Saturday, May 30, 2009

Test Your Brain

Test Your Brain
This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way though.


Count every " F" in the following text:



WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke.
Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind this 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.

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cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde 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.

Aren't these neat? I love stuff like this!

What Do You See?

June 5, 2009

What do you see?
Read the text in the triangle below out loud.

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.

Next, let's play with some words.

What do you see?

In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualize the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil ).

Now, what do you see?

You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion?

What do you see here?

This one is quite tricky!

The word TEACH reflects as LEARN.

Last one.

What do you see?

You probably read the word ME in brown, but.......

when you look through ME

you will see


Do you need to look again?

-I read the triangle correctly at first, THEN re-read it and got it wrong!

-I saw learn first THEN teach....

-I saw illusion first then optical. Once I saw optical it was diffeicult to see illusion again!

-I saw good for the longest and really had to work hard to see evil...

-I counted all 6 'F's" on the first try because I did not read the words

-Of course I could read the paragraph without difficulty-I am dyslexic and tend to see the words as they should be anyway. I do the same thing with signs and billboards-strange

-I saw me and you in that order right away.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Life Tips: 21 Things to Remember

June 4, 2009

Life Tips: 21 Things To Remember ...

1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.

2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.

3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.

4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will

5. Success stops when you do.

6. When your ship comes in. ... make sure you are willing to unload it.

7. You will never have it all together.

8. Life is a journey...not a destination. Enjoy the trip!

9. The biggest lie on the planet, "When I get what I want, I will be

10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.

11. I've learned that ultimately , 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.

12. Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.

13. If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.

14. We often fear the thing we want the most.

15. He or she who laughs......lasts.

16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.

17. Look for opportunities...not guarantees.

18. Life is what's coming....not what was.

19. Success is getting up one more time.

20. Now is the most interesting time of all.

21. When things go wrong ... don't go with them.

Thanks for stopping by Bits and Pieces.

Raised in a Black Church ??

Raised in a Black Church? Can you fill in the blanks?:

"First giving ______ to God, who is the _______ of my life, I'd like to say I'm glad to be in the ________ of the Lord one mo' time. Cause he brought me from a ___long_____. I coulda been dead, sleeping in my________, but God is_______ all the ________, and all the_____, God is _______. He's a _______ over troubled waters. He's a mother to the ________, and a_________to the __________, a doctor in a ________ room, and a___________ in the courtroom! (smile) He's the_______ of the valley, a bright and ________star. He got up early one __________ mon'ing, with all __________ in his _______.

Pray for me that I grow _________ in the Lord."
Also, as you look in your church_______, under the special _________ please keep in your prayer _______ Sista Buela-Mae Jenkins who will be having her ________ surgery this week. And while you give your tithes and _______ we humbly ask that you contribute to the church_______ fund and we will be celebrating the pastor's fifteenth________ so anybody please who serves on the _______ board please meet in the ________ following_________. And, the women's auxiliary will be selling ________ dinners for $7.00 a _____ along with the youth ______ who will be having their annual ______ sale to help fund their trip to the national youth ministry_______in Tennessee ! this summer. Parents please be _______that vacation_______school begins June 19, please have your child________ by May 13

You knew them all, if not most of them, didn't you?!!! You must go to a black church!

Old Timers Trivia One


This is a test for us old kids! The answers are printed below,
but don't you cheat.

READY????? Here we go!

01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into
the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that
masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't
know, but he left this behind. What did he leave

02. When the Beatles first came to the U. S. in early
1964, we all watched them on The __________________ Show.

03. "Get your kicks, ___________________."

04. "The story you are about to see is true. The names
have been changed___________________."

05. "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."

06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi,
we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we
could go in a dance called the "_____________."

07. "N_E_S_T_L_E_S", Nestle's makes the very best

08. Satchmo was America's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our
parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us.
His name was _________________.

