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THURSDAY THUNKS....


1. If you won a brand new house in a Dream House Giveaway would you move into it, sell it to pay the taxes and make a profit, rent it out or give it to a family member/friend who might need it? I think I already have a 'dream house'. So, I'd sell it; pay the tax and then invest the profit--- definitely.

2. Are you good at billards? You mean billiards...right? Yes....well, let's put it this way, I love the game. I tellya, I've always liked playing with balls....and lots of 'em even makes the play more fun!! I like the long slender stick too. Eight ball in the corner pocket! I win....rack 'em up. Double or nothing.

3. Does anyone on the planet really want to see Levi Johnston naked in Playgirl (other than when Bristol Palin did)? Huh? I'm probably the only one that is going rogue on this!! The way the question is written, it's like we all saw him the same time Bristol did....I think not! I'll, personally, be glad when the media hoopla over this Alaskan family is over!!!!

4. Is your phone ringing right now? Nope....I always have the ringer off. It's something I do. [if you haven't heard...I don't like phones. ---The ringer is turned off, but it's still an active phone...If there is an incoming call, it lights up with picture ID---and vibrates; which is especially nice when I'm in the middle of my billiard game.]

5. Do you think man has eaten or tried to eat every type of animal on the face of the earth at one point or another? If not, what don't you think man has tried? I just bet anything and everything has been tried at least once. I'm thinking perhaps termites...but then again ....there's a show called Survivor, so the little 'termies' have been tried and tested. I like meat myself, but I am probably not considered a carnivore ---I don't salivate at road kill and I don't stop to grab a bite to eat at the sight either....and I'm not one to hunt and kill and ravenously bite open the warm flesh to eat...blood and all. Enough already...I'm moving to question number six---

6. The new movie Avatar has been showing sneak peeks and been hyped to the max. Will you see it? I've only seen the preview once...and to be honest I never paid attention. Will I see it? At the movie theater, :::shrug:::....perhaps when it comes to DVD.

7. If a slightly bigger fish eats a small fish, then a bigger fish immediately eats that one, then an even bigger fish immediately eats that fish and then finally a huge fish eats the one that just ate that fish and it gets caught by you... how many meals will you have from that one fish? Depends on if it's fresh water or salt water fish here!! Oh heck...what I'm really trying to say is that "SIZE does matter." I'm on a roll!!!

8. If you had an appointment with the doctor and all the plants in the office were dead, would you still see the doctor? The plants I've ever seen are made of silk these days. What does that tell me? Doctors are artificial. There's that 'fish' word again...artiFISHal.

9. Have you ever seen the number 666 in a dream? No not that I recall...but ironically the other day, the atomic thermometer we have had the indoor temp 66.6!!! Made me take a double take on the reading f'rshure!!

10. "At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment."
~ Benjamin Franklin
So what happens at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100? 50---the number of candles on my cake lights the way. 60---they heat the room. 70---they are used to warm up the strained carrots. 80---they set off the alarm. 90---gives me a chance to meet and greet the best lookin' firefighter crew ever!! And 100 candles...well, the ashes on the news coverage shows just how hot I really am at that age!!

11. Would you want your phone number to be (area code) 123-4567? I've always wanted my number to be ----3668-2255-63-455-2255-968 [you'll need to have a phone keypad to figure it out if you're interested]



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THURSDAY 13

For Thursday 13, I sometimes do research to find 13 facts. Of course, Google comes into play. I always learn so much doing it this way. In fact I told Bud "I sure wish we would've had Google back some 50 years ago..." I then added: "We'd all be brilliant!" He so sternly disagreed with me. In fact his comeback was "Not really, I'd still be getting C's and D's. I'd still be trying to figure out how to log in and use the keyboard." It was funny. You had to be there!! Mainly, 'cause it's true!! He can't type worth diddly squat and hunts and pecks at the keyboard....



THURSDAY 13...
aka How Long Did it Take You to Figure This Out----

1] This was first written in 1788
2] Poet: Robert Burns
3] Made to music
4] Sang most always on the year's end holidays
5] Also sang on Burns' Day January 25th
6] Scottish by heritage [song and poet]
7] Thought to be sung/read for friendships long past
8] "Modern" translation is: "Time Gone By"
9] The music which Burns composed for this song was rejected by his publisher, and Burns then submitted an existing tune. Burns’ song was not published until 1796, after Burns’ death.
10] Robert Burns, or Rabbie as he was known, was the son of a farmer, born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in the southwest of Scotland on January 25, 1759.
11] George Thomson a Fife‑born music publisher enlisted Burns to write lyrics for 114 songs and he commissioned many of the leading European composers, including Haydn and Beethoven, to set many of these poems to music. Burns was working on this collection up until his death.
12] Literally, it translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago'
13] Pronounced properly "Awl-d Lang Sign" [We North Americans seem to mispronounce it with the "Z" in Syne...it should be with a soft 's'.]


