Well of Lost Thoughts 2019 – Africa – Angel City Chorale (Video)

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them, I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate Facebook Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you… all from 2019. I’m running about 7 months late on doing this post.

So many good words

A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget’s Thesaurus crashed yesterday losing its entire load. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, confused, shocked, rattled, paralyses, dazed, bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, speechless, and perplexed.

All Laced Up

Did you know there was this many different ways to lace your shoes?

Thoughts About Food and Eating

Of all the utensils invented to eat rice, how did two sticks win?

Eggs Benedict served on a hubcap – because there’s no plate like chrome for the hollandaise.

A real Piano Bar

For anybody else that’s getting coal for Christmas, maybe we can link up and get the grill going or something.

Before you marry someone, find out if their family drinks mimosas or runs 5K on holiday mornings.

Animal Stories

How to catch cats: First – put out a box…

Ignorance, Knowledge, Science

There are three levels of ignorance. Simple ignorance is just not knowing and knowing you don’t know. Compound ignorance is thinking you know but knowing so little you can’t recognize your own ignorance. Tertiary malignant ignorance is then not knowing, thinking you do know and that, for their own good, others should be forced to conform to what you believe.
– quadrant.org.au; opinion-knowing-dont-know –

Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a pile of bricks is a house.
– Henri Poincare –

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Last but not least:

Well of Lost Thoughts 2018 – Michael McIntyre- Man Drawer (Video)

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them, I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Facebook Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

The Man Drawer

The Car Guy has more than just a Man Drawer – he has a whole Man Cave!

Tupperware is forever.

I had the square cake container and the lid finally cracked when it was about 25 years old. I contacted a Tupperware person and they got me a replacement lid – for free.

Tupperware® brand products were introduced in 1946. The first Tupperware Home Party was held in 1948. By 1951, the Tupperware Home parties were working so well that all products were taken off store shelves.

Tupperware advises that Vintage Tupperware (made before March 2010) is not BPA-free so should not be used for food prep or storage. It is, however, up to individuals to assess whether BPA is as big a health risk as the media made it out to be.

Health Canada’s Food Directorate continues to conclude that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children. This conclusion is consistent with those of other food regulatory agencies in other countries, including notably the United States, the European Union and Japan.
– Health Canada –

And What Are Plastics Made From? OIL!

Canada – 2018 was dominated by the Oil Pipeline Story. It continues in 2019 and the fall out could affect two elections this year. Alberta could turn their backs on the Left wing NDP party, while Canada may turf out the Left wing Liberals.

So to recap: Trudeau’s replacing the Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built with the one who couldn’t get any infrastructure built, and replacing his former Trade Minister who couldn’t get any trade deals done with his former Natural Resources Minister who couldn’t get any pipelines built. That should make everything better, right??
– Conservative MP Blake Richards –

The issue is how to get Alberta’s Oil Sands product to market. Alberta wants to expand the capacity of existing pipelines and build new ones. They are not allowed to do this under today’s political climate. Until pipeline capacity is increased, oil is increasingly being transported by rail and truck, both of which are less environmentally friendly than a pipeline.

Environmentalists and activists, frequently funded by American money, have played a large role in blocking new pipelines. They have been highly effective in gathering public support and electing governments that support their anti-fossil fuel agendas. They live in a fantasy world…

Unfortunately, with two distinct functions in the economy, the misperception that more wind and solar (used for electricity) will displace oil (used for transport) feeds an ignorance that hinders sound energy policy.
– Jude Clemente, JTC Energy Research –

What would happen to the US today if the fossil fuel industry went on a strike of indefinite duration? What would happen if we gave the environmentalists what they want? Instead of nibbling around the edges, what if we just went all the way? What would be the consequences if Atlas shrugged?
What If Atlas Shrugged? By David Deming, February 7, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrapped up its $1.1 million cleanup of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps on federal land in North Dakota, hauling away 835 dumpsters of remaining trash and debris. The site, once occupied by thousands of environmental demonstrators, is now vacant.
– The Washington Times –

Speaking of Fuel

Last fall, 20 combines and drivers  joined forces to harvest Brian Williams’ crop of durum wheat near Milestone, Sask. Williams died right as harvest was getting underway.

