Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brain teasers

No cheating by looking ahead ok.....

Read out loud the text inside the triangle below.

More than likely you said, 'A bird in the bush,'! and...
If this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see
that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.

What do you see above?

The white/yellow background spells out Optical

The blue landscape spells the word Illusion

That's right; its an optical illusion!

So glad you're catching on.....


What do you see here?

The word TEACH reflects as LEARN.


What do you see?

You probably read the word ME in brown, but...
when you look through ME you will see YOU !

Did you need to look again?

Test Your Brain




Count every '
F ' in the following text:




6 -- no joke.
Really, go back and try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process 'OF'.    
Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!
Anyone who counts all 6 'F's' on the first go is a genius.  


Three is normal, four is quite rare.

More Brain Stuff . . from   Cambridge University   

This one is amazing so please read all the way though. 

Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.  

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty  uesdnatnrd 
waht I was rdanieg.
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig  
to a rscheearch atCmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer
 in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,
the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer 
be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it   
wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey 
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling 
 was ipmorantt!
if you can raed tihs psas it on!!  

Monday, November 22, 2010

47 years ago today.....was it really that long ago.......

I remember it well as this was the day i had the second surgery to remove the cancer spreading in my throat. Six months earlier surgeons had operated and thought they had removed all of it.  This time they did get it all and i'd live happily ever after but i didn't know that at the time and needless to say was scared to death; i was 19 years old and i had 3 small children to raise.

And then the news came down from nurses and visitors to the hospital that President John Kennedy had been assassinated this very morning and that sickened and scared me even more.
JFK was my hero and my pastime had been a scrapbook about him which ended soon after he died when i began a new scrapbook; this one on his brother Robert, which also ended abruptly.
I don't make scrapbooks anymore.

But on this day 47 years ago Nov. 22, 1963 i was in shock at the news and then being in recovery from the surgery i wasn't able to see any of it on tv and several weeks had passed by the time i was able to go home.  By then the coverage wasn't being repeated. I often felt i was the only person on earth who hadn't seen the whole thing live or at least fresh. And being as how i was his biggest fan, well, it dosn't even compute how badly i wanted and needed to see it all. I always recall this every year on this date.

I was scared, as scared as those terrifying 6 days previously when everyone in Canada and the U.S. was scared to death; we were on the brink of a nuclear war! Some of that fear was of mistakes or somebody accidentally hitting a red button but mostly it was the threat itself as the message was very clear to all.

Thank God for President Kennedy keeping his cool and handling it the way he did; he wasn't my hero for nothing.........

Home > Library > History, Politics & Society > Military History Companion

Cuban missile crisis (1962). In May 1960, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev promised military assistance to the beleaguered Castro regime in Cuba. Two years later, he saw that the USSR's relations with Cuba also represented a unique opportunity to offset the threat posed to Moscow by US nuclear missiles based in Turkey. In addition to aircraft, air defence systems, armoured vehicles, and troops, Khrushchev offered a selection of nuclear-armed medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles. Castro accepted the offer and within months the USA and the USSR were on the verge of all-out nuclear war. On 14 October 1962, following indications of increased military activity on Cuba and a growing Soviet presence, an American U-2 aircraft photographed missile sites in western Cuba. Subsequent intelligence indicated that the missiles—SS-4 and SS-5, both with 1 megaton warheads—had the ability to reach almost the entire continental USA, including every Strategic Air Command base. On 22 October 1962, after intense debate in the Executive Committee (ExComm) of the National Security Council, during which the possibilities of aerial bombardment or invasion of Cuba were discussed, US Pres John Kennedy announced a maritime blockade to prevent further shipments of missiles and military equipment. Kennedy also demanded that Khrushchev dismantle and remove all missiles from Cuba. For six terrifying days, the two superpowers considered their options until on 28 October Khrushchev agreed to Kennedy's demands. In return, the USA agreed never to invade Cuba and (secretly) to remove its missiles from Turkey.
— John P. Campbell
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/cuban-missile-crisis#ixzz163bOQjlC

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pavel and the paparazzi

What part of i want to be left alone don't you understand
Hiding from the paparazzi
Hiding out in Paris
Going in disguise; dam paparazzi!
Is she gone yet?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

On the 11th day of the 11th month....we remember

On Remembrance Day i encourage everyone to take the time to remember those who have fallen in the service of our country, as well as those who continue to serve Canada with courage and compassion.


Long before the Great War, the red poppy had become a symbol of death, renewal and life. The seeds of the flower can remain dormant in the earth for years, but will blossom spectacularly when the soil is churned. Beginning in late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders became the scene of stupendous disturbances. Red Poppys soon appeared.

In 1915, at a Canadian dressing station north of Ypres on the Essex Farm, an exhausted physician named Lt. Col. John McCrae would take in the view of the poppy strewn Salient and experience a moment of artistic inspiration. The veteran of the South African War was able to distill in a single vision the vitality of the red poppy symbol, his respect for the sacrifice made by his patients and dead comrades, and his intense feeling of obligation to them. McCrae would capture all of this in the most famous single poem of the First World War, In Flanders Fields.

John McCrae
The doctor's work achieved immediate universal popularity which was subsequently reinforced by his own death in 1918 from pneumonia and meningitis. He was buried in a military cemetery near Calais on the English Channel, thus becoming one with those of whom he wrote in his famous poem. Probably by the time of his internment, John McCrae's verse had forever bound the image of the Red Poppy to the memory of the Great War. The poppy was eventually adopted by the British and Canadian Legions as the symbol of remembrance of World War One and a means of raising funds for disabled veterans. An American war volunteer, Moina Michael, helped establish the symbol in the US where the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion also embraced the Red Poppy tradition.

All people must stand together and fight for freedom and peace, regardless of nationality, race or creed.  We must honor and remember those who gave their all for it lest we forget.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wheres Willy now?

Looks like he's heading home, getting close to Quebec again......


This is the first report of my $20.'s journey since it left my hands back in Aug. when i set it free at a lottery ticket kiosk in the local mall.
Its been travelling at a rate of 13kms per day for 82 days and now is just 508 kms from where it was first registered.

Maybe Willy was homesick.....maybe he'll start on a journey back to B.C......who knows.......maybe i'll find him again if i ever win anything again.........maybe his original owner will find him again.....
wouldn't that be a hoot!

I'm glad to hear he's well and moving along.  I'll keep ya posted.