Freaks…?

When I was a child growing up in a farming community in Iowa life was alright, but nothing very exciting happened. That all changed for me when the Barnum and Bailey Circus came to town. I had seen “The Greatest Show On Earth” on TV and was especially looking forward to seeing the clowns. In the Big Top we saw the animals and acrobats, trapeze and high wire acts and it was all amazing and great fun. Then my father steered us to a separate tent in the midway called the Side Show!

                                 

Inside was a strange assortment of people and displays meant to amaze one and all. A couple of displays seemed to be obvious fakes, but the humans on display were for real. I saw the fattest woman I had ever seen (up to that time), dwarves and the man who started a lifelong fascination with what most refer to as “freaks”, Sealo the Seal Boy!

                        

I actually had a few minutes to talk with him (he seemed to genuinely like talking with us children) and he showed us that he could do most of the same things we do, just a little differently. Then he gave me his autograph and I was one happy little boy!

Throughout the years since then I have read and collected real life stories of many of these “Freaks”. The first book I read was a book of freaks written by a freak, “We Who Are Not As Others” By Daniel P. Mannix , a giant.

                                  

I have bought and read several more books over the years and and have been fascinated by many of their life stories, some who had great careers and others who died in utter poverty. From Aesop’s Fables, written by a macrocephalic, hunch back dwarf who was killed for his writings to The Lobster Boy who became a murderer and was killed by a hit man, The Elephant Man who died because he wanted to lay down on a bed like a normal person and Lucia Zarate, a primordial dwarf, who froze to death while on tour. 

So many throughout history that worked the sideshows because they couldn’t get a normal job to support themselves, but many in the later 1900’s lost their incomes because of liberal do-gooders who cried that these people being exploited. Yes. Some were being exploited, but many of them WANTED to be exploited in ordered to make a living. Some can live mostly normal lives, but others…?

Sideshows today aren’t allowed to have any real freaks. You may see some dwarfs but other than that, all the “freaks” are self made body modifiers, overly tattooed and pierced, blockheads and sward swallowers.

The world of the Sideshow is sadly long gone…

 

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The Separation Clause Rant

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

(First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)


I’m tired of atheist carrying on the lie that there is a separation of church and state in the constitution, just because democrats say so. The first amendment says that the Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Can you show me a law that congress has made to establish ANY religion? Some God haters claim that “Under God” and “In God We Trust” is the government forcing a religion on the people. There are over 100,000 religions in this world, so tell me, what official religion are they establishing?

I don’t mean to get off on a rant here, but the first amendment also says that the free exercise of religion shall not be prohibited. Why is it that the religion of atheism (and it is to the level of a religion) gets to trump all other religions? Statistics show that only 4% of Americans describe themselves as Atheist, and only 2.3% worldwide. Why should a very small minority over rule the vast majority? Maybe the pledge of allegiance should say “One Nation 96% Under God” or our money should say “In God 96% of Us Trust” just so everyone will know that we aren’t talking about YOU.

96% Believe there is a God

The Establishment Clause prohibits the federal, state or municipal establishment of an official religion or other preference for one religion over another, non-religion over religion, or religion over non-religion. Originally, the First Amendment applied only to the federal government. Subsequently, Everson v. Board of Education (1947) incorporated the Establishment Clause (i.e., made it apply against the states). However, it was not until the middle to late twentieth century that the Supreme Court began to interpret the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in such a manner as to restrict the promotion of religion by the states.

 
It’s bad enough that our current administration is pandering to the religion of Islam to the detriment of the nation. Why is Hillary Clinton’s State Department, with the blessings of Obama, sponsoring a pro-Islamic trip to the Middle East by the Imam who wants to build a mosque at ground zero? Why are American tax dollars promoting the building of a mosque and sending this Imam on a “Goodwill Tour” of the middle east. Why aren’t the Atheists raising a stink about the separation of church and state about this? Is it because Atheists are only against Christianity and Judaism, or is it because Christians and Jews don’t want to blow you up if you disagree with them?

