Fascinating things to know

By Eileen Wiseman

Did you know …?

Greeting cards: If you know someone who is celebrating a wedding anniversary of 50 years or more, the president will send them a greeting card. The address is: Greetings Office, Office of the President, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20500. The President will also send birthday greetings to those have a birthday of 80 years or older. For those who are celebrating their 100th birthday or more, send card requests to Special Events Office, Ohio Department of Aging, 50 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43266-0501. Include name, age and address of honoree in all correspondence.

Ceiling fans: They should run counter-clockwise (as you look up at them) in the summer. In the winter the blades should rotate in a clockwise motion.

Pool noodles: They can be cut and put over a hanger to form a curve to hold pants while they drip dry. Pool noodles can be found in most dollar stores.

Vinegar: There are many uses for vinegar. Most garbage disposal seals retain odors. Remove the seal and soak in vinegar for an hour and the odor should be gone.

Bread tags: They tell grocers which day the bread was shipped. Bread is delivered fresh five days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just as the days of week proceed in order, the bread tags’ colors go in alphabetical order: blue, green, red, white and yellow.

Gas symbol: Ever notice the triangle next to the gas symbol on your car’s dashboard? This lets us know which side of your car the gas cap is on.

Horse statues: Urban legend says that if a horse is rearing (with both front feet in the air), the rider died in battle. If one front leg is up, the rider was wounded in battle and later died of his wounds. If all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside of combat.

Jeep: The name Jeep came from the Army abbreviation for general purpose vehicle or G.P.

Jiffy: Jiffy is an actual unit of time. It is 1/100th of a second.

Snowflake: The largest snowflake ever recorded was in Keogh, Montana. It measured 15 inches wide.

Aliens: One out of five people believe aliens are hiding on earth disguised as humans. Take a close look at your friends!

Clouds: A single cloud can weigh 1 million pounds.

Hats: A 10-gallon hat only holds 3/4 gallon.

Eyes: Blue-eyed people have a higher tolerance for alcohol. Again, check your friends!

Otters: Otters hold hands while sleeping so they don’t drift away.

Moonwalk: The last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, promised his daughter that he would write her initials on the moon. He did and “TDC” will probably be on the moon for tens of thousands of years.

Drivers: Women are much safer drivers than men. Studies have shown that since 1975, accidents involving female drivers have resulted in less than half of fatalities of accidents involving male drivers. Aha!

Longevity: Extroverted, optimistic, agreeable, open minded and emotionally stable people live longer than others because they have stronger immune systems, healthier hearts and longer life spans. I am doomed!

Candy desk: The U.S. Senate has a desk full of candy. Every few months, the candy desk is assigned to a different senator, who is then in charge of always keeping the candy desk filled with a variety of goodies for members to eat.

Natural gas: Natural gas has no smell. Odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify leaks and then take measures to stop them.

Don’t we live in a wonderful, fascinating world?


By Eileen Wiseman

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.