I’ve been in a funk.  I’ll admit it.  A funkity funk funk funk.  And I have no idea why.  That’s why I have been sort of scarce around the blogosphere the past week or so.   I’m sure I’ll snap out of it at some point, let’s hope soon.  I’m one of those kinds of people that when I’m in a funk (or simply funky) I hibernate.  But for Otin’s sake I won’t hibernate.  He doesn’t need the road trip from Jersey to kick my ass.

So for today’s Random Tuesday Thoughts, I’m directing your attention away from me, and throwing random tidbits at you instead.

Did you know…

Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.  (Which is why skiing sucks here…the mountains I was used to in Washington State would scoff at the ‘mountains’ here really being mole hills).
A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift.

Cats can hear ultrasound.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

Karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight.  These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.

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  1. Aaaaaand now I want a candybar.

    By the way, when you figure out how to get out of your funk can you let me know? I need to get out of one myself.

  2. A funk? Last time that I was in a bad funk, I started a blog. 🙂 Maybe, a small part time job would be fun.

  3. There must be funk in the wind in PA, there's three of us that I know of now! Like you, I really don't know why!

    I love the trivia! I agree about the "mountains", even though I have not lived in the West, I still always put mountains in quote when I talk about those in PA, BUT when you lived in FL, even the lightest incline driving down the highway is exciting!!

    My prize got here yesterday! So cute.

  4. i say the best way to get out of a funk is to give into it and treat yourself to a good wallow. set a time limit – 24 hours, one weekend, whatever works – and rent sad movies, buy a lot of tissues, eat chocolate and take bubble baths. it's easier to snap out when you've indulged ;).

  5. hahaha just as I read about the bagpipe my local radio station was playing an Ad for the Highland Games here in town and the bagpipes were playing.

  6. Sorry you're in a funkety funk. I am too, maybe there's a funkal virus going around the blogosphere.

    Uh, dueling is LEGAL? That's insane. Nice to know in case it ever comes to that with these kids. They fight nonstop so it just might come to that someday.

    Get out of that funk. Drink some of that wine stash you've got going on.

  7. I don't even think I want to know where the dung went for contraception. I would think the smell alone would keep anyone away. As far as Kennedy, he held that title until you hear my daughter speak. My hubs and I say we have to keep our ears on Fast Forward in order to understand what she is saying because she talks so fast.

    Sorry about your funk. But you've mustard up enough facts to make me think that you are no longer in it.

  8. There seems to be a lot of funk going around…

    I knew a couple of those things, but not all of them! I didn't know about interstates being usable emergency airstrips, for example… and now I do.

  9. I am in a funk too so if you figure yours out let me know! I do love random trivia though! I think the dueling only if you donate thing is great!

  10. Maybe it's just the time of year – seems like everyone is in a funk lately!

    I'm sure glad they came out with better contraceptives!

  11. dang all i have is $1.19 in change so i cant check out the $5..lol. 350 words a minute….wow!

    hope your funk breaks soon!

  12. I'm in a total funk too. So it's not that I'm glad to see you are too, it's just that I'm glad to see I'm not alone down here.


  13. I meant to also say that I am pretty certain that I'm in the LOWEST point of Pennsylvania right now.

    Metaphorically speaking, of course.

    But maybe I actually am.

  14. Of course crocodile dung is a great contraceptive. Who would come near you with crap on your google?

  15. The only one I knew for sure was that one about Baby Ruth.

    That's really interesting about the interstate road system!

  16. Well, funk is my favorite type of music, but not my favorite mood.

    I refuse to wear tail lights. Why call attention to the obvious?

  17. If this is you in a funk I am totally impressed! I loved this blog. And random trivia works just as well as random thoughts. I've heard of a couple of these, but most were new so thanks for learnin' me sumpin!

  18. Hi, you are my follower and I switched domains so I wanted you to know where I was at!


    Thanks for the support!

  19. Stacy,
    this was great! I learned more here than I learned in four years of high school!

    And about that crocodile dung. . . my gosh that would keep "close" relations and enemies away! WHEW!

  20. You had me until the crocodile dung. I'm sure it was great birth control. Nothing like crocodile dung to get you in the mood for nothing!

    Hope you're out of your funk soon!

  21. Baby Ruth's are my FAVE!

    I know what you mean about the blogging funk. I've been struggling with my own for a couple of months now, it comes and goes. You'll come out of it, but trust me, walking away for a couple of days (or more) certainly helps with the bloggy fatigue.

    Hope you're back to yourself soon. 😉

  22. I hate cars that shift manually! it's harder to drive.. that's why i don't get a driver's license here (no, actually it's because you have to take classes that costs you around 2000 euros…so he cash is the prob actually) but still.. i simply hate cars that shifts manually!

    As for the Paraguay law for dueling.. just cracks me up… but they make sense.. if at least they killing themselves for whatevah' reasons, "just give us your dang blood!!" right?.. too funny!

    Happy Random! Mine's up too..

  23. Play that Funky Trivia, baby!
    (sung to the tune of Play that Funky Music)

    Those are bumps in PA, not mountains… and I should know… I grew up a stone's throw from the highest point (Mt. Davis) and lived in the highest county (Somerset). Oh, and from a distance they look like so much broccoli… they just need some melted cheese!

  24. Very cool funk-busting post! I get in funks too. I was in a little bit of a funk yesterday, I wanted to post but just sort of sat at the computer going "duhhhh". Finally I had an inspiration, such as it was.

  25. Well, I'm sorry you were in a funk but I loved learning all these weird little facts!!!

  26. … Now you know! 😀

    Headlights on pedestrians? Those kids from the Total Eclipse of the Heart video won't need them for sure. 😀
    I tried looking for 172 on the back of a $5 once. I failed.

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