Good News Is Not Spectacular

I said it before, and I'll say it again: life is tough.

Now, that might be by design, or it might be just the way it is. I for one am at a stage right now where I find the question in itself irrelevant. I'm more interested in how to deal with the whole mistery of life on a practical level.

Thing is I could easily fill up this blog with negativity, tell you about the going-ons in Mexico, all the bad news that's out there.

But what would be the point of that?

There is, however, a point in coming up with good news.

Downside is, you have to look for it - it's work!

I mean it, and not because of my particular circumstances: it requires effort to come up with good news.


Just today I received some very unsettling, bad news - and in the same event something was said that made me feel extremely good.

Now, my mind is easily impressed by bad news, it feeds on it - if I let it.

I rather go the extra mile, look for (and usually find) these little gems in my life, the 'good-news' items. 

Misery is easy, it's happiness you have to work at.



It takes 4 hours to hardboil an ostrich egg

and 9 other totally useless facts about animals.
Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks.

Dolphins can hear underwater sounds from 24km (15miles) away

The fingerprints of koala bear are indistinguishable to that of a human

Emus can't walk backwards

Porcupines float in water

Flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down

The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract it's claws

The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers

Giraffes have no vocal cords


Why is it 'raining cats and dogs'?

Way back in England, where the English language obviously originated, houses had thatched roofs - they were piled high with straw, with no wood underneath.

It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.

Hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”



How fast is a drop of Heinz tomato ketchup?

On average, a drop of Heinz tomato ketchup leaves the bottle at a speed of 

a.) 5 mph

b.) 2 miles per year

c.) 25 miles per year

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Humans are the only animals to sleep on their backs

... and 9 other totally useless facts about humans

If you shouted for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would produce enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Around 15 men each year have their penises chopped off by their wives and the highest proportion of men who suffer this are Italians.

After being decapitated a human can still see for 20 seconds.

Under EC law it is legal to have sex with inflatable dolls in the street.

Winners at the 2001 Nobel Prize ceremony for eccentric researchers, inventors and scientists include an American who claims to have invented anti-flatulence underwear, a Lithuanian who set up a theme park dedicated to Stalin, and two Indians who discovered that nose-picking is commonplace.

Human stomachs produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks to stop it digesting itself.

More boys than girls are born during the day, but more girls are born at night.

Michelangelo's cook was illiterate, so he drew her a shopping list, which today is priceless.

Banging your head against a wall uses a 150 calories an hour.



The Shortest War In History

The shortest war in history was between England and Zanzibar in 1896. 

Zanzibar surrendered after 

a.) 38 minutes

b.) 4 days

c.) 6 weeks 

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Understanding Engineers

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.

The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!"

The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!"

The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him."

"Hey George. Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"

The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."

The group was silent for a moment.

The pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."

The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."

The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"


Why Do Brides Carry A Bouquet?

Easy! Way back a lot of people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May.

They still smelled pretty good by June.

However, since they were starting to smell the brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.



Ten totally useless facts about humans.

It takes about 40 muscles to smile, but only 4 to pull the trigger of a decent rifle.

Semen is one of the most fattening substances known to man.

The average human will eat one pound of insects in their lifetime.

Humans share one third of their DNA with lettuce!

Right-handed people live on average, 9 years longer than left-handed people.

Julio Iglesias once had five gallons of water flown from Miami to L.A. so he could wash his hair.

Tom Cruise and Robbie Williams were both voted least Likely To Succeed at school.

Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.

Volleyball is the most popular sport at nudist camps.

Every time you lick a stamp you consume one tenth of a calorie.

Weird Coincidences - True?

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Both were shot in the presence of their wives.

The Secretary of each President warned them not to go to the theater and to Dallas, respectively.

Lincoln's Secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names have 15 letters.

Booth ran from the theater and was captured in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from the warehouse and was captured in a theater.

To cap it all off, Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.