hey, folks.  Hope the latest edition of my Sunday Funnies & Factoids finds you well and not overly stressed out about the upcoming holidays.  I am presently looking at hoar frost that graced me with its presence, after six inches of snow accompanied by 35 MPH winds two days ago.  This weather is as schizophrenic as my wicked Uncle Burt.  Hey, no complaints, last year at this time we were knee-deep in snow and the temperatures would freeze the balls of a brass monkey. Enough of my jabbering and on with the show.  Please enjoy this edition of the SF&Fs filled with the trivia that  you may well never again use in your entire life…… 1) An elephant can smell water from 12 miles away….. yeah, big deal…. I can smell single malt scotch from across the Atlantic….. 2) After the attack on Pearl Harbor...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Is It Too Early For A Boilermaker?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 12/07/14 – Welcome back for your latest dose of useless but somewhat interesting trivia.  I hope this edition of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids finds each and every one of you healthy and happy.  Pour a cup of coffee or something a little stronger if you choose and take a stroll through this weeks collection of  SF&Fs.   1) Uranus was originally called “George’s Star”(Georgium Sidus)….. yeah, because naming it after the hole between your ass cheeks was soooo much better…. 2) Viagra was developed with the intention of relieving chest pain and its side effect was accidental…… plus, it made you not care so much about having that heart attack….. 3) Pencil sales increased 700% in the year after Sudoku became popular. 4) Human life expectancy has increased more in the last 50 years than in the previous 200,000 years of human existence. 5) More people in the world...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Too Much Scotch Makes Keith a Sad Boy’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – 11/30/14 Hello, gang.  Hope all is going better than good.  Just a quick intro today as I slept late after over-indulging last evening….. that Glen Fiddich character can be your best friend and worst enemy at the same time. 1) The Grammy Awards were introduced to counter the threat of rock music. In the late 1950s, a group of record executives were alarmed by the explosive success of rock ‘n roll, considering it a threat to “quality” music. 2) The final resting-place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker – the Moon. The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer, trained the Apollo astronauts about craters, but never made it into space. Mr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem. His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA crashed the...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Does Thanksgiving Have to Include My Family?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 11/23/14 – Happy Sunday, folks.  Hope this edition of SF&Fs finds you healthy, happy, and all prepped for the upcoming holiday.  Love it or hate it, at least there is a turkey dinner involved which salves the burn of those annoying relatives some. As my dear father used to say whenever the family gathered for the Thanksgiving dinner after glancing steely at each and everyone sitting at the dining room table, “Ya’ know, if you killed just one or two of the people sitting here today, you’d have a pretty nice family.”  Cheers, Russ, you couldn’t have been more right. Okay, enough with my prattling on and on with the show…… 1) All of the clocks in the cult classic movie Pulp Fiction are set at 4:20. 2) When adjusted for inflation, John. D Rockefeller is the richest man in the history of the word...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘It’s Snowing, I’m Pissed’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 11/16/14 –  Happy Sunday, ladies and germs.  Thanks for stopping by to check out the latest edition of the SF&Fs….. it is muchly appreciated. I hope the polar vortex isn’t being too brutal on you.  I awoke to the sight of a snow-blanketed world and the sound of city plows and sanders taking up their appropriate position on the streets……. grrrrrrrrr.  Sorry, I digress.  It’s not like I’m the only person on the planet who has to deal with that fickle bitch, Mother Nature……. so without further pause, on with the facts and giggles.   1) A group of rhinos is called a ‘crash’.  …… seems appropriate somehow… 2) With a nurse and a calligrapher, Saddam Hussein had a copy of the Koran written using his own blood. 3) Swearing to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” dates back to English Common Law....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘It’s Too F**king Early for Christmas Carols’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 11/09/14 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Thanks for stopping in for some mind numbing factoids…. you know, the things that will fill your brain and be of absolutely no use to you going forward in life.  But, on the upside, there just might be a nugget of trivia here that you can pull out during a dinner party that will leave people awed at your brilliance………. or not.  Okay, enough jibberish… on with the show. 1) In a survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy; 20% thought Winston Churchill was not. 2) Actor Jimmy Stewart was a colonel in the Air Force, and was later promoted to Brigadier General as a member of the Air Force Reserves. 