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Useless Friday Info

Well just like I said, it’s back!

What better way to get the blog rolling again than with this week’s edition of Useless Friday Info.

Up, Up and away!

Stampede Pass, Washington averages over 430 inches of snow per year.

The largest snow flakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America.  The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.

To take the lumps out of a bag of sugar, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The first Ferris wheel was built in Atlantic City in 1869.

It takes 3500 calories to make a pound.

All swans in England are the property of the queen or king.

About 8,000 people must live in a community before the U.S. government calls it a city.

You Christmas candles will last longer and burn longer when you put them in the fridge for at least an hour before lighting them.

The word pound is often abbreviated as lb.  This comes from the Latin word libra which literally means “balance” as in scale.

Dry cereal for breakfast was invited by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century.

It’s back!

I’ve literally received hundreds of emails.

There have been people threatening to take their lives.

Some people have gone into deep depression.

And it’s all because you have been missing “Useless Friday Info”.

It’s hard for me to believe that something so simple could impact so many lives.

Well today I am glad to let you know that “it’s back”!

“Useless Friday Info” is now back and better than ever.

Here is this week’s edition:

A one minute kiss burns 26 calories

The Olympic motto is Citius-Altius-Fortius, which is Latin for “faster, higher, stronger.”  The intended meaning is that one’s focus should be on bettering one’s achievements, rather than on coming in first.

A quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

In the game of Monopoly, the properties are named after streets in Atlantic City.

454 U.S. dollar bills weigh exactly one pound.

Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.

Lemons ripen after you pick them, but oranges do not.

Almonds are part of the peach family.

It was something so simple

This past Monday I was doing something that I always do….I was cleaning at Crossroads.  Every Monday we get ready for a new week by cleaning the church.  It’s something that brings our team together and saves the church some money.

Needless to say it was Monday as usual. 

As I walked into the lobby at Crossroads I saw something that needed to be picked up so I bent over and that’s when it happened.  This sharp pain ran across my back at about the level of where my belt is in my jeans.  After I yelled out really loud, I could hardly straighten back up.  I simply bent over to pick something up that weighed no more than an ounce or two.  I didn’t lift something that was heavy.  I didn’t pull on something that was big and bulky.  I simply bent over.

Today is day five of this excruciating pain.   I can’t sit or stand without making all kinds of weird facial expressions.  If you see me walking you would probably think that I have one foot in the grave.  The pain is bad but watching me try to walk is even worse.

It’s hard to believe how a little pain in my back is impacting my whole body.  The pain in my back has impacted everything I’ve tried to accomplish and in some ways it’s keeping me from accomplishing certain things.

This week I’ve been reminded of the importance of my back and how it supports and contributes so much to the rest of my body.  My back being out has impacted every aspect of my life.

It’s no different in the church.  Every person in some way has a part to play.  Some of us are a hand, some of us are an eye and some of us are a back.  You can read 1 Corinthians 12 and see the important contribution that everyone plays.

If we choose not to do our part then it impacts the rest of the body just like my back has impacted the rest of my body over the past several days.

Every church is in need of the part that you play as a part of that body.  It doesn’t always mean that things will go exactly as we want them to go but we still need to play our part.  When one part ceases to function as it should then it impacts the rest of the body and when that happens it can cause the body some pain.  It can also keep the body from fuctioning as it should.

Have you found your place as part of the body?  Could you be the missing part that will help your church function like God designed it to function?

 I’m looking forward to the next few days when my back is normal again.  It’s then and only then that I can be and do all that God wants me to do.

In the meantime….can someone pass the Icy Hot!

There has to be something wrong with me!

It’s Friday.

I’m sitting in my office and I’m watching it snow.

You really don’t know how bad I need to get some work done.  There’s so much to do around this place it isn’t even funny.

But I catch myself just starring out the window and watching the snow fall.

I’m letting the minutes of this day tick by ……there has to be something wrong with me.

I’m not getting anything done.

What would you ask for?

Lot’s of people are hurting these days.

Some people are out of job.  Some people are having trouble in their relationships.   Still others are experiencing the pain of a health issue.

