Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Interesting History - Where did Piss Poor and other expressions come from?

Where did Piss Poor come from? 

Interesting History - They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery....... if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor."

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot....... they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.  
Here are some facts about the 1500s:

  • Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.  However, since they were starting to smell.......
  • Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.  Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
  • Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.  Last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it... Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"
  • Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.  When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
  • There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.  This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
  • The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.  Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."  The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.  As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.  A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.  Hence: a thresh hold..(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
  • In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire... Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.  They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.  They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.  Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.  Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.  
  • Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.  When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon."  They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
  • Those with money had plates made of pewter.  Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.  This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
  • Bread was divided according to status.  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
  • Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey.  The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.  Hence the custom of holding a wake.
  • England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.  When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.  So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.  Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.
And that's the truth....... Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto is just as good as he was in 2010

Joey Votto is the reigning NL MVP and his performance this season is remarkably similar to last year’s award-winning production, yet I’ve rarely seen him touted as a leading candidate this time around.
Last year Votto hit .324 with 37 homers, 113 RBIs, 105 runs, and a league-leading 1.024 OPS. This year Votto is on pace to hit .328 with 30 homers, 105 RBIs, 108 runs, and a league-leading .992 OPS.
How can someone lead the league in OPS in back-to-back seasons, yet win the MVP one year and not even get significant consideration the next?
Obviously there’s still plenty of time for Votto to gain steam among voters, but clearly the Reds going from division winners to below .500 is a major factor. And that serves as a perfect example of why team success shouldn’t being a driving force for an individual award.
Votto is having a nearly identical all-around season, yet because his teammates have been much worse this year his odds for a repeat MVP are slim. I’ll never understand why that makes sense, but with Votto’s case gaining little traction and Jose Bautista mostly being overlooked in the AL despite leading in homers, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS it doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.

Check it out here.

Cincinnati Ranked #2 In Nation For Fantasy Football

Cincinnati is the second-biggest city in the nation for football -- fantasy football.

Yahoo! Sports said Tuesday that the city was second in Sports Fantasy Football players per capita during the 2010 season.

Pittsburgh ranked 10th.

Green Bay was No. 1, with 1 out of every 29 players nationwide.

Check it all out right here

Cancer video that won first place at Cannes

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

21 reasons why the English language is so hard to learn

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used  to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square
and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth,
why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get
rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
Is it an odd, or an end?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables,  what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
in which you fill in a form by filling it out,
and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers,
and it reflects the creativity of the human race,
which, of course, is not a race at all. 

How to tell if you're driving to fast

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Beautiful Birds

1. Himalayan Monal
2. Formosan Magpie 
 3. Flamecrest 
  4. Golden Pheasant 
5. Green Jay
 6. Kingfisher 
 7. Lady Amherst's Pheasant 
 8. Bleeding Heart Pigeons 
 9. Nicobar Pigeon 
 10. Quetzal
 11. Winson's Bird Of Paradise
 12. No Idea What Bird This Is, But It's Totally Rad 
 13. Peacock 
 14. Sup, Polish Chicken 

Southerners have a way with words!

These are actual comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were taken off their car videos:

. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."

. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document." (My Favorite)

. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you." (LOVE IT)

. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."

. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

. "In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC." ( National Crime Information Center )

. "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"

. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."

16. "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."

Friday, August 19, 2011

Snake meets electric fence

Apparently a farmer somewhere built an electric fence to keep livestock in or out.  This big fella apparently tried to go under it with a full belly and when he felt the shock, he turned and bit whatever was getting to him.  Needless to say, his days of stealing small livestock are over. 

Printer jammed

Isn't this just a hoot.   I just love the 3rd picture..... that face tells it all.
This was an actual printer jam at John Deere Seeding ! 

He's not dead but he's sure stuck.  




"Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them." —Harold Evans

"Liberalism isn't a political philosophy. It's a vile combination of sickness and evil." —Rabbi Mayer Schiller

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money." —Bernard Meltzer

"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones." —Phillips Brooks

Relaxing pictures

Be Calm... Quiet... Tranquil....
 Bloom as often as you can... 
 Stay close to your Family.... 
 Explore the world around you.... 
 Enjoy the relaxing rhythm of waves... 
 W A T C H  T H E  M O O N   R I S E....
 Spread your wings and take off on your own... 
 Then enjoy the comfort of coming home again... 

Pictures that make you say "Holy Crap!"

Albino baby deer

Albino Fawn from folks who live on Bolivar Peninsula, Texas

A very eventful day around here... A once in many lifetimes experience! 
This lil' feller run out in front of a car and looked like a lost, baby goat. A real Albino Whitetail Deer! Just hours old, but doing fine. No Momma deer around. Another car nearly hit it. 

Only 1 in more than a million albino deer are even born. He took his 
bottle of food, followed us around the house, doing great. The folks who found him called the Zoo & Fossil Rim, who were both interested, but were going to send him to a Rehab farm, at a vet that they never had gotten along with... So, they called a family friend who happened to be the Game Warden who took him to a safe place.

He was snow white, pink eyes, ears, nose and hooves. The kids called him POWDER. He was SO small as seen by the shoe lying beside him... WOW..how cool is that??

Also be sure to check out this albino hummingbird.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What has America become?

This was originally printed in the Iosco County News Herald on June 9, 2010, published in the Opinion column.


Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?

Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

- Ken Huber
 Tawas City