As you know, I believe in the value of communicating with a healthy dose of humor and creativity. So keeping that in mind, here’s a personal favorite from my newspaper humor column, Something To Laugh About…
I don’t admit to knowing everything, unless I’m talked into a corner and the person who steered me into that awkward position wants facts:
“Just because I know,” is a standard answer. Obviously I consider it to be a pretty good one, because I’ve been using it since I was three years old.
This reply doesn’t work too well in our house, especially when I use it in front of my wife Debbie. I still won’t admit to knowing everything, but I’ve occasionally claimed to know a little bit about everything. Our kids might buy it if I use big words and talk convincingly, but Debbie refuses to go along. When I corner her about how she can be so sure that I’m not an undiscovered genius, she has a standard answer to back up her superior intelligence:
“Just because I know.”
For the average guy, that answer would be enough. For Debbie, it’s only a beginning.
Earlier this week I received an email from my wife testing my know-it-all attitude. I won’t discuss how the Internet has changed ways the world and even married couples communicate (she was only in a room down the hall), but her method of communication didn’t allow me to give a verbal response – not to mention my standard answer – without leaving my comfortable office chair or trying to shout through walls.
It’s just as well though, because my standard answer wouldn’t work anyway.
She must have been having a cyberspace discussion with some of her friends about know-it-all husbands since it was forwarded to a few addresses I recognized. Plus the subject line was something I’m sure we’ve all heard before…
“You think you know everything?”
I used to think so, but not anymore…
* Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury
* Men can read smaller print; women can hear better.
* Coca-Cola was originally green.
* It’s impossible to lick your elbow.
* The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
* The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28 percent.
* The average number of people airborne over the U.S. at any hour: 61,000
* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
* The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
* The youngest Pope was 11 years old.
* The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer
* San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monuments.
* Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
- Spades – King David
- Hearts – Charlemagne
- Clubs – Alexander The Great
- Diamonds – Julius Caesar
* 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
* If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
* Only two people signed The Declaration Of Independence on July 4th – John Hancock and Charles Thompson. Most of the others signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn’t added until five years later.
* Hershey’s Kisses were named because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
* Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
* Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular name requested? Obession.
* If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until finding the letter A? One thousand.
* What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common? They were all invented by women.
* What is the only food that doesn’t spoil? Honey.
* What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic? He was allergic to carrots.
* What is an activity performed by 40 percent of all people at a party? Snoop in your medicine cabinet.
* It was the practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month – known today as the honeymoon.
* In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden – and the word “golf” entered into the English language.
* At least 75 percent of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
Musical interlude: Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who (at least I hope not!)
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