File this under, I can’t believe it. The man who was thought to be the world’s oldest living man has been found – dead – in his home in Toyko, according to a story on Road Runner News. Apparently, his family didn’t want anyone to know that he was dead. Police had to force their way into the home. They found his remains covered with a blanket in his bedroom. Gross.
In other news, Anne Rice – the writer of all those Vampire stories – has decided that she no longer wants to be Christian. In a story (again on Road Runner News), she is quoted as saying “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control”. Personally, I think Ms Rice is missing the point. Just because a church stands on those principles, it doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ Himself stood on those principals. If I were her, I would work to change the out-dated ideas of the small minded so-called Christians. But, I’m not her. It’s her life, her religion and her soul.
File this under, why do I even care. Snooki, one of those loons on “Jersey Shore”, is taking on President Obama. She is boycotting the tanning salons because of the new tax on indoor tanning put in place as of July 1, 2010. According to the article on Politico, Snooki was quoted as saying, “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning. McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan”. The article didn’t quote President Obama’s response, but I’m sure he has better things to worry about than if a reality TV star tans or not. But, that’s just me.
According to a story on Kid’s Health, Indoor tanning can lead to a higher risk of cancer. So, personally, I think Snooki (what the hell kind of name is Snooki anyway?) should send President Obama a thank you note. The imposed 10% tax that is preventing her from indoor tanning may just prevent her from getting cancer. At the very least, when she’s fifty, she won’t end up looking like a worn out leather handbag. (We’ve all seen those women, haven’t we?)
Friend of mine sent me this video. Very cute dog and very ingenious way to entertain the little guy.
I used to post links to the books that I am reading. I’ve gotten out of that habit, so I decided to start it up again.
What I’m Reading…
What I’m playing…
What I’m Listening to…
Are you into rare coins? Are you a serious collector? Do you especially go nuts over rare Indian coins?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then let me recommend a website for you.
It is a nice looking site with a lot of information. If you’re into coin collecting, I highly recommend it.
My friend Jerri and her husband, Preston, are up in Hayward, WI and she just sent me these pictures of a deer swimming. I don’t know what camera they’re using, but the picture quality is amazing — you can see the individual drops of water. I had never seen deer swimming before, so that makes them cool as well. I should note that Jerri and Preston retain their original copyright on these pictures and my posting them here does not give anyone any permission to use them in any other manner, including emailing them.
When I was a kid, WMAQ radio station in Chicago held a contest where if they called you and you said, “WMAQ is going to make me rich!” you would win $1000. A mighty sum in those days and a huge sum to an 11 year old girl. For ages, I would answer the phone, “WMAQ is going to make me rich!” and for a brief moment – lasting until the caller asked for my mom or my dad – I would imagine winning the money.
My mother, on the other hand, would admonish me to no end about the proper way to answer a phone. She was – and still is – an Avon lady and the family phone was her business line. She worried that her Avon customers wouldn’t know what to say to an 11 year old proclaiming a radio tagline. I think she sold her customers short. Most of the time I would receive chuckles before the caller would ask for my mom or dad. Strange, now that I think about it, even when I was a teenager, I never received as many phone calls as my parents did.
Once, I answered the phone with “WMAQ is going to make me rich” and I heard a man’s voice tell me that he was from WMAQ, but I needed to get my parents. Turns out it was our neighbor, Mr. Wolf, and I wasn’t rich, but I’ve never forgotten that thrill when I actually believed — and yelled out that I had — won.
Every once in a while, I’ll stop and purchase a lottery ticket and I know that I have a million to one shot at winning the lottery. But for a brief moment of time, I’m back to being that 11 year old girl and WMAQ is going to make me rich. And, I think that’s worth a buck.
While wandering the web today, I found a site called BlogThings. Since I love taking quizzes, I thought I stick a few of the results up here — afterall, this is a blog and I can. Enjoy!
Wish I did this well when I was in 8th grade:
You Passed 8th Grade Math
Congratulations, you got 9/10 correct!
Who are they kidding? Below average in Logic?
Your IQ Is 130
Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Genius
If I hadn’t seen this result with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. I think this is totally me. I’m sure my friends and family would agree:
Your Birthdate: November 14
With a birthday on the 14th of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them.
You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas, and you are also very good at organization and systematizing.
You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel.
You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable.
Your mind is quick, clever and analytical.
A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine, and rebel against it.
You have a tendency to shirk responsibility.