The Conjuring

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

This movie is based on a true story about the life and careers of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal investigators and demonologists. It is directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Corey Hayes. The film itself was 20 years in the making. Ed Warren took the original tapes to a producer who agreed to make it into a movie and it was picked up and dropped several times before finally being picked up by New Line Cinema.  The Conjuring was released on July 19th 2013.

The movie cast starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson who played Ed and Lorraine Warren and they actually went to Connecticut to spend time with the Warrens to learn more about the roles they were to portray. Also in the film is Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor who play the parents of the afflicted family. Lorraine Warren herself has a short cameo in the film as well.

The movie starts with the Perron family moving into an old farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971. Paranormal events start happening almost immediately and continue to plague the family almost daily. Once the attacks become more violent in nature Carolyn Perron (mother) decides to call in the Warrens for help. They find the house itself is home to a creature named Bathsheba who was an accused witch who murdered her child and later committed suicide on the property. All hell starts to ensue from this point forward and continue to the end of the film.

This is my favorite type of horror movie. No blood, guts and slashers just an awesome psychological thriller that pulls the audience in from the beginning and doesn’t let go to the very end. The film is very well made and the plot is terrifying. It makes you feel like you are there and experiencing it yourself. Of course, as I said I love this type of movie because to me this is something that you can believe actually happens.

So if you haven’t seen The Conjuring and are looking for a truly scary movie that will also make you think twice about dismissing the paranormal this is a must see. It also has the bones to make it worth watching more than once. I myself have watched it numerous times and it keeps getting better. I have picked up on several inconspicuous things that I missed every time I watch.  I would definitely put it in the top 10 of my favorite horror flicks and if the paranormal is your cup of tea then I think you will to.

Oh, by the way, don’t miss the sequel “Annabelle”. It is just as good as the first.

Riki Lindhome

Riki Lindhome

Riki Lindhome is not a household name, but it should be.

Riki started her career as an actor on the stage in Tim Robbins “Embedded”. She then made her debut on the big screen as “Mardell Fitzgerald” in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004). She is best known though for her comedy. Particularly with her friend Kate Micucci as the duo of Garfunkel & Oates. Together they have put together 4 albums of some of the most irreverent songs ever heard and the first season of a sketch comedy of the same name on IFC (The Independent Film Channel).

The episodes are always based around a song they have written. They basically act out the song and then randomly insert it into the sketch.

Here is a list of just a few of my favorite songs:

To find out more about the pair visit their website at http://www.garfunkelandoates.com/

Riki has a quick wit and a way of articulating jokes that are on the risqué side that makes you stop and think, “Wait…Did she just say that?”. With that said, her brand of comedy may not be for everyone but she is one hilarious chick. She has been in many other movies, TV shows and has her own podcast that can be found on her home page http://www.rikilindhome.com/category/podcasts/

For me the best thing about Riki Lindhome is that I can hear her tell the same joke more than once and each time is different. The words might not be but the delivery and timing are right on every time. Another thing about her, and you will find this if you listen to her podcast, is that she is totally random in what she says and where she is, doesn’t matter. She has done a series of podcast from The Olive Garden Restaurant chain. She invites people to have a meal and then interviews them all the while you hear the interaction between them and the staff.

Riki Lindhome is a comedian that definitely deserves more face time on TV and the big screen. She brings a type of uplifting vibe with her that no one can deny. I believe that even the most down person could listen or talk with Riki and immediately a smile would come to their face.  

So, if you don’t know who she is or if you are not familiar with Garfunkel & Oates please go to this YouTube link and start watching https://www.youtube.com/user/rikilind/videos

Believe me, you will be hooked!

Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name

Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name

Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name – Check these out! People make weird decisions about the names they give towns. Back in the day these names may have made sense, but now…

Here we go:

