26 June 2008

This Just In

The neighborhood JWs were nice enough to send this brochure in the mail and I thought you might like to know: All Suffering Soon To End! And we all know that means free pumpkins, apples, and pet moose for everyone. Thank you for the head's up. (But how did you get our name and address???)

23 June 2008

Arizona: But it's a Dry Heat

Robin and I went to Arizona this weekend to see her family and go to a funeral. I had never been to Arizona in the summertime. What a place! Here's why you should move there immediately:

1. You don't have to do yardwork--gravel and cactus are pretty low maintenance.

(Someone's actual yard in Arizona.)

2. No more springtime allergies--pollen doesn't do so well in a barren desert.

3. You don't have to wait to tee it up at golf courses in the middle of the day. It was 115 degrees and sunny, so I can't understand why.

(Actual golf course where we played. Where is everyone?)

4. When you're outside in 115 degree weather, your perspiration evaporates right away. No more sweaty, sticky clothes in summer.

5. The signs are in both English AND Spanish. How convenient for all those people learning Spanish as a second language!

6. Your outdoor picnics, barbecues, and sporting events will never be rained out. (Downside: isn't water essential to sustaining life?)

7. When you land at the airport at 9 p.m. it's still over 100 degrees. A perfect way to warm up after sitting in one of those chilly airplane cabins.

19 June 2008


Interesting facts about PEZ you wish you had known:
  • The 16th Annual PEZ Convention begins in St. Louis today.

  • The word PEZ comes from the German word "pfefferminz."

  • PEZ was invented in 1927 by Austrian Eduard Haas III as a peppermint breath mint for adults who smoked.

  • It wasn't until 1955 that they put heads on the dispensers and marketed them for kids.

  • PEZ does not allow tours of its factory (located in Orange, Connecticut.)

  • 3 billion pieces of PEZ candy in 8 flavors (Lemon, Orange, Strawberry, Peppermint, Sugar-Free Lemon, Sugar-Free Orange, Sugar-Free Grape) are made each year in that factory. (Yes, kosher PEZ candy exists.)

  • There are over 300 different dispensers (I have 180 including doubles.)

14 June 2008

Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Some fun facts for you:
  • In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

  • Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

  • The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, NY.

  • The 50 stars represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies who rebelled against Great Britain.

  • Nicknames for the flag include Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, the American flag, and the Star-Spangled Banner.

  • The flag has been changed 26 times since the original in 1777. The current version has been in use since 1960.

  • Here's how to fold the U.S. flag correctly:

Past holiday greetings:




08 June 2008

NBA All-Ugly Second Team

At the start of this NBA season I made a post about my proposed NBA All-Ugly Team. That team had a few notable omissions. In honor of the NBA Finals beginning last week, please accept my additions:

Joakim Noah: You just knew this kid had potential to make the team ever since his college days at Florida. The weird thing is his mom is pretty hot.

Chris Kaman: Hey balding men everywhere, it's better just to shave it all off.

Latrell Sprewell: He once publicly turned down a 3-year, $21 million contract because he said it wasn't enough to feed his family. Everyone thought he was selfish and ungrateful but if you think about the cost of plastic surgery these days, he had a point.

Stephen Jackson: He violated his probation for brawling in the stands with fans at a Pistons game when he later shot his gun in the air at a strip club parking lot in "self-defense" but as you can see, he has bigger problems to worry about.

Tyrone Hill: By the power of Greyskull! Skeletor's in the house.

Scot Pollard: This dude is from Utah. I guess Scot has had a little too much fry sauce over the years.

Rep. Henry Waxman: He's not really connected to the NBA, but his connection to sports is that he's the Congressman who led the Roger Clemens steroids hearing a couple months ago. I think we can agree to make an exception in this case and give him a spot on the team. (Note: this photo is not doctored.)

06 June 2008

National Yo-Yo Day!

Happy National Yo-Yo Day!

Interesting yo-yo facts:
  • Many believe that the yo-yo originated in China around 500 B.C. This is unconfirmed, though, because none of the toys made in China back then were very high quality or lasted very long. Hey, just like today!
  • The first yo-yo in the US, known then as the bandalore, appeared in the 1800's. However, the yo-yo wasn't made popular in the US until the 1900's, by businessman Donald F. Duncan. Duncan is often miscredited with inventing the modern yo-yo when in fact he purchased Pedro Flores' Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company in 1932 and called it Duncan Toys Company. National Yo-Yo Day was established as June 6th in honor of Duncan's birthday. If not for this blog, would you have even known that? Sorry Duncan, it looks like you got ripped off.
  • Here is a cool Mountain Dew commercial about yo-yos.
  • Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was named after the yo-yo when his dad won the National Yo-Yo Contest in 1955.
  • Here's a picture of one of my mission companions on the streets of Potenza, Italy in 1998. I don't really remember why he brought his yo-yo with us while we were knocking on doors that day (or why brought a yo-yo to the mission), but I remember when he threw that sleeper in the snow I laughed a lot.

Ever wanted to impress a girl with a yo-yo trick? Here's your chance:

Walk The Dog

Step 1: To take your "doggie" for a walk, start by throwing a fast sleeper.
Walk the Dog yo-yo trick steps 1 and 2.
Throw a fast sleeper and let the spinning
motion pull the yo-yo along the ground.

Step 2:
Swing the yo-yo slightly forward and set it lightly on the ground. Let its spinning motion gently pull it along the ground. The yo-yo may snap back to your hand, but keep trying.

Walk the Dog yo-yo trick step 3.
While the yo-yo is still spinning, give it
a slight tug to bring "doggie" home.

Step 3: Before the yo-yo stops spinning, give a slight tug, and the "doggie" will return to your hand.

Be careful not to perform this trick on concrete surfaces, such as a sidewalk or a driveway. The rough surface can seriously damage the edge of your yo-yo. The best surface for this trick is a firm rug or carpet.

03 June 2008

RIP Hillary

P.S. Dear Secret Service, please don't freak out about this. It's referring to her campaign only. Thanks in advance, C-Biscuit.