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Latest Signs

It's been a while since I posted the latest signs I've received. As usual, there's no one theme since these are random finds. I trust you'll get a much needed laugh or two from these.

I'll start off with several animal warning signs.

I appreciate knowing the immensity of the danger ahead, but it would be great also to know what creature to watch out for in this next situation.
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Facebook Friends

Facebook is a fascinating phenomenon with currently about 850 million active users worldwide. I've done several posts on social media, one called Networking and the other called Connection VS Closeness, in which I explored different aspects of today's growing online existence. I won't rehash what I said in those posts. Instead I'll share some fresh humor related to Facebook (FB) and other social media, all of which came from Facebook friends.

As rapidly as news comes to us from traditional news sources, social media often delivers news even faster. Saturday evening I logged onto Facebook to wish a Happy Birthday! Joyeux anniversaire! or Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! to FB friends with birthdays that day. I noticed at the top of my FB page an update from a friend with whom I graduated from high school. She was lamenting the passing of Whitney Houston. Becka and I did not otherwise hear that news until 11:00 that evening.

Then on the Sunday morning edition of the Today Show, we were treated to something similar to the following cartoon about what happens when a famous person dies:
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Love and Marriage

With Valentine's Day coming up next week, I thought I'd post some humor on love and marriage. Many people do little or nothing special on Valentine's Day, for one reason or another. But for others it's a neat time to remind others of their love for them.

I'll start this post off with a personal story. When I was a high school French student, my French Grandma Loach worked out a penpal situation for me with grandchildren of several of her family members in France. My penpals were cousins of mine who were high schoolers studying English. We not only enjoyed getting to know each other by letter, but we also delighted in sharing aspects of the culture of our respective countries with each other.

With Valentine's Day coming up, I bought cards with a message something like "Be My Valentine, Cousin" and mailed them. They wrote back, politely thanking me. However in her reply, my cousin Annie expressed bewilderment, explaining that in France, Valentine cards are exchanged only by sweethearts or spouses. She included a French Valentine card for me to see. She wondered how in the world I found a card for a cousin! I had to write back and tell her that holidays are so commercialized here in the US that you could probably find a card made especially for your cousin's dog's veterinarian.

Believe it or not, I still have that card she sent me over 35 years ago! Here's a scan of the front of that French Valentine card:

Knowing the reputation of the French for romance and knowing that Valentine cards are exchanged only by lovers, I was a little nervous about opening the card, wondering what steamy message I might find inside. Since this is a family-friendly blog, I almost blush to show you what I found. However if you have the courage to continue reading (caveat lector), here's a scan of the message inside the card:
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How They Got Their Name

Have you ever wondered how some companies got their name? Several days ago a reader sent me a link to a video clip — an interesting, short report on where several product names came from. This got me to wondering how many products I use or know of whose names have interesting and perhaps forgotten origins. I found an exhaustive (exhausting?) list on Wikipedia and on several other sites. I'm sharing only the ones my readers might enjoy. I did research myself to verify and flesh out several. Some I knew, some I had forgotten, and others were quite fascinating to learn about.

A&P – from the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

A&W Root Beer – named for the family names of founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright

Adidas – from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler

Adobe Systems – from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of co-founder John Warnock

Alcoa – Aluminum Company of America

Aldi – a combination of Albrecht (name of the founders) and discount

Amoco – American Oil Company – now part of BP

Apple – Steve Jobs had worked during the summer at an apple farm and believed apples to be the most perfect fruit. He and Steve Wozniak were trying to figure out a name for their new company, and they decided that if they couldn't think of one by the end of the day that was better, they would choose Apple. They couldn't, so on April 1, 1976, Apple Computer, Inc. was born.
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Rock, Paper, Scissors

Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors? It's a simple game, but I've read that there is actually strategy involved in winning. The game consists of three gestures (weapons) — rock, represented by a clenched fist, paper, represented by an open hand, with the fingers extended and touching, and scissors, represented by two fingers extended and separated.

The object of the game is to select a gesture that defeats the opponent's. The winning gestures are as follows:

Rock smashes scissors = the rock wins.
Paper covers rock = the paper wins.
Scissors cut paper = the scissors win.

If both players use the same gesture, that round is tied and the players "throw" again. Normally Rock, Paper, Scissors is played in a "best two out of three" match.

As I did some research for this post, I was surprised to learn that there is a World RPS Society website. As I said earlier, there are supposedly strategies to help you win. On the World RPS Society website there's a link on How to Beat Anyone at Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Knowing that RPS is an international phenomenon, I figured it must have a name in other languages. I found that in French it's Pierre, Papier, Ciseaux and in German it's Stein, Papier, Schere.

In case this game is new to you, I'll show several pictures to see if you remember which gesture wins.

The picture below is rock and scissors. So who wins this round?

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