The World Record – a total of 303 combines were working all at once in a field of winter wheat south of Winkler in Manitoba in 2018.  This event raisies money for Children’s Camps International (CCI) through its Harvest for Kids event.

I bought an ant farm. I don’t know where I am going to get a tractor that small!
– Steven Wright –

Every Day is Nude Day with Nudinits

Mike Rowe: “I’ve just been informed it’s National Selfie Day. Something to think about…”
David Vitti “It’s also international “Hike Naked Day.” It really bothers me that these two days coincide…”

About a Frog

A lonely frog, desperate for some form of company telephoned the Psychic Hotline to find out what his future held. His Personal Psychic Advisor told him, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.”
The frog was thrilled and said, “This is great! Where will I meet her, at work, at a party?”
“No” says the psychic, “in a Biology class.”

Experiences from ‘The Good Old Days’

Question: Name a struggle you had growing up that kids today will never understand. – Matt Whitlock –
Answer: Fixing a typo involved pushing back your typewriter a character, inserting the white-out strip, re-typing the wrong character to place the white, removing the whiteout, pushing back the typewriter a character and typing the new character. You did this for each wrong character. – Blair King –

Literary Perspectives

When finding a new word, I tend to look it up before reading the rest of the written work to gain a full understanding. ‘Incel’ was such a word. After finding the definition in the urban dictionary, I couldn’t find the ambition to read the rest.
– Harold Sleeper –

Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one’s view’s and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one’s valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to say.
– Daniel Zimmerman –

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. For example:

Knowing well the hand signals of his platoon leader, Private James Dawson silently dropped to the dirt, concealed and motionless for what seemed an eternity, a move that he had learned, coincidentally, from his parents whenever the Watchtower ladies would ring the doorbell.
– Peter S. Bjorkman, Rocklin, CA –

Well of Lost Thoughts 2017 – Corb Lund, Piano Guys Fight Song, Christmas According to Kids (Videos)

The QuipperyWhen I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Facebook Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

How Cold was our Christmas this Year?
“On Boxing Day, extreme cold warnings were issued for a section of Canada stretching from the Alberta/B.C. border all the way to the St. Lawrence River. That’s a swath of Canada roughly 3,500 km wide.” from the National Post: Mars and the North Pole are warmer than Winnipeg

It was -30C (-22F) here at the Red House on Boxing Day (December 26). It takes a lot of fuel to heat our country in the winter – renewable resources are not going to be able to provide that much energy in the near term. In the meantime, we depend on fossil fuels. This video by Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, (filmed near Devon, Alberta on May 30, 2004) is a favourite for some of us who depend on this industry. The Car Guy will attest to the accuracy of the terms used in this song.

On the Topic of Jobs Where you Get Dirty
Mike Rowe has dedicated his life to making ‘work’ cool again. He recognizes and tirelessly promotes, the need for education programs for trades people.

We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts.
– Mike Rowe –

Mike Rowe – You’ve Got to Make Work Cool Again

The Piano Guys – This is Your Fight Song
I first heard The Piano Guys at a friend’s house in Arizona this past spring. The group, who are from Utah, decided to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. That caused a lot of controversy, but the ‘Guys’ explained “We don’t feel right limiting our positive message only to people that believe or act the same way we do.”

Christmas Joy
I am not a devout anything when it comes to religion. This has been quite useful as I traveled the world and visited churches of many faiths, listened to their music and read their history and stories. In keeping with this time of year  and the Christian traditions of many parts of the world, here are some videos that are fun:

Christmas According to Children

From England – Marks and Spencer Videos – lots of interesting stories, including this one from last Christmas:

Human Rights, Animal Rights and Plant Rights
A Dissertation on Plant’s Rights by Cowboy Poet Baxter Black DVM .

