Gauge: Railroad to Chariots

Next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s rear came up with it The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4  feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?  Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the US railroads  were built by English expatriates Why did…

Rocks for the Trees

So yesterday I bought some rocks to put into my potted plants to thwart the squirrels who do not understand that I really do not want them to bury all their things in my yard and especially in my potted trees.  That the Baby Meyer Lemon and Mandarin trees do not need a nice peanut to keep their roots company. Which…

20 Things You Did Not Know About Death

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No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow ~ Euripes  A while back I was diagnosed with lung disease. I decided I wasn’t going to sit back and go belly up. I was not ready to kick the bucket yet. In fact I decided to make me a bucket list, get all those things done I…

The Interview OR How A Janitor Who Wanted To Go Home Early Almost Caused Intergalactic War

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Sam McConey’s view of the camera and director were block by Shanice who was putting copious amounts of powder on Sam’s face. She was complaining a bit about Sam perspiring so much but today’s interview was, quite frankly, a scary one, even if it was historic. Shanice moved just as he heard the director say and 3, 2, 1, action…

Strange Facts About Men

Strange Facts

  STRANGE FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MEN 1. Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved. 2. Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry. 3. Marrying a divorced man is ecologically responsible. In a world where there are more women than men, it pays to recycle. 4….