I see that there are three kinds of atheists; there are the people who just don’t believe in any god and leave you alone. Then you have your God haters who maybe believed in God but never lived for Him, then when they have a personal crisis, the pray for the first time and God didn’t do a magic trick for them. “God didn’t give me what I want so I hate him!”

 Then you have the radical atheists who are like a spoiled child who pops another child’s balloon. Their message is, “If I don’t have it or want it, you can’t have it either!” Talk about trying to force your beliefs on others, their belief says “no” to the majority’s beliefs.

 

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Changes – Losing An Entire Person

People go through changes in life; some for better, some for worse. On this blog, I want to get a little personal about myself. Some people have asked me how I lost an entire person, so here’s the story…

After I retired from 22 years in the Army, I went to work right away. I had been used to Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis, usually beginning at 6:00 AM. When I retired, I went to work for a major electronics company and they were working everyone at “unlimited overtime”. I was on the clock at 5:00 AM and usually worked until 8:00 PM six days a week and we took off half a day on Sunday afternoons. There was no time for the daily PT and I ate a lot of fast food to save time. The result? I started to gain weight.

 

I didn’t really notice the weight gain at first, but then I started needing some larger sized pants. Then, one year after I retired from the Army, I stopped smoking. Many people will tell you that you will gain weight when you quit smoking because you are so used to putting something in your mouth. I discovered a totally different reason. Twenty-five years of smoking deadens your taste buds to the point that you are using more and more seasonings in your food, or drowning everything in Tobasco to enjoy the flavor. Once you have quit smoking, your taste buds begin to recover from all the years of abuse you have been giving them. Food starts to taste good again; you are noticing subtle flavors you hadn’t noticed in years. I found myself saying things like, “Hey! I don’t remember that tasting so good… let me have another piece.” or another steak, or some more pie or a second double whopper with bacon and cheese. (I think I just gained two pounds writing this paragraph)

My maximum allowable weight for my height and age by Army standards was 168 lbs. When I finally got on a scale, I discovered I was over two hundred. Still working a hard schedule, I started looking for easy ways to lose the weight. Diet pills, diet drinks, low calorie beer, South Beach, Atkins, all vegetable diet, all meat diet, all were useless because I didn’t have the time or will power to follow all the rules. At one point I read the mouse print on one of the bottles of pills. “Take one pill before each meal and follow a healthy diet and exercise routine”. So then I looked at the backs of the bottles of several “Miracle Diet Pill” programs and each said the same thing, just in different words.

IF I FOLLOWED A HEALTHY DIET AND HAD A REGULAR EXERCISE ROUTINE, I WOULDN’T NEED YOUR PILLS!

                           

The more I tried the silly diets, the more weight I gained, until December 2006. It was my birthday and my family took me out to an Asian all-you-can-eat seafood buffet with sushi, king crab legs and a big variety of red meat cooked to your order. After the meal they brought out a birthday cake and someone took a picture of me with the cake. It wasn’t until January that I actually saw the picture and, to this day, I call it “The Picture That Changed My Life.” and I keep it with me in my cell phone, my computers and wallet to remind

me of where I was and where I never want to be again. When I joined the Army, I weighed in at 117 lbs. At my birthday dinner I weighed 260. A guy 5’6″ has no business weighing 260. I went to my doctor for the complete picture: I was type II diabetic taking 2 kinds of pills and shooting myself four times a day with insulin. I had high blood pressure (took pills), high cholesterol (took pills), sleep apnea (CPAP Machine), gastric reflux (took pills and tums), hemorrhoids (suppositories) and a fatty liver. My triglycerides, which should be at 150, were 4830. I was a mess heading for an early grave. My doctor recommended I see a nutritionist.

Her name was Rachel and she saved my life. We sat down and talked for over an hour, with me taking notes. We talked about what time I wake up, what time do I eat, what and how much do I eat, what time do I snack, what do I snack on, what time I eat lunch, what and how much do I eat, what time do I snack in the afternoon, what time I eat dinner, what and how much I normally eat, what about snacks in the evening and what time I go to bed, what and how much liquids do I drink at what times of the day. I told her that I don’t snack between meals or at night, she told me I need to. I told her I sometimes skip a meal, she told me that was the worst thing I could do. She showed me where and how I could make small changes (and a few big changes) in my diet. She said the six most important words to remember are;

chew, chew, chew and walk, walk, walk.