Last, but not least our Canadian airline, WestJet Puts the Fun Back into Travel

Deer readers, my gnu years resolution is to tell you a gazelleon times how much I caribou you! Sorry. Bad puns. Alpaca bag and leave.
– Greg Tamblyn –

Well of Lost Thoughts 2016 – Quotes

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

Baby Boomers: You’d better believe the generation that ended a war in Vietnam and changed the flavour of Coke will have something to say about their chocolate pudding.
– Macleans – There’s a Cooking Career Gold Mine

You don’t make yourself better by tearing others down.
If you can’t intelligently argue for both sides of an issue, you don’t understand the issue well enough to argue for either.
– Margy –

Stop crying wolf. God forbid, one day we might have somebody who doesn’t give speeches about how diversity makes this country great and how he wants to fight for minorities, who doesn’t pose holding a rainbow flag and state that he proudly supports transgender people, who doesn’t outperform his party among minority voters, who wasn’t the leader of the Salute to Israel Parade, and who doesn’t offer minorities major cabinet positions. And we won’t be able to call that guy an “openly white supremacist Nazi homophobe”, because we already wasted all those terms this year.”
– Scott Alexander, You are Still Crying Wolf

Traversing Canada, this train has crossed red sand on the East Coast, passed beneath waterfalls in the Rockies and been blown off its tracks in an Ontario lightning storm. It’s also two inches tall. The model toy is the subject of Jeff Friesen’s venture to photograph the Canadian landscape up close.
Tiny Train Goes Off the Beaten Track

A magazine writer named Bing / Could make copy from most anything; / But the copy he wrote / of a ten-dollar note / Was so good he now lives in Sing Sing.
Funny Limericks

There are thousands and thousands of bees that are not honeybees out there, pollinating our flowers and helping plants produce food.
The Other Bees

Looking from the window seat on a long plane flight, you might have noticed that large swaths of the United States are divided into a latticework of farms, towns and forests. The cells of that grid, each one mile to a side, are the visible result of a land planning system first proposed by Thomas Jefferson more than two centuries ago.
The Jefferson Grid

In 1942 the U.S. built thousands of planes in war factories each month. Those planes needed to be delivered to air bases, but pilots were in short supply.
And so in the summer of 1943, a call went out for women to do the flying.
Twenty-five thousand women applied, and 1,100 were chosen as Women Airforce Service Pilots – WASPs.
– From Remembering the WASPs

Art that starts with an everyday objects – Christoph Niemann is an artist who’s bursting at the seams with creativity.
– From  20 Creative Drawings

The world is not in the midst of some imminent or unavoidable decline, and neither is our country. The species is no more flawed than we were 500 years ago, and the world no more wicked. It just feels that way, because today, we get to see more bad news than ever before. We get to see it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We get to see it live, in our newsfeed, and in our homes. We get to see it in vivid high-definition. And now, unlike any time prior, we get to see it as entertainment.
– Mike Rowe —

Shortly after my daughter was born, 9/11 happened. As I was crying to my Grandma about what kind of world my child had been born into, she said, “When your father was born, Hitler was in power.” Then she patted my hand and said, “It’ll be ok.”
– Blythe Tabor –

The Elephants and Bees Project is an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephant behaviour to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees.
– From Elephant and Bees

Please note that we can only reasonably accommodate up to two pieces of emotional baggage per passenger,” she says. “Any more than that and we start to really compromise the air quality in the cabin.
– From CBC Comedy, Emotional Baggage

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.
– From The Big Search

Other countries, particularly America, have worked hard to settle the fighting between the Arabs and Israelis but so far nothing has worked. Many people want Gaza and the West Bank to be turned into a new country – Palestine. Israel won’t agree to this unless it feels safe – and Hamas accepts its right to exist.
– BBC, Feb 2015 –

