Saturday, December 24, 2011


This set of outdoor Christmas lights is between 60 to 70 years old. Some of the lights still work but I can't find replacements anywhere. This string has seven lights on it and you can only connect up to four more units to it or you will have a fire hazzard. That means the most lights on one circuit would be 35. WOW!! I don't think they would fit into todays holiday lighting schemes. They still bring back fond memories of a simpler time.


Trivia:  At its thickest point, the ice in Antarctica is 15,700 feet thick.

Did You Know?   The Dragon Arum is a plant that traps flies with its flowers at night because it has the smell of rotting meat. The plant lets them go free in the morning so they can transfer its pollen.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Brenda, a friend of ours, came across this old toothbrush and paste travel tin and gave it to me as she knows that I collect some weird items. It measures 2.25 inches by 3 inches. It contains a tube of Pepsodent toothpaste and two tiny brushes on the inside. It also has a tiny mirror when you open it up. The contents  have never been used so it is in perfect condition. The outside of the case has a golden metallic finish. Etched into this finish is a picture of two toothbrushes and a tube of paste surrounded by etched leaves and the words" Toothbrushes 'n paste". Not sure how old it is but it seems to be pre 1950's. Some classy lady probably kept it in her purse for emergency sake. Maybe she was waiting for a handsome fellow to sweep her off her feet and spend the night. But since it was never used that did not happen and she died an old maid. Ah, but I digress. Anyways you can put your own story to its unuse.
The toothpaste is Pepsodent. I remember using it when I was young. It was a very popular brand before the mid-1950's, but its makers were slow to add fluorideto to its formula. So sales plummeted. It is now a "value brand" selling for about half the price of similar sized tubes of Crest or Colgate. It is not sold in Canada and only .99 per cent is sold in U.S. discount stores. It is popular in India.
Remember the catchy selling slogan.
  "You'll wonder where the yellow went
   When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent"

Trivia:  In golf lingo, a putt on a hilly green is called a "Dolly parton."

Did You Know?  A turtle with 2 heads and six legs was named Cheech and Chong.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Well, here it is my 60th birthday and Mr. Machine comes wrapped up nicely to brighten this winters day. My wife sure knows how to make my day special. This toy is a 1977 model. They were originally made in the 1960's. I remember seeing them for sale on television but never saw any in our Canadian stores. Only in the U.S.A. I guess.
When wound up Mr. Machine rolls forward . His legs and arms go back and forth as if he was actually walking. His mouth goes up and down as he strolls along because he also whistles on his stroll. The tune he whistles is:
                 This old man, he played one
                 He played Knick Knack on his thumb
                 With a Knick Knack patty-whack
                 Give the dog a bone
                 This old man came rolling home
I received other things also but memories are special and greatly treasured. Thanks Babe.
Trivia: Orchids release a chemical that makes bees drunk. (I always wondered how they got a "buzz" on.)

Did You Know?  To beat the economic crisis, many women in Spain have started selling their hair. Depending on the length and weight, a ponytail can be worth up to $220 when sold to a company that exports natural hair for wigs and extensions.