Did You Know? (7-6-07)

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• U.S. Interstates which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even numbers.

• The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

• Cranberry Jello is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.

• The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

• ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

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Somone Ran Over My Mailbox

It was about this time last year when someone ran over my mailbox. It wasn’t just my mailbox, but 2 of my neighbors as well. All three of us had our mailboxes on the same post.

The wife and I were sitting in the house, watching television when we heard what sounded like someone sliding in the gravels (we live on a one lane road). We both got up, and went out onto the deck to see a car that was stopped, suddenly speed off. It was dark outside, so we just assumed that the person in the car had swerved to miss our neighbors dog. It has happened several times before….nothing new. We went back inside to finish what we were doing. About 5 minutes later, the neighbors called and asked us if we saw who crashed into our mailboxes. We told her about the vehicle we saw, and then met back outside to assess the damage.

The post (which was concreted into the ground) had been ripped out of the ground with a 100lb chunk of concrete still attached to it. Since I am a carpenter, I was immediately given the responsibility of building us a bigger and better mailbox unit. My wife and the neighbors all got to go shopping for the new mailboxes the next day while I slaved away in the boiling hot sun. I got it done though, and if someone hits it now, it may very well split their car down the middle before it comes out of the ground. :mrgreen:

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What’s Up With That?

I was sitting on a bench in the mall recently. There were some silk trees in a large planter style box beside of me. A slight movement kept catching my eye, but I never could see what it was. I brushed it off as my eyes playing tricks on me. It continued for a while, and I realized that either I had something seriously wrong with my eyes, or there was something in those trees.

I got up to examine them, and noticed a bunch of very large black ants crawling all over the tree. It was infested with them! They must have hitched a ride in the mulch they put at the base of the fake tree. I didn’t expect that they would dislike their new home because there was a trashcan nearby full of empty pop cans. That may just be the best thing that has ever happened to them, until the exterminator shows up!

For a bit of irony, I noticed that Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band was playing softly in the background… 😕

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