Alan’s Finds 2013

Welcome back, Alan, for another year!

Editor’s note:  Alan just happens to be a retired Navy Chief – and yes – they ARE quite unique in all the world! DebV


Updated 08/25/13



The Legends Of Kilroy – You’ve got to love history!



 Honda Hands – Very entertaining video!



A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago .. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding...


ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.


He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.


He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.


The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.


When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly."


As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"


He stopped in mid-stride .... and he wondered. He gently went back and said, "No, I am nothing like Jesus - He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place.


"The girl gently nodded: "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, so you are like Him - only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, Mister."


Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?"


Do people mistake you for Jesus?


That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.


If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.


You are the apple of His eye even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.


Please share this, {IF you feel led to do so}.


Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know....Thanks.


"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect.

It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections."



The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts,

the safest place to be is in someone's prayers,

and the very best place to be is ........

in the hands of God



It's interesting that there is no Nevada mentioned.



ALABAMA ..... Was the first state to have 9-1-1, started 1968.

ALASKA ........ One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

ARIZONA... Is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS ....... Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA ..... Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO ..... In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT ...... The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University

DELAWARE .....Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA ...... At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S.

GEORGIA..... It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola....interesting!

HAWAII.... Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents of any other state.

IDAHO ....TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS ..... Has a Governor in jail, one pending jail, and is the most corrupt state in the union!

INDIANA .....Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters for Santa every year.

IOWA .... Winnebago R.V.s get their name from Winnebago County ... Also, it is the only state name that begins with 2 vowels.

KANSAS ....Liberal, Kansas has an exact replica of the house in "The Wizard of Oz".

KENTUCKY ..... Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA ........ Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE ......It is so large that it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND .......The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892....... Bet you didn't know that!

MASSACHUSETTS ....... The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN ....... Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA ....Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, that if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there almost four days.

MISSISSIPPI ......President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here... that's how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI .....Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA ........ A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England .

NEBRASKA ....More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ... Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY ......Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO ..... Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK ....... Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk ......Surprised?

NORTH CAROLINA  .....Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA ..... Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America.

OHIO ......The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA...The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON ......Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA ......The smiley : ) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

RHODE ISLAND ......... The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA ....Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA .... Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE ...Nashville 's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS .....Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906.

UTAH ......The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT .....Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.

VIRGINIA ........ Home of the world's largest office building, The Pentagon.

WASHINGTON ....... Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C. .... Is the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA ..... Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN ..... The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sunday.  Also the American Water Spaniel was created there and is the state dog.

WYOMING ......... Was the first state to allow women to vote.

I hope you enjoyed this. I found it interesting!!





Saw my first Hillary For President bumper sticker today…




It Wasn't About Trayvon – the absolute facts of the matter.  Bob Lonsberry



What a Car Show! – Very good video about the annual car show in Minnesota – hint: the cars are great!!!



Matchbox Fleet – Interesting -  79-year-old Phil Warren from the UK spent 62 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships. All vessels are built entirely of matchsticks and boxes of wooden matches. The collection includes nearly 370 American and 60 British ships.



More Amazing Sidewalk Art



Septic Truck Signs – Funny!



This Is So Great – Do yourself a favor and watch this quick little video!  This is how they handle auctions in Italy I guess.



Something to ponder:

· The United States is 3rd in murders throughout the world.

· But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, the United States is 4th from the bottom for murders.

· These 4 cities also have the toughest gun control laws in the United States.

· Does this tell you anything?



Original Song of GOD bless America


Do you remember Kate Smith?


Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.


Here are the facts...

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.


The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. 


This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.


Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings". Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time. 


Kate was also patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. 


He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.


This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now."  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.


To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations of Americans to follow.  Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.  


Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America....." So here's the entire song as originally sung.




From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan......"So with all the kindness I can muster,  I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts.  Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling.  Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.   Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.  Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician.  They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.  Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.  And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Black gospel spiritual. We're getting a little weary of that.   Francis Scott Key does not need any help."



Video by Scott McKinley Productions, Produced for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Ad campaign. Licensed music by Kenny G.. This short video won Grand Prize - Best of Show at International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula Montana! The majority was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.



Int'l Wildlife






As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep the following facts in mind:

The American Red Cross
President and CEO Marsha J. Evans'

salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses

It is now called the March of Dimes because

only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way
President Brian Gallagher

receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

CEO Caryl M. Stern receives

$1,200,000 per year (100k permonth) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.

Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year.
Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.

You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT.
He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy.
$0.00 goes to help anyone!
Stop giving to this man.

