Stephen Hawking

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said ‘What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.’ The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the turtle standing on’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the little old lady. ‘But it’s turtles all the way down.’

– Stephen William Hawking

Happy Birds

It’s early Saturday evening, and in an hour, the sun will be setting at 8:24 PM. Have the windows open, the baseball game is on the TV, and the best part is, the numerous birds all happy and chipper as they are tweeting away in one massive chorus. Sitting here listening to the birds, they are saying that there is still a lot to like about the earth, that we all call home. With a touch of Zen, life is grand.

Mother Nature

It seems that mother nature has a problem.
The problem is, she must have a very itchy scalp.
With all the dandruff falling from the sky above,
it looks like she needs a good shampooing, with
a good rinsing.
Then a apply some conditioning, then rinse
and repeat.
Now, all this dandruff is landing on planet
earth, and are the ones who have to deal with it.

When the weather warms up, then a real good
rinsing will commence, and then it will wash away
all the built up dandruff, that she wanted to
share with us.

— A Pondering Mind


From the email inbox:

When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise, God appeared and said, “I want the men to make two lines.
One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.
I want all the women to report to St.Peter.” Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long,and in the line of men
who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said to the long line, “You men should be ashamed of yourselves, I created you to be the head of your household!
You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him.”

God turned to the one man, “How did you manage to be the only one in this line?”
The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”


We eat
We cook
We drink
We sleep
We talk
We walk
We read
We go to school
We study
We work
We play
We travel
We write
We type
We draw
We watch TV
We go to movies
We drive
We fly
We ride
We discuss
We argue
We laugh
We smile
We cry

All the things we do or, for some people some of them.
We’re all human, and since we’re on this planet for a very short time, we should enjoy everything we do.
It’s what makes life on Earth interesting.

A Pondering Mind 2014

Facts you may not know

From my email inbox:

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never  wears out
and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Gold is  the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for
thousands of years .
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body  that is attached at only one end .
If you stop getting thirsty, you need  to drink more water. When a human body is
dehydrated, its thirst mechanism  shuts off.
Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of  tobacco-related
Zero is the only number that cannot be  represented by Roman numerals
Kites were used in the American Civil War  to deliver letters and newspapers.
The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at  the stroke of midnight in almost every
English-speaking country in the world  to bring in the new year.
Drinking water after eating reduces the acid  in your mouth by 61 percent
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines  because it doesn’t smoke unless
it’s heated above 450F
The roar that  we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not
the ocean,
but  rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
Nine out  of every 10 living things live in the ocean
The banana cannot reproduce  itself. It can be propagated only by the
hand of man
Airports at higher  altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density
The  University of Alaska spans four time zones
The tooth is the only part of  the human body that cannot heal itself.
In ancient Greece , tossing an  apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of
marriage. Catching it meant  she accepted.
Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright  to the song Happy
Intelligent people have more zinc and  copper in their hair.
A comet’s tail always points away from the sun
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the  disease it
was intended to prevent
Caffeine increases the power of  aspirin and other painkillers, that
is why it is
found in some medicines.
The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when  knights
in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
If  you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see
stars, even in the middle of the day.
When a person dies, hearing is  the last sense to go. The first sense lost is
In ancient times  strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed
Strawberries are  the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside
Avocados have the  highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred
The  moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust
Due to earth’s  gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000
Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy
Soldiers do not  march in step when going across bridges because they could set
up a  vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down
Everything  weighs one percent less at the equator
For every extra kilogram carried  on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are
needed at lift-off
The  letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
And last but not least:
This is called ‘money bags’. So send  this on to 5 and money will arrive in 5
days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have
money troubles for the rest of  the year
Superstitious or not, I passed this along because it is interesting information.

If People Walk In The Woods For The Love… Henry David Thoreau

If people walk in the woods for the love of them half of each day, they are in danger of being regarded as loafers; but if they spend their whole days as speculators, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, they are esteemed industrious and enterprising citizens. As if a town had no interest in forests but to cut them down!

-Henry David Thoreau


And man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”

Art Buchwald, 1970