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June 21, 2017

In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry

In honor of the first day of summer.

This song makes me happy, but it also makes me sad that I can remember when it came out in 1970.

Other than it urging the listener to drink and drive - "have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find" - it's a cool tune.




This was a "bump" from last year; I had posted the video on my Facebook wall earlier and thought I'd just come here and force it to the top of the page again. When doing a search, I found another, different version of this tune I had posted back in 2008.

Sorry, but it's a cool song, no matter how many times I post or bump it up!

FRACTAL - 4k StormLapse

June 19, 2017

Ventriloquist Trivia

The words "Hong Kong" can be spoken without moving your lips!

June 18, 2017

A Hashtag By Any Other Name

The pound symbol (#) or "hashtag" is also called an octothorpe.

June 17, 2017

The Weight - The Band

That's Heavy, Man

Every year, the Earth becomes about twelve tons heavier because of meteorites landing.


He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies


The First Thing I Ever Bought

Well, one of the first things I ever bought with my own hard-earned money. I also bought a bunch of fireworks.
From Top of Texas Gazette

I bought the album, not the girl. She looked even better inside the cover.

June 16, 2017

Angry Spam

This was in my spam folder this morning, and I'd have to say it's a novel approach to getting someone to click on a link.

I will obfuscate some of the cursing with hash tags / # # but I found it odd that the spammer did it with asterisks / *** on the "F bombs" they dropped. I mean...in for a penny, in for a pound, right?  Why do it on the F bombs but not the other equally offensive cursing?

The subject line was this: I WILL REPORT YOU. YOU PIECE OF S##T...F.U..

Like I said, it got my attention, more than "Remember me and the passionate night we spent together?" or "Grow It Larger!"spam I normally get.

Riley Johnson RileyJokVzs@gtwabzsv.he via server.lifassurance.org

Riley Johnson reply@boopiler.com

Hey,

Stop stalking me and my friend or I will report you. You piece of s##t, c##k-su##er douche. I do not know why you are doing this! You slept together once, only once. It does not mean anything. Have not you heard of hook up?  So, f*** off and leave us alone

F*** You.



How did I know it was spam? Well, if someone is THAT angry, they're more likely to come see you in person and punch you in the nose. Personally, I'd rather spend the night in jail than have my ISP ban me forever for sending out threats. Secondly, I don't know anyone named Riley Johnson. Third, if the spammer only knew how long it had been since I last had a "hook up" or slept with anyone "only once" (or at all), they'd not bother sending me any spam.

Plus, whoever it is Riley is with, he/she sure is cheating a LOT on him.

June 15, 2017

Color Me Smooth

You Are Smooth
 
You're the type of person who can get away with anything. People always like you no matter what.

You are totally irresistible. You can be as quirky, colorful, and wild as you want to be!

You enjoy taking risks, and you've made a few big miscalculations over the years. You're not afraid to mess up.


Your mistakes just give you character. People love that you're perfectly imperfect. You're happy with yourself, and that's all that matters. 


 

Smooth Operator - Sade

Smooth - Santana ft. Rob Thomas

June 12, 2017

Can You Hear Me Now?

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother.

They were both deaf.

And, in case you didn't get the rather insensitive joke in the title of this post, here's its origin:



...although he's since gone over to Sprint.

And a ToTG public service announcement:  if someone calls you and asks you a question or speaks very faintly and you complain they need to speak up and they "make an adjustment" and in a louder voice "Can you hear me now?", do NOT say "Yes." which might lead to them using that to change your long-distance service.   Some sources on the 'net say it's not a proven scam, but best to not take chances.  At the least, you'll be telling the possible scammer on the other end of the line that it's a working phone number. 

Personally, if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. 

June 11, 2017

Three Classes of Men


PlatoThere are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

- Plato

June 7, 2017

June 6, 2017

You've Got Another Thing Comin'-Judas Priest

A "bump" because the original video had been taken down.

It's also worth a bump because it's such a kick-ass tune.


May 29, 2017

A Very Bing Birthday

Among family, friends and my online pals. I've had a pretty good birthday so far. Several of my email newsletters have sent me special emails, also wishing me a happy birthday. (and I also got an email in my spam folder from a "young woman" who wished me a happy birthday and would give me a "special present" if I clicked on the enclosed link. I was tempted, but...)

Bing also sent me birthday wishes earlier today on their home page; the images were animated, but I just took screen shots.