Instead, give it to ANY OF THE FOLLOWING


The Salvation Army
Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only

$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.

96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.

Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary.

Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Disabled American Veterans
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.

Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Military Order of Purple Hearts
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.

Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Vietnam Veterans Association
National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary.

Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

Make a Wish:For children's last wishes.

100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.

St. Jude Research Hospital

100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and can not afford to pay.

Ronald McDonald Houses

All monies go to running the houses for parents who have critical Children in the hospital.

100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.

Lions Club International



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These photos are truly very interesting ... we've probably not ever thought of these events ... or at least not in a long time!


 <>  The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861


 <>  Hippo cart in 1924. The hippo belonged to a circus and apparently enjoyed pulling the cart as a trick


 <>  Charlie Chaplin in 1916 at the age of 27


 <>  Suntan vending machine, 1949


 <>  Annie Edison Taylor (1838-1921), the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She did it in 1901 because she needed money, and after doing it said she wouldn't recommend it to anyone!


  <>  Only known authenticated photo of Billy the Kid, ca. 1879


 <>  Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944


 <>  Jesse James, approximately 16 years old


 <>  Advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug. Sign was put up at the 363rd station hospital in Papua, New Guinea during WWII


 <>  How could parents ensure that their children were getting sunlight and fresh air when living in apartment buildings? The baby cage, ca. 1937


 <>  Hotel owner pouring acid in the water when black people swam in his pool, ca. 1964


 <>  Bookstore ruined by an air raid, London 1940


 <>  Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965


 <>  Little girl comforting her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London, 1940


 <>  Animals being used as a part of medical therapy in 1956


 <>  Artificial legs, United Kingdom, ca. 1890


 <>  1920's lifeguard


 <>  1928 fashion show at the beach


 <>  Former slave showing whipping scars


 <>  Measuring bathing suits in the early 1920s. If they were too short, the women would be fined


 <>  A space chimp poses for the camera after a successful mission to space in 1961


 <>  Testing new bulletproof vests, 1923


 <>  A mom and her son watch the mushroom cloud after an atomic test 75 miles away, Las Vegas, 1953


 <>  Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo advanced plastic surgery. His eyelids were damaged in World War I, and he got a skin transplant to replace them.


 <>  Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit 1929


 <>  Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII


 <>  The Ford Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated


 <>  Children eating their Christmas dinner during the Great Depression: turnips and cabbage


 <>  Annette Kellerman promoted women's right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907… She was arrested for indecency.


 <>  Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893


 <>  Construction of the Manhattan Bridge, 1908


 <>  Martin Luther King Jr. with his son by his side removing a burnt cross from his front yard, 1960


 <>  The original Ronald clown of McDonald's in 1963


  <>  Apollo I crew members rehearsing their water landing in 1966


 <>  President Richard Nixon trying to use chopsticks while visiting China in 1972


 <>  Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961


 <>  Hitler's officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941


 <>  Abraham Lincoln's hearse, 1865


 <>  Frozen Niagara Falls, 1911


 <>  Last prisoners of Alcatraz leaving, 1963


 <>  A penniless mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948


 <>  Putting on a crinoline (skirt support), 1855


 <>  Recovering bodies after the Titanic disaster, April 1912


. <>  A most beautiful suicide - 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck (83rd floor) of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947.  She landed on a United Nations limousine…


 <>  The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927


 <>  Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in London, 1930


 <>  New York City fire station, ca. 1912


 <>  Operation Babylift: Vietnamese orphans transported by airplanes to America in 1975


 <>  Polish children examined by German officers to see if they qualify as Aryan, and would be allowed to live


 <>  Santa Claus in New York, ca. 1900


 <>  Smallpox victim, New York, 1881


 <>  5:00 P.M., September 3rd, 1967 Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right - this was the result


 <>  Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty delivered June 17, 1885



Amazing Fish Trick – This is really amazing!



Virtual Wall -  This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.  I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.   Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site for the bios of these heroes.



Early aircraft's throttles had a ball on the end of it, in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way forward into the wall of the instrument panel.  Hence "Balls to the wall" for going very fast.  And now you know, the rest of the story.

Here’s one other trivia story: 

During WWII, U.S. airplanes were armed with belts of bullets, which they would shoot during dogfights and on strafing runs.  These belts were folded into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns.  These belts measure 27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. 


Often times, the pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets on various targets.  They would say, “I gave them the whole nine yards,” meaning they used up all of their ammunition.  And now you know the origin of the term.


Did you know the saying "God willing and the Creek don't rise" was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water?  It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek" it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of



In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)


As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig. ' Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.


