(Includes 39 jokes and articles, 23988,4,cf,vXT2,2)
Bunny woth Binoculars
Subj: Interesting Facts About Ernest Hemingway (S988)
From: tom on 12/18/2015
Subj: Eleven Interesting Facts (S804)
From: tom on 6/7/2012
Your history lesson for the day.
Q: Why do men's clothes have
buttons on the right while
women's clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented,
they were very expensive
and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are
right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right
through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were
dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the
maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have
|Drawing from tom on 8/21/2009|
A: This comes from the French
word m'aidez -meaning 'help me' --
and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'
A: In France, where tennis became
popular, round zero on the
scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,'
which is French for 'egg.' When tennis was introduced in
the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it 'love.'
Source (disputed): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_score
A: In the Middle Ages, when many
people were unable to read
or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing
the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified
in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
A: In card games, it was once
customary to pass an item, called
a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was
to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility
of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.
A: It used to be common for someone
to try to kill an enemy by
offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a
drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a
small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both
men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his
host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.
Source (false): http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_Do_people_click_their_
A: Invented in 1825, limelight
was used in lighthouses and theatres
by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.
In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the centre of
A: Types of clouds are numbered
according to the altitudes they
attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to
be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
A. When Mary Queen of Scots went
to France as a young girl,
Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots
game 'golf.' So he had the first course outside of
Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was
properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis
hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
Mary liked this a lot and when returned to Scotland (not
a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice
with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day'
and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.
Source (disputed): http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware
in Europe were made of a
dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins
in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg
banks.' When an English potter misunderstood the word,
he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
Source (close): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piggy_bank
A: The US Mint began putting
notches on the edges of coins
containing gold and silver to discourage holders from
shaving off small quantities of the precious metals.
Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because
they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't
notched because the metals they contain are not valuable
enough to shave.
So there! Now you know!
Everything Is Possible (S660)
From: Metacafe.com on 9/5/2009
This video "Everything Is Possible
is impressive. Click 'HERE', to see it.
Subj: The Dangers Of Prescription Drugs
From: Anon Jr. on 3/6/2007
This article is NOT the usual
joke or article that I include
on my web site. When Anon Jr. asked me a second time to put
it on the site, I couldn't say no. I hope that reading it
will benefit you.
Dr. Whitaker (MD) points out
that a recent book by Dan Hurley
titled Natural Causes:.... alleges that a "yearly average" of
"approximately nine deaths" are "associated with - not
definitely caused by - supplements." p.4 for March.
But he puts this allegation into
perspective by pointing out
deaths every year, yes "annually" p.4, due to other causes:
"accidents involving bicycles kill 784"
"more than 1,000 choke to death
on food and
other household items"
"motorcycles" kill "another 4,553"
"accidental poisonings result in 4,833 deaths"
"food causes 5,000 deaths annually"
"aspirin and other over-the-counter
NSAIDs are responsible
for 16,000 fatalities"
"automobiles" kill "a whopping 33,041"
"the single most dangerous consumer
products are FDA-approved
prescription drugs. When used exactly as prescribed, they
result in 106,000 deaths per year - making them more than
10,000 times more deadly than nutritional supplements."
Dr. Whitaker advises you to keep
these facts in mind when the
"dark forces" attempt to convince us not to focus on the
"single most dangerous consumer products" - "FDA-approved
March 2007 Health and Healing p.4
Interesting World Facts (S660b, S670b)
From: darrellvip on 9/2/2009
and From: tom on 11/7/2009
Bonehead award two, goes to Nutricia,
Ltd., a health food
company in the UK which is planning, in the middle of the
worldwide anthrax scare, to drop a MILLION letters into
the mail containing a WHITE POWDER as part of a health
UK postal authorities are furious
because, not only are
they expecting terrified customers to be calling authorities
in bunches, but also because they know that some of the
packages will undoubtedly open and leak leaving little white
powder specks all over other mail pieces which will add to
UK Sun 5-Nov-01
Subj: Flags And Day Of Morning (S243)
From: jerry on 9/24/2001
Bonehead award one , a ''political
correctness gone mad
bonehead award,'' goes to NCCI Holdings Inc. of Boca Raton,
Florida who, on the national day of mourning and prayer
for those lost during the terrorist attacks, told their
managers to go around their 850 person office and confiscate
any American Flags, saying other workers might find them
OFFENSIVE. One worker who found the policy offensive says
she was suspended for complaining.
Many companies handed out flags to their employees that day.