3) New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student— and he was shot and killed before graduation….. bet the student loan...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Jack Frost Can Kiss My Ass’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 11/02/14 –   Happy Sunday, folks.  Thanks for stopping in for the most recent edition of my Sunday Funnies & Factoids….. very much appreciated. Hope your clocks got turned back last evening and you are now officially ready for the onslaught of the weather turn……. ugggghhhh.  Well, now that I have sufficiently depressed the shit out of you I shall distract you for a few minutes with some entirely useless, yet fun, trivia…… on with the show……   1) In early 1900s America, “jay” was a slang term used to describe a naïve or foolish person. Thus, when such a pedestrian decided to ignore traffic signals and street signs, he or she was referred to as a “jaywalker.” 2) In 1983, a tiny fleck of paint off an earlier spacecraft hit the windshield of the orbiting space shuttle Challenger at 20,000 mph, causing a crater to form...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Get Off of My Porch and Take That Ninja Turtle With Ya’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 10/26,14 – Happy Sunday, my friends.  Typical Fall weather here…. most of the leaves down, grey, damp, but all is well because the NFL is wall to wall today starting with a 9:30 AM kickoff from jolly old London town.  So, all-len-all, life is pretty darn good. I hope everyone is healthy and happy this weekend and many thanks for stopping by….. so without further delay, here is some mind cluttering tidbits for y’all.   1) Legendary pool shark Minnesota Fats was actually from New York. He lifted his moniker from a fictional character in the film The Hustler. 2) In his first season with the New York Yankees in 1919, Babe Ruth hit more home runs (29) than any other American League team. 3) Stephanie Kwolik’s name might not ring a bell, but she’s responsible for saving thousands of lives. In 1965, she invented Kevlar, the material...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Short But Sweet’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 10/19/14 – Good day, folks.  Happy Sunday to one and all.  I sure hope your day and week have gone great. I apologize for the brevity of this weeks SF&Fs, but ALA has been a tad short-staffed of late and I have had so very much to do this week.  So, without further ado, let’s learn something entirely useless. 1) Pablo Picasso was held, questioned, and then released in 1911 for his suspected role in the theft of the Mona Lisa, which turned up months later. 2) In February of 2012, a 28-year-old man in Winder, Georgia, called 911 to report that he was invisible. According to police, he was not. 3) The mega-disco hit and gay anthem “It’s Raining Men,” although attributed to The Weather Girls (formerly known as Two Tons of Fun), was actually written by Late Night sidekick Paul Shaffer (and co-written...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Our Thanksgiving is Earlier Than Yours’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 10/12/14 – Hey there, folks….. hope your day/week is going swimmingly.  Such a nice day here in the hinterland……. mid 60s and nothing but glorious sunshine.  Me and Owen are just chillin’ and enjoying the day.  It is our Thanksgiving Day weekend up here so the smell of roasting turkeys will be wafting in the air. Happy Columbus Day to my friends south of the 49th, although celebrating slaughter and slavery just seems a a bit strange.  But hey, if it means a day off or shit on sale, I’m in. Okay, enough with the chit chat and on to why you dropped by… this weeks edition of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids…… enjoy. 1) The first TV show to use “open captions,” or captioning for the hearing-impaired available on all television sets, was The French Chef on PBS. 2) Valium is an all-natural chemical. In...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Because You Can Never Have Enough Trivia’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 10/05/14 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  I hope all is well with you and yours.  Schizophrenic weather going on up here but I suppose that is to be expected this time of year.  I put the furnace on at the end of this week and, it goes without saying, I haven’t seen my little buddy Owen except at mealtimes.  He can be fickle when it comes to heat…… oh well. Well, enough about me and on with what you really care about, the Sunday Funnies & Factoids……   1) Don’t tease the jaws of a Venus flytrap. Each jaw can only close a few times before the plant dies. 2) Kleenex tissues were originally marketed as a cold cream remover, not a disposable handkerchief. 3) The title of the Paul Simon song “Mother and Child Reunion” came from a chicken-and-egg dish that appeared on...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Because You People Will Hound Me if I Don’t’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, o9/28/14 – Happy Sunday one and all…….. beyond glorious here in the great white north.  