In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'


Personal hygiene left much room for improvement.. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt. Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'


Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace.


Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.' To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'


Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to 'go sip some Ale and
listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. 'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'


At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase 'minding your 'P's and Q's'.


One more:
Bet you didn't know this!

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.  Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.' (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn't you.)



"Guam's War Dog Cemetery"


It's been fixed up a lot since I was stationed there in the early 60's.


Note: This memorial statue was dedicated 21 July 1994.  A sign that things are not being forgotten as one always hears.  Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) has been a day of remembrance since the Civil War. This year the designated "Day Of Remembrance" is 

Monday, 27 MAY 2013, it may be that we all have people to remember and be grateful to for their gifts to us for our future.




Things You Don't See Very Often – Great pictures!



The Africa You've Never Seen – Interesting!



 Never Wash Your Hands – Short video of amazing artist.



A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us. Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing The Marine Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WW2!


Click here for beautiful video



National Veteran's Art Museum – Amazing!



Very Entertaining Video



Ultimate Extravagance – but really fun!



Too Funny For Words





               What Are Grits?  Nobody knows.  Some folks believe Grits are grown on bushes and are harvested by midgets by shaking the bushes after spreading sheets around them.  Many people feel that Grits are made from ground up bits of white corn.  These are obviously lies spread by Communists and terrorists.


               Nothing as good as Grits can be made from corn. The most recent research suggests that the mysterious "Manna" that God rained down upon the Israelites during their time in the Sinai Desert was most likely Grits.  Critics disagree, stating that there is no record of biscuits, butter, salt, and red eye gravy raining down from the sky, and that God would not punish his people by forcing them to eat Grits without these key ingredients.


               How Grits are Formed


               Grits are formed deep underground under intense heat and pressure. It takes over 1000 years to form a single Grit. Most of the world's grit mines are in the South, and are guarded day and night by armed guards and pit bull dogs.  Harvesting the Grit is a dangerous occupation, and many Grit miners lose their lives each year so that Grits can continue to be served morning after morning for breakfast (not that having Grits for lunch and dinner is out of the question).


               Yankees have attempted to create synthetic Grits.  They call it 'Cream of Wheat'.  As far as we can tell, the key ingredients of 'Cream of Wheat' are Elmer's Glue and shredded Styrofoam.  These synthetic grits have also been shown to cause nausea, and may leave you unable to have children.


               Historical Grits


               As we mentioned earlier, the first known mention of Grits was by the Ancient Israelites in the Sinai Desert. After that, Grits were not heard from for another 1000 years.  Experts feel that Grits were used during this time only during secret religious ceremonies, and were kept from the public due to their rarity.


               The next mention of Grits was found amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in a woman's personal diary.  The woman's name was Herculaneum Jemimaneus  (Aunt Jemima to her friends.)


               The 10 Commandments of Grits


               I. Thou shalt not put syrup on thy Grits.


               II. Thou shalt not eat thy Grits with a spoon or knife.


               III. Thou shalt not eat 'Cream of Wheat' and call it Grits, for this is blasphemy.


               IV. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Grits.


               V. Thou shalt use only salt, butter, and red-eye gravy as toppings for thy Grits.


               VI. Thou shalt not eat Instant Grits.


               VII. Thou shalt not put ketchup on thy Grits.


               VIII. Thou shalt not put margarine on thy Grits.


               IX. Thou shalt not eat toast with thy Grits, only biscuits made from scratch.


               X. Thou shalt eat Grits on the Sabbath for this is manna from heaven.


               How to Cook Grits


               For one serving of Grits:

               Boil 1.5 cups of water with salt and a little butter.  (Use milk and they are creamier!)

               Add 5 Tbsps. of Grits.

               Reduce to a simmer and allow the Grits to soak up all the water.

               When a pencil stuck into the grits stands alone, it is done.

               That's all there is to cooking Grits.


               How to make red eye gravy


               Fry salt cured country ham in cast iron pan. Remove the ham when done and add coffee to the gravy and simmer for several minutes.  Great on Grits and biscuits.


               How to Eat Grits


               Immediately after removing your Grits from the stove top, add a generous portion of butter or red eye gravy (WARNING: Do NOT use low-fat butter.)  The butter should cause the Grits to turn a wondrous shade of yellow.  (Hold a banana or a yellow rain slicker next to your Grits; if the colors match, you have the correct amount of butter.)


               In lieu of butter, pour a generous helping of red eye gravy on your grits. Be sure to pour enough to have some left for sopping up with your biscuits.  Never, ever substitute canned or store bought biscuits for the real thing because they caused cancer, rotten teeth and impotence.