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered mony a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled i' the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught

For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.



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As y'all know from my last book review on "Lost Symbol", I picked out another book that is part of my 'to read' stack. This one, Bud read in paperback edition about a year ago and liked it a lot. He raved of it. But, he then traded it in without giving me a chance to read it. Of course, I'd prefer the larger books...hardcover; because paperback print is too small & straining on my eyes. Well, I then went and bought the hardcover edition and saved it to my ever-growing shelf of books I wanted to read. And of course being that Dan Brown's books are so controversial to many, I feel compelled to perhaps follow-up on some more of the same subject. This one, The Betrayal, by the Gear couple is just that...fiction. A Novel. It's been 32 years of research on writing this book. To quote the authors: "One of the most important discoveries we made in our search for the historical Jesus was that the original gospels had undergone a great deal of editing and rewriting in their long journey to become the books we know today as the New Testament." And of course, I'm always open to new things, new concepts and profound ideas. I never close my mind to something that perhaps would shock a nation...shock the whole Christiandom [if there is such a word as Christiandom...Google says there is, so I'm going with it]. A couple of reviews, other than Bud's word, states "I've read many books on Jesus. Few range as widely or as deeply into his life and the early centuries of Christianity as The Betrayal. A passionate book about a man who changed the history of the world."--Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Lights Along the Way: Great Stories of American Faith. And --"This is a unique and creative telling of a vital story and offers a depth of knowledge and information unmatched in any other work of fiction."--Lewis Perdue, New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Legacy. I'm sure I'll have an opinion if I complete the entire book. Only then, will I agree or disagree. LOL






POSTED: Thursday, November 19th, 2009
4:34 A.M.




38 comments :

  1. Good answers on the thunks. I like watching food shows like Anthony Bourdain's and Jeff Corwin's where they eat all kind of weird things.

    I got the Thursday 13 on the fourth clue.

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  2. Good morning Annie. I was so intrigued by your post today. Each of the 13 was a great read. It is too early for me. I did not catch on. HA! I really enjoyed your post today. Thanks for all the hard work doing it.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  3. Love your T13 facts most of which I didn't know. It took me until the end to know what song you were talking about.

    You commented on my T13 (thank you btw) about my date night. Sadly we rarely go on date nights because I think about the time that will come when we will have plenty of nights without kids. Hard to balance.

    Have a great day :)

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  4. oh how nice, your phone number i mean... i used to spell words at my phone's pin number so i'd remember it, now with touchscreen, i can't anymore, since it's back to a plain keyboard without letters... oh the changes we have to adjust to, heee heee heeeee

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  5. So those are the words....

    Amen about that 'Alaskan' family. I hear they're in San Diego living right now.

    http://iamharriet.blogspot.com/2009/11/would-you-want-your-phone-number-to-be.html

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  6. what a creative list you got! I have to google everything, :)

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  7. That was interesting. How cool is it that we still sing a song that was written in 1788. It just fascinates me when things make it through 50 years..let alone 200.

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  8. oooooo so you like balls eh! and with a long stick. girl, you're good! had me ROTFLMAO!

    nice new page look too.

    hugs,

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  9. I love Auld lang syne.. I used to hum that for my kids when they were babies..

    I am sharing the movies that we like to watch over and over again

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  10. My my my...... I have to have another cup of coffee and then re-read your post.. You have one of those minds that others need lots of quiet time to read.......hahahh You are so enjoyable and if I were going to comment on one thing it would be the Billiards! I love the game and played all the time while living in Tulsa. They have or used to have places called Q spots. They were safe and family friendly. Me and another single gal would go out every Friday and Saturday night and shoot pool! What a time we had! I got pretty "salty" over a couple of years........ 8 ball in the corner pocket if you please!

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  11. Anni,

    Great post today. Enjoyed your thirteen. I haven't played billards in years. I doubt if I could even hit the ball, let alone put one in a pocket. I used to love the game though. Just something I never kept up.

    If I won a dream home, I would also sell it, take the money and buy a smaller affordable house and invest the rest. The Princess Margaret Lottery (cancer hospital) gives a few homes away a couple of times a year but the price for a ticket is far out of my league.

    Enjoy your day, my friend.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  12. I sing "Ault Lang Syne", but I didn't know much about the history of the song. Thanks.