Make a wish?  Sure, so I clicked the button and got this:

I don't know how magical Bing is, but if my birthday wish comes true, I will be a lottery winner sometime this week.  I hope it's the Powerball because it's MUCH larger than the Mega Millions or the Texas Lotto jackpots.

May 24, 2017

You Wear it Well - Rod Stewart & Faces



This sounds a WHOLE lot like "Maggie May".

Maybe that's why he had to read the lyrics off a piece of paper.

She Wears it Well


There are 7 points on the crown of the Statue of Liberty.  They represent the 7 continents and 7 seas of the world.

May 23, 2017

R.I.P. Roger Moore

R.I.P. Roger Moore (1927-2017)

While I liked Sean Connery in the iconic role, he was the "rough-edged" James Bond;  Moore added the debonair, suave quality Connery did not possess.



May 22, 2017

ultracrepidarian



ultracrepidarian

adjective [uhl-truh-kerp-i-dair-ee-uh-n]

1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise

2. an ultracrepidarian person


I see a LOT of ultracrepidarians every day while online.

The Internet is full of 'em; childless people who know what's best for your child, people who comment about politics yet only listen to one side of an issue and just about every conspiratorial nutjob there is on the World Wide Web.

May 14, 2017

That's Weird

Weird doesn't follow the "i before e" rule.

That's pretty weird.

May 12, 2017

The Difference An "R" Makes

Too funny and a weird coincidence:  I was just checking my Facebook news feed and saw one of those hilarious greeting cards on a wall, but what they described on it happened to me just yesterday!

I was flipping through the channels and stopped on Batman Begins but it had already been on for thirty minutes or so and I wanted to watch the entire thing, so I didn't stay long. I watched long enough to see a scene with the young Jim Gordon and the actor looked familiar so I went to IMDb to see the cast of characters and found out the actor was Gary Oldman. To be honest, I wasn't all that familiar with him until his recent role as Sirius Black in several of the Harry Potter movies.  I had seen him in several of his earlier movies, such as JFK and Hannibal, but I guess he just didn't make that much of an impression on me or I didn't recognize him in the different roles.

I went to Google to view some of his photographs just to see how he's aged over the years and how he looked in other movie roles.  I quickly typed in his name, but made a typo.

Trust me, you don't really want to view the pics of "Gay Oldman". (well, maybe you DO, but I sure didn't.)

April 28, 2017

Losing Your Head Over a Female

Males of some praying mantis species cannot copulate while its head is attached. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.


I guess I'm lucky;  I've just had my heart ripped out.

April 27, 2017

Big, BIG Secret

You are indeed a secret genius

So secret that not a single soul knows.

Mensa or Densa, which are you?

April 26, 2017

Meat Cards

Meat Cards: Business cards made from MEAT AND LASERS


From the website:

We start with 100% beef jerky, and SEAR your contact information into it with a 150 WATT CO2 LASER.

Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS.

Unlike other business cards, MEAT CARDS will retain value after the econopocalypse. Hoard and barter your calorie-rich, life-sustaining cards.

MEAT CARDS do not fit in a Rolodex, because their deliciousness CANNOT BE CONTAINED in a Rolodex.

meatcards.com

April 23, 2017

Older Than Dirt Quiz

From the  photo email10.gif archives 

How many of these can you remember? 

Get your score at the end of the quiz.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels...if you were fortunate)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15.S&H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22.Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers


If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

April 20, 2017

Cleverbot



Cleverbot - Chat with a bot about anything and everything - AI learns from people, in context, and imitates.

From Wiki: Cleverbot is a web application that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to have conversations with humans. It was created by the British AI scientist Rollo Carpenter, who also created Jabberwacky, a similar web application. It is unique in the sense that it learns from humans, remembering words within its AI. In its first decade Cleverbot held several thousand conversations with Carpenter and his associates. Since launching on the web in 1997, the number of conversations held has exceeded 150 million.

April 18, 2017

Please Take a Moment

To read this bit of trivia.

Actually, it shouldn't take you that long (unless you went to the same school I did) because technically a "moment" is 90 seconds.

From Broken Secrets:

The first reference comes from 1398, found in the Oxford English Dictionary. Cornish writer John of Trevisa wrote that there are 40 moments in an hour (hence 90 seconds each). Oxford has since replaced it with, “a very brief period of time.”


April 17, 2017

Sleepy Dolphins

Dolphins shut down half of their brains when they sleep, sleeping with one eye open.



April 15, 2017

The Leftovers

Only one more day until the 3rd - and final -season of The Leftovers debuts! (Sunday night on HBO)

From Wiki: The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14, 2011. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.