You ever notice how you can’t find any naked pictures in a library?” Maxwell would sometimes say to strangers on the subway…
– From The Swiss Army Librarian – Where the Naked People Are

I believe listening skills are something most introverts develop out of necessity, just as a way of deflecting attention away from them. They learn at a very early age to ask questions of other people and listen to the answers. That, of course, is an incredibly powerful skill to have.
– From Quiet Revolution by Susan Cain –

Every year, millions of tourists flock to Banff National Park in Canada to see and photograph the gorgeous landscapes. Photographer Meghan Krauss was fascinated by the crowds of tourists shooting selfies and other photos in these pristine locations, so in 2013, she began to shoot panoramic photos of those spots and then composite large numbers of tourists into a single frame.
– From Meghan Krauss Photography

Dave Barry explains the colonoscopy: “I left Andy’s office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called ”MoviPrep,” which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America’s enemies.”
– From Dave Barry – A Journey into My Colon

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all.
– From Profoundly Disconnected

School portraits aren’t usually the result of creative photo concepts, but photographer Krijn Westerburgen was recently able to flex his creative muscles for an elementary school class photo in the Netherlands. He photographed the students in the style of a Rembrandt painting.
– From School Class Photo in the style of ‘Nightwatch’

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. – Barbara Bloom –
– From Examples of Kintsugi: Golden Jointery

The language of astroturfers and propagandists includes trademark inflammatory terms such as: anti, nutty, quack, crank, pseudo-science, debunking, conspiracy theory, deniers and junk science. Sometimes astroturfers claim to “debunk myths” that aren’t myths at all. They declare debates over that aren’t over. They claim that “everybody agrees” when everyone doesn’t agree. They aim to make you think you’re an outlier when you’re not.
Astroturfers and propagandists tend to attack and controversialize the news organizations, personalities and people surrounding an issue rather than sticking to the facts. They try to censor and silence topics and speakers rather than engage them.
– From Astroturf and Manipulation of Media Messages by Sharyl Attkisson –

SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds – one of the oldest dreams of humankind.
– From Festo – SmartBird

Alarmists suggest the increasing use of land haul-outs is a sign of disaster, caused by the loss of sea ice. However all the evidence argues that as walrus populations increase, so does the use of land haul-outs. It is a sign of the walrus’ successful recovery.
– From Successful Walrus Conservation

Carrie Fisher: “They don’t want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters,” she told Good Housekeeping in the magazine’s January cover story. “Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that’s how easy it is.
–  Carrie Fisher Slams Body-shamers –

Well of Lost Thoughts 2015 – RMR Seven Day Forecast (Video)

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

Years from now, when telling my future grandchildren about 2015, I will speak at length about the treachery, fibs, toxic scoops, deceits, tall tales, viral hoaxes, half-truths, tomfoolery, unverified junk and fake news.
“What a time to be alive,” I will say. “You just didn’t know what to believe in 2015.”
– From The Truth Wasn’t Out There –

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.
We should’ve known… ONLY women would be able to drag a man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.
– From Snopes Reindeer Games

Albertans are poking fun of actor Leonardo DiCaprio over comments he made about having seen the effects of climate change firsthand while in Alberta filming his new movie The Revenant.
DiCaprio was quoted in the recent issue of Variety as saying “we would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come.
The actor, who is working on a climate change documentary, said locals told him “this has never happened in our province ever.”
The problem is, the warm gusts of wind DiCaprio described are a common environmental occurrence in Calgary known as a Chinook.
– From It’s a Chinook

We — meaning all of us, not just libertarians, or progressives, or conservatives — tend to approach any question with a fog of beliefs, biases, and vague impressions. We seek out evidence that supports what we already think true, and look for ways to reject evidence that doesn’t. We’re more forgiving of the mistakes in reasoning made by those on our side, and pounce voraciously on the most minor mistakes made by ideological foes. All this leads to spirited debate, but it doesn’t lead to good debate.”
– Cato Institute –

