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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 your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's". 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.

Jim Koch, brewmaster and founder of the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), tells us how to keep a beer chilled. “Bottles will stay cold longer than cans because of the mass of the bottle. A beer can is like an aluminum baggie. The aluminum itself is thinner than hair, so cans won’t stay cold as long as bottles. Personally, I think beer tastes better from a bottle. A can will chill faster, but it will also warm up faster. If you want to chill something fast, use salt water and ice. That’s all there is to it.”

Celebrate more than a century of booze and baseball. The National League outlaws beer in 1881, leading to the formation of the American Association, or the Beer and Whiskey League. White Sox player Billy Sunday gives up the game to administer "booze sermons" and whip the nation into embracing Prohibition in 1920. In 1945 the first Red Sox telecasts are sponsored by Narragansett Ale, which eases the pain of 85 years of futility. America's favorite pastimes (besides unicycles and monkeys) are unified when Anheuser-Busch buys the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953. In 1974 the Cleveland Indians are forced to forfeit a tie game when thousands of drunken fans storm the field on 10-cent-beer night. The Red Sox win it all in 2004. The celebration, much like previous years' pity parties, involves lots of beer.

Drinking will not only help you lose your girl—it will also turn you into one. We all know “other” people who’ve had too much to drink and not been able to get it up. Poor souls. But we’ve got worse news: Over time, overindulgence can permanently reduce your package. That’s because alcohol inhibits the metabolism of vitamin A, which is essential for sperm development. And since sperm normally occupy 95 percent of your testicular volume, the more you drink, the more you shrink, says Ernest Abel of Wayne State University in Detroit. What’s more, big boozers may grow breasts and hips. Why? Alcohol speeds up the normal conversion of testosterone in your body into the female hormone estrogen, says Mary Ann Emanuele, M.D., of Loyola University in Illinois.

Do you enjoy memory loss, constipation and hair loss? Cool. Next round’s on us. A diet of booze may be tempting, but an abusive intake of alcohol can produce Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, a brain disorder that erases the tapes in your temporal lobe, says Larry Anthony, of the Addictions Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati. In the aftermath of a good bender, you may find yourself cooking up Clinton-esque cover stories to fill in the gaps in your short-term memory. The condition also induces double vision, facial paralysis, hair loss, difficulty swallowing, hallucinations and, ultimately, death. Drink that in.

North Carolina Moonshine ... A survey of moonshine culture from 1900-1930 that gets right down to business: how to make, drink, and sell the kind of mountain dew that "makes a rabbit whip a bulldog," and causes hillfolk to stand up and sing. The site is rich in humor and history — the twangy original songs, the old-timey photos, and the movie clip of Robert Mitchum as a young bootlegger in Thunder Road.

Fine dining is a phrase used to describe restaurants that creates an overall superior dining experience. The experience can start with the location and the view. The interior of such restaurants is often quite elegant and designed in accordance with the restaurant's concept. Service attempts to be impeccable, with chefs and service crew typically hailing from the best culinary schools. Restaurants fitting the fine dining label are normally highly rated; in the four star range and will provide better service and higher quaility food than a standard sit-down restaurant.

Stupid people should have to wear signs that just say, I'm Stupid. That way you wouldn't rely on them, would you? You wouldn't ask them anything. It would be like, Excuse me...oops, never mind. I didn't see your sign.

I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. Baseball will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us. - Walt Whitman

March Madness comes from the phrase 'Mad as a March Hare'. The term refers to the frenzy it ignites among sports fans and gamblers. Also known as the Road to the Final Four or the Big Dance.

Something for everyone! The amusement park has rides suited for guests of all ages. The home for family excitement is also the home for grown up thrills! It brings out the kid in you. An amusement park is an excellent place to meet up with old friends and share good times with new ones. So, why not have some fun while you're at it?

What is "recreational sex?" Sex is for either procreation or recreation. (And is there something bad about that?) Sexual behaviour is the behaviors that human beings use when seeking sexual or relational partners, gaining approval of possible partners, forming relationships, showing affection, and mating.

Modes of Conversation include small talk, gossip, ribaldry, pillow talk, repartee, negotiation, interview, argument, and full-fledged debate. Topics of Conversation that are often contentious include religion, politics, and philosophy. Topics that are good for producing fruitful discussion include films, books, television or other arts, current events, projects, hobbies, one's work or school life, one's family, and mutual friends.

Some people know that when Nevada became a state in 1864, the area today that includes greater Las Vegas (the town is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2005) was in Arizona Territory. An act of Congress in May 1866 added a degree of latitude to southern Nevada including a new boundary with Arizona at the Colorado River. While the Arizona territorial Legislature formally acceded to the congressional action in 1871 by dissolving its county government north of the Colorado River, the Nevada Constitution did not reflect the newly acquired domain.

Today, roughly 60% of the 388 park areas administered by the National Park Service have been set aside as symbols and evidence of our history and prehistory. Many of our natural parks contain historic places that represent important aspects of that history. Collectively, these places present an American history textbook, a textbook that educates us about the people, events, buildings, objects, landscapes, and artifacts of the American past and about the aspirations and actions that produced those tangible survivors. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Glen Canyon Utah is home to Lake Powell, created in 1963 with the opening of the Glen Canyon Dam, which backed up the Colorado River and flooded the canyon. Several years of drought have lowered the lake level so drastically—by more than 140 feet—that the landscape has been transformed, revealing intricate rock formations that have been hidden for decades. One formation is the Cathedral in the Desert, a sandstone amphitheater that has been underwater for so long it does not appear on most maps. The politics swirling around the area are equally fascinating, with groups such as the Sierra Club and the Lake Powell Institute lobbying for draining the lake. The recreation industry in Glen Canyon is huge. Houseboating, fishing and water skiing are among the sports that keep the lake busy most of the year. Given how environmental circumstances are changing the landscape, travelers may want to make their trip now.


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