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Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Vintage TV Shows


Barney Milton Fife? Singing Cartwrights? Lucy Ricardo beat President Eisenhower in what? Loved reading through these fun facts on vintage TV shows 🙂

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Surprising Facts From “The Andy Griffith Show”

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  • Andy and Barney were first introduced as cousins, but that concept got scrapped by the end of Season 1.
  • Opie really didn’t throw that rock during the theme song; it was a crew member.
  • The well-loved whistled theme song is called “The Fishin’ Hole.”
  • Barney gave his middle name in some episodes as “Milton,” and on others as “Oliver.”
  • In addition to starring as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith won a Tony for his work on Broadway, and starred as the title character in the TV detective drama Matlock.
  • The police car on the show always looked new because the producers were given a new model whenever the nearby dealership got one.

Read more here!

Surprising Facts From “Bonanza”

Bonanza cast Via Wikipedia

  • The actors all sang on a album called Christmas at the Ponderosa.
  • Pernell Roberts, the actor who played Adam, actually…

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Christmas dinner, around the world


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While Americans enjoy turkey, ham, or a roast, dinners worldwide feature other interesting selections.

Canada: “Chicken Bone” candy

Italy: Feast of Seven Fishes

India: Spiced rice and chicken dish

France: Several kinds of seafood

South Africa: Grilled meats

Costa Rica: Pork tamales

Ethiopia: Fish stew and Flatbread in

Germany: Fruit-studded Stollen cake

Philippines: Whole suckling pigs

Portugal: Dried, salted cod

Japan: KFC chicken

Read more here!

Enjoy your time with family, friends, or quietly on your own–but most of all, have a very Merry Christmas!

Rio Recap


Just a few great moments from America’s stellar and record-breaking performances  at the 2016 Rio Olympics. All photos are from Getty Images.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.
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Katie Ledecky is making a name for herself as a world record setter and breaker, and won more medals than any other woman at the Rio Games.
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Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold in Olympic swimming, with a win in the 100 meter.
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Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kochian, and Gabby Douglas soared to worldwide attention and victory in women’s gymnastics.
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The American men’s and women’s teams won both 4 x 400 meter track & field relays, with English Gardener and Tori Bowie starring.
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Ashton Eaton became best all around athlete by winning the decathlon.
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America ended up with the most medals, 121: 46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze.

SuperBroncos!


Celebrating with my Denver Broncos over their Superbowl 50 victory! Peyton Manning’s leadership, a stellar defense, successful field goals, and a team effort carried them to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Here are some records and incidents of note:

•Manning is the only quarterback to win 2 Superbowls with 2 different teams (his first was with the Inadianapolis Colts in 2007)

•Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is the first person to win Superbowls as a player, then as a coach for the same team

•The Broncos won with the fewest number of offensive yards of any Superbowl

•Bronco Jordan Norwood had the longest punt return in Superbowl history

•Manning now has the most wins of any quarterback – 200 games won

•Manning is also the oldest quarterback to win a Superbowl

•Superbowl 50 was the most watched program in TV history

•Over 1 million people turned out for the victory parade in Denver

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Norwood's punt return

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The Denver defense forced Newton to fumble twice

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Manning with Von Miller, MVP

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United in Orange!

Pictures from the Denver Broncos’ Facebook page.

Banyan tree


The material for this post was shared by my dad during a family trip to India 10 years ago 🙂

Banyan trees have special significance in Asian countries.
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Vines drop down from branches and join and grow into the trunk, thereby enlarging the tree.
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This results in a sturdy tree with thick roots.

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This tree is significant because of the importance of family in Eastern cultures.
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As children grow up, marry, and have children, they’re not just starting new homes, but enlarging the family. Staying connected.
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The American Sniper’s longest shot


An American hero who loved God and loved his country, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was the most deadly sniper in US history, with 160 confirmed kills. His longest shot he credits to God.

In north-central Texas, Kyle grew up dipping tobacco, riding horses and hunting deer, turkey and quail — a cowboy at heart.

He got his first gun at 8 years old — a bolt-action 30-06 rifle.

The son of a Sunday-school teacher and a church deacon, Kyle credits a higher authority for his longest kill.

From 2,100 yards away from a village just outside of Sadr City in 2008, he spied a man aiming a rocket launcher at an Army convoy and squeezed off one shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle.

Dead. From more than a mile away.

“God blew that bullet and hit him,” he said.

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Unexplained Mysteries of World War II


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This book is packed with stories of strange, coincidental, unexplained, miraculous happenings of World War II. Here are a few.

-A Pole (Roman Turski) just leaving a hotel concealed a fleeing Jewish man under his hotel bed, playing dumb about him to the Nazis who were on his tail. The Pole went to war against Germany and was wounded; the surgeon who saved his life was that Jew.

-During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many lives were saved by 50 visiting civilian doctors who happened to be there that day to listen to a lecture.

-The reason Jimmy Doolittle’s 1943 air raid on Tokyo was so successful was that the Japanese had just finished a city-wide air raid drill in which they had put some of their own planes in the air as a protective shield. The Japanese citizens, gunners, and pilots mistook the US planes coming in to drop bombs for Japanese planes, so they weren’t fired on.

-A British spy (Henri A. E. Dericourt) who had just arrived in France wanted to locate a notorious German spy-catcher rumoured to be in the area. By happenstance, the Brit found he was that exact German’s new neighbor.

-After several foiled escape attempts from a German camp, captured French official (Lt. Pierre Lebrun) succeeded and made it to Switzerland. He’d left a forwarding address on his belongings in the camp, and astoundingly, the camp Kommandant shipped his things to him.

-Shortly after the Italian surrender, some angry Germans entered a small Italian city and started harassing the citizens. Timely American artillery shells chased the Nazis away and killed a drunk German soldier who was about to murder several Italian civilians.

-An American sailor (Joseph Kline, Jr.) wanted to accompany a chase after a Japanese sub, but he had guard duty that none of his friends would cover for him. His anger was transformed into gratitude, however, as the boats chasing the sub got into trouble and were blown up.

-During the London Blitz, Prime Minister Churchill, on the way back from inspecting anti-aircraft stations, sat in the left-hand side of his car instead of in his customary place on the right. A sudden bomb going off on the left side of the car almost tipped it over on its right side, but Churchill’s weight on the left side prevented that. He credited “a feeling of interference” and “some guiding Hand.”

-A sudden, unexplainable impulse to change seats saved not a few lives, including Lt. Gen. Mark Clark from friendly fire, and a visiting Ernest Hemingway from a German shell on the Siegfried Line. And during the Battle of the Bulge, General Patton’s “sudden inspiration” in the middle of one night, that the Germans were going to attack, led to his ordering a pre-emptive strike, which stopped a German attack that was actually coming right then.

-A newspaper executive (Amon Carter, Sr.) was part of a group brought to Germany to see the Nazi concentration camps; while there, he was reunited with a very special recently liberated POW, his son who had been captured by the Germans 2 years earlier.

God certainly does work in mysterious ways!

Spot of tea?


A cozy read on tea in different countries!

This is What a Cup of Tea Looks Like in 22 Different Countries

The 38 United States of America?


In 1973, California State University geography professor George Etzel Pearcy suggested a redrawing of the 50 US states’ borders to rearrange large cities, and a renaming of the 38 resulting states in respect of geography and culture. His proposed map is below.

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Read more here on MentalFloss.

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An interesting and noteworthy date! And here are a couple verses to keep in mind every day of the year.

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