Volume 15
A Fun Site created by
Professor William Hillman culled from a daily motivational series
compiled for his BU Education Classes 2000-2009
The daily tech news items have been omitted since many of the stories are now "old news."

An eclectic collection of oddities, humorous anecdotes, weird photos, funny headlines, cartoons, puzzles, inspirational items, jokes, and more. . .  gathered here as a reference repository for speakers, lecturers, teachers, students, writers, or Web travellers just looking for diversion and a bit of levity. 

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An Egyptian hieroglyph with what appears to be aircraft... or spacecraft.

A quick test of intelligence
Don't cheat!

Because if you did, the test would be no fun.
I promise, there are no tricks to the test.

Read this sentence:


(scroll down!)

Now count the F's in that sentence. Count them ONLY ONCE: do not go back and count them again. See below... Answer below:

Highlight the space below to find the answer.
Start your highlight here and drag down:

There are six F's in the sentence.
A person of average intelligence finds three of them.
If you spotted four, you're above average.
If you got five, you can turn your nose at most anybody.
If you caught six, you are a genius.
There is no catch. Many people forget the "OF"s.
The human brain tends to see them as V's and not F's. Pretty weird, huh?


Pick a number from 1 to 10

Subtract 5

Multiply by 3

Square it (example: square of 3 = 3 x 3 = 9)

Add digits of resulting number until you get single digit (for example 169=1+6+9 = 16 = 1+6 = 7)

Now if number is greater than 5 subtract 4 otherwise add 5

Multiply by 2

Subtract 6

If you got number 1 pick A, if 2 pick B, if 3 pick C, and so on

Now think of a country that starts from letter you picked

Pick up the second letter from the name of the country you picked

Now think of a mammal whose name starts from that letter

Think of the color of that mammal

Now SCROLL DOWN and highlight for the answer

"You have a grey elephant from Denmark"

The torch has been passedHis truth goes marching on
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Kennedy.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln.'

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Is this totally believable?... There are a few inaccuracies... Check them out at:


On September 11, 2001, terrorists used commercial aircraft to ram into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Some people think that the following pictures show an evil or tormented face in the issuing smoke.



This will give you something to think about!
You won't believe your eyes. Here are some sights that will baffle your brain.



Subject: BANANAS 

This is interesting. After Reading this,  you'll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas. Containing three  natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana  gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of  energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide  enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the  number one fruit with the world's leading  athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us  keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses  and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily  diet.

According to a  recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many  felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain  tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to  make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel  happier.

Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it  contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your  mood.

High in iron,  bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in  cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high  in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So  much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana  industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of  blood pressure and stroke

Brain  Power:
200 students at a Twickenham  (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas  at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has  shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more  alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can  help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without  resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of  curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The  banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted  blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your  system.

Bananas have a natural antacid  effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for  soothing relief.

Morning  Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep  blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito  bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try  rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it  amazingly successful at reducing swelling and  irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the  nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of  Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food  like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found  the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report  concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our  blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to  keep levels steady

The  banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its  soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without  distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces  irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature  control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling"  fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant  mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their  baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder  (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain  the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up  smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found  in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine  withdrawal.

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the  heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.  When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium  levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana  snack.

According to  research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,"eating bananas as part of a  regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as  40%!

Those keen on natural alternatives  swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place  it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with  a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many  ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the  carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and  twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one  of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known  phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor  away!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so  happy all the time!

Turning old music into digital

BBC News ~ by Chris Long
It was not that long ago that the only music storage format of any worth was the record. But ultimately the domination of digital technology relegated our vinyl recordings to the "stuff we used to have in the good old days" section of the great history book in the sky. Of course the assumption today is - despite The Beatles and Led Zeppelin still not being available on the likes of Napster and iTunes - that everything you might want is available digitally.

"On your hi-fi you'll see an input called phono. That's because it has to take this very low level up to what's known as line level, which is the line that things like your CD players, radio and telly are at. So that's for interfacing. . . .  for general soundcards all you need is to buy is a little box. "You're looking at a price range of probably £30 and upwards, from standard to very premium components." To copy your old cassettes it is exactly the same process, but without the need for the phono pre-amp. You can plug the tape player directly into your sound card. Most countries around the world operate a fair use policy, allowing people to copy their music for their own listening pleasure.

Crackle and pop and filters
"The user doesn't really need to know about the filters, though we provide very easy to use controls to remove a fair degree of those hisses and cracks. Unfortunately, the more we apply the filter the more of the music that you lose, so it's not an exact science, it requires that the user listen." Finally you need to add the tag information - or as we humans call it - the name of the album and its track listing.

This is where an interesting combination of the new Creator 8 software package and the internet comes into its own."We do that now with a really rich database of millions of popular music songs from around the world with all the track information - the track, the title, the genre, even the track number on the original LP. Easy Media Creator allows that now." The problem is that, if you have an even slightly obscure record, the all-knowing digital world turns out to be a rather ill informed digital world and offers up the wrong track names, but at least it tries. All you have to do is write your files to a CD and print a nice label and you too can revisit your old recordings. Let's hope that they are as good as the memories.

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