Why do we have a BIG WIND DAY?
Bet you didn’t know there was a WIND DAY?
The answer is blowing in the wind… or Gone with the wind…
On April 12th, 1934, surveyors at the observatory on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, recorded the highest velocity natural wind ever measured on Earth. The “big wind”, which reached 231 miles per hour. This date is commemorated each year as BIG WIND DAy.
Today, a team of individuals live in the observatory at the 6,000-ft. summit and monotor the weather 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Spend a Wednesday to Wednesday shift on the Summit of Mount Washington mainly cooking and cleaning as well as helping the crew with daily chores, research work, or other special projects. Experience the “world’s worst weather” first hand and for free!
Learn more at: http://www.mountwashington.org/about/volunteer/
The wind is like the air, only pushier.
Look what the wind blew in….
Quotes About the Wind
“Madame, bear in mind that princes govern all things–save the wind.”
“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.” ~ Lewis Mumford
I hear the howl of the wind that brings
The long drear storm on its heavy wings.
William Cullen Bryant
“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but that all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
“A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” ~ Catherine the Great
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” ~ W. B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire
“-She is like the wind, open and free. If I cage the wind, would it die?
-Then don’t cage it, Mikhail. Trust it to stay beside you.” ~ Christine Feehan, Dark Prince
“A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.” ~ Jean Genet
“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.” ~ Anne Bronte
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean
Farmer Brown: “Did you lose much in that last tornado?”
Farmer Jones: “Lost the henhouse and all the chickens. But that’s OK ’cause I ended up with three new cows and a pick-up truck.”
Happy 79th Big Wind Day
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Lying in bed the 72 year old man was seriously ill. Knowing that death would come soon the man called his lawyer.
“I was thinking how you told me I could get a law degree if I had enough money to buy one. How much does it cost again?”
“It’s $65,000,” replied the lawyer. “But you are dying! Why would you want to have a law degree now?”
“That is none of your concern”, replied the dying man. “I want you to get me that law certification!”
Within the week, the sick man had received his law degree. Of course his lawyer quickly came to his side, to make sure the bill would be paid in full.
Within moments the old man began having trouble breathing and was gasping for air. It was clear he would not live much longer.
The lawyer was going nuts not knowing why this man would want a law degree and pay so much for it when he knew the end was near.
“Please, please can’t you tell me why you wanted this law degree so desperately before you died?”
Barely able to speak and on his last dying breath, the old man said,
“One less lawyer…”
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Congratulations President Obama!
It’s Finally Time to do something
The 17 months of campaigning or the silly season is over, I hope.
America sure is a country divided!
AS MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SAY
It’s been Howdy Doody Time
There are a few things out there that are universally annoying
– like fingernails on a blackboard
the GOP candidates.
“It’s extremely well-established, when you’re
getting lower-quality information coming in,
you’re having to work harder to understand and reconstruct it.”
Now I know why the GOP Candidates bug me so much.
Even Barbara Bush thinks that the GOP Race is a cause for embarrassment for America:
”The current political atmosphere was the worst she could remember. “I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, ‘What are you doing?” she said.
America is a great nation with many brilliant people and outstanding leaders.
It’s a shame that the Republican Party
( Tea Party ~ The GOP )
can’t find credible candidates and has made a laughing stock of American politics around the world.
WHAT A SILLY TEA PARTY!
While there are plenty of irritants in the world, there aren’t a lot of ways to alleviate that sense of annoyance. Palca points out that they’re part of human life and they’re something that everyone has to deal with from time to time.
But there are some techniques that people can use — distracting yourself if you’re stuck in a long line or something Palca calls “cognitive restructuring.”
“You can tell yourself that that mosquito is just a part of the life flow of the world and I shouldn’t be mad,” he says. “It’s just trying to do what it was genetically programmed to do.”
Basically, though, the bottom line is that you’re stuck, it’s annoying, and that’s part of life.
Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us
By Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman
Maybe, what we all need is a little BUG HUG!
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A few Zombie Jokes and Signs for your viewing pleasure!
Hope you enjoy Zombie Humor!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day
A zombie Teddy Bear for your Valentine
Zombie Teddy Bear created by Phillip Blackman, an illustrator from Sussex, England.
What did the zombie’s friend say when he introduced him to his girlfriend?
Good grief! Where did you dig her up from?
Why did the zombie go to hospital?
He wanted to learn, a few sick jokes.
How do you know a zombie is tired?
He’s dead on his feet.
What kind of streets do zombies like the best?
What do little zombies play?
Corpses and Robbers.
What did the zombie get a medal for?
What’s a zombie say when he gets a letter from his girlfriend?
It’s a dead-letter day.
Where do zombies go for cruises?
The Deaditerranean Sea.
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately…
What do you call a zombie in a belfry?
A dead ringer.
What did the zombie eat after its teeth were pulled out?
