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-- The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were
Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
-- Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
-- Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
-- Coca-Cola was originally green.
-- It is nearly impossible to lick your elbow.
-- The State with the highest % of people who walk to work: Alaska.
-- The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%.
-- Now get this. The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.
-- The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.
-- 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 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 Thomson.
Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
-- "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
-- Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes
them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

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-- In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the
ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep
tight."
-- It was the accepted 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." We know it today as "the
honeymoon."
-- In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly,
the bartender would yell at them mind their own "pints and quarts" and settle down. It's where we get
the "mind your P's and Q's."
-- Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their
ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle"
is the phrase inspired by this practice.
-- In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled "Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden." And thus
the word GOLF entered into the English language.
-- At least 75% of people who read this will try to ... lick their elbow.
Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month ?
A. Conception.
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what ?
A. Their birthplace.
Q. Boat owners name their boats. What's the most popular boat name ?
A. Obsession.
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until
you would find the letter "A" ?
A. One thousand.
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers,
dishwashers, and laser printers all have in common ?
A. All invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil ?
A. Honey.
Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year ?
A. Fathers Day.
Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic ?
A. He was allergic to carrots.
Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party ?
A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

The Sony HDV camcorder includes several features to provide a total professional
solution compatible with the HDV format, including non-linear editing systems and
an i.LINK interface for HD-SDI conversion. "Having a high-definition strategy is an
operational requirement today, for everyone from broadcasters and program
producers to wedding and event videographers and cinematographers," said Bob
Ott, vice president of professional video and audio products in Sony's Broadcast
and Production Systems Division. The establishment of the HDV format was jointly
announced by Sony Corporation, Canon Inc., Sharp Corporation and Victor
Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) in September 2003. HDV has been supported
by Adobe Systems Incorporated, Avid Technology Inc., Canopus Co., Ltd., Miranda
Technology Inc., Pinnacle Systems Inc., Sobey Digital Technology Co., Ltd., Sony
Pictures Digital, Inc. and Ulead Systems Inc., and 12 other leading technology
companies. In 2004, Apple announced its commitment to support the HDV format
in future Final Cut Pro releases. The updated HDV format supporters' list is
available at http://www.hdv-info.org/support.htm.

Hi-Pod Extreme Monopod ... easy one-person setup and innovative design make
the HI-POD perfect for sporting events, news event coverage, press conferences,
etc. The HI-POD not only towers above ordinary tripods, it's also rugged, light
weight and accommodates many different cameras. The Hoffman Agency.
Sony jumps into the HDV market. Sony now has a three CCD HDV handheld video camera. Although information
on the device is scarce, a couple details have been released. The camera can record 1080 lines interlaced HDV
standard video in 16:9 aspect ratio and feature 2: a 12x optical zoom. It has dedicated manual audio control in the
back and dedicated iris control below the lens. The HD camcamera sells for under $5,000. That does make it one of
the most affordable HD video cameras on the market and put in within reach of many sophisticated consumers. The
first High Definition handheld video camera by Sony is the Sony HDC-X300. But there is more. We have the word ...
a second model from Sony enters the market in WInter 2005.

It was reported that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabelle approaching Washington DC, the military
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the
assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir !" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a
tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be
afforded to a service person. Funny, the United States Senate and House of Congress took 2 days off, saying that they
couldn't work because of the expected storm. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

I don't usually suggest that many emails be forwarded, but I'd be proud if this one reached as many as possible.
THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW. What an amazing bit of Americana --

-- Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of their life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under
the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of
their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform (fighting) or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath
pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard
must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. The shoes are specially made with very thick
soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to
make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in
front of a full-length mirror. The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is
spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are
and where they are interred. Among the notables are: U.S. President Taft, Joe E. Lewis (the boxer) and Medal of Honor
winner Audie Murphy (the most decorated soldier of WWII) of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five hours a day
getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.
Subject: This is true dedication.

Thought you might enjoy learning about this bit of Americana. Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ...
1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why ? Answer: 21
steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why ? Answer: 21 seconds for the
same reason as answer number 1.
3. Why are his gloves wet ? Answer: His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not ? He carries the rifle on the shoulder
away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face, and moves the rifle to the outside
shoulder.
5. How often are the guards changed ? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a
year.
6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to ? For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be
between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30 inches.


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