Monthly Archives: November 2015

Trivia of the Day for Monday

More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A 2″ X 4″ is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2″.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

California consumes more bottled water than any other product.

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Trivia of the Day for Sunday

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th.

The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

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Last Day to Enter!

Just a quick reminder – today is the last day to enter the giveaway of a brand new Kindle Fire: have you entered?  You can if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/1115fire into your computer’s web browser.

Also, please be sure to pass this on to your family and friends as I am sure they would love an opportunity to win a new Fire, also!

Good luck!

Michael

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Trivia of the Day for Saturday

The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.

Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.

Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.

Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator.

Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.

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Trivia of the Day for Friday

“Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named Pal.

Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.

Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.

Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.

One in eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday is officially tomorrow here in the USA – someone forgot to tell the retailers, or the majority of them colluded to start the deals today – and earler – on Thanksgiving (although I am sure they will have a heck of a lot of them tomorrow).

That also includes Amazon, as they have really started rolling out the deals.  Get your Christmas shopping done from the comfort of home, and avoid the long lines at the stores in your area.  You can check out the Amazon deals if you click here or type http://smarturl.it/amazonbfriday into your web browser.  If you click this link, you will also note Kindles and Fires have been significantly discounted, also.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for and I appreciate each of you – I hope all of you have a great day today, don’t eat so much that you get uncomfortable, and hopefully you get to spend it with your friends and family!  As for me, I’m with my family smelling the turkey cooking away…


The Thanksgiving Challenge Update

Last week, I sent out an email for the blog’s annual Thanksgiving challenge: while we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the USA there are, unfortunately, millions of people who have no idea where there next meal will materialize let alone what will they eat on Thanksgiving Day.

This year marks the fifth year I’ve run a promotion around Thanksgiving, where 100% of the net proceeds (sales less Amazon’s percentage of the take) is donated to a charity.  So from now through the end of the month, if you purchase the title mentioned below I will donate 100% of the net proceeds to the East Texas Foodbank.  These people can stretch a dollar – they can make just $1.00 feed 8 people, and have a mission of feeding children and the working poor throughout 26 counties in East Texas: in fiscal year 2014, they provided 20.2 million meals.

Let’s talk about the economics: the book is priced at $2.99 in order to maximize Amazon’s commission structure.  At $2.99, that puts the commission at 70% (Amazon only pays authors 30% of the sales price if it is priced at $2.98 or less).  To make the math simple, if you purchase the book you will feed 17 people.  I hope I am writing a big check to the East Texas Food Bank – as of today, the blog’s readers have now purchased over 2,000 meals!

So, what’s the book?  I thought I would combine a food payoff with a food winner with a small Kindle book of my own personal recipes for authentic Tex-Mex beef and chicken fajitas.  Yes, I’ve won a couple of contests with it (DizzyDean used to say something to the effect of “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”), and they taste damn good if I do say so myself.  Don’t settle for some store-bought concoction when you can have a little fun making it yourself.  To compliment the fajita recipes, I’m also including easy-to-make recipes for pico de gallo, guacamole, and marinated onions. It’s no frills, easy to read and follow.

You can snag it if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/2015etfb into your web browser.

Can I count on you?

If you’ll click the link above, for less than the price of a Starbucks you can provide 17 meals to people who would otherwise go hungry.  We have a vibrant community here, and I think our collective efforts can help a lot of folks.

If you do purchase the book, I appreciate it – I’ll give a final update on where we stand at the end of the month.

Thanks, and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!

Michael

 

 

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Trivia of the Day for Wednesday

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.

Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.

People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

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