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Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos,
Free Fall from the edge of space.
What he said and thought before jumping ~ ” sometimes you have to go so high to see how small you are… felt so humble…come back alive for family…”
Alex Baumgartner Records
Highest Free Fall,
Highest Balloon “Ride”
Fastest Free Fall ~ Mach 1.24
Not the Longest Free Fall
Why did Alex Baumgartner stop his Free Fall too soon???
Conspiracy Theories have already been circulating.
Joseph William Kittinger, the previous record holder and the only person in voice contact with Alex Baumgartner, told him to deploy his chute early!!!
He “Stopped Short” of the record!
With all the modern technology Alex had,
his watch was too fast!!
On a lighter side (I know these jokes about Red Bull Stratos are corny. I’d appreciate you sharing any that are better. Thank you):
Finally at a safe altitude to jump if things go pear shaped!
They are really gonna show it through the whole ascent? It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Anyone else seeing white ufo’s flitting around the upper right corner of the view to the capsule?
How long will it take Felix Baumgartner to fall from that height?
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee SPLAT!! About that much time.
So this is going to start drifting into the football time slots by the time he actually is ready to jump.
What will happen to Félix Baumgartner after his Red Bull Stratos Jump today?
He’ll be history!
Félix Baumgartner just got the go ahead to jump.
Excited, he jumps out of the capsule. Felix Baumgartner wants to ascend to 120,000 feet in a balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. After breaking the free fall record he pulls the ripcord. Nothing happens.
He tries again. Still nothing.
He starts to panic, but remembers his back-up chute. He pulls that cord. Nothing happens. He frantically begins pulling both cords, but to no avail.
Suddenly, he looks down and he can’t believe his eyes. Another man is in the air with him, but this guy is going UP!
Just as the other guy passes by,
Félix Baumgartner – by this time scared out of his wits — yells, “Hey, do you know anything about skydiving?”
The other guy yells back, “No! Do you know anything about gas stoves?”
One guy asked Felix Baumgartner ”If your chute doesn’t open, and the reserve doesn’t open, how long do you have until you hit the ground?”
Felix Baumgartner looked at him and in perfect deadpan and answered, “The rest of my life.”
Q: What’s the hardest thing about skydiving?
A: The ground.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller
“Skydiving: It is not just a matter of life and death…it is much more important than that.”
“Anyone can fall out of an airplane; skydivers just do it right.”
“It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.” — Ernest Hemingway
“When the people look like ants-PULL,
When the ants look like people-PRAY.”
Best Dive Ever ~ even better than Alex Baumgartner’s!
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South Korean superstar PSY can’t believe the success of ‘Gangnam Style’
Wonder if he realizes how popular he will be at Halloween this year?
Honey Boo Boo should also be
a popular choice for a
Halloween costume especially
for young girls this year.
This could be big ~ Big Bird and Romney Halloween costume combos!
Women in a Binder Costumes may be a great choice
for this Halloween Thanks to Mitt Romney.
The Avengers could be the number one choice for costumes in 2012
Kate and William may be a fun choice for a Halloween Costume, especially for couples.
One of the most popular Halloween costumes again this year will be The Smurfs!
But, Angry Birds may be the most
popular Halloween costume choice for kids and adults!!
Britney Spears looks good on the X-Factor
Lady Gaga – so many costumes to choose from!
Courtney Stodden could be a fun costume for Halloween
Bumblebee character from Transformers
Jake Sully & Neytiri
Alice in Wonderland
Iron Man 2
Vampires are always popular!
Mitt Romney ~ He’s a pretty scary GOP Presidential candidate!
Many tween girls will be dressing up as if they were attending Monster High
Say good bye to Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and Hannah Montana.
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A man asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?” She said, “I’d love to be ten again.” On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. She had a go on every ride there was. She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning. Then off to a movie theater, popcorn, cola and sweets. At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed. Her husband leaned over and asked, “Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?” One eye opened and she groaned, “Actually, honey, I meant dress size!”
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Three Frenchmen are discussing the true meaning of savoir-faire, the ability to act with composure in any situation.
The first man says, “Let us take this situation. The wife is in bed with her lover & the husband walks in. She says, ‘George, meet Jacques’. This is savoir-faire.”
The second man says, “No, not quite. Let us use the same situation. The husband replies, ‘Please continue.’ Now, this is savoir-faire.”
The third man says, “No, there is more. We shall use the same situation. The husband says to the lover, ‘Please continue.’ And if he can, this is truly savoir-faire!”
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Funniest Street Signs
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“Two elderly women were in a beauty parlor getting their hair done when in walked a 21-year-old girl with a low-cut blouse that revealed the tattoo of a rose on one breast.
One woman leaned over to the other and whispered: ‘Poor thing. She doesn’t know it, but in 50 years she’ll have a long-stemmed rose in a hanging basket!’”
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