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Woman Found Dead Amid Clutter August 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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TimonThis week, a four month search for a missing woman ended.

Her husband found her inside their home, buried under the mountain of junk that filled her “rabbit hole” from floor to ceiling.

More details:

The collected clothes, trash and knickknacks in Billie Jean James’s house was so vast that sniffer dogs had searched the home without finding her corpse, The Associated Press reported.

Billie Jean was a compulsive hoarder, with a passion for shopping for trinkets and clothes. One friend said that Billie Jean referred to the room where she was found as “her rabbit hole.”

Cassell told the AP that the house had only small amounts of clear space so that people could get around, and that the home was filled with strong odors from animals, garbage and food.

Billie Jean is not the first person whose hoarding instincts proved fatal. In May, an aging Chicago couple was trapped for two weeks after being buried in their belongings. When they were rescued, they were found to have rat bites on their bodies.

To read the full story:  Las Vegas Hoarder Found Dead Among Possessions

For tips on Decluttering your own rabbit hole(s):  Declutter 101

Related posts:    Simplify Your Life * Give Your Stuff Away Day * Between The Wish & The Thing You Better Stop Shopping Around * I Don’t Want Stuff Anymore, Only Things  (Raptitude)

Attitude Is Everything August 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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Ever wonder about those people who claim they are giving more than 100%?

Or supervisors who ask everybody on the team to give 110%?

I’m guessing they didn’t major in math.

From a strictly mathematical perspective, we know that it’s impossible to give more than 100%. 

Or is it?

If the letters of the alphabet:

A B C D E F G H I J   K   L   M  N  O  P  Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

Are represented numerically by:

1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then:  

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K  => 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 => 98%

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E => 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 => 96%

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E  => 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

Based on this formula, we can conclude (to a high degree of  mathematical uncertainty) that: 

Attitude is everything!

Stay tuned. 

More Fun with Numbers coming soon!

Inspiration: e-mail from unknown author

Related posts: Certainty and Symmetry * SPOOKY: Last post = DCLXVI (666)

The Mayonnaise Jar August 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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Golf-BallA professor began class by filling an empty mayonnaise jar with golf balls.  When he asked the students if the jar was full, they agreed it was.

The professor then poured a box of pebbles into the jar.  He shook the jar to distribute the pebbles into the areas between the golf balls.  He again asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

Next, the professor poured sand into the jar, filling each nook and cranny, before asking once more if the jar was full.

After the students responded, “YES,” the professor grabbed a mug of coffee from under the table and poured it into the jar.

Laughter erupted in the room.

As the laughter subsided, the professor said:  I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

* The golf balls are important things ~ family, friends, health & wellness,   spiritual beliefs, pets, exercise & fitness, and favorite passions.  If you lost everything else, and they remained, your life would still be full.

* The pebbles represent things that round out your life, but which could be replaced ~ employment, shelter, transportation, and basic necessities.

* The sand represents time wasters and small stuff which don’t add appreciably to your enjoyment of life ~ gossip, gizmos, gadgets, video games, TV, shopping, newspapers, magazines, etc.

If you pour the sand into the jar first, the pebbles and golf balls won’t all fit.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy juggling the small stuff, you will never have room for things that are important.  Set priorities and make room for things that are critical to your happiness.  

Play with your children.  Spend time with parents and grandparents.  Eat right, exercise, and get medical checkups.  Take your spouse out to dinner.  Play another 18 holes.  Cleaning the house and fixing the disposal can wait.

A student raised her hand and asked, “What does the coffee represent?”

The professor smiled, “I’m glad you asked.  No matter how full your life  seems, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.”

Inspiration:  E-mail from unknown author

Related posts:  Simplify Your Life *  Life Lessons ~ Randy Pausch * The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch) * Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

(Duck) Soup To Nuts August 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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Lexophiles love words, especially a good play on words (or even a bad play on words).

Most of these puns came from e-mails I’ve saved over the years.  A few are of more recent vintage.  

Enjoys these last few puns, from (Duck) Soup To Nuts:

1.  Why did the calendar start crying?

The doctor said its days were numbered.

2.  What happens when a clock is hungry?

It goes back four seconds.

3.   Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

4.  What do you call a chicken crossing the road?

Poultry in motion.

5.  Why didn’t you make yourself an omelette?

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

6.  What happens when the smog lifts in Los Angeles?

U.C.L.A.

7.  Don’t you want to go shopping?

Nah, when you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

8.  Two atoms collide.  The first asks, “Are you OK?” “No. I lost an electron!” “Are you sure?”

“Yeah, I’m positive!”

9.  Why can’t a bicycle stand alone?

It’s two tired.

10.  What’s the difference between democracy and feudalism?

In a democracy, your vote counts.  In feudalism, your Count votes.

Oh, all right, one more:

11.  What happened when Minnie married?

            She got a new name and a dress.

To see Daffy Duck and Porky Pig:  Duck Soup To Nuts

For More Pun Fun, visit PUNS ~ A Play On Words

A History Mystery August 31, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, People.
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Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, and elected President in 1860.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946, and elected President in 1960.

Both changed the course of civil rights.

Both had a child die while living in the White House.  Both were shot in the head on a Friday (with their wives present).  Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theatre.  Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln (made by Ford).

Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.

Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

 But wait . . .

There’s more . . .

Both assassins were Southerners, known by three names (of fifteen letters total), and neither stood trial:

John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, ran from a theatre and was caught in a warehouse (tobacco shed).

Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy, then  ran from a warehouse (book depository) to hide in a theatre.

Both Booth and Oswald were killed before trial.

Related article:  Linkin’ Kennedy (snopes.com)

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Inspiration:  e-mail from unknown author