                  

Digestion actually begins in your mouth, your saliva starts breaking down the food that you eat. The better the food is digested by chewing before you swallow, the less time the food sticks around in your stomach with a chance turning into fat. The walking is because I have a bad back and a bad knee (so running was out). Walking at a brisk pace can give you a good workout and raise your heartbeat without being high impact and causing further damage to your injuries.

Following her direction, I began eating 8 – 9 times a day. Small portions at regular intervals. I was eating 3 – 4 ounces at a time, about 8 times a day.

I explain: People who skip meals are telling their body to go into “Starvation Mode” and it begins storing up fat for the lean times. By eating every 2 – 3 hours, you are telling your body that this is a time of bounty and it’s ok to burn off the extra fat that is stored up. You have the brain, your body doesn’t, which makes it easier to to fool the body.

Following her directions and suggestions, I started losing 12 – 15 pounds per month and I did it without ever feeling hungry.

So… What’s the score now? First and most importantly, my diabetes is gone. I haven’t taken pills or used insulin in over 3 years, My blood pressure is fine (no more pills), my cholesterol is normal. CPAP Machine? What’s that? Gastric reflux is no longer a problem, no hemorrhoids and my triglycerides are under 200. All together I dropped from 260 lbs to 135 pounds before the doctor told me it was too much, too fast. I was actually told to put more fat into my diet, (How many people do you know who’s doctor told them to put more fat in their diet?) I went from 117 to 260, then from 260 to 135, then back up to 150. I now hover around the 145 to 150 weight.

So… I strongly suggest you stop using fad diets and see a nutritionist. Ask your regular doctor for a suggestion or a referral, look in the phone book or online, because It can save your life.

Look at me… at a 135 lb loss, I lost an entire person!

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No Rules For Cassaroles

 

What is a casserole anyway? Casserole is from the French meaning “Sauce Pan”, a large, deep dish or vessel. It is also the name given to the food cooked in such a dish. Now that the definition is out of the way, what really makes up a casserole?

If you are going to present a classic dish, you really have to follow an exact recipe. If you say the dish is Coq au vin, it had better taste like Coq au vin. Those who have eaten it before know what it is supposed to taste like. There are “rules” to cooking classic dishes if you are going to present them as such. You can’t just slap together a cold potato soup and call it Vichyssoise. When it comes to making a casserole though, you can throw the rule book out the window.

Although I’m telling you there are no rules, there are some basics you have to consider. First, there will be meat. I know, the vegans cringe when they hear the word, but to me, an entree isn’t food unless there is a dead animal involved. Any red meat (beef, venison, buffalo, squirrel etc) can be used and cut into cubes, thin strips or be ground, depending on your preference or whim. Through most of my cooking career, though, casseroles have usually been made with chicken or tuna, but sometimes pork. (OK, you vegans out there, you can make a vegetable casserole, but it’s just not right.)

The next thing is the veggies. When it comes to vegetables, I only go with fresh, but in a pinch you can use fresh frozen, never canned. Canned vegetables are already cooked and will just turn to mush in your casserole. Use crisp, fresh carrots, a diced potato or any other starchy root food, after all, these will help to thicken everything up. Consider next what kind of liquid you are going to use. The liquid can be water, wine, milk, crushed stewed tomatoes, I have even heard of using Gin. (If you like the idea of a tomato taste, consider trying some V-8 Juice.) You don’t want to over use your liquid of choice because a casserole just isn’t right if you have to use a spoon to eat it. Somewhere during this process, choose seasonings to your own tastes. You also need some egg noodles, elbows or some other kind of pasta, maybe even rice.

Got all your ingredients together? It’s time to start cooking. Make sure your meat is cut into same size pieces, as this will help it all cook evenly. Brown off your meat using little oil, a casserole should not be greasy. Once that step is done, sprinkle with flour and form a roux and remove it from the heat.