The story focuses primarily on the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey is the Chief of Police. His wife Laurie has joined the Guilty Remnant. Their son Tommy has left home for college, and their daughter Jill is acting out. The second season moves the main characters to the fictional town of Jarden, Texas
.

The third season begins in Texas, but the main characters are moving to Australia, as evidenced in this teaser clip.



I wasn't for sure if I was going to like this show, at first thinking it was going to be some sort of rehash of the Left Behind series of books and movies, but it soon became clear that while there are religious overtones, they're subtle and the main religion is the cult, the (extremely creepy!) Guilty Remnant.

As is the case with many TV shows and particularly movies, the soundtrack adds significantly to the mood. The first season used The Leftovers Piano Theme - Max Richter for the intro and variations are played prominently throughout the episodes. The second season's intro was one of my favorite tunes, Let The Mystery Be by Iris DeMent. (Opening credits for the 2nd season) I'm not only looking forward to this finale season, but also to hear what new music they use.  Another teaser clip has ABBA's "SOS" - my favorite tune of the Swedish group. A pop tune, sure, but seems to fit perfectly, same for the Richter piece composed for the series and DeMent's not-quite-religious (perhaps even Agnostic) ballad.

IMDb entry for The Leftovers

Official website (HBO)

April 12, 2017

Hellacious Historical Hiccups





The longest time for someone to have the hiccups is sixty-nine years.

April 7, 2017

Dear Gifty

sweety gifty sweetygifty1y@gmail.com
   
Hello handsome,How are you feeling today...My name is Gifty and would like to chat and get to know more about you for us to see where it goes,am single and looking for my soul mate..let me know if your"re interested...hope to hear from you soon...

Most of my spam of this nature has been w/out pics here lately, but at least this one sent some w/ this mail:

(Click any pic for larger view)





Dear Gifty,

You're a nice lookin' young woman, but as with most of these emails, I suspect you're actually some 37 yr. old Russian spammer sitting in a chilly flat in Moscow who lifted these photos off some poor girl's social media page and if we DID actually exchange emails, I'm sure you'll be wanting me to send you some money or at least to direct me to some pay-for-porn website.

Be that as it may, if you ARE actually "Gifty", I'd be less-than-honest if I didn't point out that I'm certainly old enough to be your grandfather.  Thanks for the offer, though, but I'll have to pass.

"How do I feel"?  More than a little wary, sweetheart.  I'm just too old to deal with an STD at my age.  That would be the Gifty than just keeps on giftying.

Regards,
Mike

April 5, 2017

fanfaronade



fanfaronade noun [fan-fer-uh-neyd]

bragging; bravado; bluster


Ah, the 3 "Bs" of Texas...or of Texans, actually.

I never had heard of this word before and I doubt that most of my fellow Texans have, either.  It's not something we'd use in everyday speech, mainly because we'd somehow make those four syllables stretch into at least eight and take a minute - or longer- to say the entire word.

Besides, it sounds like it's some sort of rodeo event or a variation of the Two-Step...or maybe some sissy cocktail that only city folks would drink.

April 3, 2017

"C" What I Am?

You Are Carefree

You are always brimming with excitement and possibilities. You love to experiment and learn.

You like to go wherever life takes you. You have no rules or routine.

You are a true free spirit. You do whatever works. If what works changes, you'll change too.


You don't value structure or order much in your life. It kills the spontaneity. 


 

April 1, 2017

plisky



plisky noun [plis-kee]

1. Scot. and North England. a mischievous trick; practical joke; prank.
2. Scot. and North England. mischievous; playful.


I've seen a plethora of April Fools jokes today, but I won't try to pull a fast one over on any of my small but devoted number of loyal readers. After all, you're all far too clever to be taken in by something like that, right?

April Fools!

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

A "bump" from April '09.


Last night I was binge-watching the new series Timeless and a cover of this was at the end of one of the earlier episodes. I knew I had posted it before, but found it was now blocked from being viewed in the U.S. due to copyright concerns. This version is also live, but not with all of Pink Floyd, only David Gilmour.

After watching the episode, I came online and listened to several versions of the tune, both studio and live in concert as well as some covers. I then researched the lyrics to find out if there was any specific reference being made. What I found out was very interesting: Behind the Song: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. That said, I've always thought the lyrics were fascinating, well crafted to match the lovely melody.