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  13. I cheeted and glanced at the answer. I couldn't help myself!

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  14. That used to be one of my Mom's favorite songs. I'm sure going to miss her this Christmas
    Happy T13!

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  15. Good information on the Auld Lang Syne history! I just came back from a visit to Robert Burns' home country and visited a museum dedicated to him, Robert Louis Stevenson & Sir Walter Scott. So I knew the answer early in your list of 13!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  16. Got your T13 in 3. But loved all the Robbie Burns info. I feel the same way as you about Googling stuff. I have an insatiable appetite for it.

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  17. I figured it out at #4. The other clues didn't help me at all. Of course, the last one gives it away.

    The thunks were pretty funny. Do you suppose there would be so much hoopla if she weren't from Alaska? Maybe Nebraska or something like that? Us Alaskas are pretty special to garner so much attention. :)

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  18. I LOVE the age progression!! I'm going to send that to my Mom, who will promptly smack me lol. But not before I laugh really hard!

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  19. Wow, I didn't know all that about Auld Lang Syne. Very interesting!

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  20. Love this week's Thursday Thirteen, and everyone I know has always pronounced the song title with a soft 'S'.

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  21. Your TT was very interesting.

    Ugh - I don't like silk flowers. I prefer real ones.

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  22. I hate phones, too. Makes everyone crazy because I don't feel compeled to answer when it rings (if I have the ringer on.)

    Love your answer to #10.

    Wonderful T13.

    Thursday Thirteen - My Drive to Work

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  23. I would sell the house too :)
    Enjoy reading those Thursday Thunks, I might even play one day!! since I don't do the T13 anymore...
    Happy Thursday! I don't want to be late...

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  24. You are on for 8 ball! Double or nothing it is...

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  25. "Dont Call Me I'll Call You?" I love it. And I'm so with ya my friend. SIZE does matter. Maybe sometimes how you use it counts...but...i'm just saying LOL. Loved all your answers as usual. I didn't know of any other way to pronounce Auld Lang Syne. Thank goodness for my mom teaching me that one correctly :)

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  26. I guessed correctly by number 4, but I new I was right for sure by number 8. Great TT!!

    If you want to try to boil peanuts, you have to buy the green ones and you boil them in very salty water.....eat them while they are hot (and for heaven's sake don't eat the shells!) they are wonderful!!!

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  27. Great answers! Don't you just love Thursday Thunks!

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  28. i think i am going to buy a phone just like yours. thanks for visiting mine!

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  29. Another great Thursday compilation! I was pretty sure I knew the song by #2 and positive by #4, but only because my brother has been known to play it for hours on the bagpipes. ~ Calico Contemplations

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  30. First of all...is billiards the same thing as pool? I've played pool before but not billiards...unless they mean the same thing! lol Goodness gracious, I can so confuse myself at times!!!!

    There's a neighbour down the street who won one of those dream houses complete with furniture and they lived in it for a year and then sold it. Then, the year after, she won a car!! I need to go rub her for luck me thinks!

    As usual your Thursday Thunks had me giggling and I'm so glad that we agree on one thing..size does matter! hehe Oh yes, we're talking about the fish here...ahem!

    I haven't even heard about the movie "Avatar"! Hold on, I'm gonna google it. Ok I'm back and found this...|In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture." Yup, I'll wait until it comes out on DVD as well! lol

    Auld Lang Syne was written in 1788? WOW! I knew it was old but not that old. No New Year's Eve is complete for me unless I hear that song, love it.

    Take care my friend and hope your week has been going well:-) xoxo

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  31. Guessed this one from the first trivia piece and knew it by the 2nd. (I read and write poetry.) However, there is much trivia here I did not know and thank you for timely and interesting info!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  32. Oh, wish I had more time to read your thunks carefully, but I did get down to the "phone ringer off always." Me, too! (Even before caller ID!). Cannot stand the phone ringing, probably because it's usually a marketing call. Argh!

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  33. Guessed it by #4! But that was a pretty big giveaway!

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  34. I once had a calculator that kept showing 666 so I tossed it in the trash - I believe in not taking any chances, lol.

    How've you been Anni? I've missed a few T13s but I'm back with 13 reasons why I started to paint the old fashioned way again - probably one of the reasons I've missed a few as I've had my head buried in paint!

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  35. Great post today, Anni. You are, as ever, quick on your feet. Sorry to be so late but I wanted to drop in and say hello.

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  36. I, too, am open to looking outside the square and I'm gonna find that book and read it. Sounds fascinating. However, there will be heaps of people up in arms thinking it's sacrilege...as the authors say - it's a novel!

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