Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Just some trivia and a bad experience

I was reading this trivia in an e-mail and thought they were interesting to keep. So, I decided to post them here :
In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
--- As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October)! Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "big wig." Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig" because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
--- In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the "chair man." Today in business, we use the expression or title "Chairman" or "Chairman of the Board."
--- Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, "mind your own bee's wax." Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a smile." In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt...therefore, the expression losing face."
To give credit to the place where I received it from, below is the siteArca Max.:

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Here is a little joke to brighten your day:

Doctors Office
A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it. "Impossible!" says the doctor. "Show me."The redhead took her finger, pushed on her chest and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed, likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream. The doctor said, "You're not really a redhead, are you? "Well, no" she said, "I'm actually a blonde. ""I thought so," the doctor said. "Your finger is broken!""

Now, didn`t that make you feel much smarter??
Now for what happened that was a bsd experience.
Boy what a scare we had yesterday. My brother and I went to Bj`s- a wholesale place about an hours drive from my home. After we left there we headed off to visit some friends on our way back home. Shortly before we reached their street some man in a truck suddenly jumped out in front of us from a side street, ignoring both the stop sign and the fact that there was oncoming traffic. There was a car coming from the other direction at the same time. My bro manged to step on the brake real fast turning the car a bit towards the other side of the street while the oncoming car must have seen what happened as he ( or she) drove that car over as far as he could to the other side of the road to give us more room. . The truck darted out so fast and took off fast and I was holding my breath waiting for the loud noise of the crash. God sure must have been with us as we never did crash, but there couldn`t have been more than a quarter of an inch between the front of my bros car and the rear of that truck. It took us a few minutes sitting there before we felt calm enough to drive on to our friends home. There were no trees, nor any high snow banks at that corner so he would have seen our car clearly. I don`t know where his mind was, but it sure wasn`t on his driving. I am also thankful there was no car brhind us or it might not have been able to stop as fast as we did. That man almost caused a three car accident and he wasn`t driving alone as there was someone sitting in his riders seat beside him. I saw that person lean over to look back to where we were still sitting. Later we noticed his truck in a driveway just a short distance up the road, so he wasn`t going far . Who knows, maybe they were arguing in his truck, or maybe he was under the influence of alchol or drugs, or some meds can cause mind blurring. either way he shouldn`t have been behind the wheel of any vehicle.
I went thru a bad accident back in 1995 when a truck was speeding down a road and crossed the road and hit me head on into the left front of my car, breaking off my left wheel, pushing the car under the dash into my knees cutting them both. Luckily I was going slow as I intended to turn into the Grocery store parking lot that was only about 4 car lengths away. But, going so slow getting ready to turn right into the parking lot just allowed the truck with it`s speed to shove my car packwards so much easier. If I had been traveling faster the impact would have been even worse and I might not be here to tell about it. Didn`t cut my knees seriously, but was hard walking with the pain for a few weeks while they healed and for me to recover from the concusion hitting my head had . Plus the impact threw my head into my side window, bounced off and hit the window again causing me to lose my eyesight for a few hours. That was the second time I went thru the fear of losing my eyesight as the first time was caused by lightning striking close to where I was standing hanging up baby diapers onto the clothesline.
They had to use the jaws of life to open my car door to get me out. So, guess that helped make me expect to hear and feel the crash this time. Memory keeps those thoughts in your mind after such an ordeal. My car was totaled and with the Ins. money I was able to buy the car I still drive today. I am glad my Bro didn`t have his car destroyed yesterday due to the carelesness of that dangerous truck driver.

that was a scary story dot. i am sure glad you did not get hurt real bad.
well before you know it it will be xmas. these years are sure flying by. i guess that is what happens when you are retired.
I loved the joke. I knew there was a blonde somewhere lol
Thr trivia bits were great. I knew about the limbs but not about the others.
I'm in a trivia league and we learn all sorts of stuff.
There are some stupiud people behin the wheel . It was probably stolen
That was some very informative trivia, Dot!
Thank God you are not hurt. It was so close.

The joke about blonde Ha Ha
There is this story about a blond who took an economy class flight ticket to Houston but occupied a seat in First class, refusing all arguments to go to an economy seat saying that “I am blonde, I am beautiful, I am going to Houston and I am staying right here". Every staff in the flight tried until the Captain who is married to a Blonde confidently went to her and told some thing in her ear and she immediately vacated and went to economy class seat.
All were eager to know what the Captain said to her.

He just said to her that “the first class doesn't go to Houston".
Thanks Mr Haney. you are so right, seems like the older one gets, the faster the years pass by. this month seemed to go by even faster. Guess thats cause we have so much to accomplish before Christmas, plus getting all the weathering done to warm the house cheaper. Not enough days in this month.
A very merry Christmas to you and your wife.
Walker, Bet you hear a lot of true trivia belonging to the League. I have a few more to post with my nrext blog. Hope there are some you still hadn`t read.
have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful time on yout vacation.
Good Blond joke Jac.
I raised 6 kids, all blonds except for one of the twins who has light brown hair. I was born a Blond, but my hair turned light brown when I was in the small grades in school. Hubby Walt was also a Blonde until in his 60`s when it turned real dark. Funny thing was when I was young I always said I was going to marry a fellow with black hair. His hair turned black for a few years before it started turning gray. I used to tell him he had salt and pepper hair as part was black and part was turning grayish white. My Father was born a blond and Walts mother was a blond. One of my sisters and one of my brothers were also blonds, while the other 3 had brown hair like our Mother. I am just beginning to show a little gray which causes problems with a sister and a sister-in-law whose hair turned gray years ago. I have a lot of Blond grandchildren ans some of the great grandkids are Blonds.
Have a very merry christmas. Do you have any Family near where you are living so you can share the day with them, or will you be spending the day with good friends. Either way hope it is a great day.
No worry, dot!
I have lots of dames to date here on Christmas day, though I don't have a holiday. They are wild too.

Ostriche dames are that I prefer much, but you have to be careful when you stand behind them as their hind legs and deadly. LOL

Merry X'mas dot
Thanks for the smile Jac. When you read todays post you will see why I needed something to laugh over. You better watch those Ostriches. So, they not only might bite, but they have a mean kick Huh?
I realize that not every Country celebrates what we call Christmas, but have a nice weekend just the same. I am sure you must also have some Holidays you celebrate that is different from ours. Must admit that I know very little about your Country and it`s important customs. Someday you will have to upgrade my mind more about where you live. I have enjoyed all you have written so far, so keep posting.
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