I was playing around with the photos in the computer trying to create something that you couldn’t capture with the camera, mostly very basic modifications like changing color or putting my little sisters on our roof top.
The Work of Eric Johannson

Every writer faces a moment in her career when she realizes that a good part of success has nothing to do with skill or planning, and everything to do with pure, dumb luck. For me, that moment arrived at a party at the Romance Writers of America conference in St. Louis in 1993, when a colleague came to me and asked, “Did you know the heroine on the cover of your newest release has three arms?”
– Christina Dodd – On the Other Hand

On an important decision one rarely has 100% of the information needed for a good decision no matter how much one spends or how long one waits. And, if one waits too long, he has a different problem and has to start all over.”
– Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant As Leader –

Winter in Canada – what will 25,000 Syrian refugees think about relocating to Canada?!
– Environment Canada – Cloudy with a Chance of Making Stuff up from Rick Mercer –

It has been reported that in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Dalai Lama was asked about the terror attacks in Paris.
“We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”

The Indians on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation reservation in Grand Bend asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared. But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the Environment Canada Weather Service and asked, ‘Is the coming winter going to be cold?’
‘It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,’ the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later, he called the Environment Canada Weather Service again. ‘Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?’
‘Yes,’ the man at Weather Service again replied, ‘it’s going to be a very cold winter.’
The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later, the chief called the Environment Canada Weather Service again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?’
‘Absolutely,’ the man replied. ‘It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.’
‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked.
The weatherman replied, ‘The Indians are collecting a shitload of firewood!’
– Original Source: Email; Author: Unknown –

Well of Lost Thoughts 2013 – Quotes

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

The moment you click ‘send’ your message travels at the speed of light to our server where it awaits collection by a real live snail. Yes, that’s right we’re not called real snail mail for nothing! When time is worth taking RSM is the service for you.
– From Real Snail Mail

The artist Guillermo Forchino (1952) was born in Rosario Argentina and lives in Paris France with his wife Monica and their two sons. His artworks find acclaim worldwide. With the development of the replicas of Guillermo’s art, his designs have become available to art lovers in many countries.
– From The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino

Looking from the window seat on a long plane flight, you might have noticed that large swaths of the United States are divided into a latticework of farms, towns and forests. The cells of that grid, each one mile to a side, are the visible result of a land planning system first proposed by Thomas Jefferson more than two centuries ago.
– From The Jefferson Grid – Everything that fits in a square mile from Images from Google Earth and Even When You Go Off the Grid, You Might Still Be On It

Today is the day we throw away those safe, cute carving tools. Today we will buy a big, ugly, pumpkin so large one man cannot lift or move it. Today. We will carve that sumbitch into something ugly and plop it on the front porch. October 31st we will light it brightly enough to give visiting children suntans. Pumpkin carving is reborn.
– From Extreme Pumpkins

When we started Despair, we had a dream. To crush other people’s dreams. But we knew, given our goal, we’d be in for a fight. After all, the Motivation Industry has been crushing dreams for decades, selling the easy lie of success you can buy. That’s why we decided to differentiate ourselves- by crushing dreams with hard truths!
– From Despair, Inc

Well of Lost Thoughts 2012 – 3 Years Blogging

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them, I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you – plus some other thoughts that are too small for a post of their own.

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

I think the pleasure of completed work is what makes blogging so popular. You have to believe most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task.
– Scott Adams –

My contribution to the blogging world  is Three Years Old this week. I published my first post in early November, 2009. It was called H1N1 Flu, and I observed that the upside to the flu pandemic were the jokes about Swine Flu and Miss Piggy.

No one read this post at the time, which wasn’t a surprise because I didn’t tell anyone that I had a blog until one year later. With 12 months of my online scrapbook/photo journal completed, I announced my blog to family and friends with a link to it and the post Small Time Blog in a Big Time World.

