Friday, July 29, 2016

Returning Tombstones For Freaky Friday...!

Do you believe in curses? How about continuing bad luck? Here is an interesting example of what I'm talking about.

Virginia City Cemetery Headstones

Photo credit: Tom Carr

Built in 1867 to alleviate the problem of corpses being buried randomly about town, the cemetery at the old Nevada mining town of Virginia City has seen many of its headstones go missing since it was reopened as a historical site in 2000—only to then see them be returned en masse.

Grounds manager Candace Wheeler decided to contact the thieves to see why they had stolen the headstones. Without exception, they were being used for totally mundane things—doorstops, garden decorations—until the misfortunes started rolling in, ranging from financial woes to divorce and death. Thieves were anxious to know the headstones had been returned to their proper respective graves, hoping this would reverse the curse.

Seems like a lot of folks believe, even if we don't. I wonder if it's just conscience?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

How Important Are Polls...?

After reading this article, I am reminded that most people taking polls are not that bright.

Funny thing is, the people taking the polls in this case are probably the ones that should be the most likely to know what the right answers are!


A study in 2014 discovered that 11 percent of Americans believe that the tech language HTML is actually a venereal disease. About 2,400 people over the age of 18 participate din the survey by matching several tech- and non-tech-related words with a selection of possible definitions.

The study also concluded that 42 percent believed that a motherboard was actually the deck of a cruise ship. Furthermore, 27 percent believed that a gigabyte was a type of South American insect, 18 percent thought a Blu-ray was a marine animal, and 12 percent thought “USB” was an acronym for a European country.

The results of the survey were so alarming that a few media outlets thought the quiz was a publicity stunt. However, the company that crafted the poll insists that it is was not fabricated.

Now I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack, but I knew what the majority of these were. I got this article from Listverse, so blame them if you disagree, OK?

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wyatt Earp For Western Wednesday...!

If the story told in the movies was factual, then Wyatt wouldn't be such a bad guy. As always though, the movies don't tell the whole story.

Officer Wyatt Earp fatally wounds cowboy

Attempting to preserve the peace in Dodge City, Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp trades shots with a band of drunken cowboys, fatally wounding one of them.

Although he ended up on the wrong side of the law later in life, as a young man Wyatt Earp’s most consistent occupation was as a lawman. The third of the five brothers in the notorious Earp clan, Wyatt was by far the most famous. He left the family home in California in 1864 and bounced around the west working odd jobs until he landed a position as town constable in Lamar, Missouri. In 1871, the tragic death of his wife and baby daughter in childbirth left him despondent, and he returned to roaming the West. At one point, he even became a horse thief.

After several rough years, Wyatt got his life back on track. In 1873, he began work as a lawman in the rowdy cow town of Wichita, Kansas. He wore out his welcome three years later, however, after losing his temper and beating up a prominent citizen for insulting one of Wyatt’s friends. He promptly relocated to Dodge City, Kansas, an even rougher town than Wichita. The Dodge City leaders appreciated Wyatt’s experience in makeshift frontier justice and quickly appointed him an assistant marshal.

During the three years Wyatt was a lawman in Dodge City, he generally dealt with troublemakers with his formidable fists or by clobbering them over the head with his pistol, and only resorted to firing his gun during one incident. In the early morning hours of this day in 1878, a small group of drunken cowboys began shooting their guns into the air. Wyatt and another officer came running and attempted to disarm the cowboys peacefully.

Had they been sober, the cowboys probably would have cooperated. The mixture of alcohol and ready guns was dangerous, though, and several of the cowboys drew their pistols and shot at the lawmen. Wyatt and his partner returned the fire, and Wyatt wounded a young Texan named George Hoy in the arm. When the cowboys tried to ride off, Hoy fell from his saddle. The wound became infected, and Hoy died a month later. He was the only man Wyatt killed during his entire time in Dodge City.

In the years to come, Wyatt continued to work sporadically in law enforcement around the West. Following the 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral, however, Wyatt’s desire for revenge led him to commit several killings of highly questionable legality. After that, he never wore a badge again.

As often happens, the legend outgrew the truth. Basically the very same thing happens today. Sad but true.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Unusual Name Origins...!

It's always interesting to research company names and their origins. The results can be surprising, to say the least.

American Express

While its name probably brings to mind the concept of fast and speedy purchases, American Express used to not refer to payments at all. It was originally a high-speed delivery service back in 1850, due to the American postal service being unreliable.

The people behind American Express began to realize that most of the profit could be made by doing trans-bank deliveries. They took on more and more bank-based jobs until they were a financial delivery specialist and continued their momentum until they became the very business they once served.

Imagine...a company starting out to serve the public because the mail wasn't dependable. Oh wait! Not that difficult to believe given the mail service in my neighborhood!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. How about some ice cream with the coffee?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Missing Persons For Monday Mystery...!

Ever wonder how so many folks go missing without a trace in the United States every year?

Sometimes they are the victims of a horrid crime, sometimes they want to start over, and then sometimes they just disappear for good. That's where the mystery comes in.


June 6, 1992. Springfield, Missouri. Teen friends Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall had just graduated from Kickapoo High School. They attended several graduation parties that evening, then headed back to Suzie’s mother Sherrill Levitt’s house to retire for the evening. They had previously planned to stay with a friend but that friend’s house proved too crowded and Levitt’s house was plan B.

The next day, the women were proclaimed missing after McCall’s parents contacted police in regards to their daughter. All three women left behind all their personal property—keys, wallets, purses, cars—and the family dog was found in the house, unharmed but distressed.

That’s all that’s known about the disappearance of the infamous Springfield Three, other than the local speculation that the bodies are buried beneath Springfield’s Cox Hospital Parking Garage. Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Strange, don't you think? Especially since the mother was missing as well. Guess that's why it's called a mystery.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday, Sunday! Should Be A Fun Day...!

I can remember back when I was a kid, Sunday meant going to church, coming home to a big meal, resting up for a while, then back to church in the evening. Much simpler times back then, I think.

The best I can do now days is try and furnish a bit of fun by posting 'toons. Sometimes they furnish some memories, sometimes they don't. Oh well, we do what we can...right?

And the last one...

Thanks for watching. Coffee out on the patio this morning!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Screwed By A Smiley...!

Ever wonder who invented things like the "Smiley?" I'll tell ya!

The man's name was Harvey Ball and boy...did he get screwed over!

Harvey Ball
The Smiley

Those of us born after 1963 may not realize that somebody had to actually come up with the most famous icon in the world—a yellow circle with a simple, yet elegant, smiley face. The design took creator Harvey Ball only 10 minutes to come up with and earned him a tidy sum of $45 ($350 in 2016).

He was working as a freelance artist at the time and was commissioned by State Mutual Life Assurance Company to introduce an image to raise morale. Ball’s design was made into buttons for the company and eventually went on to T-shirts, posters, and just about anything and everything else, even inspiring everyone’s favorite emoticon. The image has earned billions over the decades, but Ball only ever received that one initial check.

Ya know, to be perfectly honest Harvey was probably happy to get the $45 from his creation. Just imagine if he had held onto the design and claimed the credit for the design himself. Hindsight is pretty good, wouldn't you say?

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Hot and muggy!