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How Do We Measure Up?


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A family member called recently to ask my help in converting a measurement for some flooring they were getting ready to do. On the packaging the manufacturer had put the measurement in inches, rather than metric. That would have been helpful, had it not read 11.42 inches! Over the phone and through websites with conversion tables, we tried to figure out the closest fraction of an inch, rather than decimal of an inch. Crazy, huh?!

A reader sent me a picture of a sign that struck him funny in a grocery store:

picture of sign in grocery store

I wrote him back to say I wasn't able to read everything on the sign and so I wasn't sure what he was amused by. He wrote back to say that he found it amusing to say that they had 16 oz. pound cakes. If you live in a country that uses metric measurements, you might not get the humor in that (16 ounces = 1 pound).

Recently I came across a map of how Americans seem to view the world:

picture of world map

I also saw this map that shows how most of the world sees America:

picture of world map

With all of the preceding in mind, I remembered a classic iv that really should be part of my blog archives.

Useful Conversion Units:

2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds

Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
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Disturbing Headlines


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After reading the title of this blog post, some may be asking how anyone can disturb a headline. Of course, it's the headlines that are disturbing us. Between natural disasters (earthquakes, snow storms, rock slides, etc.) and man-made disasters (you can supply your own...), many newspaper and magazine headlines are so disturbing right now that I thought I would try to cheer my readers up with some headlines that they could laugh about. The humor in some of the headlines below results from nouns being mistaken as verbs, and vice versa. In others it comes from misplaced modifiers or just unfortunate wordings.

Reagan Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead (With that being old news, something more up-to-date would be Obama Wins on Health Care, But More Lies Ahead)

Blind Woman Gets New Kidney from Dad She Hasn't Seen in Years

Fund Set Up for Beating Victim's Kin
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The Pringles Food Pyramid


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Many people are careful about what they eat, striving to eat a balanced diet each day. When my dear wife Becka used to teach nutrition, she covered the USDA's Food Pyramid with her students. If you click on the thumbnail picture of the food pyramid on the right, you can see a larger version of it. If you would like to read more about it, you can go to the official USDA site or to another site that has several optional food pyramids.

You may be wondering what all that has to do with Pringles. Let me explain. Our grandson Drew, who just turned 3 on March 9, loves Pringles. I've never been crazy about Pringles, especially if "real potato chips" were available. (My wife and I grew up on Ballreich potato chips in northwestern Ohio, and so we judge all other potato chips by them.)

Recently I ran across a picture online that was a little disturbing — three flavors of Pringles that I had a hard time believing really existed. It started me on some online searching whereby I discovered not only that they do indeed exist, but they are among many other surprising flavors of Pringles — I found over 80 in all! This post is much longer than usual, but it's almost entirely pictures that I think you will enjoy looking at.

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The Pringles brand of potato crisps was first sold in the United States in October 1968, originally known as "Pringle's Newfangled Potato Chips." Procter & Gamble chose the "Pringles" name from a Cincinnati telephone book, having been inspired by the street name of Pringle Drive, simply due to "its pleasing sound." According to the patent, Pringles were invented by Alexander Liepa of Montgomery, Ohio, and Gene Wolfe developed the machine that cooks them. Other snack manufacturers objected, saying that Pringles failed to meet the definition of a potato "chip" — Pringles have less than 50% potato content. Pringles eventually opted to rename their product "potato crisps" instead of chips. This led to other issues in the United Kingdom, though, where the term "potato crisp" refers to the product that Americans call "potato chips" and where "chips" are French fries. (Complicated, isn't it?)

Below are pictures of the kinds of Pringles I found online.
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Giving Up Chocolate?


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At this time of year, some people give up something dear to them for Lent. I've never attended a church that taught this practice, and my only experience with it is growing up in a neighborhood with a lot of kids whose families gave up things for Lent. My young friends would give up things like popsicles, which was not difficult at that time of year in Ohio. Anyway, today's blog post is from an e-mail this week that made me LOL. (Thanks, Joe!) This might make anyone who gave up chocolate for Lent or for any other reason wonder why in the world they did.

Giving Up Chocolate?
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I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy chocolate with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop eating chocolate years ago," the homeless woman told me.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked.
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A Dozen Random Signs


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Sometimes my blog posts of signs have a unifying theme, but today's signs are just random — some that readers have sent me and some that I've run across on the web.

I'm fairly sure that this business meant that only senior citizens would be eligible for the special price, but the sign just doesn't read that way.

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