I write when I feel like it and when I have time – and that is about twice a week. Let’s be honest here – you don’t have time to read my blog if I post every day – and I don’t have time to read your blog if you post every day either. For me, the fastest path to Blogging Burn-out would be a Daily Post. Have you ever written an entire post about how you have nothing to say? If so, and you want your blog to have a lifespan that is  longer than the life cycle of a fruit fly, you might consider writing less frequently!

Movember is the Month of Moustaches.

What is it all about? Movember is a Prostrate Cancer fund raising campaign.

Movember allows us to do all the things we, as a company, love to do: have fun and support a worthwhile cause. I’m so pleased to see WestJetters, our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, from across our network joining in on the Movember fun. You know what they say, the Mo’ the merrier.
– Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO –

Punctuation: Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!

The punctuation marks you use (and where you put them) can completely change the meaning of what you write. “Twenty-odd ducks” is an estimate of how many are waddling by, but “twenty odd ducks” would not only be a big group, they’d be a very strange looking. Imagine this without the middle period and the comma: “The king walked and talked. A half hour after, his head was cut off.” Oh no – a beheaded king that can still walk and talk!
– From Twenty-Odd Ducks, by Lynne Truss –

Carrot Museum

The first virtual museum in the world entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of Carrots. The mission is to educate, inform and amuse visitors through the discovery, collection, preservation, interpretation and exhibition of objects relating to the Carrot.
– From The World Carrot Museum

Well of Lost Thoughts 2011 – Authors

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page. Here are just a few of the ones I have ‘rescued’ from there to share with you.

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

Stuart McLean
I just finished reading “Extreme Vinyl Cafe” by Stuart McLean. I love these stories about Dave and Morley – you’ll want to read the one about how Dave got to know the inside of the trunk of his car while looking for an escaped pet rat…

Robert Fulghum
Robert Fulghum is one of my very favourite authors. (Not a Canadian, unfortunately, but no one is perfect…) One of his essays last  month discusses Fulghum’s Tool Rule:  “Unpredictable complexity that replaces reliable simplicity is not progress.” He gives the following examples of simplicity that would be hard to improve on:
A Wheelbarrow
A pencil made of wood and graphite, with an eraser on the end.
A paper clip.
A clothes pin.
A claw hammer.
A pocket knife with two blades.
A classic mouse trap.
A shovel.
An axe.
A broom.
Can you think of other examples?

Rare Birds
Last night we watched a Movie called Rare Birds. Filmed in Newfoundland and Labrador, it stars William Hurt, Molly Parker, and Andy Jones. Mary Walsh has a cameo appearance. If, after watching the movie, you want to see this part of the world  for yourself, head over to the Newfoundland and Labrador website (which tells you what kind of Rare Birds you might actually see!) to plan your trip. Don’t forget that Icebergs and Whales can sometimes be seen off the coast of this dramatic land.

TED Talks
TED is a  nonprofit program dedicated to spreading Ideas. Themes include Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Culture, Arts and Global Issues. To date, almost 900 talks have been filmed, and are available for viewing at the TED website. Try Sir Ken Robinson speaking on how Schools Kill Creativity then move onto his Bring on the Learning Revolution.

My just about favourite TV show was Top Gear. We got it here on BBC Canada. Yes, it was about cars, but it is a British Show, so it was nothing like anything made in the USA. We used to watch it when we lived in the UK, and were happy to find that we get it here in Canada too. One of the three presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, apparently lives in the Cotswolds, in or near Chipping Norton. We have toured through that area on several occasions and it remains right near the top of  my list of best places in the world to visit. I love all the old place names – Chipping Norton, Chipping Campden, Morton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water.

Top Gear Guest
Last night it was a Comedian by the name of Michael McIntyre. He did a short monologue about overtaking a Porsche on the motorway while driving his old British Leyland Princess. Of course, it might not seem quite so funny  if your ear isn’t tuned to the British accent, and you don’t know what the Loser Lane is…

Harley Owners Group
With the addition of a Harley to the Car Guys fleet, came the absolute need to join the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). The HOG Magazine arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, and one article was of particular interest – Sky to Sea. It tells the story of a couple, Bob and Candace, who had planned to ride across Canada. These plans ended when Candace died from cancer. Bob eventually decided to undertake the journey alone, and his blog, Sky to Sea, chronicles the trip. Very interesting blog, even if you don’t ride a motorcycle.

