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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

LAUGHING WITH THE DEAD and other thoughts

Most of the laugh tracks on television were recorded in the early 1950’s. These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead.

So you've been laughing with the dead.  Strange, huh?

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

The sum of all the numbers in Roulette is 666.

The average wind speed of a fart is 7 miles per hour.

Stressed is Deserts spelled backwards. 

Most lipstick contains fish scales.  Taylor are you reading this?

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

And speaking of the Mona Lisa ...

Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate. Maybe we better warn Taylor.

Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Urea, found in urine, is added to cigarettes to enhance flavor.

After 6 years, 10% of your pillow's weight consists of dead skin, mites, and mite dung.

The house fly hums in the middle octave, key of F.


  1. I'm throwing out all of my pillows this week...

  2. Interesting dream facts. The subject interests me greatly. One, I dream in color. Two, I sometimes smell things in the dream state. And three, I remember almost all of my dreams.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  3. Nice!
    That is my favorite Poe quote!
    Although I did have a Drama teacher in High school whose name was Poe. i don't think I could quote him as much. I recycle my pillows every few years. I buy new ones and replace the Guest pillows with my old ones.

  4. those aren't pillows, those are flesh... i am disturbed. and farts are that fast... disturbing... and taylor swift, like once said... disturbing.

  5. You reminded me I just watch a documentary about all the microscopic life that abounds around us. Fish scales would luminosity to the lipstick, perhaps.

    Perhaps da Vinci wanted the best lips around and had to test a few. Eyebrows come in and out of fashion. I like the natural Audrey Hepburn look - strong.

  6. Sheesh Roland, I'm up to early and can't translate my thoughts to my fingers adequately . . . Excuse the omission of a few words in my comment.

    Forgot to mention that I like that Poe quote too. He's right.

  7. Alex:
    Most people tend to throw out their pillows after six years according to a survey -- you know how much you can trust surveys!

    I have a pad by my bed to scribble down a dream that wakes me -- otherwise I forget them!

    It is wise to buy new pillows every few years as they tend to lose their "body". :-)

    So we liked the same Poe quote. How interesting. In my town they are bringing DAY OF THE DOCTOR (Who) to the big screen for one night. I might see that. :-)

    Only 10% flesh. But YUCK all the same, right? And who in their right mind would date Taylor Swift? Who wants a vendetta song written about them?

    I stayed up too late last night, too, because I knew I could sleep in -- and woke up to a stye! Ouch!

    I hadn't thought about the luminosity factor to fish scales in lipstick. That is probably the reason. And my mind fuzzes over with fatigue late at night as well. You, David, and I think alike it seems. :-)

  8. Some of those were too much information, especially the bed pillow thing.

  9. Susan:
    I always believe knowing is better than not knowing. But I bet folks reading will change their pillows more often! :-)

  10. I LOVE information like this. Thanks, Roland :)

    Oh, and as for the pillow after 6 years ... eeew!

  11. Wendy:
    I love information like this, too. I thought it would make for a fun post. :-) Oh, and about pillows, never look at a close-up photo of a bed mite! Brrr! Thanks for the mention on Twitter.

  12. So much of this I did not need to read while eating. I mean, Taylor Swift. Yuck.

  13. J E:
    Oops. Sorry. Taylor takes my appetite too. :-)