Beautiful blues skies, mid-seventies temperature wise, chipmunks clamoring over me for my bag of peanuts, Owen stretched out in whatever room the sun is glowing the strongest in…… life, she be good. Hope all is well with you guys and gals.  Sit back, relax and take a few minutes to learn some new tasty tidbits and perhaps get a chuckle or two.  I do apologize in advance for the last picture on this weeks SF&Fs…… but I just had to.  So, without further ado, it’s on with this weeks Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) The Jaws of Life were invented by George Hurst, who was a mechanical engineer and auto racing enthusiast. He conceived the idea after witnessing an accident at the Indy 500 where the driver died because he...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘I Have Nothing Better To Do’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 09/21/14 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Hoping the last days of summer find you all healthy and happy.  Just wrapped up compiling a few tidbits of information that some of you may find interesting.  If not, no skin off of my nose.  heeeehehehehehe Sit back and enjoy this week’s collection on factoids… the Raven facts are especially fascinating.  I want one.   1) The 1906 San Francisco earthquake wasn’t terribly devastating on its own. It was the massive three-day fire following the tremor that destroyed the city’s downtown. 2) The Chinese used black pepper to cure cholera, Europeans used it as currency, and Attila the Hun demanded 3,000 pounds of the stuff in exchange for discontinuing his sacking of Rome. 3) Scott Joplin’s famous piano song, “Maple Leaf Rag,” was not named for the leaf or for Canada: it was named for the Maple...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: The ‘Why is it November in September?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 09/14/14 – Good day, friends.  Hope your week went swimmingly and the weekend is being kind to you.  I awoke this morning to temps hovering just above the freezing mark and a high today rocketing all the way up to the low 50s….. jeeebus, not much of a tail end to ‘summer’. 1) Chad and Barbie Soper of Rockford, Michigan, have three kids. They were born on 08/08/08, 09/09/09, and 10/10/10….. probably by C-section…. in which case, big whoop 2) In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt…… or Butchie to her girlfriends 3) The first man to appear on the cover of Playboy was the actor Peter Sellers. 4) Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass….. welcome to my fucking world…. 5) In Argentina, you can get your caffeine fix with yerba maté. Made from dried holly leaves, the...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: The ‘That Was Summer?’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 09/07/14 – Hey, folks, hope you had a wonderful week and are thoroughly enjoying your weekend… I know I am.  Perfect weekend weather here….. mid 70 highs and mid 50 lows,  all the while most folks south of the 49th are sweltering in the humidity. Turn up the A/C, read my SF&Fs , then get ready for some FOOTBALL !!!!  The NFL is back, baby, and I for one am PUMPED !!!!!   1) In the 1920s and early 1930s, French surgeon Serge Voronoff perfected the technique of transplanting testicle tissue from various primates into men, supposedly to increase longevity and sex drive. Discredited by the 1940s, the once-fashionable procedure had a cocktail named after it: the Monkey Gland (gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe)……..  ummmmmmm, okay then. 2) One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: The ‘Labor Day My Ass, I Ain’t Doing Nuthin’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/31/14 –  Happy Labor day weekend Sunday, gang.  Nice to have you back.  As I type this I hear geese honking overhead as they head for more southerly climes….. oy…. that seems early.  Sure hope that isn’t a harbinger of what the winter may have in store for us, although the Old Farmer’s Almanac says that we are in for a brutal one….. both colder and more snow than last year.  If that is indeed the case I may just open a vein and pray for the sweet release of death.  Okay, off to buy 20 dollars worth of lottery tickets in hopes that I can push back my suicide attempt for the time being. While I’m gone, please enjoy this week’s edition of The Sunday Funnies and Factoids.  If by chance I do get a winning ticket I’ll save you some time and breath,...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: The ‘It’s Short…. So What’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/24/14 – The ‘It’s Short…. So What’ Edition – Happy Sunday, one and all…… hope your weather is as spectacular as mine is here north of the 49th… what  a great weekend…. sunshine, mid 70 temps, low to no humidity.  The only thing keeping me off of my deck 24 hours a day is at night when skitters the size of sparrows drive me indoors. Up to my ass in alligators today, so not a lot of time to chat…… so, that being said, on to the latest Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) Just as some people talk in their sleep, sign language speakers have been known to sign in their sleep……  At least they don’t wake their partners up when they do. 2) Thought to be the original fast-food, Genghis Khan and his hordes carried around flat patties of ground up mutton under their saddles to...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids: The ‘Make the Rain Stop’ Edition

Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/17/14 – Hey, folks.  Hope you all had a wonderful week and are thoroughly enjoying the weekend thus far.  It has been raining in this part of the world, pretty much steadily since Tuesday and more than one person I have bumped in to would rather the sweet release of death than have another day of this, what seems like, never-ending cold, wet, nasty weather. Anyhoo, enough with my seasonal affective disorder and on with the show…. enjoy. 1) Grant Wood, famous for his painting American Gothic, won a Crayola crayon coloring contest as a child, which helped propel his interest in art. 2) In a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll conducted in February 2012, 2% of Americans thought Mitt Romney’s first name was Mittens. Only 6% knew that it’s Willard.  Oy vey….. ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the American voting public.  Again, oy vey. 3)...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids: The ‘Because I Have to Edition’

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/10/14 – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Hope you are all having  a great one and your weather is as spectacular as mine is… couldn’t put in an order with the weather gods for anything more perfect. I no more want to be writing this piece today than I would want to puncture an ear drum…. I am tired, grumpy, and maybe a little overworked.  But persevere I shall to bring you the latest edition of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. So without further ado, it’s on with the show….. 1) The split-fingered Vulcan salute from Star Trek is derived from an Orthodox Jewish ritual called the Blessing Hands, which is used to anoint congregations on holy days. Leonard Nimoy, whose grandfather was Orthodox, remembered the hand gesture from his childhood visits to the synagogue and borrowed it for his role as Mr. Spock. 2) In...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/03/14 – Howdy, hi, everyone.  Hope your day is going as well as mine.  Long weekend up here Canuckistan…. festival weekend in North Bay and they couldn’t have planned the weather for the event any better…… blue skies, slight southerly winds and a temperature  topping out in the mid-seventies…. YOWZAH !!!!! I just cued The Talking Heads on the ghetto blaster and now it’s on with the show. 1) Duct tape has played a pivotal role in several NASA missions: In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts used it to repair a lunar rover bumper; in 2001, International Space Station astronauts and cosmonauts constructed a kitchen table using leftover aluminum pieces and duct tape; and in 2005, Space Shuttle Discovery astronaut Stephen Robinson crafted a hacksaw for a repair mission using a blade, plastic ties, Velcro, and—yup—the ol’ D.T.  I love duct tape… A LOT !!! 2)...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – The ‘I Can if I Want’ Edition – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Thanks for stopping by to grab your weekly dose of chuckles and meaningless factoids. Grey, dank, and unseasonably cool here.  I might just have to make a trip to the wine rack in the cellar earlier than I normally do today.  Hmmmm, got a feeling this is not going to be pretty.   ;-) Enough about my numerous vices and on with what you really care about, this week’s Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) René Lacoste, a professional tennis player, invented the world’s first logo shirt. Known as “Le Crocodile” for his on-court tenacity, Lacoste added the crocodile to his clothes in the 1930s – the first time a designer logo is known to have appeared on the outside of a shirt. 2) By law, French workers get at least 30 paid...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids… ‘Just Because Edition’

