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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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If you don’t know already, I really like the remixes that Trent Reznor has on his web-site, Nine inch nails.  Anyway, I hate to admit it, but I actually like the remixes more than some of the original songs he composed (yes…terrible, strike me with a switch!).  Oh the blasphemy of a NIN fan!

absinthe

Here is  a remix  I would like to share:

http://remix.nin.com/play/mix?id=12950

 

“Head Down” by Trent Reznor

You
What you looking at?
Head down
Too late for that
What you want
What you get
Know your place
Don’t ever forget

And this is not my face
And this is not my life
And there is not a single thing here
I can recognize
This is all a dream
And none of you are real
I’ll give anything
I’ll give anything

Hey you
What you running from?
All your hate
What you’ve become
Bet you didn’t think
It would happen to you
All used up
Half way through

And this is not my face
And this is not my life
And there is not a single thing here
I can recognize
This is all a dream
And none of you are real
I’ll give anything
I’ll give anything

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I was tired of reading all the negative reasons for winning a huge lottery (such as tonight’s soon to be historic event), and decided I needed to make a list of why it would be “good” to win such a huge amount of money.  So, I have compiled a list, which of course you have to keep in mind, would probably be a “woman’s” idea of living life to the fullest.

Also, I need to disclose that  I did not take much time to come up with this list, so it is probably kind of lame.

1)  I need a new wardrobe.  What woman doesn’t?  I need to go to several of those “designer” shows and buy something horrid, that I would only wear once (if that).  Something like this:

What can I say…..it is ugly.

2) I need some shoes to go with the dress.

Of course….they should not match the dress.

3)  I need a new hairdo.  Something that shows I am not afraid to “be myself”, even if I look like I am standing under a mushroom.  Or maybe I am a mushroom…..you decide.

It is all the rage…..

4)  I will need to go get all kinds of Plastic surgery, so that everyone I know will not recognize me at all.  I will try to become  like a brunette Barbie doll.

Oh yeah……..I’m hot!

5)  After all that “self-improvement”, I will need to set up my household  and hire someone to do all those mundane tasks that I really don’t like doing:

What can I say….we all hate to do this stuff.

6)  I will have to get someone to “live-in” and do even more mundane tasks:

Nothing makes you feel like you are wasting your life away than going grocery shopping.

7)  After all that, it is time to gallivant around Europe and discover some medieval towns.  I will dine outdoors, and people watch.  Oh life will be good!

A medieval town in Southern France.

8)  I will take my son to Italy to experience the BEST ice cream in the world…..you know it!  Gelato!

Italian Ice Cream…..mmmm…the BEST!

9)  We will of course stop to experience  Tuscany.

Uh…..awesome.

10)  While wandering around Europe, we stumble upon this wonderful little castle, which I just “have to have”.

I may need to hire more help for this.

11)  We will indulge in the BEST food…..oh man.

Yummy

12)  None of this will happen.  Of course I am only wishing, dreaming, as I can’t even purchase these tickets where I live.

I’m probably better off.  I have decided I would have looked like a duck after purchasing all those stupid things.

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Looks like I am going to move again….

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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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We live way out in the “sticks”, and our decision to move to this area was for several reasons, the quiet solitude, the clean air (or at least it seems clean), and the wildlife. We used to live in a subdivision, where the homes were so close you could hear the neighbors argue. When we had a neighbor across the street who kept running into peoples yards, and vehicles, because she was high on drugs or alcohol….we had had enough of living in such close proximity to the neighbors.

So now we live in an “acreage” neighborhood, and the smallest lots are two acres. This gives you plenty of room to be loud, or walk around the back of the house in your underwear, etc. The freedom is limitless!

We also love the wildlife, there are herds of deer that live in “the neighborhood”, there are hawks, roadrunners….literally running around (love those), and rabbits. Of course there are other critters that we don’t care for so much, as they are pesky and mean.   I’m talking about possums, armadillos, coyotes, snakes, and raccoons.

I am going to elaborate on the raccoons, don’t let their cuteness fool you, they can be mean. They tend to come around looking for cat food, as many people here have food for their pets outside on the patio.

"Uh oh!"

Our garage is next to the master bedroom, and sometimes someone forgets to shut the garage door at night. Well the little critters love this, they are just like cats….curious and cant help themselves.

"If I don't move...you won't see me"

So, one morning, I’m awake, but laying in bed, and I hear some noises in the garage. I think to myself, “great”, what could that be? I better get up and check it out. I get up, put my robe on and my flip-flops and shuffle out to the garage. I open the side door, and look around. At first I don’t see anything because I’m looking down around the floor. Then I look up, and voila! The varmint is dangling from some rafters in the ceiling. I think to myself, “What are you doing you crazy raccoon?” And I laugh out-loud, as he looks at me with an expression of, “uh oh”.

When I was going out to the garage, I thought the critter would be on the floor, and I could easily “shoo” it away. But when I discovered it was hanging from the ceiling, I knew this would not be an easy task. Especially since he scampered up onto some shelves, this little guy didn’t want to go anywhere.

So, he utilizes the tactic of, “I can’t see you, therefore you can’t see me”. I’m laughing…as the raccoon is being as still as possible, like if he doesn’t move, I won’t see him.

"I can't see you....so you can't see me"

I decide that this is a job for the man of the house, and I go back into the house to wake him up, for this manly task. Besides, I know he will really enjoy getting the raccoon out of the garage….secretly, all men like doing these things.

Of course I grab the camera, as this is just too funny.

I explain to my husband that there is a raccoon wedged in between the shelves, and he should take care of getting it out. Of course I laugh and tell him first it was dangling from the roof (I still can’t figure out what he was trying to do or get to).

So, I didn’t want to be in the way, and when it was all over and the raccoon was gone, I asked my husband how he got it out. He used the broom to chase it down, and it did take awhile, as well, that raccoon just did not want to leave his cozy shelf.

It is always just a matter of time before we have another “critter episode”.  I have to admit, it makes living here interesting and exciting…. in fact, it sure beats finding your drunk neighbor stuck in your hedges.

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Aye, today is Talk like a Pirate day!  (September 19th) So, to annoy your friends and family, I have a couple of web sites to aid you in your “talking pirate”.  If you don’t have time to celebrate today, you may also celebrate for several days after (kind of like how they celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans…..all week long).

Pirate translator:

http://www.syddware.com/cgi-bin/pirate.pl

Pirate glossary:

http://www.pirateglossary.com/

Time t’celebrate ye scallywag!

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