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August 15, 2014
Things I've Learned

Drinking alcoholic drinks before pregnancy can cause pregnancy.

Money isn't everything but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

Those are both true.
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 15, 2014
Things I've Learned

Money isn't everything but it sure keeps the kids in touch.
Those are both true.
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Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 12, 2014
Things I've Learned

I saw this among all the stuff being written about the death of Robin Williams. It's a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power and the other water-power."
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 8, 2014
Things I've Learned

I've got a bone to pick with Ariana Grande. The first time I played her song, "Break Free," it instantly took me back few years and put me in a panic mode. The beginning (and very end) of the song starts with what sounds like a CD skipping. It's been years since we've played music off of CD's on the radio but that sound immediately triggered my DJ "fight or flight" response. For a split second it was, "Aaaugh!! A CD is skipping but how do I fix it?" Weird, huh? Part of my brain was responding to what it was sure was a skipping CD while another part wasn't sure what do about it because it was cognizant that no CD's were playing. Obviously I have dissociative identity disorder. I watch Criminal Minds. I know what I'm talking about. Anyway, damn you Ariana. You caused me to have a psychotic break. I learned about those on Criminal Minds, too. Maybe that's what your song is really about. Wheels up in 20 minutes.
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 6, 2014
Things I've Learned

I think I've figured out why history didn't interest me when I was younger. It's because I wasn't very interesting myself back then. Take, for instance, the fact that it was on this date in 1890 that the electric chair was used for the first time at Auburn State Prison in New York. That wouldn't have meant much to me in high school, but it does now because of a motorcycle trip I took maybe 15 years ago. It was the end of a long day of puttin' around so I stopped at a main street tavern in a small town in upstate New York to ask where would be a good place to get a room for the night. A debate about that subject broke out among the 5 or 6 regulars in there until a very large, kind of scary-looking man shuffled down to me and said, "Follow me." Anyone with any amount of intelligence might have thought better, but I didn't, even after we got out side by a junky old car and he said, "Get in." So I did. He drove in silence up a small hill to the outskirts of the town and stopped in the driveway of a funky, old house and said, "It's a Bed and Breakfast." It was...owned and operated by the town's Postmaster. I paid for a room then got back in the scary guy's car and we went back to the tavern so I could get my motorcycle. The next morning over fried eggs from an electric stove the postmaster told me all about Alfred Southwick, a dentist who was originally from that town who invented the electric chair. Pretty cool, huh? To this day I think differently about the electric chair, dentists, scary men and eggs. I think history teachers need to punch it up a little.
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 4, 2014
Things I've Learned

Today is "Coast Guard Day," to mark the founding of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1790. I think it would be fitting if someone bought a bunch of scratch-off lottery tickets to give to Coast Guardsmen. It would be a nice gesture. Just walk up and say, "Hey, sailor. Wanna get lucky?" and then give them a ticket. They deserve it. Since the Guard was created not a single inch of our coast has ever been stolen.
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
August 1, 2014
Things I've Learned

We keep hearing about guys robbing pharmacies for pain killers, but they're not the only idiots. Two older men are being sought by Chicago police for robbing a pharmacy and taking Viagra. Comedy writer Tim Hunter put it best by describing the pair as "armed and amorous."
Posted by Warvel at 9:00 AM
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