09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________

10. Red Skelton's hobo character was named __________________
and Red always ended his television show by saying, "Good
Night, and "_______________".

11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so
by burning their____________.

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and
the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other
names did it go by? ____________ & _______________.

13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, "the
day the music died." This was a tribute to ___________________.

14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit.
The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.

15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a
large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It
was called the ________________

Scroll Down for the Answers........


01. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02. The Ed Sullivan Show
03. On Route 66
04. To protect the innocent.
05. The Lion sleeps tonight
06. The limbo
07. Chocolate
08. Louis Armstrong
09. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The Freeloader, and "Good Night, and may God Bless."
11. Draft cards (Bras were also burned.)
12. Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15. Hoola-hoop

Harry Potter Trivia -Game One

I'm one of the loyal Harry Potter fans anxiously awaiting the July release of the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". If you are at all like me, you miss the thrill of Harry's adventures. Why not take a trip down memory lane and join me in testing yourself with some HP Trivia. Here we go!

1. Name 3 Muggle friends of Dudley’s.

2. Neville Longbottom’s grandmother’s first name.

3. Name 3 centaurs from the Forbidden Forest.

4. Which subject did Professor Sinistra teach?.

5. Who was the owner of the Ice Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley?

6. Name the Gardener/Groundskeeper of the Riddle Family estate.

7. Name Barty Crouch’s house elf.

8. In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, who found out
that the monster in the Chamber was a baskilisk?

9. How did Montague escape from the Vanishing Cabinet?

10. Who or what chased Snape out of the Hogwarts gate?

11. Who took Katie Bell’s place as Gryffindor Chaser after she touched the
cursed necklace?
___Dean Thomas____Neville Longbottom___Seamus Finnigan___Cormac McLaggen

12. How did Draco Malfoy control his involuntary Hogsmeade assistant?
_____Extortion___Imperius Curse___Cruciatus Curse___Greyback

13. Just after Harry scared Goyle (disguised as a girl) on the seventh floor
corridor, who did Harry run into?
_____Tonks____Prof. Trelawney___Lupkin___Prof. McGonagall

14. What jumped out of the lake in the cave when Harry tried to summon the

15. Which DA member was watching Snape’s office on the night of Dumbledore’s murder?
_____Luna Lovegood___Ginny___Cho Chang___Hermoine_____

16. What was Bob Ogden’s job at the Ministry of Magic?

____Head of Dept of Magical Accidents & Catastrophes
____Head of Muggle Relations
____Head of Magical Law Enforcement Squad

17. After Dumbledore’s funeral, where was Harry going to go first?

_____To visit the grave of his parents
_____To the Dursleys
_____To a Weasley Wedding
_____To Godric’s Hollow

18. What did it cost Harry and Dumbledore to leave the Horcrux cave?

_____A tribute of Silver _____A bag of gold
______Dumbledore’s blood ______Harry’s Blood

19. Which reason does Dumbledore NOT use to explain why he should drink the
potion and not Harry?
_____He was less valuable
_____He was more clever
_____He was older
_____He had more magical skills

20. What did Dumbledore suspect was the vessel for the sixth Horcrux?

_____Slytherin’s locket
_____Gryffindor’s sword
_____Helga Hufflepuff’s cup

Finished all twenty questions? We'll see if your answers are correct when Game Two is posted in the next few days.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Whose Ring Is It Anyway?

Whose Ring Is It Anyway?

I recently read an article in WSJ Law Blog which raised an interesting question.

“When an engagement breaks up, who gets the ring?”

If you watch many movies, you’ve seen the question resolved in a number of dramatic ways. The bride-to-be tosses the ring at her fiancĂ© and runs dramatically from the room. Or, the ring is left on the table next to an explanatory note. Naturally, melancholy music plays in the background. I’ve even seen a scene where the groom –to-be swallows the ring. Ugh!

