Lazy People Invent Things Because …

Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said: “I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” 

Call it laziness, creativity, or genius, whatever it is, I love finding tools that help me get things done in a smarter way. Such smart and lazy people have given the world inventions like a baby romper that dusts the floor while they crawl, glasses with mirrors arranged so that you can read a book in your lap even when you lie down flat, and suitcases that your kids can ride on through the airport like a scooter.

Most of the people I know, including me, can be classified as lazy and we all not only invent things to make life easier (if we are the inventive type), we appreciate anything someone else has already invented for us.

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo)

Following Rules — Or Not

Following Rules — Or Not.When I was a little girl I was a serious rule-follower. Something as small as a disappointed glance from an authority figure was enough to make my stomach churn. So when my first grade teacher got tired of wasted art supplies and made a rule that the kids needed to stop breaking crayons just for fun, you’d think I would easily fall in line.

But something got into me that day, and when I picked up my perfect red crayon to draw I suddenly had an urge I just couldn’t resist. When Mrs. Robbins wasn’t looking, I held my crayon in two hands and broke it easily with a satisfying snap.

Later that night, my mom just couldn’t understand why I was too sick to eat dinner and went to bed with a tummy ache.

I finally confessed, but the tummy ache lasted into the weekend, until my dad ran into Mrs. Robbins at the grocery store, told my story, and she said all was forgiven.

As an adult I looked back and realized the grocery store meeting was very likely a merciful fantasy fabricated by my dad just to make me feel better. But it worked!

(thanks MissouriQuiltCo.com)

More Facts About Cats:

Domesticated cats use vocalizations like meowing, purring and hissing – but feral cats are practically silent.

* Cats can pass their body through any space which they can fit their heads through.

* With extra thick enamel, less damaging saliva, less food retention between teeth and a mostly sugar-free diet, cats have better chompers than humans (this doesn’t mean they can’t have dental problems, so pay attention to your furry friend’s teeth!)

* Thanks to their powerful livers, cats can survive by drinking seawater if they have to.

* Cats’ life spans are on the rise – in the early 1980s cats were only expected to live seven years; now they are expected to live 12 – 15!

Computers — love them or hate them

𝒞💗𝓂𝓅𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝒱𝑒𝓇𝓈𝓊𝓈 𝑀𝑒❢ 𝒞🏵𝓂𝓅𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝒸❁𝓃𝓉𝒾𝓃𝓊𝑒 𝓉💍 𝒶𝓈𝓉💍𝓊𝓃𝒹/𝒻𝓇𝓊𝓈𝓉𝓇𝒶𝓉𝑒/𝒶𝓂𝒶𝓏𝑒 𝓂𝑒. 𝒜𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓌🍩𝓇𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓈💗 𝒽𝒶𝓇𝒹 𝒻🍩𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓅𝓇𝑒𝒸𝒾𝓈𝑒 𝓈𝓅𝒶𝒸𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝐼 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 — ❀𝓇 𝒷𝓊𝓁𝓁𝑒𝓉𝓈 😍𝓇 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 — 𝓌𝒽𝓎 🌸𝒽 𝓌𝒽𝓎 𝒹💍𝑒𝓈 𝒾𝓉 𝓈𝒸𝓇𝒶𝓂𝒷𝓁𝑒 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔? ❀𝓇 𝓌𝒽𝓎 𝒹🏵𝑒𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒻𝒾𝓇𝓈𝓉 𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑒 𝒶𝓅𝓅𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒾𝓃 𝒶 𝓁𝒶𝓇𝑔𝑒𝓇 𝒻♡𝓃𝓉, 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓈𝑒𝒸🍬𝓃𝒹 𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑒 𝒿𝓊𝓂𝓅𝓈 𝓉🏵 𝒶 𝓈𝓂𝒶𝓁𝓁𝑒𝓇 𝓈𝒾𝓏𝑒¿ 𝐼 𝒹🏵𝓃’𝓉 𝓊𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒾𝓉. 𝒴𝑒𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓇𝒹𝒶𝓎, 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝐼 𝓌𝓇♡𝓉𝑒 𝓈💞𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝑒𝓃𝓁𝒶𝓇𝑔𝑒𝒹 𝒾𝓉 𝓉💙 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓈𝒾𝓏𝑒 𝐼 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉𝑒𝒹, 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒾𝒹𝒹𝓁𝑒 𝓉𝓌💞 𝓅𝒶𝓇𝒶𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓅𝒽𝓈 𝓈𝒽𝓇𝒶𝓃𝓀 𝓉💙 𝒶 𝒹𝒾𝓃𝓀𝓎 𝓈𝒾𝓏𝑒. 𝐼 𝒹💙𝓃’𝓉 𝓊𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝑒𝒾𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇. 𝒜𝓈 𝓎💍𝓊 𝓂𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒾𝓂𝒶𝑔𝒾𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶 𝒽𝒶𝓇𝒹 𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝓌𝑒𝒷𝓈𝒾𝓉𝑒𝓈. 𝐵𝓊𝓉 𝐼 𝓀𝑒𝑒𝓅 𝓉𝓇𝓎𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓎𝒷𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝓂💙𝓇𝑒 𝒶𝒷💞𝓊𝓉 𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃 𝒶𝒷🏵𝓊𝓉 𝒸🍩𝓂𝓅𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓈. 𝒜𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝒶𝓁𝓁, 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝑒𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒾𝓉𝒾🍑𝓃 🌺𝒻 𝒾𝓃𝓈𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓉𝓎 𝒾𝓈 𝓇𝑒𝓅𝑒𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓈𝒶𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 💗𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝒶𝓃𝒹 💍𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝑒𝓍𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶 𝒹𝒾𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝓉 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓊𝓁𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝐼’𝓂 𝒹𝑒𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝒸🌺𝓂𝓅𝓊𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉’𝓈 𝑒𝓍𝒶𝒸𝓉𝓁𝓎 𝓌𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝐼’𝓂 𝒹☯𝒾𝓃𝑔. 𝒮♡😍♡🍪🌞❤——— 𝒜𝓃𝓎💗𝓃𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓉🌸 𝒸𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝑒𝓃 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒽𝒾𝓉𝑒 𝓈𝓊𝒾𝓉𝓈? (𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓀𝓈 𝑀𝒾𝓈𝓈☯𝓊𝓇𝒾𝒬𝓊𝒾𝓁𝓉𝒞🌞.𝒸🌸𝓂)  🎀  🍰 ⋆ 🍒