Palm Beach Post (Florida) 15-Sep-01
Subj: Rolling Blackout Exemptions (S243)
From: jerry on 9/25/2001
Bonehead award two goes to the
following companies and
establishments that applied for exclusions from the recent
California rolling blackouts by claiming that power
interruptions to their businesses posed "a significant
threat to public health or safety."
o Beverly Hills Liquor and Deli
o Big Burrito Kingdom
o Doty Donuts
o El Taco Loco
o Expert Nails
o Fantastic Burgers
o Gucci America Inc.
o House of Blues
o L.A. Dance Connection
o Pacific Coast Chocolates
o T-Shirt Mart
o Valencia Pancakes Inc.
Harpers Magazine via Steve Harvey of the LA Times.
Subj: Teens Rob Bus (S240)
From: bonehead on 8/29/2001
Just wait until she gets him home!
Bonehead award four goes to a
teenager in Santiago, Chile
who, along with two friends, boarded a bus with the intent
to rob the passengers, threatening them and the driver
with knives and a baseball bat until his mother, who
happened to be aboard, began shouting at him to behave
himself and get off the bus.
Having a plain-clothes police
officer on board just added
to his hapless situation.
His mother will be appearing
at the trial as a witness.
One way or another... he's grounded.
Subj: Some Abortions Illegal (S239b)
From: bonehead on 8/27/2001
News Item: A UK government appointed
organization says that
many abortions are a violation of the disabilities act
because they are done in response to having learned that
the baby would be born extremely disabled and that this is
discriminatory and offensive to disabled people and that
"it reinforces negative stereotypes of disability" and
abortions under these circumstances should be illegal.
First Item: UK Telegraph 22-Aug-01
Subj: Two Sheriffs Arrest Diabetic (S238)
From: bonehead on 8/22/2001
Two Frederick County, Virginia
sheriffs who, believing a
man in a diabetic coma was drunk and ignoring their
commands, broke his truck's window, sprayed him with pepper
spray, beat him with batons, and had a police dog attack
him leaving him with multiple bites and an extended hospital
stay that sparked a grand jury and a Justice Department
investigation, are now suing the man for $68,000 claiming
that his complaints about the incident have hurt their careers.
WJLA-TV via Yahoo News via http://www.overlawyered.com
Subj: Outrageous Recent Court Cases (S238)
..........From: JBCARY1 on 8/16/2001
1. January 2000: Kathleen Robertson
of Austin Texas was
awarded $780,000.00 by a jury of her peers after breaking
her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running amok
inside a furniture store.
The owners of the store
were understandably surprised at
the verdict, considering the misbehaving tyke was Ms.
2. June 1998: A 19 year old Carl
Truman of Los Angeles
won $74,000.00 and medical expenses when his neighbor
ran over his hand with a Honda Accord.
Mr. Truman apparently didn't
notice someone was at the
wheel of the car whose hubcap he was trying to steal.
3. October 1998: A Terrence Dickson
of Bristol Pennsylvania
was exiting a house he finished robbing by way of the
garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up,
the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't
reenter the house because the door connecting the house
and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was
on vacation, so Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the
garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he
found, and a large bag of dry dog food.
This upset Mr. Dickson, so he
sued the homeowner's
insurance company claiming the situation caused him undue
mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a
million dollars and change.
4. October 1999: Jerry Williams
of Little Rock Arkansas
was awarded $14,500.00 and medical expenses after being
bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle.
The beagle was on a chain in it's owner's fenced in yard,
as was Mr. Williams. The award was less than sought
after because the jury felt the dog may have been provoked
by Mr. Williams who, at the time, was shooting it repeatedly
with a pellet gun.
5. May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant
was ordered to pay
Amber Carson of Lancaster Pennsylvania $113,500.00 after
she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her coccyx.
The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw
it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
6. December 1997: Kara Walton
of Claymont, Delaware
successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring
city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and
knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms.
Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the lady's
room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded
$12,000.00 and dental expenses.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on 1/10/2002
7. And just so you know that cooler heads do occasionally
prevail: Kenmore Inc., the makers of Dorothy Johnson's
microwave, were found not liable for the death of Mrs.
Johns's poodle after she gave it a bath and attempted to
dry it by putting the poor creature in her microwave for
"just a few minutes, on low." The case was quickly dismissed.
Subj: Doctor Gets Speeding Ticket (S237b, S657)
From: bonehead on 8/14/2001
The New Zealand Health Minister,
Annette King, is unhappy
with the police who are refusing to waive a $510 speeding
fine against a doctor who was caught by a camera speeding
as he was responding to an emergency call in a rural area
where no ambulances are available. The doctor is part of
the "Primary Response in Medical Emergency" system, created
by the government, which encourages doctors in areas that
do not have quick access to emergency care, to provide the
"I would have hoped that common
sense would have prevailed
but it seems the police have decided to ... send it to the
court, which I think shows a lack of judgement on their
behalf," says Ms. King.
