“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live quite a bit of happiness.”
– Andy Rooney
What’s the Buzz?
The honeybee’s distinctive buzz is actually the sound of its wings stroking 11,400 times per minute.
Looking waaaaaay back: The Monkees and Liquid Paper
“In 1966, two Hollywood producers chose four unknown boys – Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz (on a free stage at this year’s California Mid-State Fair, Tuesday, July 25) – to star as the Monkees, a caricature of the Beatles, in their own television series to promote their albums.
When the Monkees broke up, Michael Nesmith recorded a few solo albums, but most rock critics continued making a Monkee of him. Eventually, through lavish spending and poor tax planning, Nesmith lost most of the million dollars he made with the Monkees.
Then his mother died and made him a millionaire all over again. In 1951, after toiling for years as a secretary, Bette Naismith Graham came up with something she first called Mistake Out, then Liquid Paper. In 1979, two years before she died, she sold her company to Gillette former than $47 million. Nesmith inherited approximately $25 million, and he earns a royalty on every bottle of liquid paper sold.”
– Offbeat Uses for Everyday Things
(Editor’s note: I realize this is useless info in today’s world of computers)
“I’m not telling you to make the world better…I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances.”
– Jean Didion
“In wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”
– Ansel Adams
“My message to the world is ‘Let’s swing, sing, shout. Make noise! Let’s not mimic death before out time comes! Let’s be wet and noisy.’”
– Mel Brooks
Riddles for the Kids
• A man found an old coin and declared that the date on it was 150 B.C. This could not be true. Why?
Because B.C. is counting backwards from the birth of Christ. If Christ hadn’t been born yet, there were no dates in B.C. yet!
• Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday?
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
• Timmy’s mother had three children. The first was named April, the next was named May. What was the name of the third child?
Timmy of course!
• If you are running in a race and you pass the person in second place, what place are you in?