One Liner Wednesday

Written for Linda Hill’s #1LinerWeds.

People who express gratitude create pools of generosity in the world around them. Martha Beck


I always wanted to know everything

For Those Who Don’t Know Everything ⬇️
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps, they don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age!
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo DaVinci invented scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite .
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right.
The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
There are 2 words in the English language that have all 5 vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks; otherwise it would digest itself.

Throwback Thursday #64 Spaces and Places

Maggie has graciously written today’s Throwback Thursday. Having such a wonderful friend has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. Please pop over to Maggie’s blog to read how other bloggers have responded to today’s questions.

This week’s prompt is: Spaces and Places

  1. Did you grow up in an urban or a rural environment? How would you describe the geographic area where you lived? Was it mostly buildings or mostly trees? Four seasons, or always warm or cold? I lived for the the first 12 years of my life in a low income suburb. All the small houses were alike. We lived across the street from an orange grove and strawberry farm. It later became a high school that my older brother became the first class to attend. There weren’t really four seasons here. Typically, it felt like spring most of the time with a little wet weather in winter. 
  2. What about the place in which you resided? Was it a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a boat, or something else? Did you like it and do you miss it now? Our small house had three bedrooms and one bathroom. When I was very young, I shared a bedroom with my younger brother. Then I had a bedroom to myself, which I loved. I have driven past that house a couple of times. The neighborhood seems very different now. Most people added on to the houses, including the house I grew up in.
  3. What about the bedroom you had in the home? Did you share it with someone or did you have it all to yourself? If you shared, with whom? How was the space decorated? I don’t remember how the bedroom was decorated when I shared it with my little brother. I do remember when I got the small bedroom to myself, it was painted pink. When my mom married step-dad number 5 we moved into his house. I was devastated to leave my sanctuary. We lived in his house for a few months before they divorced. Then we moved into an apartment which was strange to me. Then off across the country with another step-dad. We lived there for a year before returning to CA. I hated leaving my state, its weather, and my comfort zone. When it snowed on my birthday, in late May, I knew when I grew up, I would never live where it was cold. The house we lived in had three families, each living on their own floors. That was something I had never seen in CA.
  4. When you did family activities at home, in what room did you spend your time? What did you do together? TV? Cards? Board Games? Reading? As a youngster, we only had one TV. If my mom was home, you could bet westerns or violent dramas were on. I didn’t care for either one. If my older brother was home, anything sports would be on the TV. I grew to hate sports of any kind. I spent most of my time alone in my bedroom.
  5. Did your friends’ living situation seem similar to your own? Did you prefer to be at your friend’s home or did you prefer your own? Did your friends like to hang out at your house? The few friends I had from the neighborhood lived as I did. I understood at an early age, that having multiple stepfathers was not the norm. I never wanted to talk about the spouses coming and going at home. It was hard to avoid the questions from elders I was taught to respect. Until high school, I rarely went to anyone’s house, nor did friends come to my house. The year we lived back east, my best friend lived on the floor above us. She was my saving grace in the strange world I was living in. We were at each other’s places all the time.
  6. What kind of school did you attend? Large or small? Religious or secular? Public or private? I always attended public school. I never even knew there were private schools until I hit middle school age. We didn’t move from our house for all my elementary school years. The area was growing rapidly and they changed the boundaries every couple of years. I attended four different schools but never moved from my house. My neighbors were all in the same boat. We just accepted that whatever the district said, we did. 
  7. Did you attend church, synagogue, temple, or some other religious facility? If so was it large and ornate, or small and homey? Did you feel comfortable there? My family attended synagogue when I was very young. I have no memories of it. When Mom divorced bio-dad he refused to stand up to his agreement to pay for synagogue fees. We stopped going and never went back. As a teen, I asked to attend some functions at the one synagogue near us. It was a resounding failure. The kids were all in a clique and I was an outsider. I was not welcomed, and they made it obvious.
  8. Did you have a hang out spot? Skating rink? Mall? Burger joint? Bowling alley? Friend’s house? As a teen, I would try and get out of the house as much as possible. I had two dear friends whose parents were willing to give us rides to places. We didn’t have a specific hang out other than each other’s homes. We did go miniature golfing, bowling, to the movies, and out for burgers. I babysat to earn money for anything I wanted to do. 
  9. Where did you typically go on dates (if you dated)? Movies? Out to a restaurant? At home watching tv? Library? Gym? Dances? Clubs? Mall? Dating was usually going to a nearby passion pit, aka a drive in movie theater. We would grab a burger or pizza, but never a real restaurant. I never brought anyone home to meet my mom. When I started dating my first husband, I was 16 and he lived down the street from me. My mom had met him, but had no idea about how serious we were. When we got engaged I was 17. We married when I was 18. 
  10. What kind of place did you live in when you first moved away from home? Was it a big adjustment or were you ready to strike out on your own? Describe your first place. My spouse and I first moved into a rental property his parents owned. It was little more than a shack. The bathroom was an after thought. It was strange living on our own and I see now how much I wanted to get out of my mom’s house. I did not like how I had to make all the adult decisions, but I did like that I was truly living like an adult.

Share Your World – Nov. 14

Di is graciously continuing Share Your World with us. Her questions are right up my alley today.

1.   Does the weather affect your mood? Weather does affect my mood. When it turns cold, my body is in pain. It’s difficult to be in a great mood when you are in pain. 

2.   If a stranger smiles at you or says ‘good morning’ when they pass you in the street, do you return it? I still wear a mask whenever I am out in the world, so smiles might get past me. I might give a nod to a ‘good morning.’

3.   If you had a choice of just one of these things to eat, what would it be and why? Chocolate, a sweet pastry, a plate of chips/fries (this is not a forever choice, just one instance). 99% of the time, chocolate would be my go to. Sweet pastries have little appeal to me. 

4.  If you could go back to when you were a specific age, what would that be? Why? I wouldn’t want to go back to any age unless I had the knowledge I now have. I might go back to after my kids were born to start a new life sooner.

Gratitude: I am grateful for the people who stay.

When people walk away, let them...