Archive for November, 2009

totally useless facts

In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes!
There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo
Should there be a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution!
Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second!
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!  
There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants
The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off!
Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500
Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!
Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
One car out of every 230 made was stolen last year!  
The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye!
// Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!
The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders!
When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second
A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel!
A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile
The Philadelphia mint produces 26 million pennies per day!
A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface!
A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood!
It is estimated that 4 million “junk” telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States!  

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!
Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada!

Jim Frey


November 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Sounds During Sleep May Help You Remember

(totally useless info)

Certain sounds played while people napped helped them remember information associated with those sounds once they woke up, say researchers at Northwestern University.

What NPR Reporters Sound Like When They Snore

Jim Frey

November 20, 2009 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

10 most annoying things @ being a vamp’s girlfriend

by Linda Holmes of

You probably know that this Friday is the day The Twilight Saga: New Moon premieres — and if you don’t, plenty of people around you do. Once again, we will be treated to vampire-human romance and melodrama.

And in the tradition of our Ten Most Annoying Things About Being A Time-Traveler’s Wife, we present the Ten Most Annoying Things About Being A Vampire’s Girlfriend.

1. Never sleeping means spending extensive time buying coffins on eBay and updating Facebook status with “Sooooooo bored and thirsty.” (“Dracula and 609 others like this.”)

2. Constantly tries to win arguments with, “When you’re six hundred years old, you’ll understand.”

3. Insists that your blood tastes fine, but cannot stop talking about taste of previous girlfriend’s blood as “not really better, but different.”

4. Devouring the unwary even less fun at family reunions than Balderdash.

5. Red-eye in every picture.

6. Companion with sparkling, marble-like skin likely to overshadow “bling” at prom and wedding.

7. Because of mind-reading ability, wins every game of Battleship and then dances around bragging about it.

8. Friends who are “animal-only” vampires total downers; make vegans look like bacon-gobbling hedonists.

9. Won’t stay and talk over problems; stomps off to pout in a tree.

10. Moody. Really, really, really moody. Poet moody. Drummer moody.

November 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

thoughts about TARP

Interesting thoughts – from the Coleman Report. Comments welcome- Jim Frey

AFL-CIO wants TARP funds to target small businesses, not Wall Street
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wants lawmakers to redirect bailout funds for the financial sector to small businesses. “Banks aren’t lending to small business. We should establish a fund to lend TARP money directly to small- and medium-sized businesses at commercial rates, managed by the community banks left out of the Wall Street bailout, with the banks taking first-dollar risk,” Trumka said.

Jim Frey

November 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

Hello world!

Hello. I have started a blog. You’re thinking, “Gee, lucky me?” Right?

I don’t want it to be political. Just a place to share some cool thoughts, ideas, helpful hints, bizarre things, funny things, and “FYI”.

I hope it entertains, helps, and makes one think a bit. Feel free to comment.

Happy Birthday Abby!

November 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm 1 comment

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