Combine the rest of your solid ingredients with the meaty roux and blend it all well and evenly. When you have the perfect look, pour your liquid of choice over the dish you have created, the top it all off with something crispy. Bread crumbs, or crushed crackers are good, but I like those crispy fried onions that come in a can.

Cover your dish and place in your preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes to crisp the top. Call in your family and friends and dig in.

So, that’s about it. These are just general guidelines to get you through, use them or ignore them. When it comes to casserole you should just go crazy and use your imagination, thinking of all the tastes you would like to try together. What? That’s not the way you were taught? Hey, when it comes to casserole, there are no rules.

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Puerto Rican Cuisine

 

Puerto Rico is an island nation that is officially a territory of the United States. Puerto Rican cuisine has evolved from several strong influences, including those of the original peoples, such as the Tainos, and the Spanish conquerors that drove most of the natives out and enslaved the remaining. African and Caribbean influence is also reflected in the cuisine of the island, which has also been shaped significantly by its climate and geology.

 

Cocina criolla, one of the main cuisine styles particular to the island has deep roots, extending far back to the native Tainos and Arawaks. Their culinary traditions were based tropical fruits, native vegetables, seafood, and corn. With the Spanish came a host of other ingredients that expanded the criolla style. These included olive oil, rice, wheat and meats, such as pork and beef. As enslaved African peoples were imported for work on the sugar cane plantations, their culinary traditions took root as well, and their contributions, which included taro and okra, became assimilated into the whole of criolla cuisine.

 

Many of the island’s main dishes are seasoned with adobo and sofrito, spice mixtures that impart those flavors that the island is so well known for. Adobo, which can vary from cook to cook, or if bought prepared, from manufacturer to manufacturer, generally consists of black peppercorns, oregano, salt, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice. When bought prepared in powdered form, most include salt, powdered garlic, citric acid, pepper, oregano, turmeric and MSG, which is a good reason to spend a little time making your own if experimenting with Puerto Rican cuisine at home. While generally used for seasoning meats, it is considered to be a sort of all-purpose seasoning mixture.

 

       Sofrito                                                                     Chicken and pork adobo

Sofrito is made from onions, garlic, cilantro, peppers, and often includes achiote, which is from the seeds of the annatoo plant, and helps to produce a bright yellow color in the finished product. This, too, is used in a variety of dishes, ranging from meat dishes to soups to standard forms of beans and rice.

One pot dishes, or stews, are common to Puerto Rican cuisine. These are often made of meats, and flavored with a variety of spices and ingredients in addition to adobo and sofrito. Among these are Spanish olives stuffed with pimiento, sweet chili peppers, capers, potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh cilantro, and occasionally raisins.

Chicken with rice is a dish that has become a Puerto Rican specialty, with many families having their own special style, handed down from generation to generation. Chicken is a main ingredient of many criolla dishes, and these dishes, while careful attention is given to spicing techniques, rarely are they what could be termed hotly spiced.

Naturally, seafood is an important part of the island cuisine. Fried fish is often served with a special sauce made of olives, olive oil, onions, pimientos, capers, tomato sauce, vinegar, garlic and bay leaves. Broiled, steamed or grilled fish is lightly seasoned, if at all, during the cooking process and served with a splash of lime juice with perhaps just a hint of garlic.

Puerto Rican cuisine has many facets, arising from the island’s long, complex history. The blend of native culinary traditions with those of the European settlers and the enslaved African populations that they brought with them has resulted in a unique and flavorful cuisine that is beloved by many.

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David, The King

“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the Earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
– 1 Samuel 17:46

The stories of King David of the old testament are usually taught to children starting with the story of his defeating Goliath of Gath. It teaches them that size is not important when you have God on you side. A bit of the story is sometimes left out, like the grizzley removal of Goliath’s head (I never heard the whole story until I was much older). As in the passage above, David told Goliath straight up, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to cut your head off, and I’m going to leave your rotting carcass out here on the battle field for the birds and the beasts to eat.” and furthermore, he would do these things just to let everyone know that God is with Israel. Goliath didn’t believe him and run away, so the rest is history.

