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"You can measure a man's character by how difficult it is to discourage him."

Jerry Falwell

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday Facts

Last week, it was Bible stuff. This week, it's holidays, sick time, and the Happiest Place on Earth...

In 1659, the Massachusetts General Court ordered a 5-shilling fine to be paid by anyone caught celebrating Christmas. the ban was revoked in 1681. Christmas did not become an official federal holiday until 1870, under President Ulysses S. Grant. New Year's Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving were all made federal holidays under the same legislation.
According to a 2005 survey by CareerBuilder.com, 43% of Americans called in sick when there was nothing wrong with them, up from 35% the year before.
Disney World in Orlando, Florida, covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles). That's twice the size of Manhattan.
Next week, the circus and circus animals!

From "That's a Fact, Jack" by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I Have a Fox

Yep... it turns out that we have a fox that hangs out in our backyard. A couple of weeks ago, our youngest blonde boy spotted it while playing with this friend. Mrs. Two Blonde Boys assured him that it was probably just a large squirrel (growing fat off my grapes, apricots, and plums - the thief).

Then yesterday, Mrs. TBB - my fox - spotted the other fox! I went home looking for it, but it was gone over the fence by that time.

This morning, however, I met our fox while out at the pool equipment. He was hanging out on the back fence, and we had a nice chat. I wish I had brought my camera.

Our fox is a kit fox. The kit fox, it turns out, is the 2nd smallest dog in the world (the Fennec is the smallest. It is about 30 inches long, and about 1/3-1/2 of its length is its tail. It is also on the endangered species list, which means I won't be able to eat it.

One good thing about the kit fox is that it eats mice, so hopefully it will keep the mouse population down at our house.

I'll try to get a picture tomorrow...

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Monday Facts

Last week, sport... this week, the Bible.

Voltaire, the French philosopher, novelist, ans ardent atheist, once held up the Bible and proclaimed, "In 100 years this book will be forgotten, eliminated." Less than 50 years after Voltaire's death, the Geneva Bible Society bought the house he grew up in - in order to produce and distribute Bibles.
According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with roughly 2.5 billion copies in distribution since 1815 in over 2,200 languages and dialects.
In 2004, the glossy Ikea catalogue overtook the Bible as the world's most distributed publication - 145 million copies versus 25 million copies.
The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.
Next week... holidays

From "That's a Fact, Jack" by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Monday Facts (on Wednesday)

It has been a crazy last few weeks. If I was Los, I would have video of the whole deal! But I'm not...

So, as promised, here are the Monday Facts about sports:

The ideal knuckleball should complete less than a single rotation on its way to home plate. Its erratic path is created by the difference in air molecules traveling over the baseball's seams and smooth surfaces.
Ice skaters skate on water, not ice. At 32 degree Fahrenheit, ice has a liquid surface measuring 40 billionths of a meter thick. Below -31 degrees Fahrenheit, the liquid layer becomes so thin that a skater's blades would stick rather than glide across the ice.
The average lifespan of an NHL hockey puck is 7 minutes. Those that don't fly into the stands are removed because they warm up from friction and bounce on the ice. Game pucks - chilled to -10 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum performance - are kept in a freezer in the penalty box.
"Fore!" the warning yelled by weekend duffers after hitting an errant golf shot, was originally an English military term. Back when soldiers fired rifles in lines, the command Beware before!" was a signal for the front line to kneel or risk getting their heads blown off.

Next week... facts about and related to the Bible.

From "That's a Fact, Jack" by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.

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