March 28, 2017

Religion 101

Match The Belief With The Faith

I did fairly well, missing only a couple, getting one particular belief of Hinduism mixed up with Buddhism and another I hadn't a clue in regards to Catholicism.

Not bad for me, an "optimistic agnostic".

(or "heathen" to *some* religious fanatics folks)

March 27, 2017

Olive Tree Trivia

An olive tree can live over 2000 yrs.


That bit of trivia makes me hungry for some Tapenade.

Not sure that I'd want it every day for two centuries, though.

Thirsty for Videos

I wanted to watch a video hosted on Openload, but instead got this 404 message.


"Videos, videos everywhere, nor any link to click"

With all apologies.

March 26, 2017

The Oracle of Bacon


The Oracle of Bacon, one of my long-time favorite sites.

The object of the game is simple:  find the shortest route, via movies, from any actor to Kevin Bacon using other actors who were fellow cast mates in a particular movie, creating a chain of mutual movies.  For example, just the other day I saw a movie with the lovely actress Teri Polo in it.  I entered her name (spelling it wrong, but the site will offer up choices of actors if there's any doubt) and found that there were only two movies and one mutual fellow cast mate between Polo and Bacon:

The site uses the database of another of my favorite sites, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)  The results are cached on their server, so any new queries will appear quickly.  There's also a couple of other interesting features of the site, finding out the "Center of the Hollywood Universe" ranking of a particular actor as well as a useful one, finding actors with a certain letter of their last name.  (one of those "tip of the tongue" tools)

For you baseball fans, there's also an Oracle of Baseball which will link baseball players in the same manner as the Bacon Oracle, only using teams and mutual teammates.

March 25, 2017

Quiz For People Who Know Everything

From the Photobucket archives:


(1) There's one "sport" in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

(2) What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

(3) Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

(4) Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

(5) What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

(6) In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

(7) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw." They are all common. Name two of them.

(8) There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

(9) Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers?"

(10) There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Taking a base on balls-a walk-is one way. Name the other six.

(11) It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?

(12) Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter "S."


Answers in comment section

March 23, 2017

thaumaturgy

thaumaturgy \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\, noun:
The performance of miracles or magic.


Can't recall ever seeing this word in print and am postitive I've never heard it used...and doubt I ever will (hear it OR use it)

Then again....

It's certainly thaumaturgy that this blog has lasted this long, for sure.

Four Winds - Bright Eyes


Stumbled across this vid here a while back and I'm not for sure whether I want to buy the album or boo along with the audience.

Lovely tune, strange lyrics. It's a protest, but I'm not for sure against WHAT.

Update:  Some interpretations of the lyrics.

March 20, 2017

Funny Flamingo Fact

There are more plastic Flamingos in the United States than real ones.


March 8, 2017

Which gift would you like?

From the   photo email12.gif  archives.



Your Personality Determined By Which Gift You Choose




Which gift would you like?

To determine your personality, pick the gift you'd most like to receive...Make the choice now before you go on...don't look until you've made your choice!

1. Candy

2. Flowers

3. A sweet poem

4. Sex

5. Dinner/Dancing

6. Waffle iron

Answers in comment section!

March 5, 2017

Beetle Juice

Cleopatra made her lipstick from crushed beetles, which gave it a red pigment, and ants, which she used for the base.



Chuck Norris - Sniper

March 2, 2017

To My Fellow Texans

And everyone else who loves liberty!

Happy Texas Independence Day!


Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.

- John Steinbeck

February 26, 2017

We Screwed Up

Well, yeah. 


From the site:

What has two thumbs and screwed up? Me!!!

We just relaunched and redesigned the website. It was getting old and clunky and it was time for an overhaul. When you move you always end up losing something. I'm sorry you couldn't find what you were looking for but feel free to:
I looked for the recipe for chicken hearts I saw on another website, but it's not there.  That's heartless to not include that...or maybe chicken.

February 23, 2017

What Domesticated Animal Are You?

Sometimes these quizzes are so spot-on they're scary.  I'm not convinced of the "...you tend to help others heal", but I like to think the rest is accurate.

You Are a Cat

You are a highly independent person. You enjoy exploring the world on your own, and you really treasure your alone time.

You have a deep connection with yourself, and you are most relaxed when you fly solo. You enjoy family and friends, but you are a loner at heart.

You are a true adventurer, and you have a ton of courage. You are very curious about the world, and you love to explore the unknown as much as you can.


You are a very intuitive creature, and you tend to help others heal. You have a good sense of what someone needs, even if there are many mysteries involved. 


