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So, I found this website that I have to share with all you “knowledge/trivia junkies”.  It is http://www.mentalfloss.com.

Go check it out, there’s lots to look at, and if you are like me, I’m particularly drawn to the “Quizes” section. I don’t know what my problem is, why I feel I need to take random quizzes (guess I’m missing the stress of test-taking in college?) Anyway, I know I need to keep my mind sharp, (ie….see how smart I am….or not…..we all think we are smarter than we really are, right?).

I was pleasantly surprised at getting all of them right, with 25 seconds to spare. I guess that geography class in college paid off for me on this….ha!

It won’t show your answers, only cheers you along, fun.

Now, maybe I should try to get on “Jeopardy”……..naw.

You can see my quiz below:

Can you name the answers to the geography questions in the time limit of 3 minutes?

Score 50/50 Timer 00:25

You got 100% correct

Question
Answer

Name a country beginning with ‘N’?
Ok Good
In which American state is the Grand Canyon?
That’s two
Name a famous building in Paris?
Still going ok
Which of these seas is the largest: Red, Dead or North?
Long way to go
What are Niagara, Angel and Victoria all examples of?
A tenth of the way in
On which continent is Bhutan?
Another right answer
What is the capital of Portugal?
And another!
The river Nile runs through which capital city?
Sweet
How many American states are there beginning with ‘T’?
Nice
Which country’s flag depicts a red maple leaf on a white background?
You should have at least 2:24 left
Madagascar is an island off the coast of which continent?
Great Stuff
How many countries are there in South America?
You’re really good
Which of these countries is the smallest: Monaco, San Marino or Liechtenstein?
Really good
In which country is the tallest mountain (above sea level) in the world?
Really really good!
What is the name of that mountain?
Keep it up!
Odd one out: St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb or The Brandenburg Gate?
Yes
Which city has the largest population: Hanoi, Beijing or New Delhi?
Yeah!
Alsace and Lorraine are states in which European country: France, Belgium or Luxembourg?
Just like that
Kilimanjaro is a mountain in which country: Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda?
And again
Name a country that borders Nigeria?
Woop woop!
In the expression ‘across the pond’ which ocean does ‘the pond’ refer to?
So nearly halfway
True or False:The largest land-locked country in the world is Bolivia?
Bit further
What are Etna, Vesuvius and Mauna Loa examples of?
Don’t quit now
Is the Zuiderzee natural or man-made?
One more and…
Name a country that starts with ‘A’ and doesn’t end with ‘A’?
Halfway. Are you on time?

Name a country in the Caribbean?
Good
What is the name of the canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in Central America?
Good
Madrid is the capital of which country?
Yes
How many countries end in ‘…stan’?
Again good
A ‘Twister’ is an informal name for which natural disaster?
Very good indeed
What is the predominant religion in Iran?
Sweet
Which of these cities is the most northerly:Canberra, Jakarta or Helsinki?
Wicked
Name a country that lies on the Greenwich Meridian (0 degrees longitude)?
Totally wicked
Name a country that borders Guyana?
Nice again
How many countries are there beginning with ‘D’?
Encore!
At which pole can you see the Aurora australis?
Incredible!
In which country is ‘The Great Barrier Reef’?
Amazing!
Which tropic is further south: Cancer or Capricorn?
You Rock!
Which is the only country in the world to still have an emperor?
Good one!
Superior, Eyre and Titicaca are all examples of what?
You should have at least 36 seconds left
What is the largest non-arctic desert in the world?
Does anyone read these?
Over which ocean does the climate pattern ‘El Nino-Southern Oscillation’ occur?
I mean really? I guess not
Name a country that lies on the Equator?
Oh, you do read them? Well in that case
The San Andreas fault is responsible for what type of natural disaster?
Go Go GO!
Which currency is represented by this symbol: €?
Come on!
Name a country that borders the Caspian Sea?
Only four to go!
Which language is predominantly spoken in Brazil?
Three!
What is the name of the World’s deepest oceanic trench: Kermadec, Kuril or Mariana?
TWO!
If a Hurricane travels west of the dateline, what does it become: A Cyclone, a Storm or a Typhoon?
ONE!!!
On which island are the Moai statues?
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A GEOGRAPHY GENIUS!

