Category: Whimsy

Race Day

| August 23, 2014 | 2 Replies

I just finished running a 5K in downtown St. Louis, finishing at 26:12.

My concern is that there are people running the race who have runners’ physiques–they have long legs and they glide like they aren’t even touching the ground.  An even bigger concern is that some of the people they allow to enter the race are able to run much faster than me.  For instance, the man that won my age bracket finished in 19 min.  It’s not fair that they let people like that enter the race. Even worse, the race was filled with morning people–They walk around annoying owls like me by being chipper at 7am.  I’m going to propose that they begin their next 5K annual race at 10pm, that they screen out all of the larks, and that they ban all of the people who are unfairly fast.


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Rambo, the name and the apple and the name

| August 2, 2014 | Reply

Last night at an art gallery, I met a woman named Jan, who mentioned that her middle name was “Rambo.” Guaranteed conversation piece. I bit. “Any relation to the Sylvester Stallone movie?” She explained that her great great great . . . . grandfather was a neighbor of William Penn, and was somewhat famous for developing the “Rambo” apple, quickly a prized species that can still be bought today.

Fast forward to recent times, and I’m quoting from Wikipedia now: “According to author David Morrell, the apple provided the name for the hero of his novel, First Blood, which gave rise to the Rambo film franchise. The novelist’s wife brought home a supply of the fruit as he was trying to come up with a suitable name for the protagonist.” Who would have seen that path from the name Rambo to the movie character.


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How to eat a lightbulb

| January 18, 2014 | 1 Reply

You can really eat a light bulb. I saw this done at a fair a few years ago. Fascinating. The instructor says, “Don’t try this at home.”


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Problems with Orifices

| January 18, 2014 | 2 Replies

What kinds of things do people stick into their orifices? It’s limited only by their imagination, it seems. This article summarizes hospital reports and it’s an eye-opener—wait, I shouldn’t have said that, because some of you might now try to stick something in your eye. The data comes from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

Here’s a sample of things people stuck into their ears:


Check out the article for lots more.

But now I must mention that I once attended a deposition of a doctor in Atlanta. On his bookshelf, he had a big jar of screws, nails, coins, nuts and bolts and other metal things. It all weighed more than a pound. The doctor related that a man came to the ER complaining that he didn’t feel good. An x-ray revealed all of this crap in his stomach. The medical staff did surgery to take it all out. Shortly thereafter, “the man died of something else.” Go figure.


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Stress analysis of a strapless evening gown

| January 5, 2014 | 1 Reply

Here is a stress analysis of a strapless evening gown.   I just KNEW there had to be a scientific approach to this mysterious ability for nothing to hold up something.  Here is the focus:

Effective as the strapless evening gown is in attracting attention, it presents tremendous engineering problems to the structural engineer. He is faced with the problem of designing a dress which appears as if it will fall at any moment and yet actually stays up with some small factor of safety. Some of the problems faced by the engineer readily appear from the following structural analysis of strapless evening gowns.


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Family keeps seven tigers as pets

| November 25, 2013 | 1 Reply

I know that this is an article featuring freaks, but this family with seven pet tigers has earned the spotlight. I hope we don’t read about a tragedy regarding this family someday, but I’m not optimistic.


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St. Louis Riverfront trail good ride and diverse sites

| July 24, 2013 | Reply
St. Louis Riverfront trail good ride and diverse sites

Given that today’s high was in the low 80’s, I decided to ride my bicycle up and down the 11 mile St. Louis Riverfront Trail this evening. As for things to see, this paved bike path offers a bit of everything, including the Mississippi River (actually quite beautiful in the quietude of the sunset), but also industrial areas, junk yards and several areas under construction. It’s a worthy endeavor for anyone in half-decent biking shape. The end point is the Chain of Rocks Bridge, originally part of Route 66, but revamped as a pedestrian walkway and gathering spot, with vistas of downtown St. Louis far in the distance.

If you click the title, you can see eight photos I took along the ride this evening.

IMG_9694 riverfront chain of rocks

IMG_9625 riverfront chain of rocks


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Helicopter doing loop at the Gateway Arch

| July 3, 2013 | Reply

It’s not every day you see a helicopter do a loop. I was walking by the Arch in downtown St. Louis today and noticed this. The pilots were practicing for the upcoming holiday air shows at the Arch.






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Tip for folding shirts in 2 seconds

| June 21, 2013 | 1 Reply

I saw this quirky video, tried it and like it. Truly, 2 seconds to fold a shirt.


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