 

February 18, 2017

Heavy World

The Earth weighs approx. 5.972 × 1024 kg or about
6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.



February 17, 2017

Puss Pee Poster

Cat urine glows under a black light.

I wonder if they use it as ink for college dorm room posters?



February 7, 2017

Seeing Dollar Signs

The $ (dollar sign) is a combination of the letters "P" and "S", "PS" being the abbreviation for pesos, the principal coin in circulation in the U.S. until 1794.
Dollar Sign Rotate

February 6, 2017

Tongue Trivia Tidbit

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.



February 3, 2017

Are You Smarter Than You Think?

Here are the criteria, according to this:

15 Signs You Might Be Smarter Than You Think

I'll go down the list and comment after each one.

#15. You’re thin.

Well, one strike against me already.  I'm certainly not fat, but not exactly thin, either.

#14. You drink alcohol regularly.

Nope.  I have alcohol in my house and during the hottest parts of summers, I sometimes buy a six pack or even 12, but most go to waste.  "Regularly"?  No.

#13. You’re a worrywart.

I wouldn't say that applies to me, either.  I only start worrying when things start looking bad.  Yep, I procrastinate even in my worrying.


#12. You’re messy.

Ding Ding Ding!  I finally matched up with one.  I think "messy" would be a little too kind to describe me;  I'm a slob.

#11. Being alone is just fine with you.

Oh yeah, probably because of #12.  Seriously, my mom used to tell me I preferred my own company and she was right.  I could be a hermit, as long as the cave was close to a grocery store and had high speed Internet.  

#10. You own a cat.

Never considered myself "owning" a cat, but rather that I was their servant.  I feed some outside kitties, so I'm gonna count this one as a "Yes".


#9. You’re tall, or left-handed.

Just what defines "tall"?  I'm not short.  I used to be just nearly 6 feet tall, but as I've grown older, I'm getting shorter, a natural thing from what I've read.  Maybe that means as you grow older and shorter, you also get dumber?

I'm not left-handed, either.  I'm sort of glad about that, after seeing the difficulties some of my left-handed friends encounter in a right-handed world.

#8. People think you’re funny.

I think they do, at least most people who know me do.  I like to make people laugh. I used to make my ex-wife laugh when I undressed in front of her. 

#7. Sex could wait until after high school.

Good grief, no.  I couldn't wait and dreamed about it from the first time I ever considered girls as sexual beings.  I seriously was afraid I'd die a virgin.   


#6. Suburbia is not for you.

Well, back on the right track with that one.  I would prefer living alone out in the country, isolated from city sounds and nearby neighbors.

#5. You’re the oldest child.

Nope, the youngest.

#4. You were breastfed.

I don't really know for sure.  It wasn't something I ever queried my mom about, but I doubt it.  

 
#3. Reading came easily.

Yes, I knew how to read before I started going to school, thanks to two older sisters who liked to play teacher.  I don't remember learning how to read, just that I knew how long before my peers did.

#2. People call you a night owl.

10-4 on that one.  I have worked a lot of nights in my life and it never bothered me.  I enjoy the quiet of the night.

#1. You’ve used recreational drugs.

Well, yeah, I have.  I hate to admit to it, and I often regret spending the money on them, but then again, I am glad I did them when I was younger and got it out of my system. I never shot anything up, though and my experience with anything other than pot is very limited.  I didn't care for most of it, for one thing and didn't like how it changed the people who DID use them to excess.

So, not sure if that quiz proved anything.  I honestly don't think I'm smarter than I think I am.  I think I'm exactly as smart as I think I am...and not sure if that makes me smart for thinking that.


Never - Heart

February 2, 2017

Happy Groundhog Day!

You Should Give a Newscast
 

You are full of facts (even about Groundhog's Day), and people often wonder where you get the time to learn so much. You're not even sure yourself.

You know how to make the most of a boring situation, and you're naturally entertaining. You punch things up.


February 1, 2017

The End of the Republic

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power."

-- Benjamin Franklin

Yes & No

Yes on the 7th one, No on the 9th.

January 27, 2017

Eggzactly Correct Results

Because I'm really a good egg.

You Are Easygoing
 

You're not one to make waves or even assert yourself unless it's important. You prefer to let things take their course.

You tend to follow the path of least resistance, as long as it won't make you unhappy. You don't have the energy for stress or drama.

You are a true friend, and you are always there for those around you. You are good company.


You are a bit old fashioned and very well mannered. You don't need to spill your guts to everyone you meet. 


 

January 26, 2017