Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bottom of the News… Friday, April 24th, 2009

Good morning my fellow Rotarians. Today I thought I’d share with you some little known facts that maybe you can use to show how “smart” you are at the office or for your enjoyment….

In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb".

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury, until just two months ago when our government decided we needed the money as a stimulus!

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% (thank you Alaska!)

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only… Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:61,000Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Little known facts for our or maybe “useless” information for our Bottom of the News this Friday, April 24th 2009! ###

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Bottom of the News… Friday, March 27, 2009

Good morning my fellow Rotarians. Today, it is Duck Facts time because after Jim Angstman threw out the challenge for all of us to go duck hunting I thought if we all are going to have a bunch of those little critters hanging around we’d all better know more about them. So, here you go…

Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese in the 1500’s; but be careful with yours because some may still have a free spirit!

Ducks' feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.

All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.

Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water. So, you don’t have to worry about little duck socks or insulated web covers.

A duck has three eyelids. They like to wink a lot.

Ducks can live from 2-12 years, depending on the species; so if you get attached to any of yours there’s a good chance you can reconnect at next year’s race!

A duck's quack has no echo. Even in a big culvert?

A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings. So is it duck duck or just duck? I am confused. What about that game duck duck goose goose? I wonder what that means???

A duck waddles instead of walking because of their webbed feet. And those webs act like big paddles when they swim. So, the winners should be wearing a size 18!!!

Little known facts for our or maybe “useless” information for our Bottom of the News, but hey, we are having a Quacking good time this Friday, March 27, 2009!

Bottom of the News… Friday, April 3, 2009

Good morning my fellow Rotarians. You can always find the top of the news just about anywhere, but today we have some REAL bottom of the news stories…

Cereal Boxes and Phone Sex

HALFWAY, Md. – An Oregon company has ordered new packaging for its Peace Cereal after a typo on the box sent callers to a phone sex line instead of the cereal maker's 800 number.

Instead of reaching their corp headquarters, callers were greeted by a recorded voice asking, "Do you love sex? ... Isn't that why you called?" Spokeswoman Elissa Brown said the cereal company immediately ordered new packaging when the mistake was discovered in December and new boxes started shipping out in early March. (I can’t believe it took so long…)

However, as of last week, 13 varieties of the cereal were still on shelves at one Halfway, Md., grocery store, including seven varieties bearing the incorrect telephone number. And local store officials noted that the cereal was becoming very popular with teenage boys!

Salem Woman Accused of Driving 103 MPH!

SALEM, Ore. – A woman was accused of driving 103 mph with her 10-year-old grandson last week while on leave from her job.

The 53-year-old driver was arrested Sunday on charges of reckless driving and reckless endangerment of a minor. Police said she told them she was teaching her grandson about the dangers of speeding, telling him not to drive as she was about to.

The woman was placed on leave March 16 from her job, but the agency she worked for would not give reason for her leave or how her charges and arrest would affect her future employment.

As it turns out, the woman has been a trainer since 1988 for the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Safety Services division.

Gulp! Laughing Man Swallows Scissors
(April 1, 2009) China -- After eating a meal, a Chinese man was using a four-inch pair of nail scissors to clean his teeth when one of his friends cracked an April Fool’s joke. While breaking out in hysterical laughter, the man inhaled the scissors and they slid down his throat.

London's Daily Mail reports that Kong Lin, 27, tried to cough up the scissors, but the points got stuck in his epiglottis. Ouch!

Lin was rushed to a hospital where surgeons extracted the scissors in about 30 minutes. The docs couldn't use anything stronger than a local anesthetic because knocking him out completely would have relaxed his throat, allowing the scissors to move deeper. Wow, talk about a badly timed joke.

'Bailout' hits Domino's for FREE Pizzas
CINCINNATI – Domino's Pizza earlier this week gave away thousands of free pizzas by mistake. It was caused by a never-used promotion that a website customer stumbled upon.

Tim McIntyre, spokesman for Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino's, said Wednesday that the company had prepared an Internet coupon for an ad campaign that was considered in December but never activated.

McIntyre said somebody discovered that the code word "bailout" was good for a free medium pizza ordered online. That information quickly spread Monday night on the internet, until the code was finally deactivated early Tuesday morning.

Domino's in Cincinnati gave away more than 600 free pizzas from 14 stores in just three hours that night. Domino's corporate officials promised to reimburse all of their franchise owners for the pizzas they gave away… system wide Dominos gave away over 11,000 ”bailout” pizzas in just under 8 hours.

And there you have it… fact is more fun than fiction, our Bottom of the News this Friday, April 3rd, 2009! ###