I don’t do the whole “TGIF” thing anymore. I’m retired. Every day is the same for me and I only know it’s Sunday because I go to church. Oh and I keep track of when it’s Tuesday so I remember to take the garbage out to the curb.
I don’t go out and have a few drinks with co-workers on Friday after work. These days a “few drinks” for me are herbal tea and Geratol.
I am looking for something to give me a positive feeling. I want to feel better about the world around me. I want to stop feeling so stressed and frazzled.
I do tend to get a bit worked up about politics – there is a very good reason for that – everything is bad, wrong, crooked, dishonest and generally all around lousy. Other than that…
So I decided to search out some news that isn’t about politics, government and elections. I don’t want to hear about crime or what is happening to some dimwitted celebutard either.
Olympic news is good – USA is doing well. No one has keeled over from drinking, swimming or boating in the polluted water yet. Yay!
I loved the story about Michael Phelps and his rival. Michael Phelps’s Finger Wag. Chad le Clos of South Africa, who barely beat Phelps during the 2012 Olympic games in London was being a real hot dog. Michael Phelps glowered beneath a hoodie. In the end, Phelps had the last laugh.
I was happy for Phelps not just because he’s an American, but because I don’t much like hot dogs. The human kind anyway.
I love to learn new things so maybe it would be a good time to look around and see what I can learn…There’s a fun fact that should cheer me up in no time. Who thinks up stuff like that? Kinda twisted donchathink? But then I posted it. Never mind.
I read somewhere that if a mosquito is biting you and you flex that muscle, it will explode. What will explode, the muscle or the mosquito? I worry about things like that.
Now I sit very still when a mosquito lands on me just in case I might flex a muscle and the muscle will explode. I have enough health problems without adding exploding muscles.
Of course if I was sure it would be the mosquito that would explode I’d be flexing my muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Actually I just wanted to type his name to see if I still remembered how to spell it. I didn’t.
Did you know the average person spends 3-4 years in the toilet? I think that’s over a lifetime – not all at once.
I like to learn things but that isn’t one of the things I wanted to learn. Now I cannot unlearn it.
I can forget why I walked into the kitchen 5 minutes ago but I will probably remember that the average person spends 3-4 years in the toilet for all eternity.
Did you know that anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world, there is a duck watching you? Me neither. I could have lived without knowing that but I would prefer to think about ducks rather than the years spent in a toilet fact.
Here’s a happy fact for a Friday morning to send me into the weekend in a good mood: Squirrels behave kindly and will adopt orphans if they notice that a relative does not come back to the kiddies. Isn’t that sweet? I think I’ll add extra peanuts for the kindly little squirrels tomorrow morning.
Except for the one that ate a hole in the screen in the back porch and got trapped there looking for peanuts. The peanuts are in a closed container so his vandalism was all for naught. Then he scared the living crap out of me when I went into the porch. That squirrel gets no extras. (As if I knew which one it was – it went one way and I went the other so fast neither of us could describe the other.) I’m betting it was the sneaky one that sits among the geraniums and does them no good.
Here’s another squirrely fact: It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidently planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them?
Did you know that a blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant? It might be hard to work that into a conversation.
Did you know that most of the laughs you hear on TV shows today were recorded in the 1950s? That means technically, you’re hearing dead people laugh…
Did you know that the average human brain is capable of remembering only about 60% of whatever happened just the day before? I thought I was the only one. I also thought the percentage was higher. Some days – much higher.
Did you know that chocolate is said to contain phenylethylamine. That’s the same chemical your brain produces when you fall in love. No love life? Eat chocolates.
Did you know that 1930s outlaw Charles Floyd aka Pretty Boy Floyd used to destroy mortgage papers during bank heists, freeing hundreds of people from property debt? Guess there is some good in everyone.
Did you know that Iceland has no army and is recognized as the world’s most peaceful country?
I hope you have a great day and head into the weekend with a smile on your face. If I helped put one there I will have a really great day.
Now back to snarling about politics…