"If every time (doctors) do it
they're going to get a
speeding ticket and cost them $500 we're going to have
people not wanting to participate and that's going to be
ridiculous," she continued.
N.Z.P.A. (New Zealand) via Stuff.com
Subj: Blowing Up The Family Car (S237b)
From: bonehead on 8/14/2001
Bonehead award one goes to a
man in Black Country, in the UK,
who had to find a way to explain to his wife why it was
necessary for the army to blow up part of the family car.
He had received a box in the
mail, with no return address,
and fearing it might be a bomb, loaded it into the trunk
(the ''boot'' to some) and drove it down to the police
where it was detonated and found to contain a bottle of
cologne from one of his girlfriends. The insurance
company says the damage is not covered by insurance either.
I wonder if his health insurance will cover any damage done
to him by a wife who detonated.
Birmingham Post and Mail (UK) 13-Aug-01
Subj: Low Student Scores In New York (S235)
From: bonehead on 7/30/2001
Bonehead award two goes to a
Brooklyn, New York Social
Studies teacher and the New York City Board of Education.
The teacher, teaching a summer
school class of young people
who are having trouble in school, sent three letters to the
New York Post complaining about low teacher salaries, poor
student attendance and lack of parent involvement. He
should have included unqualified teachers as one of the
complaints, as his incoherent letters would indicate.
"Only if our society realize
that there are so many factors
contributing to a student's test score, then teachers will
be willing to take the blam game. Who is to blam when
students don't do homeworks? who is to blam when pareants
don't care to come to the teacher pareant conference?" He
even misspelled his own course as ''socail studies.''
And how could he have possibly
passed the state teacher
licensing exams when he cannot even write coherently?
According to Schools Chancellor
Harold Levy, the tests are
not difficult. Worse, they are not difficult and yet 12
percent of New York schoolteachers who currently teach,
have flunked the state Education Department's liberal
arts and science test and the classroom test.
And what says the New York City
Board of Education
President Ninfa Segarra?
"We have some issues with teaching
quality. An example
like this shows it's worse than we might have thought."
New York Post 13-Jul-01
Subj: Time Travel (S234)
From: bonehead on 7/25/2001
Professor Ronald L. Mallett,
professor of physics at the
University of Connecticut, says he has found the secret to
travelling back and forward in time, and many colleagues
are taking him seriously.
He says he has the mathematics
to back up his theory and
hopes in the next 10 years to send subatomic particles back
in time, and then, eventually, to transport humans.
It's based on Einstein's general
theory of relativity that
says gravity is the curvature of space-time. This is why
strong gravitational fields can bend light and slow down
clocks [all clocks, equally, whether they be mechanical,
chemical, atomic, biological, whatever]. You age slower
as the gravitational field you are near becomes stronger.
So if one sends a laser beam
into a circle then a gravi-
tational field is created which therefore bends space.
Anything put into the middle of the light loop is dragged
around by the gravitational force. So having two laser
lights going in opposite directions, and controlling the
intensity of the light or slowing it down (using work
done at Harvard University and Harvard-Smithsonian labs
recently), the gravitational field intensifies. Get the
gravitational field up high enough and time becomes space.
And if time becomes space, then moving in space is
equivalent to moving in time, forward or backward. It's
just a cakewalk back to the 50s or into the next decade.
Hartford Courant 23-Jul-01
Subj: African's Thoughts on Condoms And Aids (S234)
From: 'Perspective Column' on page 17
in July 23, 2001 issue of Newsweek
"It's like eating a sweet with
the wrapper; you cannot do
that. You have to have sex, those who will die will die,
and whoever does not get AIDS, then good for him."
Kenyan cab driver James Karijoki, ignoring President
Daniel arap Moi's calls to use condoms or abstain from
sex to curb the spread of AIDS.
Subj: Three Year Old Criminal (S234)
From: Scott's Joke Archive on 7/22/01
On October 1, Mikey Sproul, age
3, made national news when
he commandeered the family car, which had one flat tire,
and cruised down U. S. 41 near Tampa, Fla., hitting two
parked cars and narrowly missing several moving ones.
Mikey's assessment: "I go zoom."