               Next, add salt. (NOTICE: The correct ration of Grit to Salt is 10:1 Therefore, for every 10 grits, you should have 1 grain of salt.)


               Now begin eating your Grits.  Always use a fork, never a spoon, to eat Grits. Your grits should be thick enough so they do not run through the tines of the fork.  The correct beverage to serve with Grits is black coffee. (DO NOT use cream or, heaven forbid, Skim Milk.)  Your grits should never be eaten in a bowl because Yankees will think its Cream of Wheat.


               Ways to Eat Leftover Grits:


               (Leftover grits are extremely rare)

               Spread them in the bottom of a casserole dish, cover and place them in the refrigerator overnight.  The Grits will congeal into a gelatinous mass.  Next morning, slice the Grits into squares and fry them in 1/2" of cooking oil and butter until they turn a golden brown.  Many people are tempted to pour syrup onto Grits served this way. This is, of course, unacceptable.




               May the Lord bless these Grits.


               May no Yankee ever get the recipe,


               May I eat Grits every day while living,


               And may I die while eating Grits.





How Did He do That? – Amazing stuff!



Short Pure Fun – Great!



Pure Talent – Beautiful!



Cute Animals – Awwwww!



Very Good Practical Ingenuity – with beautiful furniture.



Amazing Show – Worth the watch!



A great editorial...IN ONE SENTENCE....

This one sentence editorial appeared in the Peoria Journal Star....speaks volumes.

"A pen in the hand of this president is far more dangerous than a gun in the hands of 200 million law-abiding citizens."



Boudreaux, the smoothest-talking Cajun in the Louisiana National Guard, got called up to active duty.


Boudreaux's first assignment was in a military induction center. Because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits, especially the GI insurance to which they were entitled.


The officer in charge soon noticed that Boudreaux was getting a 99% sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance. This was remarkable, because it cost these low-income recruits $30.00 per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the government was already providing at no charge.


The officer decided he'd sit in the back of the room at the next briefing and observe Boudreaux's sales pitch.


Boudreaux stood up before the latest group of inductees and said, "If you has da normal GI insurans an' you goes to Afghanistan an' gets youself killed, da govment' pays you benefishery $20,000.  If you takes out da suppmental insurans, which cost you only t'irty dollars a munt, den da governmen' gots ta pay you benefishery $400,000!


"Now," Boudreaux concluded, “which bunch you tink dey gonna send ta Afghanistan first?”



Unbelievable Video From Audi



Memory Lane Experience – For sure!


Used to lay on the Floor and listen to the radio programs

with all the lights out except for the green station centering bulb, it was a Zenith or Philco radio.


This could keep you entertained for hours!!!!

Old Time Radio(memories)

A lot of you would be too young to even know that there used to be shows like this on the radio! After TV came out, all the old radio shows went away and radio was just a place to listen to music and then finally a few talk shows started. When I was just a kid, the normal routine was to sit around the radio after dinner and listen to the shows that were on! I know, sounds boring to most of you reading this, but believe me, it was a real treat to be entertained by the big, family radio that everyone had in their living rooms!!! Pick a few out and give them a might be in for a surprise! Oh, you have to use your imagination while listening and you will be able to see what you are listening to in your mind!



Blue Angels (New)

This is really good. Did you know that the pilot on the right of the formation is always a Marine!

This is one of the best Blue Angel videos you'll see!! Great perspective with much of it filmed from the cockpit. You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera view. It is in HD;

Hope your computer can handle it.

This was recorded in FL. And El Centro, CA

Click Here



You Had One Job – Too funny collection of photos!



See how good you are with a Russian pistol. All text is in Russian.
When the pistol appears, click on the trigger, aim, and fire. It’s really self-explanatory.
You have 3 shots in 30 seconds to hit the target and get your score. It’s addictive.


Pistol Range How Good Are You?



Our Troops Still Have a Sense Of Humor – These are great! 



ROGUE SEAL Team Takes Over US Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine

A team of SEALs recently took over USS ‘NEVADA’ (SSBN 733) a TRIDENT missile submarine, while she was tied up to the pier at the Trident Submarine Base in Bremerton, Washington.



According to Navy officials, the takeover didn't last long. The SEALs were quickly driven off the ship by members of the ship's crew. A picture of the team was taken as they made their escape back into the water, leaving from the ship's bow. None could actually be identified, as they were in their SEAL-issued wet suits and underwater gear.



What did you think you’d see?



