Lately I’ve noticed a super large increase in the amount of unsolicited phone calls on both my home (the inn) phone and my cell phone. Despite being on all of the “do not call” lists, auto rejecting, and blocking unwanted numbers every – single – time, I continue to get annoying phone calls from telemarketers. All day long. (more…)
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So, tomorrow’s the big day; America’s getting a new Commander in Chief. I don’t know about you, but I for one am terrified to see the results. Either way, I’m going to be holding by breath for the next four years.
But, enough about that. Let’s let that fracas happen tomorrow shall we? Today, let’s have some wacky fun. I’ve already told y’all how much I like trivia, so here are some more totally random oddball facts for you to do with what you see fit. Feel free to laugh, scratch your head, research, whatever.
Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.
Most Muppets are left-handed. (Because more Muppeteers are right-handed, so they operate the head with their favored hand.)
Female kangaroos have three vaginas.
During World War II, the crew of the British submarine HMS Trident kept a fully grown reindeer called Pollyanna aboard their vessel for six weeks. (It was a gift from the Russian government.)
The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface. (So he was holding it all that time and needed to relieve himself? Seriously? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure peeing isn’t what I’d have been doing if I stepped onto the moon’s surface. I mean no gravity. Think about that. Where’d it all go? On to his space suit? But hey, whatever.)
In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over it while running away from a fire. (I can’t make this stuff up.)
In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. (He was by the way, in case you’re wondering.)
The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges. (And don’t you just want to go there now after seeing these pictures?)
The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats up and expands. It can move as much as seven inches.
Lt. Col. “Mad” Jack Churchill was the only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. “Mad Jack” insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword. (God bless “Mad Jack.” I wonder if he also wore a kilt?)
There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. (But, seriously, don’t do that.)
So there you have it. A whole bunch of useless knowledge to clutter up your brains. I know, silly, but, I took your mind of the political circus for a few minutes anyway, huh?
What crazy thoughts do you want to share? Any random weirdness happening in your world? Who wants to go with me to Giethoorn? Have kayak will travel.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next week – here’s to random weirdness.
Word of the day: Lytta
Fun fact about me: I fed a reindeer lettuce when I was in Alaska.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, November 2016. Photos courtesy Google Images.
Posted in acting, authors, blogging, costumes, driving, Family, Fiction, friends, grammar, Jansen Schmidt, love, musical theater, short story, theater, theatre, Uncategorized, words, writers, writing, tagged acting, being normal, damsel in distress, melodrama, normal, random, Take it or leave it, weird on July 7, 2014| 20 Comments »
Random thoughts. They happen in no particular order and relate to nothing you’re currently doing or talking about. They are just that – random.
Quite often I set out with good intentions to do something productive, but sometimes it’s just hard to concentrate. Nothing in particular bothering me or stressing me, but I develop ADD on steroids which commands my every random thought.
Or sometimes, this:
And so that inspired me to write this week’s post and the early summer edition of Take It or Leave It.
Here’s how Take It or Leave It works: Post your guesses (would I take it, or leave it) in the comments section below. I will post my responses Thursday. The person with the most correct guesses is my winner, but you must post another comment in the comments section, acknowledging that you are a winner, in order to claim your prize. It’s that simple. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited after one week from posting the answers.
So, here you go. For the following list of things, would I Take It, or Leave It?
1. Eat someone’s leftovers from the community kitchen refrigerator at my office building.
2. Photobomb someone’s wedding pictures.
4. Wear something seductive to an audition.
5. Call in sick so I can stay home and read.
6. Play the damsel in distress to get some guy to do something for me I don’t want to do.
7. Kiss a guy at a cold reading audition if the script called for it.
8. Leave my garbage in the street if a bear or stray dog knocks the can over.
9. Try to charm a cop to get out of a speeding ticket.
10. Blame my mistake on someone else.
Have fun with it. I’m looking forward to your guesses. How about you – any random weirdness you want to share? What goofball thoughts trip through your day? I love hearing your stories, they make me feel less strange.
Word of the Day: Tamandua
Fun fact about me: My very first role on stage was the villainess in a classic old time melodrama. (Clementine Greedy was my name.)
Original post by Jansen Schmidt July 2014. Photo courtesy Google Images.
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It’s time for the next installment of What Haven’t I. I can sense your excitement all the way over here.
As some of you know, I recently celebrated my birthday and my ten-year wedding anniversary. My husband was generous to a fault with gifts this year, and we were able to arrange our work schedules so that we could spend three entire days together doing nothing but fun stuff.
Day one found us in San Francisco doing everything touristy and cheesy. Yes, we ate crab cocktails on the wharf, we stopped and watched the sea lions lounge in the sun, we explored the wax museum and ate an awesome dinner at Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf.
For day two we went the opposite direction and spent a idyllic afternoon at the south shore of Lake Tahoe. We relaxed on the paddlewheeler around Emerald Bay and drank Tahoe sweet teas. We played a little Let It Ride poker and craps and then enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner at the top of Harrah’s while we watched it rain.
On day three we enjoyed a delicious breakfast, went to a matinee and had an awesome dinner complete with chocolate martini and creme brulee for dessert.
So in honor of three days of relaxaing fun, I’m devoting this episode of What Haven’t I to random experiences I have enjoyed, or not enjoyed, thus far in life. It’s up to you to decide, which thing I haven’t done. You all know the rules by now, just post your guesses in the comments section below and check back on the 23rd to see how many you got right. The luckiest guesser and the fastest responded will both receive a fantastic prize (if they check back and post another comment)!
So, here are the random things:
2. What haven’t I ridden on: a) A double-decker bus; b) A zamboni; c) A stagecoach; or d) A golf cart?
3. What haven’t I seen in person: a) Niagra Falls; b) the Grand Canyon; c) Mt. Rushmore; or d) Old Faithful?
4. What haven’t I eaten: a) Grasshopper; b) Alligator; c) Turtle; or d) Snake?
5. What haven’t I ever tried on: a) Hoop skirt; b) Boxing gloves; c) Bulletproof vest; or d) Football helmet?
I’m anxious to read your guesses. And I ask you, what silly random thing have you experenced that would surprise your kids, your parents, your high school teachers, your neighbors? Let me know. I won’t tell anybody – I promise.
Word of the day: Vulpine
Fun fact about me: My brother and I used to dare each other to jump off the roof of our house. Yes, we each did it. More than once.
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