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courage1

I have decided that I am kind of like Courage the Cowardly Dog (from Cartoon Network). I too live in the middle of nowhere, yet I still have fun. I also deal with alot of weird obstacles and strange things in my life, but I try to be happy and look at the bright side. The only thing is I am not neon pink (thank goodness), and I don’t freak out as much as poor Courage does. The little dog has several things going for him, he is loyal, and selfless. Besides all the bizarre shenanigans that are thrust into his life, he does have temporary melt-downs, but he manages to bounce back in the end.

So remember to still have fun, especially if you live nowhere.

 

courage

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Father’s day is soon approaching, and will be on Sunday June 19th. I’ve decided that there just aren’t very many good gift ideas, so I did some research for some unusual gifts.

I know if my dad were still alive, he would be thrilled to receive any of the following gifts shown below (well, he might not like the stuffed unicorn). But hey! These are fun and wacky gifts to give dad to show your appreciation for all he does!

So, forget the usual “tie” gift, and check out these neat and nifty gifts!

Dad's dream chainsaw

Every dad needs a chainsaw (unless he lives in the desert)…..so, why not make it flashy and artistic!

 

My dad loved food….he was a happy jolly man with a big belly to prove it! If you have a lot of time, maybe bake dad this cute owl, and tiny owl babies to munch on. Yum!

Or, if your dad is a health freak, and he would rather eat raw fish, try making him some cute hello kitty sushi! Fun!

 

If dad is having a bad day, he might need to carry his flask with him….

Dad works hard at the office, I’m sure he could use a cute bear USB port and clock to cheer him up!

 

If dad is a beer drinker, he could really use a cute DJ kitty bottle opener!

 

Finally, I put the unicorn pillow as a possible gift, as well, just look at that silly face….it will put a smile on dad’s face for sure.

 

Please let me know what you plan to get your dad for father’s day, and remember…..he does NOT want a tie.

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Over Spring Break, we decided to get away for a few days. I am lucky as I get to pick where to go. I tend to find obscure and off the beaten-path type of places. I think my husband is embarrassed to tell his co-workers where we will go, as he usually does not disclose what we will do, unless someone asks him what his plans are.

I have several web sites I like to check out for vacations, and one of my favorites is www.familygetaway.com. , and their sister company, http://www.luxurylink.com/.

I found an auction for three nights, at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The pictures were beautiful, a remote area, nestled in the Ozark Mountains. One can read over the “guest reviews” and make an informed decision if they want to either bid or buy-now on a package deal. The great thing is, if you lose a bid, or don’t have time to bid, you can utilize the “buy now” feature.

I like the package deals they offer on the web-site, as they usually include breakfasts, tickets for local sightseeing tours, and a dinner voucher, along with the room. I don’t like to pay for extras, I like the all-inclusive deals that can be purchased, as usually you save some money if you get “the package deal”.

Here are some pictures from their site:

The 1886 Crescent Hotel.....in summer.

When considering where to go for a vacation, I like to find somewhere I have never been. Fortunately, I am not afraid to meet new people, and find it interesting to experience all kinds of different cultures and food, and believe me, there are many different cultures within the borders of the U.S.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, sits on top of Crescent Mountain, overlooking the town named Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is listed as a Historic Hotel in the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the chateau-like structure has served as a luxury hotel, all girls school, and a cancer hospital, run by a phony doctor.

Just to clarify, we didn’t actually sleep in the hotel, but rather, stayed in one of their “cottages”, which, of course is more modern.

A "cotage" at the Crescent

Living room in the cottage.

