Wednesday Reader August 16

HEART, ARTS, LAUGHS AND INSPIRATION

Hello Friends!

Presenting Wednesday Reader.

Leslie Elman never disappoints with her fascinating trivia!  Who knew the back story on the plastic yard pink flamingoes?  Or the X-Ray machine?  Not me.  But we all do now!

QUICK QUESTION re: the 5 Senses
Mine is hearing.  You?

FLOAT COMBOS
to think about making while Summer is still Full Blast HOT!

TRACY BECKERMAN’S column – brilliant slice-of-life writing always makes me smile.
Have you ever accidentally lost your phone in water?  I did.  Shortly after Peter died.  Was in my back pocket and went *plop* into a toilet bowl.  Ugly.
Phone didn’t recover.

And last but not least … AIR SHOW little story —
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in attendance with an unsupervised “naughty kid”?
Love the flight attendant’s under-her-breath

Thanks for being here today.  We are thankful.

Have a great week!
See ya Friday!

POP Quiz

POP QUIZ

  1. WHAT MAKES A FLAMINGO PINK?
    a)  Its gender
    b)  What it eats
    c)  When it’s born
    d)  Where it lives
  2. WHICH 1980s FILM FEATURED ERIC CARMEN’S SONG “HUNGRY EYES”?
    a)  “An Officer and a Gentleman
    b)  “The Breakfast Club”
    c)  “Dirty Dancing”
    d)  “Top Gun”
  3. THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE, OR EF SCALE, IS USED TO MEASURE WHAT?
    a)  Altitude of clouds
    b)  Density of interstellar dust
    c)  Likelihood of earthquakes
    d)  Severity of tornadoes

Wednesday Reader August 16

QUICK QUESTION

WHICH OF THE FIVE SENSES WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR STRONGEST?

(( Touch, Sight, Hearing, Smelling, Taste ))

Wednesday Reader August 16

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1.   Flamingos are pink because of the carotenoid pigments in the algae and sea creatures they eat.
  2.   Eric Carmen’s song “Hungry Eyes” was featured in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.”
  3.   The Enhanced Fujita Scale measures the severity of tornadoes based on the damage they cause.

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AIR SHOW

And the story goes like this …

Four-year-old Robbie was having a blast on his first plane trip.  He pushed every button in sight, ran through the aisles at full speed, whooping and laughing with glee.

He finally crashed into the flight attendant as she was serving a tray of coffee.

Barely keeping her balance, she forced a smile and quietly said, “Little boy, why don’t you go outside and play?”

CONFIDENCE IS CONTAGIOUS.  SO IS LACK OF CONFIDENCE.

~ Vince Lombardi ~

((  Starve the landfills.  Recycle. ))

RIDDLE ME THIS

WHAT IS ALWAYS IN FRONT OF YOU, BUT CAN’T BE SEEN?

Wednesday Reader August 16

REFRESHING AFTERNOON (OR EVENING) FLOATS

One sure fire way to remedy the summer heat with a delightful treat.

BASIC FLOAT:
1 Scoop of ice cream
Favorite soda to fill a tall glass (think tallest glass in your cupboard).

PUT A HARD PACKED SCOOP OF ICE CREAM IN THE BOTTOM OF A TALL GLASS.  POUR IN SODA TO FILL THE GLASS.
SERVE WITH A FAT STRAW AND A LONG ICED TEA SPOON.  Ahhhh – refreshing!

HERE’S THE FUN LINE UP OF DELISH COMBOS TO TRY:

  • ROOT BEER AND VANILLA ICE CREAM (Hello, A&W !! drive in )  The ORIGINAL float of all floats
  • COLA AND CHERRY ICE CREAM
  • SEVEN-UP AND VANILLA ICE CREAM
  • SEVEN-UP AND LIME SHERBET
  • ORANGE SODA AND VANILLA ICE CREAM
  • ORANGE SODA AND ORANGE SHERBET
  • GRAPE SODA AND VANILLA ICE CREAM
  • CREAM SODA AND STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM
  • ORANGE SODA AND CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
  • ORANGE SODA AND LEMON SHERBET
  • COLA AND CHOCOLATE/CARAMEL ICE CREAM
  • DR. PEPPER AND VANILLA ICE CREAM

RIDDLE ANSWER

THE FUTURE

Wednesday Reader August 16

LOST IN SUBURBIA

BURIAL AT SEA
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to the toilet, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  I guessed the previous owners installed it there precisely so they could charge their phone and use it while they were doing their business.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the outlet …

Into the toilet.

The good news was the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was it was still water.  And you’re not supposed to get your phone wet, much less have it do a deep-sea submersion in your toilet bowl.

For the lucky few, a wet phone will grudgingly continue to work with maybe a few glitches.  But typically when this happens, the phone immediately turns into a gremlin and fries its own insides.

It’s not pretty.