  1. Booger Hollow, Arkansas – Believe it or not this town used to be a tourist stop on Scenic Route 7 in Pope County Arkansas. And it had a population of (get this) 7, counting one coon dog! It was on the map for tourist because it had a double-decker outhouse (I kid you not). Don’t Believe me, find the image to the right. It is now a ghost town and is private property so you have to get permission to see it.
  2. Beaver Lick, Kentucky – Located in Boone County Kentucky. The Postal Service was recognized here in 1843. The town changed the name three times (why I don’t know) Beaver Lick, Beaverlick (one word), and Beaver-Lick (with hyphen).“Beaver Lick is one of the most quiet villages on earth, especially on the Sabbath, though two shops are dealing out the deadly drug on week days.  Thanks be to God and honor to the proprietors, not one drop is sold here on Sunday.  We owe it to William Rex Robinson, who came and lectured to us until with tears in their eyes proprietors of liquor promised him they’d vend no more on Sunday.”  From Covington’s Daily Commonwealth, September 16, 1879.
  3. Cooter, Missouri – Located in Pemiscot County Missouri got its name in 1854 from the Coutre family who emigrated from France. It has a population of 469 and its own Cooter High School. The total area of this Cooter is .3 square miles and has          a total of 191 houses located all around Cooter. They do have one claim to fame, Marvin Childers, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Blytheville, Arkansas, from 2001 to 2006; lawyer and poultry industry lobbyist in Little Rock; reared on a diversified farm near Cooter.
  4. Nimrod, Minnesota – Located in Wadena County, Nimrod has a population of 69! Nimrod was incorporated as a city in 1946. The town is named after the Biblical Nimrod (which one I’m not sure). Oddly enough this is about all the information I could find about this Nimrod.
  5. Meat Camp, North Carolina – Located in Watauga County, Meat Camp was first settled in 1799. It got its name from the cabin in which the old hunters stored their meat and hides when on hunts in this region. It stood in a rocky patch just above the bend of Moretz’s mill pond, the foundation of the old chimney still showing above ground. It was this camp and the use to which it was put as a sort of primitive packing house that gave the name of Meat Camp.
  6. Ding Dong, Texas – Located in Bell county (which can be ironic depending on how you take the name), Din Dong has a population of 20. The county itself is named after Zulis and Bert Bell who settled here in the 1930’s. The name Ding Dong came from a painter who was hired to paint bells on the side of the store that they owned.  There is a saying there, “If you find yourself in Ding Dong you were bound to be looking for it”.
  7. Dry Prong, Louisiana – Located in Grant Parish, Dry Prong has a population of 417. It was incorporated into a village in 1945. According to tradition, the village received its name when a family moved to the region in the 1870s to build a sawmill. To power the mill, they built a water wheel, only to discover that the creek over which they had built it went dry every summer: the creek was a “dry prong”.
  8. Hellhole Palms, California – Hellhole Palms is located in San Diego County. Hellhole Palms is the site of a grove of California fan palms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is also the site of Maidenhair Falls, a popular hiking destination.  No one actually lives there although Hellhole is a tourist destination.
  9. Bald Knob, Arkansas – Located in White County, Bald Knob has a population of 2897 and is promoted to be “Where the Ozarks meet the Delta”. One point of interest in Bald Knob is Arkansas Traveler Hobbies, which is housed in the old Missouri Pacific Railroad depot at 400 E. Market Street. Antique passenger cars and an antique caboose are housed on the grounds and currently being restored. The hobby shop also houses a museum which chronicles the history of Bald Knob, the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and White County. Another attraction is the historic Knob Field, located just east of the Big Bald Knob Park (OK, that one made me laugh).
  10. Intercourse, Pennsylvania – Located in Eastern Lancaster County in the “Heart of Amish Country”. You know I could sit here all day and tell you about Intercourse, but instead I will just put up a link that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Intercourse! http://lancasterpa.com/intercourse/
Things About Goats You May Not Know

Things About Goats You May Not Know

I guess we should start off with the biggest and most believed misconception of them all. Goats will eat anything including tin cans, cardboard boxes and in the case of “The Andy Griffith Show”, dynamite.

The truth of the matter is that they are fairly picky eaters. The belief that they will eat anything comes from the fact that they are very curious and will chew or taste just about anything to decide if it is edible or not. While most of the animals will only eat grasses and grains goats will add some weeds and tree leaves to their diet such as wild rose vines, Kudzu, blackberry vines and the love pine (needles and bark).

Goats are not dumb animals. In fact they are very smart and curious animals but often find themselves in precarious positions. They can be hard to contain and will often get stuck in fences due to their rambling nature. They are also the only ruminant that is able to climb trees due to their awesome balance and inquisitive nature. They will climb on anything including fences. This is why a well maintained fence or enclosure is important to keep them where you want them to be. Equally important is to have enough food and space to keep them for searching for the greener grass on the other side of the fence.

Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated. Archaeological dating has shown that Neolithic man domesticated goats about 10,000 years ago. They used them for milk, meat, clothing and used their bones for tools and building. They have also found that goats showed up in western Asia around 8000-9000 years ago.

A couple of interesting anatomical features are that goats have horizontal pupils that allow them to see 320 degrees with zero blind spots in front of them. Also both male and female goats have beards and horns.

Most people believe that there are very few people actually eat goat meat. In fact over 60% of the world’s population eat goat regularly. According to a 2011 United Nations Poll there were more than 924 million goats being farmed worldwide.

Goats are not only used for meat but also for milk and cheese. Their dried manure is used for starting fires and their hides for clothing. Believe it or not that Cashmere shirt you are wearing more than likely came from goats as there are several breeds used for this purpose as in the photo below.

The intestines of goats are still used today for catgut (surgical sutures for internal human procedures) and also for strings on musical instruments.

Goats also have large role in mythology and religion. Goats are mentioned many times in the Bible. A goat is considered a “clean” animal by Jewish dietary laws and was slaughtered for an honored guest. It was also acceptable for some kinds of sacrifices. Goat-hair curtains were used in the tent that contained the tabernacle. Its horns can be used instead of sheep’s horn to make a shofar. On Yom Kippur two goats were chosen and lots were drawn for them. One was sacrificed and the other allowed to escape into the wilderness, symbolically carrying with it the sins of the community. From this comes the word “scapegoat”.

According to Norse mythology, the god of thunder, Thor, has a chariot that is pulled by the goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. At night when he sets up camp, Thor eats the meat of the goats, but takes care that all bones remain whole. Then he wraps the remains up, and in the morning, the goats always come back to life to pull the chariot.

Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer

Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer

Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer – You’ll Never Guess Who the Leading Tire Manufacturer in the World Is. In fact you may not realize this but Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer makes little blocks that we have all been playing with for years. As far as tires, it’s LEGO. That’s right Lego gained the title and set a Guinness World Record in 2012 by producing 318 million tires a year. That is more than 870,000 tires a day. They are made 24/7, 365 days a year.

The LEGO tire was first introduced in 1962. It was included in set number 400 and was the best selling set in 1967. Before that, some LEGO sets had premolded cars with the wheels attached. They added the tires separate to further expand the possibilities and imaginations of consumers. Since now more than 50% of their sets include tires of some sort the possibilities for building are endless. This makes Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer.

Here are few more fun facts about the LEGO Company:

  • ole-kirk-christiansenThe LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.
  • LEGO products are on sale in 130 countries worldwide and more than 400 million children and adults will play with LEGO bricks each year.
  • On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • Approximately 19 billion LEGO pieces are made every year in Billund, Denmark equivalent to about 2 million elements an hour or 36,000 a minute.
  • If all LEGO sets sold in a year were stacked on top of each other, they would fill a    football field to a height of 77.8 meters.
  • If you laid them end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the earth.
  • Since BIONICLE figures first appeared in 2001, more than 150 million BIONICLE “beings” have been born. That’s more than the population of France and Britain put together.
  • The eight robots and 15 automatic cranes that work in the LEGO warehouse in Billund can shift 660 crates of bricks in and out every hour.
  • The world’s children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • In the manufacture of LEGO bricks the machine tolerance is as small as 0.002 mm.
  • The LEGO Club has 2.4 million members worldwide.
  • Approx. 400 billion LEGO elements have been manufactured since 1949.
  • LEGO also holds the Guinness record for the tallest LEGO tower. It stands in Budapest, Hungary and is 114 feet tall.  The obelisk tower soars in front of the city’s St. Stephen’s Basilica. It consists of more than 450,000 pieces and is topped with a Rubik’s cube. It was built by the school children there in an astonishing 5 days!
  • Lego also has LEGOLAND theme parks in Denmark, Germany, England, Malaysia, and two in the U.S.A located in Florida and California.

I am proud to say that LEGO’s were a staple of mine when I was a child and my daughter’s as well. That is 40 years of history right there! I wish LEGO the best and hope they are around for generations to come. And I am sure that Lego will keep the titel of the world’s largest manfacturer.