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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer has been the time of great blockbusters at least for the past 39 years. Before 1975, summer movies were a throwaway to the studios. No matter how hard they tried, movie attendance was always down in the summer, most likely due to Americans enjoying the outdoors. This momentum shifted in the summer of '75, when a movie about a man-eating shark hit the theater and attracted movie audiences at levels not seen before.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friday was Memorial Day, the actual Memorial Day and not the one we set aside on the last Monday of May to celebrate with a long weekend. Most people today associate Memorial Day with our veterans and soldiers, but many do not realize the true origins of the holiday weekend we enjoy as the start of summer. Let's explore this holiday and its traditions.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Some people do not believe in coincidences. They believe everything is random and there is no order to anything. These people tend to be scientific to the point that they minimize any spiritual belief in their world. To them reality is only what they see, touch and feel. They like to believe they have the world under their thumb and that they hold all the cards. Once in a while though things happen that contradict that apparent belief system, yet I know such events probably do not change their minds.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our mothers always tell us to get a good night's sleep, but for some it is really difficult if not impossible. According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 20 percent of Americans are sleeping less than six hours a night up from 12 percent in 1998. In contrast, only 21 percent get eight hours of sleep. Most Americans, 56 percent, get between six and eight hours of sleep, but is that sleep refreshing? That is a whole different question.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I just read a Washington Post story in which scientists claim they have uncovered the secret of how the pyramid stones were moved without using modern technology. This is the latest in a series of explanations as to how the pyramids were constructed. Based on hieroglyphics found on a wall in one of the tombs, scientists speculated the ancient engineers cut the stone and then used a sledge to move it across the desert to the building site.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It has been six weeks since a Boeing 777 with flight number 370 departed from the Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew onboard. Within one hour the jumbo jet's transponders were shut off and the plane vanished into the late night hours of March 8, never to be heard from again. In the past six weeks, several countries have been spearheading search efforts to find this plane, only to by stymied repeatedly by false leads and dead ends.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slick Sammy stopped by the office and said to me, "David, did you know that this week is the only week in 2014 that the days are ordered forward as well as reverse?" I thought about it and realized Sammy was right. The day was 4/14/14, and when reversed it is identical. Sammy was a little off though, in that the numeric palindrome actually runs from 4/10/14 to 4/19/14. Coincidentally, there is one other day that is a numeric palindrome in April. Do you know what it is?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hollywood has lost another legend with the death of the perennial Mickey Rooney. Rooney, born Joseph Yule Jr., began his 93-year career almost literally from birth. He was born into vaudeville during the heyday of live entertainment to parents Joseph and Nellie Yule and made his first appearance on stage at 14 months, when he crawled out during a show wearing a harmonica around his neck, according to his autobiography. Three months later he was wearing a tailored tuxedo and was part of the show. He remained in show business up until his death.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

For the longest time, I was a cellphone holdout, especially in the early days. I just did not see the point of carrying around a phone. After all, when we are in a car driving, why in the world would we want to be distracted by phone calls. And yet today, people talk to each other via cellphone, hopefully using hands-free Bluetooth devices, daily while driving, walking or doing some other task. I had a Bluetooth device for a while, but I just could not get used to the earpiece, and today I could not tell you where it is.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"You want me to what?" I asked my wife, Katie, one afternoon. "Spit in this tube and we can find out where you come from," she answered.

About a year or so ago, my wife ordered a DNA test through a program offered by Ancestry.com, and when she received the results I found it completely fascinating.