Over the years I have seen lots of WWII photographs. Most of these I have never seen. The captions explaining time and circumstance are also worth reading.


Amazing Pictures



Just in case you didn’t know the difference!


Naval Aviator

On a carrier, the Naval Aviator looks over at the Catapult Officer ("Shooter") who gives the run up engines signal by rotating his finger above his head. The pilot pushes the throttle forward, verifies all flight controls are operational, checks all gauges, and gives the Cat officer a brisk salute, continuing the Navy/Marine tradition of asking permission to leave the ship. The Cat officer drops to one knee while swooping his arm forward and pointing down deck, granting that permission. The pilot is immediately catapulted and becomes airborne.

Army Aviator

If you've ever seen an Army helicopter pilot preparing for takeoff, you will note that the pilot gives the ground guy a thumbs up before he is given hover and takeoff signals. There are two theories about the origin of this gesture. One is that it is to show that the pilot has identified which of his fingers is the thumb so that he will be able to properly operate his controls. The most compelling theory says that this is to show the ground crewman that the pilot indeed, knows which direction is up.

Air Force Pilot

We've all seen Air Force pilots at the air force base look up just before taxiing for takeoff and the ground crew waits until the pilot's thumb is sticking straight up. The crew chief then confirms that he sees the thumb, salutes, and the Air Force pilot then takes off. This time-tested tradition is the last link in the Air Force safety net to confirm that the pilot does not have his thumb up his ass.



Watch the German one first!


German Automatic Parking System


Advanced Spanish Parking System


Ya gotta love those Europeans!



Great History Lesson On the Model-T Ford



Survivors Return To Their Ship – Very interesting ceremonies at Pearl Harbor.  God Bless!



Great commercial filmed in Manning Park, BC.


Huge Bear



Winter Vs People – The latest in winter funny.



How to Properly Stack Firewood – And these are just a few!



Owls In Camouflage – Awesome!



Think I *MIGHT* just have found the next Television for the house ...

Just 'click' the link, watch, and start wanting one, too:



OK Senior Citizens you all drove or rode in one of these, your parents had one, or somewhere in your family someone did. How many of them can you remember what they were? For the younger ones in the group these are the beginning of the muscle cars when it was fun to drive check your memory.

How's this for a brain teaser!

All right let's see how you do. Be honest with yourself. See how you do.

The average score is 73%

This will really rattle the cobwebs in the 'ol brain.

Car Show Game - 1950s - American Torque .com



Amazing Paper Sculpture – From Calvin Nichols.



Tools as explained by a retiree - very accurate



A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands
so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.



Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light.
Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh --'



A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.


Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.


An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.



One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked,
unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.


Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available,
they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.



Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire.
Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race..



A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.



Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes,
trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.



A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces
that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.



A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.



Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans
and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as
the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.



A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws
into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.



A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.



A tool used to make hoses too short.



Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod
to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object we are trying to hit.



Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door;
works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines,
refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.


Son of a b*tch TOOL:

Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a b*tch' at the top of your lungs.
It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.



Senior Chiefs Are Honorable


One day, while a Senior Chief was cutting a branch of a tree above a river,

his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked,

"Why are you crying?" The Senior Chief replied that his axe had fallen into

the water, and he needed the axe to make his living. The Lord went down into

the water and reappeared with a golden axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord

asked. The Senior Chief replied, "No."


The Lord again went down and came up with a silver axe. "Is this your axe?"

the lord asked. Again the Senior Chief replied, "No." The Lord went down

again and came up with an iron axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. The

Senior Chief replied, "Yes."


The Lord was pleased with the Senior Chief's honesty and gave him all three

axes to keep, and the Senior Chief went back to the ship happy.


Sometime later the Senior Chief was walking with his wife along the

riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord

again appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?" "Oh Lord, my wife has

fallen into the water!" The Lord went down into the water and came up with

Angelina Jolie. "Is this your wife?" the Lord asked. "Yes," cried the Senior



The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The Senior Chief

replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I

had said 'no' to Angelina Jolie, you would have come up with Cameron Diaz.

Then if I said 'no' to her, you would have come up with my wife. Had I then

said 'yes' you would have given me all three. Lord, I am poor old seagoing

Senior Chief, and am not able to take care of all three wives in a way that

they should be, so that's why I said yes to Angelina Jolie."


The moral of this story is: Whenever a Navy Senior Chief lies, it is for a

good and honorable reason, and for the benefit of others. That's my story,

and I'm sticking to it.



Cute Song With Video – Are you old yet?




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