Tea Bag Anyone?

The tea bag is rooted in the belief that the leaves ought to removed from the hot water at the end of a specific brewing period.

At first, there were infusers — perforated metal containers which were filled with loose leaves and immersed in boiling water, and then removed using an attached chain.

They are still around, though not nearly as popular as tea bags, that are an American invention. Though not an intentional one.

A New York tea merchant, sent samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags and some of them assumed they were to be used in the same way as the metal infusers. So they dunked the entire bag into the teacup and – presto – the tea bag was born.

Of course, it was refined until it became the tea bag of today, complete with gauze-like material, a string to hang over the side of the cup, and a tag on the end with a logo on it.

(Thanks, http://www.UKTeaandInfusionsAssociation.com)

Berries are berry confusing

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As a writer, I know words are important. I also know that language evolves and words change. Still — shouldn’t a berry be a berry? No matter the year, the century, the country or the language, shouldn’t a person be confident knowing that something labled ‘berry’ is actually what the label says?

Nope! Doesn’t happen!

Avacados are technically berries. When I read that, I couldn’t believe it. I looked it up. Then I looked up the definition of a berry. And that’s when I learned that everything I thought I knew about berries was wrong.

According to the scientific definition, a berry is a single, round fleshy fruit with a seed or seeds that’s produced from a single ovary.

So — grapes are berries. So are tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and bananas.

What are NOT berries? Strawberries. Raspberries. Blackberries. Mulberries. In spite of their names, none of them are technically berries.

How did things get so screwed up? Who named everything, anyway? And why didn’t they check (like I did) before getting carried away and coming up with names that were all wrong?

Oh me, oh my! My life will never be the same.

After all, I’m a writer and words are the coin of my business and I just learned that some of those words are — well — wrong.

I’ll bet whoever named those non-berries wasn’t a writer.

 

5 fascinating facts about cats.

I’ve been learning about cats. I’ve had a cat for eleven years now so you’d think I’d know a bit by now. I did end up making one a major character in my novel, A Very Black Cat. But these strange critters never cease to surprise me. Anyway, I ran across a few cat facts and here are five of them:

  • There are over 70 breeds of cats. That seems like a lot of different kinds of cats. And each cat within each breed is an individual with its own personality and its own quirks, which means there are a lot of interesting animals out there. Meet my cat and you’ll see what I mean. 
  • It is estimated that there are 200 – 600 million cats alive on Earth. That’s a lot of cats but cats live everywhere on Earth from the coldest mountains to tropical paradises so I can understand the huge numbers. After all, they are truly adaptable critters.
  • Cats are the second most popular pet in the U.S., second only to freshwater fish. Hey, what happened to dogs? Okay, maybe there are more cats than dogs because often pet owners have only one dog but it’s pretty common to have more than one cat. That’s my guess, anyway.
  • There may have been instances of domesticated cats as early as 7,500 BC – that’s 9,500 years ago! No surprise there, but I wonder whether people domesticated cats way back then or whether it was the cats that domesticated us. I mean, look at us today. We take care of them, love them, give them toys, and what do they do in return? Look cute and that’ s enough and I suspect they were smart enough to figure that out all those years ago.
  • The heaviest known cat weighed nearly 50 pounds. And I thought my cat was big. Wow. That’s all I can say about a 50 pound cat. ‘Wow.’