On November 11, using a cigarette
lighter, Mikey burned
down his family's house, sending his father to the hospital
with second- and third-degree burns. Mikey's assessment:
"Now I have no more house." [Tampa Tribune, 10-2-93;
Minneapolis Star Tribune-AP, 11-14-93] (304)
Subj: Computer Car Navigator All Wet (S234)
POTSDAM, Germany (AP)
From: Scott's Joke Archive on 7/22/01
A German couple out for a Christmas
drive ended up in a
river, apparently because their luxury car's computer forgot
to mention they had to wait for a ferry. The driver and his
passenger were not injured in the accident, police said
Several companies sell computer
navigators, some which are
attached to dashboards and serve as electronic road maps.
Some offer traffic updates and Internet connections.
The German couple was driving
Friday night when they came
to a ferry crossing at the Havel River in Caputh. That
information was never stored in the satellite-steered
navigation system they were using. The driver kept going
straight in the dark, expecting a bridge, and ended up in
|Subj: Better Education Would Outlaw
Stupid Crooks (S233)
By DAVE BARRY
Published Sunday, July 15, 2001 in Miami Herald
Our educational system is failing. Our schools are producing students who are -- to quote from the conclusion of an 858-page report recently issued by a distinguished blue-ribbon Presidential Task Force On Educational Quality -- ``stupid.''
The drop in our national IQ has caused many problems, including Limp Bizkit, feng shui, the U.S. Department of Education and the cancerous growth of ``reality-based'' TV shows (``Tonight on Passion Farm: Nine complete strangers churn butter!'').
But the most serious problem is that, as our population gets dumber, it becomes harder and harder to find qualified workers. Nowhere is this disturbing trend more evident than in the field of crime.
Not so long ago, American criminals ranked among the best in the world. Foreigners were terrified to come here because our criminals were so good at making our streets unsafe. Today, however, we are producing incompetent criminals who not only have allowed the crime rate to drop alarmingly, but who also, when they DO attempt to break the law, commit crimes of a quality that is, frankly, embarrassing.
Consider a story from the March 10 issue of The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital, written by Brian Schleter and sent in by many alert readers. According to this article, an alleged parole violator was about to be taken into custody in the county courthouse in Annapolis when he suddenly ran from the courtroom. So far, so good; criminals are supposed to flee. The suspect, pursued by sheriff's deputies, ran into the nearby Maryland Inn, where he hid in a closet. This is still acceptably competent criminal behavior.
But then, according to The Capital, the man decided to disguise himself by putting on a bunny suit. I am not making this up. For some reason, which is not explained in The Capital article, the closet contained a full-size bunny suit, with large pink ears, and the suspect climbed into it. Maybe he thought this would fool the deputies.
FIRST DEPUTY: He ran into that closet!
SECOND DEPUTY (opening closet door): Nope! There's nobody in here but a giant bunny!
FIRST DEPUTY: Darn!
But the deputies were not deceived, and they apprehended the suspect after a struggle. The Capital quotes an inn employee as saying: ``It looked like they were attacking the Easter Bunny.''
As pathetic as that criminal was, he was Albert Einstein compared to our next example, whose story is told in a March 10 Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal article written by Jeff Jones and sent in by several alert readers. This article states that a man armed with a knife held up a Taco Bell and got $2,300. The robber wore a ski mask to disguise his identity. This plan would have worked flawlessly, except that, during the robbery, the robber made one teensy mistake: He pulled one of the Taco Bell workers aside, lifted his mask, and said, quote, ``It's me, Tim.''
Yes. It turns out that the robber used to work at this Taco Bell, and he chose that particular moment to say hi to a former co-worker. This meant that the police had a pretty good clue as to the identity of the robber -- namely, his name -- and thus were able to apprehend him, which is good, inasmuch as a person of his apparent mental caliber should not be walking around with a sharp object.
Speaking of weapons, another excellent example of the modern criminal mind is reported in a 1999 article from the Billings (Mont.) Gazette sent in by alert reader Jon Hauxwell, M.D. This article concerns a man who attempted to hold up a Billings gas station by pointing his finger at the clerk. According to a police spokesperson, the would-be robber ``took off running when the clerk said `no'.''
What a moron! You'd think our educational system would at LEAST have taught this man that, if he's going to scare people with his finger, he must demonstrate its menace by pointing it at the ceiling and going, ``Bang! Bang!''
I could give more examples, but you get my point: The once-proud American
crime industry has become a joke. To turn the situation around, we need
better-educated criminals; to produce them, we must give our schools more
resources, in the form of money. That is why I want you to put cash in
an envelope and mail it to me, so I can give it to the schools. I'm talking
about ALL your cash. Do it RIGHT NOW. Or else. Because this finger is loaded.
Subj: A Little History From the 1500s (S227, S444)
From: flovilla on 6/2/2001
and From: auntiegah on 7/22/2005
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June
because they took their
yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June.