Well of Lost Thoughts 2010 – Letter C

When I find ideas that speak to me, but I’m not ready to blog about them,  I save them on my Fueled by Chocolate ‘Well of Lost Thoughts’ Page.  Here are a few more thoughts that I’ve lumped together simply because they all start with the letter ‘C’!

For more posts is this series, click on Lost Thoughts.

The letter ‘C’ can be dangerous. It is the first letter of many words that represent things that can harm or kill people.

Cigarettes: According to the  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), fewer American Students and Adults are smoking each year. In 1965, 42 percent of the population were smokers, compared to 20 percent in 2009. Worldwide, though, one in three adults are smokers (The World Bank Group). Smokers have a greater incidence of developing many maladies, such as: cancers of the mouth, throat and lung; pulmonary diseases;  heart disease and stroke; and cataracts. It is estimated that smokers die 10 to 15 years younger than non-smokers, and of course, a smokers last few years on earth might not be very pleasant.

Cell Phones:  The number of cell phone users continues to rise. In 1995, 11 percent of the American population were wireless subscribers (CTIA). By 2010, this had increased to 93 percent. Cell phone use has not yet been linked to any medical malady, though many people are concerned that electromagnetic radiation might pose some danger to the contents of the users head. Cell phones do, however pose other risks, not the least of which is the risk of accidents when cell phones are combined with driving. People aren’t particularly good at talking and driving.

Note that Cigarettes and Cell Phones have a few things in common. They both come in rectangular packages that fit in the palm of your hand. They both annoy the people who are standing near the user. They both can be addictive, and careless use can be hazardous to health.

Coke, of the Cola variety: In 1988 the average American consumer drank 275 8-ounce drinks of Coke per year. In 2008, consumption had risen to 412 drinks per year. (The PBH Network). The increase in consumption of soft drinks has been accompanied by the decrease in consumption of milk. Milk consumption per capita peaked in 1945 at 45 gallons per person. By 2001 it was just under 23 gallons. (United States Department of Agriculture). Nutrition experts are concerned that children are using soft drinks instead of milk as the beverage of choice. As one expert observed,

Make no bones about it, soft drinks are taking over. If the soda industry has its way, kids will be pouring Coke over their Count Chocula.

Nutritionally, coke contains nothing of value. What it does contain – sugar, caffeine, and phosphoric acid – can have adverse health implications for both children and adults. Milk, on the other hand,  has most of the nutrients that your body needs to carry out its daily functions.

Coke, the drug variety: In 2008, almost 15 percent of the American population had tried cocaine at least once. (National Institute on Drug Abuse). The number of regular cocaine users, however, has steadily declined since 1985. The dangers of this drug, and all the other ones like it, don’t bear repeating here.

Cars: Apparently 95% of American households own cars. Cars in themselves aren’t all that dangerous, but once someone gets behind the wheel, all manner of things can happen- accidents and pollution are the first ones that come to mind.

Cancer, Cardiac arrest, Celiac disease – there are hundreds, if not thousands of medical conditions that start with the letter ‘C’ – but I’ve run out of enthusiasm for tracking down the statistics!

As if these strikes against the letter aren’t enough, think about how difficult the letter ‘C’ can be to pronounce!

Think about these words: cease, coin, chic, indict, and discrepancy. In this string of terms, C sounds like S, K, Sh, and in one case it’s silent. Even within one word this letter doesn’t always maintain the same sound.
The fickle nature of this letter did not please everyone. As American English grew in the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin campaigned to remove C from the alphabet altogether, though his efforts did not gain much traction.
– From The Curious Chronicle of the Letter C