Don’t ask me why I blush

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experiences" When I was younger, I blushed a lot.  Being blonde and pale, my blushing was obvious. My Kindergarten Photo Charles Darwin called blushing “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” Mark Twain concluded, “Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.” As I grew up, I … Continue reading Don’t ask me why I blush

You’ll never guess Scotland’s national animal!

"Fun Facts" Visiting the land of my Scottish ancestors, I learned that the official national animal is --  the unicorn. Images of unicorns can be found on Scottish castles, cathedrals, coats of arms, and flags. April 9th is set aside as National Unicorn Day. Why was the unicorn chosen as the national animal of Scotland? … Continue reading You’ll never guess Scotland’s national animal!

My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

"Personal Experience" and "Fun Facts" "England and America are two countries separated by a common language" (British playwright George Bernard Shaw)  I Gave the British Congregation “The Bird” I quickly learned on my mission in England that there were differences between American English and British English. During my first talk in a sacrament meeting, I “flipped … Continue reading My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

Judges give harsher sentences after Daylight Saving Time change

"Court Case Friday" "Fun Facts" Researchers found that on “sleepy Monday,” the Monday after the Daylight Saving Time change, judges hand out longer sentences. I will try to remember that -- if I am not too sleepy.   “Researchers frequently use DST to study sleep deprivation in populations, as it's a period of time when … Continue reading Judges give harsher sentences after Daylight Saving Time change

My wife said our house dust comes from my dead skin cells!?

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experiences" My wife tries to blame me for the dust in our house.  She said that household dust comes from my shedding dead skin. I didn’t believe her.  I blamed the dust on the nearby horse stables and hills. What a surprise to learn that my wife was right -- at … Continue reading My wife said our house dust comes from my dead skin cells!?

How Much Does a Cloud Weigh? You’ll Be Surprised!

"Fun Facts" My brain is a magnet for trivia.  I often torment people by sharing my knowledge of “fascinating facts.” Somewhere, I learned how much clouds weigh. Most of us have enjoyed looking up at the puffy white clouds to spot the shapes of animals.  Well, the average weight of those billowy cumulus clouds is … Continue reading How Much Does a Cloud Weigh? You’ll Be Surprised!