Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – August 12th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Synchronization and Squirrels!

Debby Gies has been foraging on the internet for funnies to share and I have a joke or two up my sleeve.

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Now something from Sally

Now for some little known facts (if you wish to dispute the facts then please take it up with the management!)

  • Orville Wright the inventor of the aeroplane was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger an American was killed.
  • The first Englishman to be killed in an aeroplane accident was Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce.
  • Thomas Jefferson grew the first tomatoes in the United States – he wanted to prove to the Americans that they were not poisonous which is what people believed at the time.
  • The UK established the first speed limit in 1903 and it was 20 mph.
  • Sunglasses became popular in the 1920’s when movie stars began to wear them to counteract the photographer’s bright lights.
  • Ties were first worn in Croatis which is why they were called cravats or al la croate
  • The first ever CD single was Brother’s in Arms by Dire Straits
  • The first duplicating machine was invented by James Watt the inventor of the Steam Engine in 1778 (patented 1780) to help him with all the copying he had to do for his steam engine.
  • Britain’s first national Lottery was in 1567 to pay for public works and the top prize was £5000
  • Watching tv uses up 50% more calories than sleeping.
  • Ben and Jerry ice cream makers send their waste to local pig farmers – Pigs love all the flavours except for Mint Oreo
  • Henry 1st 1100 to 1135 decreed that the distance between his nose and the tip of his index finger on his outstretched arm was a yard. He is also credited with creating the first zoo.
  • Contrary to popular belief squirrels cannot contract or carry the rabies virus – I assume that they have been tested to find out why and their findings applied to rabies research.
  • Camels are born without a hump and their spine is always straight.
  • Every year in the US more people are killed by deer than any other animal.
  • In ancient Greece women counted their age from the date they were married. That makes me 41 years old.. brilliant…
  • The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896 – it lasted 38 minutes.
  • South American Gouchos used to put raw steak under their saddles before starting a days riding to tenderise the meat. I assume the steak… Not their own!
  • Genghis khan’s cavalry rode female horses so the soldiers could drink their milk.
  • During your lifetime you will eat about 27,000 kilos of food.
  • Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestle. I am sure he lived to regret that transaction!
  • The Teabag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  • The French Philospher Voltaire drank 50 cups of coffee a day. Mmm I think I might be prone to philosophise after that many cups. 

They are pretty old and therefore subject to numerical inaccuracies and probably exaggeration, manipulation and downright misinformation…..

Thanks for dropping in and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face… Debby and Sally.

49 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – August 12th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Synchronization and Squirrels!

  1. Debby, I just love the US Olympic synchronised napping tam. I assume they won gold. And The kitchen Roomba. And the Alsation whe was scared of thunder, and the…
    Sally, thanks for your little known facts.
    People weren’t entirely wrong about tomatoes. They belong to the nightshade family (along with potatoes) and the fruit is the only part of the plant not poisonous. The potato tuber is also the only part of that plant that isn’t poisonous

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      • Thank you very much, Debby! Only a side hustle by me. This with the missing comments section is whats making me angry. I had to self host, because Germany’s GDPR version does not allow the usage of WP-Jetpack. So i can not use comments, reblogs, statistics and so on. I have to repost manually, but will extent with RSS-Feeds. They can be automatically transfered to Google News. 😉 This could be helpful for spreading the news, about books and literature. xx

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      • You are so kind to do this Michael. I know how frustrating WP is along with many others of us, including Sally. So are you saying if you use Free WP GDPR still won’t allow WP to use Jetpack? Kind of hard to run a blog without Jetpack? So annoying! 😦

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  2. I’m sure Karen has no problem at the baggage claim!

    And lots of interesting, and ironic facts. I wish all wars were 38 minutes,a nd it sounds like I need to start watching more TV. and poor Daniel Peter…

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  3. The cat and dogs ones were delightful and I’m afraid I now have Chives Talking as a new earworm. There were plenty of surprises in the facts section – and I’m with the pigs regarding mint Oreos, and am considering taking my age from my marriage date… Many thanks, both of you. xx

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  5. Great jokes and facts. The Romba is fabulous, and I guess I wouldn’t be even a newborn by Greek women’s standards! Thanks, Sally and Debby!


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