If you had the opportunity to ask for one thing and be guaranteed that it would be given to you, what would you ask for?

Be real…be honest.

What is the one thing you would ask for over anything else….

Deep and wide

If you went to church when you were young, you probably remember a  song that said, “Deep and wide.  Deep and wide.  There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.”

If you want to pick up the phone and call me, I can sing that to you…but you probably shouldn’t because it would be painful to your ears.  I love to sing, but I can’t carry a tune for anything.

As I was making my way through Proverbs today I read this:

“Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.”  Proverbs 20:5 (The Message)

Reading that reminded me of something I said to someone the other day.  It’s a statement that someone else made, but it was worth remembering and it goes like this, “You can’t withdraw where you haven’t deposited.” There’s such truth in that statement.  None of us can expect to withdraw what wasn’t there in the first place.

Knowing what is right, doing what is right, is something that has found its place deep inside of us.  It may come from  many different things that we are exposed to during the course of our lives.  It could be our parents, our friends, the scripture or any number or combination of things.  But it has to find its way in our lives.

When was the last time you were able to draw from deep within yourself and do the right thing….even though it may have been painful?

I’d love to hear from you….I’ll start off by giving you mine in the comments section.

“Hey Fido…I’ve got you covered!”

I’m getting prepared for the “rapture”!

Yes, you read that right.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. I’m standing here outside the door.  I hate to wake you up to say goodbye!

“Oh, and in regards to you “fido”….I’ve made sure that you are all taken care of in my absence.”

It’s called “Post Rapture Pet Care” and I want to share it with you….all of my friends.

Check it out!

….and what will they think of next?

Useless Friday Info

It’s hard for me to believe that this is the last “Useless Friday Info” for 2009.

Man, have we learned lots of “useless” stuff during this roller coaster of a year.

With that being said, “Let me wish you a Happy New Year and come back to the blog often in 2010 for more “Useless Friday Info”.

Here we go…..

“Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.”

“The elephant is the only animal with four knees.”

“Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States”

“Ty Cobb was baseball’s first millionaire.”

“A cat’s ability to see well at night is due to its tapturn, a membrane that reflects the light from the back of the cat’s eye.  It’s also what causes the weird glowing effect in the dark.”

“The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.”

“Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.”

“The term “Cop” comes from Constable on Patrol, which is a term used in England.”

“In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s slippers were not ruby but silver.  The color was changed in the movie for Technicolor purposes.”

“The name for Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet ans saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

“On the east face of the aluminum apex of the Washington Monument are the words “LAUS DEO” which is Latin for praise be to God.”

“The Tootsie Roll is named after its creator Leo Hirshfield’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie.  It was the first penny candy that was individually wrapped.  During WW II, Tootsie Rolls were placed in soldiers ration kits because it could survive various weather conditions.”

What’s your worst?

We all have lots of favorites when it comes to Christmas.

Some of us love the food.

Some of us love the friends.

Some of us love the giving and receiving.

We all have favorite’s when it comes to Christmas.

But I want to know what is the “worst” thing that happens around or is associated with Christmas?  What is one thing that you could say is associated with Christmas that is absolutely the “worst”?  What’s your personal “worst” when it comes to Christmas?

I’m not going to even give you an suggestions….just let me know!

Two on Tuesday

With the Christmas holidays in full force…..I was sure to find lots of opportunity for “disappointment”on my Tuesday!

As most of you know, I take an opportunity on Tuesday’s to let you know a couple of my “light-hearted” disappointments from one day of the week.

Here is this week’s “Two on Tuesday”:

  • Did you know that some of the McDonald’s now have an automated drink filling machine?  It seems that those machines just can’t get the ratio of ice to soda right!  Don’t believe me?  Then try the McDonald’s on West Main Street in Lebanon.
  • Why does it seem that the traffic lights get slower at Christmas?  Really, why does it seem that they go so slow?  I think it is a conspiracy to keep us in the parking lots of the stores!  Just give some of the lights at the malls a closer look over the next few days.

That’s it for this week.  Enjoy each day and get your shopping done early!

If you need my sizes, just email me.  But gift cards work the best!