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Gotcha! Thought I’d end the week with a few facts and not-so-funny information that will change the way you look at stuff and life and more stuff. The information listed below is actually useless but when you are at the bar and you are about to make your move and don’t have any neat lines, use one of these. Actually that gives me an idea for a column, perhaps next Friday I will have collected sure-fired pick-up lines to use on Match dot com or Chemistry dot whatever. I’ll do some searching, of course if you have a favorite shoot it over and I’ll post it next Friday.

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris can sneeze with his eyes open.

Chuck Norris can eat just one Lay’s potato chip.

Chuck Norris is suing Myspace for taking the name of what he calls everything around you.

Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise.

Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.

Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is named after his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936-1982). “Barack” means “blessing/blessed/to bless” in Swahili and Semitic languages, and “Hussein” is a Semitic word meaning “good” or “beautiful.” Swahili was Obama Sr.’s native language.

He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball

His favourite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini

He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

He uses an Apple Mac laptop

He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life

State Fun Facts

Hattie Caraway (1878-1950) born in Bakersville, Tenn. became the first woman United States Senator.

The Alex Haley boyhood home in Henning is the first state-owned historic site devoted to African Americans in Tennessee.

Oregon’s state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.

Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (Oregon), built in 1880, is currently used as the site of the final resting place of up to 467,000 cremated individuals.

Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the ratification of the Constitution.

Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart.

Useless Information

The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.

Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.

While there wasn’t any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie to eat at the first Thanksgiving, there was beer, brandy, gin, and wine to drink.

Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where it was first produced in 1789 by a Baptist minister.

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.

An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying “R2D2”. George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on.

see you Monday…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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