Recently a conversation ended with a person saying to me, “Everyday you can learn something.” That is true unless you are a “know-it-all.”

There is an internet website that allows people to enter what they learned today. It contains a lot of amusing and questionable data much of which I suspect could not be factually verified. Nevertheless, it provides some interesting reading. With that in mind I offer some of the things I have recently learned or re-learned.

  • The combined weight of all the ants in the world equals the combined weight of all the humans in the world. (Remember the disclaimer- everything I have learned might not be verifiable.)
  • 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.
  • My 9 ½ year old grandson can juggle a soccer ball (with his feet, knees, and head) 204 times.
  • Adolf Hitler was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • There are friendly and nice people everywhere.
  • Mentone, Alabama is a great place to visit- especially on the 3rd Saturday of October.
  • Sports officials don’t always get it right.
  • The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies begin afresh each morning.
  • The best team does not always win.
  • A visit to the UnclaimedBaggageCenter in Scottsboro, Alabama is a good day trip from Atlanta.
  • Time with people you love is not “spent.” It is “invested.”
  • I enjoy being with people but I need time alone.
  • The Bible and the hymnbook are great sources of inspiration.
  • Laughter is good medicine.
  • Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria.
  • Baseball Umpire Bill Klem and deaf player William E. “Dummy” Hoy are credited with the introduction of hand and arm signals by umpires to indicate whether base runners were safe or out, pitches were balls or strikes, and batted balls were foul or fair.
  • Life is good!
  • You can count on highway road construction everywhere you go.
  • You can teach an old dog new tricks.
  • If you have gold to sell, there are plenty of people ready to buy it.
  • My grandchildren are the greatest (an unbiased but unverifiable conclusion).
  • I am blessed to be married (for almost 44 years) to my best friend.
  • More than 200 million pumpkins are sold each year in the United States. during October. 90% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are raised within a 90 miles radius of Peoria, Illinois.
  • Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz, came up with the name for Oz when he looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  • Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent nearly $1.5 billion through September on their presidential campaigns-$26.86 every second this election cycle, more than $2.3 million every day.
  • Alabama’s constitution is the longest of all 50 states. It has been amended 800 times.
  • The world’s fastest computer can make 20,000 trillion calculations per second.
  • Sharks attack 50-75 people each year worldwide, with perhaps 8-12 fatalities, far less than the number of people killed each year by elephants, bees, crocodiles, lightning or many other natural dangers.
  •  Martin Juergens of Germany claims the moon has been the property of his family since July 15, 1756, when Prussian Emperor Frederick the Great presented it as a gift to his ancestor.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its a Wonderful Life.”
  • It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
  • The average American will spend $8O for Halloween costumes, decorations, and treats
  • God loves me … regardless.

Jamie Jenkins

What have you learned or re-learned recently?