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Bringing Home the Bacon

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Do you love bacon? I wouldn't say that I love it, but I do enjoy its taste and smell. We use bacon sparingly in our house, mainly as a flavoring in other dishes. I know some people who absolutely love bacon and can't seem to get enough of it. Would you classify yourself in that category? You may not know how crazy some people are about bacon ... or maybe you do. Read on.

In past posts I've featured several pictures of some bizarre bacon products:

bacon lip balm

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bacon dipped in melted chocolate

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and bacon soap

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Doing some looking around online, I've recently seen some other bacon products that I found quite interesting and in some cases downright amazing. The first several below are the finds that got me started in searching further. Read on to see what strange bacon products there are out there! Follow the bacon....
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Make Your Own Signs

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We live in a day of easier consumerism — you dream it and they've probably already made it. We can easily find just about anything we want to buy and obtain it with fairly little effort, especially now with the Internet. Sometimes, though, when it comes to signs, our best option is simply to make our own so that they say exactly what you want them to say. Today we'll examine some of the options for doing just that.

One of the most readily available to us is a computer and printer. Here are several homemade signs using those media:

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Recently I saw a word on a website that sent me searching for its definition — aibohphobia. I knew it was a fear of something, but of what? I learned that aibohphobia is "the irrational fear of palindromes." I then remembered a list of palindromes my readers and I had compiled a while back. The date on that file was actually about 10 years ago, and I can find no evidence of ever having published the list, until today.

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In case you don't know, a palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of units that reads the same forwards as it does backwards, and, amazingly, has nothing to do with Sarah Palin! According to Wikipedia, palindromes date back at least to 79 AD. The palindromic Latin word square "Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas" was found in Pompeii, buried by ash. Not all the words in the square are palindromes, but the overall effect is palindromic. The word palindrome itself was coined by English writer Ben Jonson in the 1600s.

I also learned that the word aibohphobia is a made-up joke phobia. Just stare at the word for a few seconds and you'll see why it's only a joke. With that in mind, I wonder why palindrome isn't spelled palindromemordnilap?

Anyway, here are the palindromes submitted so long ago by my readers.

One-word, letter-by-letter palindromes:

Ogopogo (a mythical water monster)
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Three Quick Jokes

Life is busy right now, playing catch-up after last week. So for today's "instant vacation" I'm posting three short jokes about what people know and don't know.

A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn't help.

On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn't do any good.

On his third visit the doctor told the man to go home and take a hot bath. As soon as he was finished bathing he was to throw open all the windows and stand in the draft.

"But doc," protested the patient, "if I do that, I'll get pneumonia."

"I know," said his physician. "I can cure pneumonia."
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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:

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

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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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