07/19/14   by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Happy Sunday, gang.  Hope your week went well and your weekend is going even better.  I’m sitting on my deck under glorious blue skies editing this weeks Sunday Funnies & Factoids, sucking on a few Coronas, and feed the chipmunks peanuts out of my hand.  Question…. should I deep fry or grill them after the novelty wears off.  ;-)  Well enough about my goings on and on with this edition of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) Despite the horrific display, nearly two-thirds of those aboard the LZ 129 Hindenburg survived its fiery crash in 1937.  Jesus Christ…. wonder what that hospital ward smelled like? 2) Arthur Miller’s original title for Death of a Salesman was The Inside of His Head.  Whheeew, that was close to being disasterous. 3) The notorious Roman emperor Nero was also a wannabe musician.  He employed 5,000 knights and...

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by Keith Lennox for All-len-All –  07/13/14 Hey, gang.  Hope this finds you all healthy and happy.  Welcome back for your weekly dose of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids.  Beautiful weather happening up here north of the 49th…..sunny skies, mid 70s, slight breeze.  Yowzah !!!!!  I hope the weather gods are smiling down on each and every one of you….. on with the show. 1)  Judge Judy reportedly makes $47 million a year. What kind of legal power comes with it? While Judith Sheindlin was a real, live judge — New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her to criminal court in 1982 and then made her Manhattan’s supervising family court judge in 1986 — she’s not acting as one on her show. Neither are any of the other daytime TV judges (whether they passed the bar and served as actual judges or not). TV court shows don’t take place...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – 07/06/14 Good morning, folks.  Happy Independence Day weekend to my friends south of the border.  We, up here, are just getting the hangover from last weekend taken care of.  I say we combine the two holidays and party the entire month of July…. we can call it Canusa month. I hope this latest installment of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids finds you all happy, healthy, and fulfilled.  On with the show….. 1) Only two people remain who are fluent in Ayapaneco—but they refuse to talk to each other.  C’mon, I’ve heard of grudges but aren’t you two getting a little lonely and starved for some intellectual stimulation via speech? 2) Only one half of a dolphin’s brain sleeps at a time. The other half that’s awake signals the dolphin to come up for air to prevent drowning.  Haa !!!  I always knew Flipper was...

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June 29/14, by Keith Lennox for All-len-All – Hellloooo, folks.  Happy Sunday to all who humble me with their presence at this weeks Sunday Funnies & Factoids.  Beautiful day and weekend on the north side of the 49th parallel for the upcoming Canada Day holiday.  Hope this editions finds you all happy and healthy.  So without further ado…. let the SF&Fs show begin…. 1) Queen Elizabeth does carry a small amount of money in that large handbag — enough to put into the weekly collection plate at church. 2) Styx’s seventh album, “The Grand Illusion,” was released on 7/7/77.  Interesting….. too bad their music is so…… ummmmmm…… so……. yawn inducing. 3) Koalas do not drink. They get all the moisture they need from the leaves that they ingest. 4) The split-fingered Vulcan salute from Star Trek is derived from an Orthodox Jewish ritual called the Blessing Hands, which is...

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June 22/14, by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Happy Sunday, one and all, and welcome back for your latest installment of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. Hope your weather is a splendid as mine is…… sitting on my deck overlooking my yard filled with various birds and vermin… enough about my cute sparrows and my neighbors and on with expanding your mind with some absolutely useless tidbits of info you’ll be lucky to remember by this time next week. 1) The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666…………… could it be….. Satan? 2) There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.  So, how’s that’s Schedule 1 marijuana and three strike laws working out for y’all? 3) Approximately one quarter of the United States’ homeless population are war veterans. 4) The first person to successfully go over Niagara Falls...

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June 15/14, Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Hello, everyone, and welcome back for my latest installment of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there.  Hope you score big time gift-wise and it doesn’t involve ties, a new lawn mower, or those stupid fucking coffee cups that say ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ because we all know that you aren’t. hehehehehe  Tell them you prefer single malt scotch, golf balls, and a little peace and quiet would be to die for. Anyhoo, off we go on the trip we call The Sunday Funnies & Factoids. 1) Senator Strom Thurmond is in the record books for giving the longest recorded speech in history, clocking in at 24 hours and 18 minutes. The speech was a filibuster in opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act (which passed, despite his efforts). Strum sure was a charmer, wasn’t he? 2) More...