However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a
bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Baths consisted of a big tub
filled with hot water. The
man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally
the children -- last of all the babies. By then the water
was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it-hence
the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
Houses had thatched roofs-thick
straw, piled high, with no
wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get
warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice
rats, and bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became
slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off
the roof -- hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the
house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs
and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top
afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into
The floor was dirt. Only
the wealthy had something other
than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had
slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
so they spread thresh on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until,
when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.
A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway -- hence, a
They cooked in the kitchen with
a big kettle that always hung
over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things
to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much
meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers
in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next
day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there
for quite a while -- hence the rhyme, "peas porridge hot,
peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
Sometimes they could obtain pork,
which made them feel quite
special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their
bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could
bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share
with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made
of pewter. Food with a high
acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food,
causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often
with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were
Most people did not have pewter
plates, but had trenchers, a
piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Often
trenchers were made from stale pays and bread which was so
old and hard that they could use them for quite some time.
Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms and mold
got into the wood and old bread. After eating off wormy
moldy trenchers, one would get "trench mouth."
Bread was divided according to
status. Workers got the burnt
bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got
the top, or "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink
ale or whiskey. The combination
would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone
walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare
them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for
a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat
and drink and wait and see if they would wake up hence the
custom of holding a "wake."
England is old and small and
they started out running out of
places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and
would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave.
When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found
to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they
had been burying people alive. So they thought they would
tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the
coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night
(the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, some-
one could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead
And that's the truth... (and
whoever said that History was
This is a great story, but it
is a hoax. See Snopes.com at
Subj: When My Grandmother Was A Child (S162)
From: RFSlick on 2/26/00
A Hundred Years Ago --
(From a book called "When My
Grandmother Was a Child" by
Leigh W. Rutledge, which begins, "In the summer of 1900,
when my grandmother was a child...")
- The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
- Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
- Only 8 percent of the homes
had a telephone. A three-minute
call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
- There were only 8,000 cars
in the US and only 144 miles
of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities
was ten mph.
- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa,
and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million
residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous
state in the Union.
- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
- The average wage in the US
was twenty-two cents an hour. The
average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
- A competent accountant could
expect to earn $2000 per year,
a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and
$4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.
- More than 95 percent of all
births in the United States took
place at home.
- Ninety percent of all US physicians
had no college education.
Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were
condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
- Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a
dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
- Most women only washed their
hair once a month and used borax
or egg yolks for shampoo.
- Canada passed a law prohibiting
poor people from entering the
country for any reason, either as travelers or immigrants.
- The five leading causes of
death in the US were: 1) Pneumonia
and influenza, 2) Tuberculosis, 3) Diarrhea, 4) Heart disease,
- The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico,
Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
- Drive-by shootings -- in which
teenage boys galloped down the
street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses,
carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy -- were
an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.
- The population of Las Vegas,
Nevada was thirty. The remote
desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers
and their families.
- Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics
hadn't been discovered
yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced
tea hadn't been invented.
- There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
- One in ten US adults couldn't
read or write. Only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.
- Some medical authorities warned
that professional seamstresses
were apt to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour
after hour, of the sewing machine's foot pedals. They
recommended slipping bromide - which was thought to diminish
sexual desire - into the women's drinking water.
- Marijuana, heroin, and morphine
were all available over the
counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health."
- Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
- Punch-card data processing
had recently been developed, and
early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the
first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.
- Eighteen percent of households
in the United States had at
least one full-time servant or domestic.
- There were about 230 reported murders in the US annually.
Subj: Moon on December 22, 1999 (S150, DU)
From: gheckman on 12/15/1999
Last Lunar Hurrah of the Millennium.
This year will be the first full
moon to occur on the winter
solstice, December 22, commonly called the First Day of Winter,
in 133 years. Since the full moon on the winter solstice will
occur in conjunction with a lunar perigee, the point in the
moon's orbit that is closest to Earth, the moon will appear
about 14 per cent larger than it does at apogee, the point in
its elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth. The Earth
is also several million miles closer to the sun than in the
summer, and sunlight striking the moon will be about 7 per cent
stronger making it brighter. Also, this will be the closest
perigee of the Moon of the year, since the moon's orbit is
In layman's terms, it will be
a super bright full moon, much
more than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133
years. If the weather is clear and there isn't a snow cover
where you live, it is believed that even car headlights will
be superfluous. Our ancestors 133 years ago saw this. Our
descendants 100 or so years from now will see this again.
Remember, this will happen December 22, 1999.
..............................Smiley from Smiley_Central.