I remember as a child, the story of a young David, while tending his father’s sheep, killed a lion with just a stick to protect a single lamb.
David was also a musician of the highest order, and his harp playing brought him great renown and great favor with the king. He is known as the primary writer of the book of Psalms and the word “Psalms” actually means “a song to the harp”. Several verses in the book end with the word “Selah” which actually means “a crashing of the cymbals”. The original Psalms, if heard from the original artist, would not be quotes and poetry, but a musical arrangement; a concert, if you will.

later stories of his life, I didn’t hear until I was a bit older, like his love affair with a married woman named Bathsheba. It started out as a little “Peeping Tom” episode while she was bathing, which later turned into a fling. She became pregnant so David planned to kill her husband, Uriah. He wouldn’t actually kill Uriah himself, but he did send him off to war, so that the enemy would kill him.

Not the best example to set for future generations, but the remorse and repentance afterward is the story there. They did get married, but the baby died. Her next child, however, became the most famous kings of the Old Testament, Solomon.

(Susan Hayward as Bathsheba)

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Missouri Laws

 

OK… So I didn’t grow up in Georgia, and I did grow up in Iowa, so in the interest of full disclosure, I was born in Missouri. So, here are some strange laws from my birth state.

State wide:
It is illegal to have oral sex. Period! (Spit that out!)
Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty must pay an annual tax of one dollar (enacted 1820).


It is not illegal to speed.

City Laws in Missouri
Buckner
In this small town of only 4,000, yard waste may be burned any day except Sunday.
Columbia
You can not have a antenna exposed outside of your house yet you can have a 25 foot satellite dish.
Though clotheslines are banned, clothes may be draped over a fence.

One may not drink nonintoxicating beverages in a bar between 2:00 and 6:00 AM.
Kansas City
Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely.
Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited.
Marceline
Minors can buy rolling paper and tobacco but not lighters.

Marquette
It is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling (The Brothel Law).
Mole
Frightening a baby is in violation of the law.
Natchez
It shall be unlawful to provide beer or other intoxicants to elephants.
Perryville
It is unlawful to throw stones at a bird.
Purdy
Dancing is strictly prohibited.


St. Louis
It’s illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.
A milk man may not run while on duty.
University City
Four women may not rent an apartment together.
No person may own a small balloon.

No person may have a “yard sale” in their front yard.
Houses may not have lights on them that shine into the window of a neighbor’s house.
It is illegal to request for someone to “watch over” your parked car.
One may not honk another person’s horn.


OK… so it’s pretty strange what laws our government makes up to waste our tax money. These are just a few examples. Feel free to check out the strange laws in your neck of the woods (if it’s not illegal) and see what you come up with. You may be amazed at what your tax dollars go to…

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Iowa Laws

 

OK… So someone told me I “Ain’t Right” for writing about Georgia’s strange laws since I didn’t grow up here (Yes, I live here now, but I grew up In Iowa) So, to be fair, I looked up strange laws in Iowa, and there are many, to report them to you here.

State wide:
It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.
A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
One-armed piano players must perform for free.
Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.


Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.
A board was created to regulate among other things, hearing aids.
Doctors who treat a person with gonorrhea must report this to the local board of health and include the disease’s “probable origin”.
All boxes used to pick hops must be exactly 36 inches long.

City Laws in Iowa:
Bettendorf
Liquor stores may not place advertisements for beer outside the store.
Cedar Rapids
It is illegal to read persons palm in the city limits.


Dubuque
Any hotel in the city limits must have a water bucket and a hitching post in front of the building.
Fort Madison
The fire department is required to practice fire fighting for fifteen minutes before attending a fire.
Indianola
The “Ice Cream Man” and his truck are banned.
Marshalltown
Horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.