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June 6/14, Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Good morning, one and all.  What a glorious day here in the foothills of the Laurentian Pimples…. errrrrr, Mountains.  I’m not sayin’ our mountain range is small, but……….. that’s a hill, is it not?  Apparently, some fella’ named Laurentian had one massively inflated sense of self-importance. I hope all is well with everyone out there and you are having the same glorious type of weather that I am.  So, without further boredom from yours truly, on with this weeks Sunday Funnies and Factoids.   1) Perhaps one of the lowest moments in sports history was perpetrated by the members of the 2000 Spanish Paralympic basketball team. After the team snagged a gold medal, it was revealed that 10 of the 12 players had never been tested for disabilities and were, in fact, not handicapped. 2) Both of Baltimore’s major league sports teams (baseball...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Happy first day of June, one and all.  I hope your weekend was, and is, as glorious as it is up here in the most beautiful part of the world that was ever created (for twelve weeks of the year, that is).  The sun is shining….. the birds are singing and making me their bird bath/seed slave….. the cat is glued to the screen door, salivating…. as he gazes at the big fat squirrel who has taken to occupying the back deck. Enough prattle from me and on to what you drop in here for, factoids and a chuckle or two. 1) The Salem Witch trials did not start in Salem, MA. They started in Salem Village, now known as Danvers. 2) Snakes are one of those animals you never really expect to see airborne, but Singapore’s Paradise Tree Snake can do just that, flying...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Happy Sunday everyone and Happy Memorial Day weekend to my friends south of the 49th, or as we call it up here ‘You Lucky Bastages Day’ weekend.  Just kidding… not envious at all….. grrrr…. grumble.  Enjoy not working on Monday… grilling on the BBQ, drinking beer, frivolity…. that’s okay, we don’t really like doing any of that up here…. we’re not bitter…. not a bit of it…… not even a little…. nope, not bitter at all.  Well, now that I have cleared that up, it’s on with this weeks installment of the Sunday Funnies and Factoids….. so do enjoy them with your grilled fare and favorite beverage…. not the least bit envious, just so you know. 1) Spitting in public was socially acceptable in China for five millennia, but due to fears over the spread of SARS in 2003, it has become punishable by...

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by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – The long weekend edition – Hello one and all.  Glad you could join me back here at the All-len-All bunker.  It is a long weekend here in the great white north.  It is officially known as Victoria Day.  Here is the a definition of said holiday:  Celebrated annually on the Monday preceding May 25, Victoria Day is a statutory holiday in Canada that commemorates the birthdays of all ruling British monarchs, including the current queen. Although each monarchs’ actual birth dates are varied, this holiday was established as overall recognition of the sovereigns’ birthdays. Victoria Day is often referred to by Canadians as the May Long Weekend.  We call it the May 24 weekend,  which has always referred to the largest case of beer one can purchase at our beloved Beer Stores.  Ummmmmmm…… beer.  It is a weekend to go on a 72 hour bender and...

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May 11/14, By Keith Lennox, All-len-All – Happy Sunday, one and all.  Bright sunshine, beautiful blue skies, a more than content well fed cat at my feet…… who could possibly ask for more?  Well, my checking account isn’t as plump as it could be so…… sorry that is a different story entirely and I digress. It shouldn’t be more than a few days from now when I can take my precious laptop and do my All-len-All work from the panorama known as my back deck.  It is the sweetest place in the world…. greenery and foliage… hundreds of birds that stop in for a snack and a bath… always good tunes on the ghetto-blaster… chilled wine… neighbors quickly disappearing behind the fast growing leaves… oh my word… be still my heart. I hope everyone had a happy and healthy week and your weekend is going swimmingly.  Glad you could take a...

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May 3/14   The List Edition Happy first week of May one and all.  Tis nice to feel that Spring is in full swing.  A tad grey and cool but in no time summer will be upon us and we will have something entirely different to bitch about…. the heat and humidity. Well, without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here is this weeks installment of the Sunday Funnies and Factoids. Four very cool things Harper Lee did after penning To Kill a Mockingbird: 1. ROASTED A SMALL-MINDED SCHOOL BOARD In 1966, a Virginian school board elected to remove all copies of To Kill a Mockingbird from their libraries, citing the book as “immoral.” Outraged, Lee wrote a fiery letter to the Richmond News Leader condemning the group’s actions. “Recently,” she asserted, “I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes...