The real question becomes what is the legal ruling on ownership of the ring. Laws vary from state to state depending on the specific circumstances in each instance. San Diego-based speaker, author, and lawyer Jeff Isaac says that the common-law rule is that an engagement ring is a conditional gift — it is given (often but not always) by a man to a woman with the express condition that the recipient go ahead with the marriage.

In California, this apparently happens so often that the state legislature passed a law. CA Civil Code 1590 states:

“Where either party to a contemplated marriage in this State makes a gift of money or property to the other on the basis or assumption that the marriage will take place, in the event that the donee refuses to enter into the marriage as contemplated or that it is given up by mutual consent, the donor may recover such gift or such part of its value as may, under all of the circumstances of the case, be found by a court or jury to be just.”

You might wonder what happens when the giver backs out, against the will of the recipient. Isaac says that, generally speaking, if the giver is the one who gets cold feet, then he (or she as the case might be) gives up the right to the ring.
Of course, the facts surrounding “engagement-ring law,” says Isaac, are rarely so simple. Someone officially breaking off the engagement could, of course, say that he or she had no choice, that the other person’s hitherto undiscovered behavior was so intolerable, for example, that it effectively ended the engagement. Isaac says application of this law is “rarely black and white, but almost always gray.”

Well, when you watch the next movie where the bride-to-be pockets the huge diamond engagement ring she’s been given, regardless of what the director or the script says, you can bet that litigation will follow and may the best man (or woman) win.

Source: WSJ Law Blog:
The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog covers the notable legal cases, trends and personalities of interest to the business community. Ashby Jones is the lead writer. Ashby has covered the legal and business worlds for over a decade. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a litigator at a large law firm and clerked for a federal judge.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Famous Movie (Mis)Quotes

Some of the most frequently recited movie lines of all time were never even said. Here are ten of the most misquoted movie lines of all time.

10. "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?"
The Graduate (1967) - The quote in the actual movie was not a question at all. Instead, Benjamin simply stated, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."

9. "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto"
The Wizard of Oz (1939) - The real movie line is slightly different, and less certain. When Dorothy arrived in Oz she said, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

8. "If you build it, they will come"
Field of Dreams (1989) - There's a slight variance from the popular line that is constantly quoted. Instead, the real quote is, "If you build it, he will come."

7. "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn"
Gone With the Wind (1939) - Rhett Butler is often misquoted in one of the most popular movie lines of all time. He never says "Scarlett" in the famous line and instead stated, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

6. "Beam me up, Scotty"
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - The most well known "Star Trek" line, "Beam me up, Scotty" was never actually said in any of the Star Trek films. Instead Kirk said, "Scotty, beam us up."

5. "Hello, Clarice"
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - The creepy line uttered by Dr. Hannibal Lecter was quite different than it is remembered. He, in fact, said, "Good evening, Clarice."

4. "Play it again, Sam."
Casablanca (1942) - Turns out that Humphrey Bogart never said these famous four words. Instead, the closest he came was, "You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it!"

3. "Do you feel lucky, punk?"
Dirty Harry (1971) - The actual line in this movie is far less catchy: "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"

2. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Every day the queen consulted her mirror on the wall, however, instead of the famous quote we remember, she called, "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

1. "Luke, I am your father"
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - This commonly quoted line, which Darth Vader was known to utter to young Luke Skywalker, was never said at all. The real movie line was "No, I am your father."

Source: Access Hollywood-(as compiled by

Words of Wisdom-Part One

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself
to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition
of your life, define yourself.
-Harvey Fierstein

"The greater danger for most of us is not
that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that it is too low and we reach it."
- Michelangelo

"It is our choices...that show what we
truly are, far more than our abilities"
- J. K. Rowling

"Long-range goals keep you from being
frustrated by short-term failures."
- James Cash Penney

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that
commands your thoughts, liberates your
energy, and inspires your hopes."
- Andrew Carnegie

"The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power."
- Hugh White

"Come to the edge, he said. They said:
We are afraid. Come to the edge, he
said. They came. He pushed them,
And they flew..."
- Guillaume Apollinaire

"Let no feeling of discouragement prey
upon you, and in the end you
are sure to succeed."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Nothing in the world can take the
place of persistence...Persistence and
determination alone are omnipotent."
- Calvin Coolidge

"There is more hunger for love and
appreciation in this world than for bread."
- Mother Teresa

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wal-Mart: Mega Giant

Saw this in an email. Thought it was worth sharing.