“Ack!”  I yelled and plunged my hand into the toilet bowl to retrieve the phone.

“What’s wrong?”  asked my husband.  He’s used to hearing me make strange noises in the bathroom, but this was not my usual repertoire.  I emerged from the bathroom with the phone cradled in a hand towel.

“My phone decided it would be fun to go for a swim,” I said forlornly.  “It did a tuck and roll and then flipped into the toilet to its watery death.”

“That’s not good,” he replied.  “What did you do to it to drive it to do this?”

“I added the Pokemon Go app.”

“That would do it,” he said.

I shook my head.  Whether it was my fault or the phone’s was really irrelevant.  The issue now was what to do to try and save it.

“What should I do?”  I asked him.

“OK, so first turn off the phone,” he directed.  “Then get a plastic bag, fill it with dry rice and seal the phone inside for 24 hours.”

“You know, they not only say not to get your phone wet, but also not to feed it after midnight,” I replied.  “Besides, I don’t think the phone is hungry.”

“It’s not for eating.  Theoretically the rice will absorb the water from the phone and dry it out,” he said.

“Have you tried this before?”  I wondered.

“Yes.”

And did it work?”

“Never.”

I sighed.  It sounded completely ridiculous to me, but I figured I had nothing to lose except a cup of rice and a very expensive cellphone.  Thus decided, I wanted to make sure I got it right.

I went to the pantry and stuck my head in looking for the place where I stockpiled the rice.

“Does the rice need to be long grain?”  I yelled.

“No.”

“Wild?  Basmati?  Jasmine?”  I wondered.

He sighed.  “No, just plain old white rice will do.”

“I don’t have any white,” I yelled again.  “Can I use brown?”

“Yes.”

I poked my head back out of the pantry.  “I only have organic.  Is that OK?”

“Sure,” he groaned.

I poured the rice into a baggie and turned to my husband.

“Do you think the phone will be dead after all this?”  I wondered.

“No,” he replied.  “But I will.”

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Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • The plastic pink flaming lawn ornament didn’t originate in Florida or any flaming habitat.  It came from the Union Products Company in Leominster, Massachusetts, where it was created by designer Don Featherstone.  He was just 21 years old in 1957 when his first flamingoes rolled out of the plastics factory.  Although he designed other avian ornaments including an ostrich and a very popular duck, the pink lawn flamingo remains his greatest legacy.  The flamingo character in the 2011 Disney film
    “Gnomeo and Juliet” was named Featherstone in his honor.
  • Colored lights illuminate New York City’s Empire State Building, changing each night to commemorate holidays and events, from red, white and blue for Independence Day to purple and gold for the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Some 16 million color combinations are possible.  Once the tallest building in the world, the Empire State Building has its own ZIP code and more than 275,000 followers.  It has appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows, never with a speaking role.
  • The prototypical image of a stand-up comedian performing in front of a brick wall most likely originated at the hungry i in San Francisco, which started as a music venue and added stand-up performances in the early 1950s.  Social satirist Mort Sahl was the first comic to perform at the hungry i.  Plenty of big names from ’50’s and ’60’s stand-up followed — especially those specializing in topical, political humor — including Lenny Bruce, Phyllis Diller, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers and the Smothers Brothers.
  • “Hand Mit Ringen” or “Hand With Rings” by Wilhelm Roentgen isn’t a work of art; it’s a masterpiece of science — the earliest published example of an X-ray.  In 1895, Roentgen found certain light rays passed through skin and soft tissue but were blocked by metal and bone.  He called these mysterious rays “X-Rays” (X for unknown).  To demonstrate them, Roentgen made an X-ray print of his wife’s hand in which the fleshy parts were indistinct, but the bones and her wedding ring are clearly visible.

~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM

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4 replies
  1. Marty says:

    I love recipes that mention only 2-3 ingredients needed.

    Today’s Daymaker calling for ROOT BEER AND VANILLA ICE CREAM is right up my alley.

    Then Daymaker’s second combo idea of Orange soda and vanilla ice cream will be an all-time first for me.

    A happy story connected with Root beer floats is when I visit friends in the hospital or seniors stuck at home. I can always count on a sweet smile of gratitude when I announce, “I brought you a root beer float.” Never once has it been rejected.

  2. Carol says:

    I echo Marty’s post about minimal ingredient recipes, and your Root Beer floats certainly are the ultimate combination of two favorite treats. Thought of them brings back so many memories of enjoying floats growing up. My mom also used to do Coke floats which we also loved.

    Heading for the freezer. . .

  3. dixie bostick says:

    Love the phone in the toilet story! Years ago, I had my phone fall into the toilet (tip-make sure your phone is not in your back pocket.) It was fried! I accidentally dropped my phone into Cheryl’s pool a few weeks ago, it was still working (crazy, I know), but I did not want to take any chances, so we put it into a bag of rice. I could not believe it was not damaged or ruined. Call me lucky! 😂

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