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Apr. 27/14 Welcome back, ladies and germs, for the latest installment of my Sunday Funnies and Factoids.  The place where we gather to learn a few pieces of useless information that will, more often than not, be of absolutely no use to you going forward in life.  Sorry, did that sound a tad jaded?  If so, too bad…. deal.  Sitting in front of my laptop glancing down at the weather site for my area and seeing that we have hit the forecast high temperature of the day….. 4 Celsius….. or 39 Fahrenheit.  Grey, cloudy, off and on showers, cold north winds, so if I come off as a little bit disgruntled…… DAMMMMM STRAIGHT I AM !!!!!! Oh well, on with the day’s tasty tidbits. 1) Each king in a deck  of playing cards represents a great king from history: * Spades – King David * Hearts – Charlemagne * Clubs...

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Apr. 20/14 Happy Easter Sunday, one and all.  Hope you are all enjoying a well deserved long weekend. After receiving much flak over last weeks topics of baseball and beer from many of my fairer sex readers (especially Fifi from Montreal) it was suggested that I dedicate this weeks SF&Fs to a more gentile subject matter so as to level the playing field, so to speak.  So, with the in mind, I give you todays topics…… shoes and champagne. 1) In Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red. 2) Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds. 3) According to Glamour, the average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime. All in all, she will end up spending $25,000 on shoes. 4)  A poll of 1,057 women by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for...

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Apr. 13/14    The Beer and Baseball Edition. I am in a not so good mood this morning after being kept up by a very exciting Blue Jays/Orioles baseball game last evening and a few too many beers.  Colby Rasmus tied the game at 1 – 1 in the top of the ninth inning with two out and two strikes against him.  He took a high fastball off of the Oriole closer deep to center field in the most exciting moment thus far in the early part of the season.  We went on to lose the game in twelve innings, by the meager score of 2 – 1.  Still smarting from that… so we should kick off the Sunday funnies and factoids talking about one of the best subjects ever… BEER.  Monday was National Beer day, so in its honor here are some lesser known beer facts. 25 Amazing Facts...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Apr. 6/14 Happy Sunday, one and all.  Welcome back to visit my latest edition of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  Glad you could make it to take in some lesser known facts that are floating around out there in the ether. You are lucky that I made it here today.  I awoke yesterday morning to a fresh two inches of snow on the ground and the only thing that stopped me from crawling into the empty bathtub and opening a vein to bring on the sweet release of death was several cups of extra strong coffee.  On the upside, I saw my first robin of the Spring and today is going to be mild and sunny.  Thank Christ for the small mercies. So without further ado it is on with my SF&Fs.  Enjoy. 1) Who the hell knew this?  Cashews are always sold without their shells because the shell...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

by Keith Lennox for All-len-All, Mar. 30/14 Hey, folks.  Nice to have you back to peruse the new entries into the Sunday funnies and factoids.  Looking out my window at twice the amount of snow on the ground that there should be but sunshine and warmer temps today should begin to alleviate the winter woes that have almost thrown me into a catatonic state.  I hope Spring has arrived in full force for one and all. So, without further ado, here is the latest installment of my SF&Fs.  Do enjoy and have a great week ahead. 1) Aerosmith’s song “Walk This Way” was inspired by the Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks spoof movie Young Frankenstein. 2) In the this is really sad category.  After going into heat, an un-spayed female ferret can actually die if she does not mate. She will remain in heat until she mates, and if she does...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

March 23/14 Happy Sunday, one and all.  We got 6 inches of snow this weekend and it is presently 4 degrees below zero in the Great White North.  I don’t think winter will ever end and it is beyond depressing.  So, on that note, I present to you the Sunday funnies and factoids.  If nothing else, it will provide you with a bit of a distraction from your weather woes or woes of any variety for that matter. 1) The tallest mountain on earth, when measured from base to peak, is in Hawaii. From its base on the ocean floor to its peak over 13,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Mauna Kea is over 33,450 feet tall. 2) The first armored presidential limo was used by President Franklin Roosevelt just as the United States was entering WW II. This particular Cadillac convertible originally belonged to the gangster Al Capone....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

