Useless Facts That Mean Something to Somebody

doctor thumping back webDo you remember Leopold Auenbrugger? His father owned a tavern in Graz, Austria, and that's why a doctor taps your back, and sometimes, your front. The elder Auenbrugger judged the amount of wine in his casks by noting whether his tapping produced a hollow (empty) sound or a dull (full) note. Leo applied this to people, and now doctors can tell if the chest cavity is clear (hollow) or contains fluid or something else that shouldn't be there (thud). Now you know over 200 years of medical history!

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COVID-19 or Psalm 19?

virus suits webThe big news for 2020 is the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the somewhat gentler term for the coronavirus. This deadly virus has grabbed the headlines from the presidential race, foreign threats, celebrity hijinks, and just about every other newsworthy event. We are saturated with contradictory articles and tweets and posts and murmurs and find it hard to know who or what to believe. It’s very Orwellian when you walk into a market to buy flowers and hear over the PA system, while standing 6 feet apart, wearing a creepy mask, “Attention customers! You must maintain social distancing. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Wear a mask. Do not touch anything. Don’t go near the cashier; just toss your wallet over the plexiglass germ shield.”

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A “Short” Biography of Mickey Rooney

Mickey RooneyMickey Rooney was born Joe Yule, Jr., on September 23, 1920, in Brooklyn, New York.Rooney passed away April 6, 2014, at the age of 93. Joe Yule, Jr., only 17 months old, joined his parents on the vaudeville stage as, of course, a toddler. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney.

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’69: Looking Back

apollo 11 crew webDo you remember ‘69? 1969, that is, not when you were 69! If you can’t get out and jog, you can jog your memory with these nostalgic lists! 

Herein we have lists of memorable items that were notable during 1969. 1969 was a year of changes all across our country and around the world in culture, politics and society in general.

 

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Trivia - A Rose by Any Other Name

Baby face mugshotCan You Guess the Popular Names of These Famous People?
We know that many, many people change their names for various reason. Cheif among them are celebrites. Also included in this group are gangsters. We compiled a list of well know people and list their original names followed by their more famous names.

Can you match the birth names with the famous names.

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Kids Have Always Said the Darndest Things!

Art Linkletter webEach generation finds the next generation somewhat incomprehensible. This seems especially true with the flood of social media posts and pontifications. Do you remember the days of little black-and-white screens, and shows like Art Linkletter’s “House Party”? Enjoy a sampling of genuine, funny, unscripted thoughts from regular kids! A universal question that adults ask kids is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We may expect “fireman” or “ballerina,” but . . .

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