Aug 27, 2009


Yes, Blatherskite is a real word. Yes, it applies to this post.

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London.

Slugs have 4 noses.

Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue. (Really? How do they know that?)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

Coca-cola would be green if it weren't for food coloring.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

When a peacock makes a noise, it is called a "scream". For Magpies, it is a "chatter".

In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.

Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do.

Serving ice cream on cherry pie was once illegal in Kansas.

Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."

Emus cannot walk backwards.

Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

Ramses II, a pharaoh of Egypt died in 1225 B.C. At the time of his death, he had fathered 96 sons and 60 daughters.

Okay, I'm done. That was fun, wasn't it?

Aug 15, 2009


Dear, oh dear, do I hate hypocrites.
Warning: This letter is extremely personal and mostly my ranting and raging about something unimportant. If you are easily annoyed by emotions, DO NOT READ. Consider yourself warned!
I'll admit I can be rude sometimes.. all in jest. I wouldn't ever intentionally hurt somebody's feelings. Whenever I've gotten the slightest impression I've offended someone, I've done everything I could think of to make it right.
One boy in particular got offended multiple times by the jokes I told (please understand, they weren't dirty or inappropriate.. just very sarcastic), and each time I apologized (sometimes, I'll admit, I found the things I was apologizing for ridiculous, but because he was offended I really had remorse and I was sincere in my apologies.) I tried to be just as nice to him as I was to everyone else I knew, but for him it wasn't enough.
Then he left to college and I had other friends. We didn't talk for a while. When he came back after the school year, a bunch of us were hanging out and it seemed pretty normal. Then he left on his mission
A few weeks ago, a number of my friends were doing this thing called "Project:Happy" in which we would do everything we could to make those around us happy. I decided I would write letters to all those who had influenced me the most in my life, and this boy was included in that group of people. I wrote a very heartfelt, sincere letter apologizing yet again for my sarcastic behavior in high school (which, by now, was more than a year and a half prior) and thanked him for being patient with me.
I got a letter back today that started out with him telling me he was sick of forgiving me and didn't know if he could do it anymore. He told me he had been ready to forgive me when he came back from college but that he "felt anything from welcome. Not only from [me] but the entire group. But [he] expected more from [me]. For some reason [he] always had" He explained that he was "letting go of [his] grudge" but that he'd given up on our friendship. At the end of his letter he told me about a dream he'd had in which we argued and I told him he couldn't keep a grudge against me, and he told me he could do whatever he wanted. I then reportedly said "'lots of people look up to you. I thought you were better'". (I'll confess, the dream sounds pretty accurate to what would happen if I were to talk to him now.) He said that that dream had bothered him to the point where he felt he needed to write me and clear the air.
In the end, I ended up more hurt and annoyed than I had been before I'd written my letter. I thought about writing him a letter pointing out all the fallacies in his "clearing of the air", but I figured he should be focusing on his mission and teaching those around him. I'll let it go. I won't write to him again, I probably won't go to his homecoming. I'll stay out of his life, which seems to be what he'd prefer for me to do.
I just had to vent.

Aug 10, 2009

Chicken Nuggets

I just found that the smell of Chicken Nuggets makes me nauseous. To the point of gagging.

I find that incredibly sad, because I love to eat them. I guess I'll have to go with the whole "Noseplug" technique..

Aug 4, 2009

Prophet of God

I'm reading a book called The Story of the Book of Abraham. It's pretty fascinating, although it moves pretty slowly. Once in a while you come across a gem.

The following is an article from the New York Herald dated April 3, 1842.