Mar. 16/2014 Hey there, ho there, one and all.  Welcome back to the most recent installment of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  I know I sure could use a bit of a distraction from the four inches of new snow and bone snapping frigid temperatures being served up by the winter that will never end.  I hope everyone is well and enjoying what is left of your weekend.  So, may I present your weekly brain distraction…… 1) Even Fidel Castro lashed out against New Coke, calling it “a sign of American capitalist decadence.” 2) Andrew Jackson was the only US President to have the national debt paid in full. 3) Aluminum used to be so hard to produce that it was valued higher than gold. Napoleon III even had all of his fine cutlery made of aluminum. 4) Boy: “I got an F in arithmetic.” Father: “Why?” Boy: “The...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Mar. 9/14 Hey there, ho there.  Hope you are all enjoying the new layout of the All-len-All website.  Although there are still glitches and aesthetics to work on I think it is so much more user-friendly than the previous version. Okay, let’s get to it.  Here are this weeks facts and funnies to make you wonder and hopefully bring a smile to your face. 1) March 8th is National Proofreading day. Copy editors, rejoice! A whole day to promote error-free writing—or at least, the finding of one’s own errors. Now that is won holliday I can getton bored with. 2) Nicolas Coppola obviously decided that nobody with his surname was going to get anywhere in the film business. Fortunately, he was a devoted comic book reader. Depending on whom you ask, he might have called himself Nicolas Cage after Luke Cage, alias Power Man, a tough superhero in 1970s Marvel...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Howdy, hi, everyone.  Time for the latest entries into the Sunday funnies and factoids. We have finally exited a February that seemed like a January.  Old man winter was and is still holding on like a rabid dog and most of us are getting a little pissed about it….I know I am.  So with that in mind, here’s a few factoids with the odd laugh thrown in to take your mind off of your woes for a couple of minutes. As you have probably gathered, All-len-All has a new  I hope you enjoy the new format and layout.  We are still learning new tricks of the trade so please bear with us as we learn how to master it perfectly. 1) Betty White is older than sliced bread. Sliced bread was introduced in 1928 by inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Before this moment, bread was sold in whole loaves as bakers didn’t trust...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Happy Sunday, my friends.  It is the last day of the Olympics in Sochi and the gold medal hockey game is on my television in the background.  I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend, thus far.  Sorry about the brevity of todays funnies and factoids.  I am in the middle of the site rebuild and I am at a loss for enough hours in a day.  Be back full speed next Sunday.  Until then, please stay safe and enjoy your upcoming week ahead.   1) Mel Blanc insisted on chewing real carrots to provide the chomping sounds when he voiced Bugs Bunny. 2) In the who the hell knew department: Reggie Jackson’s nickname, “Mr. October,” was coined sarcastically by Thurman Munson after Reggie hit .125 in the 1977 ALCS. Reggie went on to win the World Series MVP that year and the name stuck. 3)...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Welcome one and all to the latest edition of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend thus far.  This, with any luck at all, will be the last time this piece will be published on the website as it exists now.  A rebuild of the site is proceeding along and hopefully will be up and running by the next time I pen The Sunday funnies and factoids.  It will be more user-friendly, have more content, new chat areas, and will be far more aesthetically pleasing.  I am anxious to get the new site up and running and seeing what you folks think of the new and improved All-len-All. 1) In the ‘you can’t legislate away stupid category’……In New Jersey and Oregon, pumping your own gas is illegal. These states banned self-service out of fear that untrained consumers might light themselves on fire....

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

Sorry for the brevity of my Sunday funnies and factoids this week.  I’m in the middle of the site rebuild and I have a cold, so I am only partially functional today.  Good news, I jumped on this ailment as soon as it surfaced and I think (touch wood) I may have headed it off at the pass.  That being said, please enjoy this weeks installment od TSF&Fs.    1) The Caesar Salad was not invented by the Italians, but by a restaurant owner in Tijuana, Mexico. 2) William Faulkner once refused a dinner invitation from President Kennedy’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” Faulkner explained. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.” 3) Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine‘s Man of the Year for 1938. 4) Above the Supreme Court is a basketball court known as the “Highest Court in the Land.” Clarence Thomas tore...

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