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Signs that Make You Wonder


picture of funny signs caution

I love funny signs and try to post some every month or so, as I accumulate them. Today's is a random collection, with no general theme, other than leaving me wondering. Several were spotted and photographed by some of my readers whose blogs I follow.

This past Saturday morning at the banana box sale, we saw a funny sign that daughter Megan posted on her blog. I wonder if a past incident occasioned the store's posting this sign.

picture of sign at banana box sale

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Training Session


picture of Thomas the Tank Engine

Many younger Americans don't have much experience with trains any more since AmTrak passenger service does not go to smaller towns as trains do in other countries. And so I think it's an interesting phenomenon that Thomas the Tank Engine is capturing the hearts and minds of so many little boys. This week I'm being plunged into the world of Thomas.

Our daughter Megan, son-in-law Jim, and two-and-a-half-year-old grandson Drew are here for a week, and since I last saw them four months ago, Drew has become obsessed with all things Thomas. It's astounding to me that he can tell you the name of any of the 60 different train cars at a glance! Poppy has some catching up to do and will undoubtedly not be up to speed by week's end.
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Thanks or No Thanks?


picture of pilgrims praying

A national day of thanksgiving has been a part of American life since the earliest days of our country in the early 1600s. By the mid-17th century, the custom of thanksgivings was established throughout New England and began to spread southward during the American Revolution. The newly established Congress recognized the need for such a celebration. The Founding Fathers thought it important that this tradition be recognized by proclamation.

Soon after approving the Bill of Rights, a motion was made in Congress to initiate the proclamation of a national day of thanksgiving. In 1789 Congress requested that the president "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God...." And President Washington did just that.

After 1815 the annual tradition of a presidential proclamation ceased and did not resume until during the Civil War, when President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving. The traditional day eventually became the last Thursday of November.
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So, Why *Did* the Chicken Cross the Road?


picture of chicken crossing the road sign

There are some classic types of jokes that people either love or hate — puns, knock-knock jokes, elephant jokes, blonde jokes, light bulb jokes, Polack (or substitute the group of your choice) jokes, riddles, etc. Frankly there are some of those that I don't prefer personally. In today's blog post, I'm featuring why did the chicken cross the road? jokes.

Do you ever wonder how certain kinds of jokes ever got started? Here is some history of "why did the chicken cross the road?" jokes from Wikipedia:

The exact origin of the riddle is obscure. Its first known appearance in print occurred in 1847 in The Knickerbocker, a New York monthly magazine: ...There are 'quips and quillets' which seem actual conundrums, but yet are none. Of such is this: 'Why does a chicken cross the street?' Are you 'out of town?' Do you 'give it up?' Well, then: 'Because it wants to get on the other side!'

Here are some of my favorite replies to the question Why did the chicken cross the road?

Any kindergarten teacher: To get to the other side.

Sir Edmund Hilary: Because it is there.

Confucius: Chicken who cross road at 5pm get very flat.

Barack H. Obama: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change.

Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road.

Dick Cheney: Did you say chicken? Where’s my gun?

Bill Clinton: I did not cross the road with that chick.
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Pilot Squawks


picture of aircraft flight log book

Our family members don't fly very often, but when we do, we assume that routine maintenance is being done and that issues reported by the flight crew are attended to right away. The first summer of our married life, I worked for United, cleaning the insides of commercial airplanes at the Detroit Metro Airport. I was surprised to be scolded one evening for attempting to tighten a screw on the back of a passenger seat in the cabin. My co-worker told me that if anyone from the union saw me do that, I would be in deep, dark trouble. I was to report the loose screw instead. Valuable lesson learned, without an official reprimand.

After my wife's recent flights to and from Detroit to see family there, I ran across something in my files that I knew I'd want to share with my readers, especially since so many will be traveling next week at Thanksgiving and then next month for Christmas. Below is an explanation of the title of today's blog post, followed by some squawks and replies.

A "squawk" is a report submitted by a pilot, indicating that a plane has a problem and/or needs maintenance of some sort. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews. It sounds as if all the loose screws are not on passenger seats in the cabin. You've gotta love those witty maintenance crew members!

Before getting to the humor, here's an electronic version of a squawk log:

picture of squawk log

Squawk: "Left inside main tire almost needs replacement."
Reply: "Almost replaced left inside main tire."
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