1. At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of
every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St.
Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +
Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest
private employer. Most can't speak English

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway
combined and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.

8. During this same period, 31 Supermarket chains sought
bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA . 1906 are
SuperCenters; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.

11. This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences
will occur at a Wal-Mart store.
(Earth's population is approximately 6.5 billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart

If you are interested in more current information, visit the Wal-mart site. I found my visit well worth the time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Statue of Liberty Trivia

Test yourself on a bit of trivia about the Statue of Liberty:


Name the sculptor who crafted the Statue of Liberty.

Where is the statue located?

When was the statue dedicated and who was the U. S. President accepting it?

The statue was a gift to America from what country?

The name of the statue is "Mother of Exiles". (True or False)

The sculptor used his wife as the model for the statue's face and body.
(True or False)

Name the sonnet and its author of the inscription inside the statue.

Name the ancient work referenced in the first two lines of the sonnet.

The bronze plaque in the pedestal of the statue contains a typographical error. (True or False)

When was the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration?
Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi of France originally named his most famous work Liberty Enlightening the World. Bartholdi used his mother as the model for the statue’s face—and his girlfriend as the model for her body. Smart!

Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.

At a dedication ceremony on October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland accepted the Statue of Liberty on behalf of the people of the United States.

The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite such depictions in editorial cartoons.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The bronze plaque in the pedestal contains a typographical error: the comma in "Keep, ancient lands" is missing, causing that line to read "'Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she", and noticeably altering its meaning.

The name "Mother of Exiles" was never taken up as the statue's name.

The brazen giant of Greek fame in the first two lines of the inscription refers to the ancient Colossus of Rhodes, one of the original 8 Wonders of the World.

On July 4, 1986, the United States celebrated its 210th birthday.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Inquiring Minds Want to Know-Part 1

These facts are rather interesting and worth reading.

Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notched
edges, while pennies and nickels do not?

The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold
and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of
the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched
because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched
because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes
have buttons on the left?

When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily
by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers
put the buttons on the maid's right. Since most people are right-handed, it's easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.
And that's where women's buttons have remained since.
Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write,
documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an
oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the
kiss eventually became synonymous.
Why is shifting responsibility to someone else is called "passing the

In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck,
from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a
player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would "pass the
buck" to the next player.
Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him
a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his
drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it
simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then touch - or
clink - the host's glass with his own.
Why are people in the public eye are said to be "in the limelight"?

Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting
by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a
brilliant light. In the theater, performers on stage "in the limelight"
were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.
Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use "mayday" as their call for

This comes from the French word m'aidez -- meaning "help me" --and is
pronounced "mayday."
Why is someone who is feeling great "on cloud nine"?

Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain,
with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud
nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
Why is Zero scores in tennis are called "love"?

In France, where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on
scoreboard looked like an egg and was called l'oeuf,
which is French for "egg." When tennis was introduced in the US,
Americans pronounced it "love,"
Why are many coin banks are shaped like pigs?

Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense, orange
clay called pygg. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the
jars became know as "pygg banks." When an English potter misunderstood
the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.
How did a golf caddie get the name?

When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for
education & survival) Louis, King of France, learned that
she loved the Scot game golf. So he had the first golf course outside of
Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly
chaperoned (and guarded) while she played Louis ordered cadets from a
military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she
returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run) she took the
practice with her.
In French the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' & the Scots bastardized
it into caddie.