This Joe Smith is undoubtedly one of the greatest characters of the age. He indicates as much talent, originality, and moral courage as Mahomet, Odin, or any of the great spirits that present infidel, irreligious, material, ideal, geological, animalmagnetic age of the world, some such singular prophet as Joe Smith is required to preserve the principle of faith, and to plant some new germs of civiliation that may come to maturity in a thousand years. While modern philosophy, which belives in nothing but that what you can touch, is overspreading the Atlantic States, Joe Smith is creating a spiritual system, destiny of the race.--Joe believes himself divinely inspired and a worker of miracles. He cures the sick of diseases-- so it is said--and although Joe is not aware of the fact, we have been informed by a medical man that his influence over nervous disorders, arises from a powerful magnetic influence--that Joe is a magnet in a large way, which he calls a power or spirit from heaven. In other respects Joe is a mighty man of God-- possessing large stores of human nature--great shrewdness, and as he has taken the management of the Mormon newspaper organ, the "Times and Seasons" into is hand, we look for many revelations, and some curious ones too, pretty soon.
We certainly want some such prophet to start up, take a big hold of the public mind--and stop the torrent of materialism that is hurrying the world into infidelity, immorality, licentiousness, and crime. Professor Lyell, Richard Adams Locke, Dr. Brisband, Master Emmerson, Prophet Brownson, Horance Greely, and all the materialists of the age, ought to take a leaf of common sense out of Joe's book.

How awesome is that?! To see someone back then that wasn't a member of the church, but still recognized something good.. that gives me so much hope!
The following is a very similar article from the Dollar Weekly Bostonian that Joseph Smith quoted in the aforementioned "Mormon paper" called the Times and Seasons.

Joe is decidedly the greatest original of the present day. He carries all before him when he undertakes an enterprise--knows no impediment--and never halts in his course till he has accomplished his object. His post, at the head of the Mormons, is a conspicuous one, and in a few years of such advancement as he has met with for the past year, will give him a numberless host of followers. We should not be surprised if Joe should become as omnipotent as ever the Pope was in his pamliest days. He is a genius--and a rare one--and all the armies of Satan, should they confront him in a solid phalanx, would be sure to meet with sore discomfiture, if not with complete annihilation. The true philiosoply of goaheadity--the quintessence of concentrated moral and spiritual energy--fears no combat--and although we cannot say it exactly courts danger, it never flies from the post of duty on its approach.--We have so high an opinion of Joe Smith that we intend to open a correspondence with him in order to acquaint ourself with all his secret springs of action, and thus get all the secrets of his success, public and private, worldly and ecclesiatical.
The chapter from the recently recovered Book of Abraham, and the unique cut which illustrates it, on our outside, has occasioned us some expense; but we care not for that so long as we please out patrons, which we mean to do at all hazards, trusting to the good sense of the most enlightened public in this, or any other universe, for suitable remuneration.

Yep. That's awesome.

Aug 1, 2009

August Apples.

Gotta have the sticker on there.

Holy Canoley, it's already August??
Hard to believe, I say.

Goodness Gracious. This past month I have needed to mature a lot.

I keep having the same realization over and over again. It goes like this: "Oh, wow. I'm not as grown-up as I thought I was."
I hate those moments.

Work is slow, so I'm looking for a second job. Woohoo..
I've cut into my savings quite a bit lately. I need to put a lock on my credit card pocket.

I've been low on energy lately, too. It's frustrating to me. I need to start the whole "Apple a day" thing. (Though I probably won't eat an apple every day. It will probably just be something as nutritious as an apple... cause I really don't think eating an apple every day of your life could be healthy. It's the whole "too much of a good thing" arguement. I tried to find a website dedicated to the disadvantages of eating apples, but apparently no one has thought of any yet. Anyway, here are some benefits of eating apples-- Here are directions on HOW to eat apples-- Here are a bunch of quotes about apples-- Here are some things to do in New York (aka the "Big Apple" hehe..)-- and this is a picture of an apple, in case you aren't sure what an apple really is.-- Yeah, I just need to eat healthy.

Uhh.. I can't think of anything else to talk about.. Sorry! I'll post more this month than I did last month. Hurray!

  • Eat healthy.
  • Help around the house a little more.

Quote time!

"I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked 'why?'"
-Bernard M. Baruch

"The apple blossom exists to create fruit; when that comes, the petal falls."