The wrap around patio

From past experience, I have learned that it is better to “sleep” in a more modern building, and then experience the “historical” part of it during the day (read my paranormal experience in New Orleans and you will understand why…..I am a person who needs my sleep….lets leave it at that).

 An added bonus, it just so happens that the Crescent is also considered one of the most haunted hotels in America!

Read more: Ghosts of 1886 Crescent Hotel: Haunted Chateau Spa Resort in Eureka Springs Arkansas

 Our package included the “ghost tour”, a video of “Ghost Hunters”, and t-shirts, along with the breakfast each day of our stay.

It seemed like a fun spring break getaway!  Here are some pictures from our “ghost tour”:

Orbs....down the staircase where a little girl fell to her death.

I felt kind of stupid taking pictures at random places, as we were instructed by our tour guide to take pictures, and look for orbs.  Well, sure enough…looking back at the pictures I had taken….there were orbs!

Another orb

A frequently haunted guest room....more orbs.

Downstairs near the hotel's spa (and walkway to the morgue) in days past....orbs!

There are four ghosts who have been observed by both staff and guests and their sightings are well documented over an extended period of time. These include Michael, a Irish stone mason who died in a construction accident in 1886 when the hotel was being built; a nurse who is seen pushing a gurney on the second floor; a young woman who is thought to have committed suicide; and a man in formal dress.

I did personally experience a strange thing while registering/signing the guest book. I finished signing, and placed the pen in the book, when it flew off the page and landed on the floor. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but just in that instant, my husband walked up and said to me, “That was weird”, he had watched the whole thing!

In the lobby of the hotel has a very old pipe organ, (which they mention in the tour guide), and it is very beautiful.

It is called the “Welte Philharmonic Salon Model 4” and was made around 1912. It is 10 1/2′ tall, 8′ wide, 4′ deep. It has about 250 pipes plus percussion.

It is one of three of this model still known to exist. The other two are in museums in Germany and Japan. One of the others was intended for the Titanic and the builder, Mr. Welte, was to accompany it on the maiden voyage, however the organ wasn’t done in time so both the organ and Mr. Welte luckily missed that fateful voyage.

After our “ghost tour” we decided to relax by the fire in the lobby, and listen to the other tours going on (people watch).  Sometimes you just have to slow down and take it all in.

My husband relaxing in the lobby.

The grand fireplace

I love this chair...and want to take it home.

It would be a travesty if I did not mention that the Crescent has resident cats (two now), but had one that the owner in the early 1990’s really loved, named Morris (yes, an orange tabby).

Here is the tombstone of Morris, and yes, he is buried on the property of the hotel.

Morris's tombstone

Morris's portrait in the lobby.....what a fine looking feline indeed!

The current resident cats, Casper and Jasper, are friendly felines who come and go as they please, as the hotel has a cat-door installed at the back door (out to the lovely gardens), for them.  You may find them lounging on the couches or chairs in the lobby, or find them out in the garden, hunting and playing as we observed several times.

Eureka Springs is one of the premier destinations in the central United States for the arts, and has been recognized by major organizations across the country. It has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” and has been selected as an America in Bloom national awards winner.

A destination of choice for artists since the 1800’s, Eureka Springs is currently home to over two hundred working artists and more than twenty art galleries.  For a listing of visual artists, visit:

www.eurekaspringsartists.com

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church was built in 1906, and its unique characteristic is that to enter the church, one does so through the bell tower.  This is the view from the Crescent Hotel’s back yard gardens.

St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church


While drive through downtown Eureka Springs, I spotted humpdy dumpty…..still sitting on the wall….

Humpdy Dumpty....before the "great fall" I presume.

Our trip was short, but we did manage to relax a little, and “enjoy life” slowed down.  Sometimes visiting small towns is a good thing.  Especially since there isn’t a lot of traffic to deal with.

I would like to go back during the summer, to see the greenery and colors of all the flowers.  It isn’t too far from where we are, so there is no excuse not to return.

