Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lessons Learned – and Some Fun Facts

It’s important to keep learning at any age. Whether it be from a little research, some mistake, or an achievement, we need to take something new out of every day. Otherwise we stagnate as intellectual creatures.

It seems that I learned a lot this summer. Some lessons were bittersweet, others comical, and one downright painful.

Here are a few:

Do not grow four cucumber plants unless you want upwards of eighty pickle jars.

Almost everyone in our socio-economic network likes dill pickles.

Do not stare solely at the ground while mowing the lawn – some aggressive hornets nest high.

Bread and butter pickles really are tasty alone on a slice of bread with a little butter.

Aphids are even creepier than I thought (thanks Lisa – you can read her fascinating blog post here).

Make sure the mechanic received the unusual car part you ordered before driving twenty minutes one way for the (now useless) appointment.

Loofah sponges are derived from a fully ripe Asian fruit from the cucumber family, which is edible when harvested young.

Marglobe tomatoes are as picture perfect pretty as they are delicious.

A certain toilet cleaning tablet with Braille printed on the label doesn’t work as advertised (maybe Brian had a valid point when he asked, “If you were blind how would you know if it cleaned the toilet or not?”).

Marglobe tomato plants produce a lot of fruit.

Every United States president in the history of this nation has had siblings.

Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the scientific name for ‘brain freeze’.

People get more amusing with their beloved pets every day.

I could go on and on. It seems better to wrap things up and let everyone get on with their day. ~grin~ I hope you are having a lovely week.

Did you now every bottle Snapple brand tea includes a fun factoid printed inside the lid?

Sweet Sandee of Comedy Plus linked this on her Happy Tuesday blog hop. You can find others below. I think we can all use a smile on this momentous 9/11 anniversary.


  1. All great advice and some I didn't know.

    I linked this post to Happy Tuesday.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  2. I have to do some googling after reading what you learned because I don't know many of the things you mentioned. Like the loofah sponges. I guess I thought they came from something in the ocean maybe.

    1. Have fun. ~grin~ I thought that about loofahs, too.

  3. That was good, I didn't know those things! Glad my comment gave you a giggle!

  4. Oh, Darla! If you're new to the Snapple Facts, you MUST see the old ones on their website


    They used to have weird ones my family called "freak of the day," like "Slugs have four noses." And we'd say, "What kind of freak has four noses? Why do they need four noses anyway, isn't one good enough?!"
    There is a daily app too, I had it on my computer until they ran out of "freaks" and started telling me household cleaning tips!
    I'm going to sign up for a daily phone one and see what that's like.
    "Text REALFACT to 762-775 for a daily fact."

    Thanks for linking my aphid post! Just when you think nature can't get any weirder you learn something even stranger.

    I haven't tried growing Marglobe, it sounds interesting.

  5. HAHA...I don't do Snapple so no I did not know that. Interesting lessons and or facts that you have listed. Funny, if we were to really take note we would realize that we learn new things daily....and my brain just can't seem to hold much new stuff anymore! haha....Oops...you have me running to check the Namath painting. It is correct, his given name is Joe Namath, from the football player. Don't scare me like that again please! haha

    1. I'm so glad you got the name right, though sorry for the child. Namath? For a first name? Ugh... I love you, my dear!

  6. I have not had that kind of tomato. We have grown loofahs and dried them, but never ate them before they matured. I want to now.

  7. Do I want to know how you learned some of that info?

    1. What are you suggesting, my dear? ~grin~ I'll let you keep guessing.

  8. So you met some angry hornets this summer?

    Love how that dog poses.

    1. Yup. Ugh... Thanks for asking. And I agree about that dot! Be well, my dear.


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