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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: 4th of July and Stuff ya didn't know ya didn't know

Greetings to everyone in Western Illinois and all readers of the Quill. I'm a hope'n those with hay to make got most of it up without too much rain on it. It's been rough thus far to make good hay in a timely manner.

4th of July

Have ya taken notice that one week from this Thursday is the 4th of July. My, how it seems each year the days fly by faster and traditional holidays come by quicker. There will be some cornfields around here that will have to hurry to be "Knee high by the 4th of July". That hasn't happened fer awhile!


I ran across some interesting stuff recently. Stuff ya didn't know ya didn't know ( And maybe ya don't need to know). Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost if raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400.

The average number of people airborne over the U.S in any given hour: 61,000.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts- Charlemagne, Clubs- Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A'?

A One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

A. All were invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey.

Q. Which day of the year, are more collect call made than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase..."Goodnight, sleep tight".

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply the new son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim , or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

You know are living in 2013 when..

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 ( or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it!

10. You get up in the morning and go on-line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)

12. You are reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly whom you are going to pass this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no # 9 on this list.

15. You actually looked back up to check that there wasn't a # 9 on this list.


Now you're laughing at yourself. "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!" (Unknown Author)

Go on, pass this on to your friends. You know you want to! And try to lick your elbow again!

Thar ya has it then- food (stuff) fer thought.

That's all fer this column folks, there ain't no more.

Have a good week and where ever ya is, what ever ya be do'n, BE A GOOD ONE!

Hope'n to see youn's in church this weekend.

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya Later

in neighborly love,

Barnyard Bruke