I do miss my “personal” chef….who would cook an omlette according to my instructions, while I watched and waited patiently…..oh I miss vacationing!

For more information on the hotel, please see the following:

http://www.crescent-hotel.com/

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The Website “Craigslist” is notorious for the “personal ads” and “sex hook-ups”, but did you know that there is much more to Craigslist than just smut?

photo from: eatliver.com

Oh yes! It is a mother-load of information, such as job postings, community, housing, discussion forums, of course personals, and on and on.

When you are bored and need a good laugh, well that is the site to go to. What? You ask. Well, these aren’t just any old “personals” or “ads”, no, these are the most hilarious and bizarre notices you will ever read!  Some of them are so weird, you will not believe what you are reading. Yes, it is THAT good.

A word of caution, this site is also known for scams, and there is ample information on their site about protecting yourself from getting duped. Basically, use common sense.

If you have never checked it out, here is the site: http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

So here are a few postings I found to be extra funny….enjoy!


Insanely Aggressive, Territorial, Guard Duck, (Muscovy)

Hello.

This posting is about “MR. DUCKY.” When he was a chick, he was my favorite out of the entire flock. He was one of the few ducks that would gently nibble on my finger. He would always let me pet him and feed him spinach. Now he has become a horrible monster of a duck. His nibble has turned into a skin-tearing instrument, his feet have turned into painful, skin-piercing talons. Anything moving in the yard that is non-duck, he attacks. He attacks raccoons. He attacks dogs. He attacks cats. Now he even attacks full-grown humans, galloping around the yard with clipped wings like some sort of maniac. Sandals are out of the picture now, unless I want scabs on my feet. This was semi-tolerable for a while, but now he can inflict a fair amount of pain on my calf through my work jeans, and I can’t get anything done in my back yard. So this is my ad. If you want a duck that will scare/maim/fight any animal that might be threatening your flock, MR. DUCKY is the craziest damn duck I have ever seen in my entire life. He is only friendly with ducks. I don’t know about chickens, but he charges crows or other birds that land in the yard. He is a great guard duck. I have a newborn son that I want to have ten fingers growing up. $40 OBO, MR.DUCKY. Upon pickup, feel free to observe his behavior. He is one-of-a-kind.
Call: 253-[deleted] I live in Bremerton, will deliver.

Free stuffed walrus head

This walrus head has been in my family for years. I have never liked it. It was given to me by my father in his will. I’m sure it’s his idea of a way to get back at me for my alternative lifestyle that he never approved of. I’m going to throw this in the dumpster if I don’t get rid of it by the end of the week. I can’t even sleep with this thing in my house so I’ll be awake all night, feel free to give me a call at any time to let me know when you can come pick it up. CJ 435-[deleted]

Location: St George

Orange Popsicles

Okay, it’s Craigslist. One day you can have free fill dirt (you haul), the next day it’s tons of moving boxes all in good shape.

Well, today it’s orange popsicles (all in good shape, you haul).

A regular box of popsicles includes cherry (my favorite), grape (so-so) and orange. I don’t like the orange ones. I’m a grown-up and I don’t have to eat them if I don’t want to. On the other hand I can’t bring myself to throw them away and I don’t have children or grandchildren living in the area to give them to (assuming they would like them).

I currently have a bunch of orange popsicles in my freezer. If you want them,, let me know. If you are paranoid about them, you probably shouldn’t be looking for free things on Craigslist in the first place. However, keep in mind they are all “factory sealed” and whoever takes them probably isn’t going to end up on the 6:00 news because they were poisoned to death by orange popsicles.

Someone is going to want these things, so you better hurry. If things work out, maybe we could develop a “popsicles are ready for pickup” relationship whereby I send you an E-mail whenever the freezer overfloweth.

Keep in mind that a box of 24 popsicles costs about $4.50 and you are only getting 1/3 of a box…or in this case 1/3 of several boxes. The point is I don’t think you should consider driving from Estes Park for the orange popsicles. However, if you do and you are first, I will give them to you.

