The Sunday Funnies & Factoids
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) Jack Webb, star of radio and television’s Dragnet, was so closely associated with the part of Joe Friday that when Webb died in 1982, the Los Angeles Police Department officially retired Friday’s badge number, 714. Jeeeebuz, they knew it was just a TV show, right?
3) The second largest country by land area is Canada, after Russia. Dammm you, Putin.
4) Gadsby is a 1939 novel by Ernest Vincent Wright with over 50,000 words, and not a single word contains the letter “E.” Now how in th h ll would on do that?
5) Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970s, threw a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. At certain points during the game, Ellis said he couldn’t see the batter or the catcher, and as a result, relied on the baseball to tell him where to throw it. Jesus Christ, I couldn’t remember where the bathroom was the last time I dropped acid. Can you even buy acid anymore?
6) The familiar piano tune we know as “Chopsticks” was written by a 16-year-old girl in 1877 and was published as “The Celebrated Chop Waltz.”
7) The Flintstones was sponsored by a cigarette company during the show’s first two seasons. The show was intended for adults, not kids, so few complained about the commercials that depicted the stone-age characters puffing away on Winstons.
8) In 1846, the Daily News became London’s newest newspaper. Its editor-in-chief was none other than author Charles Dickens.
9) While sailing around the world in 2000, TV journalist Geraldo Rivera was followed along the coast of Somalia and nearly attacked by modern-day, Uzi-wielding pirates. The good ship Geraldo could have been a major haul for the pirates, but they were foiled when the newsman had his crew fire flare guns, drawing attention to the vessel and frightening off the attackers. Dammmit !!!! Why didn’t the pirates send their starting team instead of their back-ups?
11) Before returning to the silver screen in Gangs of New York, Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis was working as a cobbler in Florence, Italy.
12) Author Alex Haley was forced to pay Harold Courlander more than half a million dollars after losing a plagiarism suit over Roots.
13) Why Do Limbs “Fall Asleep”?
You sit too long with your legs crossed or lie with your arm under your head, and when you go to move the limb, it’s tingling with a “pins and needles” sensation. But why?
We’ve got nerves running through our bodies that act as lines of communication between the brain and the other body parts, transmitting commands from the brain and relaying sensory information back to it for processing. With a sleeping limb, your nerves are going a little haywire because prolonged pressure has actually cut off communication between that limb and the brain. (The tingling sensation is technically called paresthesia.)
Pressure puts the squeeze on nerve pathways and blood vessels, so the nerves can’t transmit signals properly, and the blood vessels can’t bring oxygen and nutrients to the nerves. The cut-off interferes with the normal flow of information between the limb and the brain, and the signals going back and forth get jumbled. Some nerve cells stop sending info entirely, while others send impulses erratically.
The problem is compounded by the fact that our nerves are pretty specialized, and different kinds of nerves and sensory receptors receive different stimuli and transmit different information. When the various signals get scrambled and aren’t transmitted normally, the brain starts to misinterpret the info it’s getting and generates an array of sensations, like warmth, numbness and that tingling feeling.
When a limb falls asleep, we usually try to “wake it up” and change positions. Blood flows back to the limb, giving a little boost to the misfiring nerves and making the tingling seem worse, but eventually the nerve signals begin to flow properly again. The pins and needles sensation is annoying for a few minutes, but it’s a nice little prompt for us to relieve the pressure on a limb before serious nerve damage occurs.
14) Casinos are cancelling Ted Nugent performances after violent rhetoric surrounding Obama and Native Americans and having actually listened to his albums……………….. rim shot, please.
Okay, folks, I am so outta’ here…. got lots to do and a beautiful day to do it.
Stay healthy and happy…. have a great week ahead, and don’t forget to extend a small kindness this week to someone who needs one.