Mount Vernon
One must obtain written permission from the City Council before throwing bricks into a highway.
No person may pick a flower from a city park.
All softball diamond lights must be turned off by 10:30 PM.
Ottumwa
Within the city limits, a man may not wink at any woman he does not know.
And my favorite; Ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

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Georgia Laws

 

In Athens, Georgia, Home of the Bulldogs, Alabama slingshots may not be used in the city limits.
( Sec. 3-5-16. Slingshots. No person shall use for amusement or otherwise any Alabama slingshot or any slingshot or similar thing in the urban service district. (Ord. of 4-7-92, )

I have heard many answers to the age old question; Why did the chicken cross the road? It was to break the law, if it was in Quitman, Georgia. In Quitman, It is illegal for a chicken to cross the road.
Several laws concern chickens, their activities and what you can and can’t do with them. Here are some of my favorite examples:

Chicken must be eaten with the hands and never with a fork.
What!?!? (Gainesville, Georgia is known as the Poultry Capital of the World….as for the chicken and the fork….that was a joke the Police Department played on some visiting Atlanta Disk Jockeys several years ago…they actually created an ordinance to go with it, but joke or no joke, the law is still on the books) You can’t cut off a chicken’s head on Sunday. (I’ll bet they appreciate that)It is illegal to carry a chicken by it’s feet down Broadway on Sunday.

Other animals are also the subject of laws. In the capital city of Atlanta, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a light pole or telephone pole, and donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs. (But what if they really need a bath?)

Strangely, it is perfectly legal to burn a cross on someone’s property, as long as you have their permission first.

All sex toys are banned. (Only one person has ever been tried for this offense. In 1968 a Fulton-county resident was convicted under this law. This is despite the fact that the Fulton-County jury publicly stated that the law was “archaic” and noted such gadgets can have therapeutic value).

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.
Members of the state assembly cannot be ticketed for speeding while the state assembly is in session.
Signs are required to be written in English.
It is illegal to harass a cripple or tease an idiot
No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

The term, “Sadomasochistic Abuse” is so broadly defined, that it could include handcuffing someone who is wearing a funny outfit.
(6) ‘Sadomasochistic abuse’ means flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in revealing or bizarre costume or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.

Many laws are regional like in a particular city or county. In Columbus;
Bars may not hold a “Lady’s Night”
No bar can offer two beers for one price. (such as; 2 beers for $5.00)
All Indians must return to their shore of the Chattahoochee River by nightfall.

The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it.
It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday. (What if you’re out?)
Upon reading all of this, you might be tempted to say, “Oh, Boy!” but you better not say it in Jonesboro. It is illegal to say “Oh, Boy” in that city.

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Trivia Nuts!

Did you know that one in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth? Or that the average U.S. citizen eats more than 50 tons of food and drinks more that 13,000 gallons of liquid in a lifetime? Did you know that in the 19th century, millions of human mummies were used for fuel in locomotives in Egypt because wood an coal was scarce and mummies were plentiful? Do you even care about any of these things? If you don’t care about information that has nothing to do with your life, it’s not too surprising, but if you love to learn strange or odd facts as these, then you could be called a Trivia Nut.

 

Trivia gathering is a great brain exercise, it gets your neurons clicking away and can stimulate all kinds of electrical activity. Many people like the idea of popping up with an odd fact now and then just to throw others off their game. It is also fun to see the look of wonder on a child’s face when you tell them that a cockroach can live for up to a week without a head or that ants never sleep.

Most trivia nuts (like me) like to store up strange facts from a wide variety of subjects, but some trivia “elites” like to specialize in one particular category like animal trivia or odd historical facts. Many web sites on the internet can cover a wide variety of trivia subjects including my favorite, obscure laws. (In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a light pole. In Kennesaw, Georgia every head of household is required to own a gun and can be fined if they don’t own one).

One day you might be in line at your local McDonalds and casually tell someone beside you that, since Hindus don’t eat beef, the McDonald’s in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton.You may feel the urge to tell someone that California’s Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11-years-old. Maybe you just think that it is interesting that the human brain is 85% water. That may not help you in a job interview, but it might come in handy if you are ever on Jeopardy.

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