FAQ:

Q: Are the orange popsicles sugar free?
A: Do I SOUND like someone why buys sugar free popsicles? No, they aren’t.

Q. How many orange popsicles are currently available?
A. As of 3:15 on 1/27 I have 17 of them.

First person to respond gets all of them!

  • Location: Lafayette

Personal Assistant 1 hr/day 8am wanted

I want to get out of the house and workout everyday. I need help motivating my body to walk out the door. I need someone to come ring the doorbell and tell me to get out of the house to go for a run, hike, kayak or such.

It should only take a week of this to get me motivated enough to go on my own.

  • Location: Redmond

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You may or may not know, awhile back I did a post about how my life was boring, and I needed an angsty boyfriend…to spice things up.

The obvious person to fill that role was Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and I explained the reasons for this choice in that particular blog.

Well, the former drummer for NIN is Josh Freese. He works with all kinds of bands, I can’t even name all of them (I do know one is Devo). But anyway, I like to follow Josh on Twitter, http://twitter.com/joshfreese), as he has some really interesting and funny things to say, as he describes in his Bio, he is an “All around nut.”

I decided that he is really kind of nutty, as he posted pictures of himself driving to go get a vasectomy, and also post-op pictures of his recuperation.  That is really getting personal with “the whole world” if you ask me.  But, for whatever reason he does these things, you just don’t know what he will post next (so intriguing huh?).

Josh makes these bizarre short video clips about various things going on in his life, and I happen to find them quite entertaining. This is how I live my life vicariously, watching the strange things that other people do. Yeah, I know….don’t tell me.

Well, check out this video he made:

Oh, to have a life where all you are worried about is getting some “Sweet’ n Low.”

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My 16 year old son is a big-time X-box 360 gamer. For those of you out there who don’t know any better, this is how teenage boys spend their free time with their friends. They can play video games “online” and talk with each other, plan, make teams, etc….while battling Natzi-zombies (Call of Duty Black Ops), or other evil disgusting things. The graphics in these games are light-years beyond the days of playing “Atari’s” pong.

Anyway, from time to time, my son will come and get me to watch something he says is, “so awesome”. I will stop what I am doing, as this IS our quality time (when he wants to share something with me). I go into his game-room, plop down on the couch and try to decipher what is happening on the TV screen. I usually have no clue what I am watching, or what I am supposed to be looking for, so I ask him for a quick update to clue me in.

Usually, his idea of “awesome”, and mine are quite different. He likes killing everything, especially the zombies….the bloodier the better. Me on the other hand, I don’t like gory stuff, so I usually don’t watch those excerpts for very long.

Tonight was different, he comes into the room, “Mom, you have to come see this” He’s laughing between his talking. “This is hilarious…you have to come see it.”

“Ok, what is it?”

“I’m trying this new game….Techno Kitten Adventure.”

“What?” I can hear some crazy techno-music playing. “Ok, sure, I have to see this.”

I follow him to the game-room, he starts the game…..it looks like an eight-year old made this game….and it is really funny. A cat is flying through the air with a jetpack on its back….you have to guide it pass obstacles, while things fly towards it from the psychedelic sky/background. When you die (or rather when kitty dies), it falls and breaks into pieces…while meowing as it falls.

It really is hilarious….that made my evening.

The Best Game Ever!!!

Description of the game:

Navigate a kitten by jetpack, fueled by hopes and dreams, through a fantastical world of techno music. Featuring DJ Hixxy’s Sea of Love …

Screen shot 1

  • Release date: 9/6/2010
  • Developer: xMONOx
  • Genre: Music

Features

  • Offline players 1
  • Dolby Digital

Screen shot 2....of kitty's awesome adventure!

I just love the part of the description that kitty is fueled by “Hopes and dreams”.  Do kittens have hopes and dreams?

Wow….it is so awesome!


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