Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Grinch And Tony The Tiger...!

With Christmas right around the corner, I figured you might enjoy a little yuletide trivia.

This is one of those almost useless facts I have found when searching sites like Listverse, which can always be counted on to have some fun facts about all kinds of stuff.

Tony The Tiger Sang ‘You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch’

Boris Karloff famously narrated the Dr. Seuss classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. But the horror film veteran had a little secret—he couldn’t sing. Instead, the production team called on voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft to handle the musical numbers. Ravenscroft’s singing was unknown for years, because he did not receive a credit on the telecast, leading many to believe it was Karloff who knocked the song out of the park.

Ravenscroft might not be a famous name to you, but you surely know his voice. He voiced characters on Disney rides and shows (including Buff from the Country Bears Jamboree) but is best recalled for his TV work. He played “Tony The Tiger” for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes TV commercials. You’ll never hear “they’re grrrrrrreat!” again without thinking of the Grinch.

There are actually two versions of “Mr. Grinch”, both of which get air play today. The original TV version features sound effects of crashes and booms (as the Grinch moves through the homes and liberates Christmas gifts). If you hear the sound effects version, that’s the version lifted from the show. The clean version was intended for radio play.

Some things are best left unknown, I reckon. I never would have known if I had not found the article.

Coffee in the kitchen again. Another cold front on the way.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dark Mysteries For Monday...!

I found some mysterious things on a video from Youtube that you might enjoy today.

Did you enjoy that? I figured you might.

Coffee inside again, but I made peanut butter fudge and fresh chocolate chip cookies to share.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Really Old 'Toons For Sunday...

When I say old, I mean some of these are even older than I am...and that's pretty old!

Not very funny by today's standards, but considering how long they have been around we'll overlook that, right?

And one more for good measure.

As you can probably guess, these old 'toons were silent and black and white. They were later set to music and colorized. Interesting, huh!

Coffee inside again. Fresh cookies to go along with the coffee!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Another Musical Saturday...!

For some unknown reason, I have western music running around my head. Theme songs from the movies mainly.

Don't worry...these are all instrumentals, no singing. There may be a little whistling now and then, but no singing. That ever happen to you, getting a tune or two roaming through you head?

And maybe just one more...

I do love the sound of the acoustic guitar. Haunting...

Coffee inside the kitchen. Snow yesterday, can you believe it?

Friday, December 8, 2017

How Old Is Pluto...?

I'm talking about the Pluto in space, not the Pluto from Disney.

The whole Pluto thing is a bit confusing. This article may explain it far better than I could.

When Will Pluto Complete Its First Orbit Since Its Discovery?

By Live Science Staff

The eighth planet from our sun was discovered on September 23, 1846. Neptune takes a very long time to orbit the sun 164.8 Earth years, in fact and today Neptune completed its first orbit of the sun since it was discovered. Congratulations!

Now, this got us wondering, when will Pluto complete its first orbit since its discovery? (Yes, yes. Our brains know that Pluto is no longer a planet, but in our hearts ... Pluto!) After all, Pluto is even farther out (most of the time ) than Neptune, and was discovered much more recently. Will we even be around to celebrate it's orbital birthday? To the mathmobile!

Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930. It takes the dwarf planet 248.09 Earth years to complete one orbit around the sun. Plug all that info into timeanddate.com's handy calculator, and we find that Pluto will complete its first full orbit since its discovery on Monday, March 23, 2178, just a few years after Neptune turns 2.

We all clear now? I'm glad that we have that little bit of confusion straightened out. On questions like this, I have to wonder...who really cares?

Coffee in the kitchen again today. It's cold outside!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mind Games For Thursday...!

Let's do something different for today...OK? Let's mess with your head a bit.

Well, I did tell ya it would be different, didn't I?

Coffee in the kitchen again this morning. Cold and rainy outside.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Reno Boys Were Bad...!

As bad as some of the gunfighters and outlaws were in the Old West, the Reno brothers probably had them beat.

In their day, they made a lot of money. However, making it and living long enough to spend it are not quite the same thing.

Train robbers reach the end of the line

A guard, who had been shot by brothers Frank, William, and Simeon Reno during a train robbery in May, dies of his wounds. His death so infuriated the public that a group of vigilantes yanked the three brothers from their Indiana jail cell five days later and hanged them. Although the Reno gang—which included another brother, John, as well—had a short reign of terror, they are credited with pulling off the first train robbery in American history and are believed to be the inspiration for criminal copycats like the legendary Jesse James.

On October 6, 1866, the Reno brothers committed their first heist. After stopping a train outside of Seymour, Indiana, they stole $10,000 in cash and gold. But they were unable to break into the safe; William Reno vainly shot it with his pistol before giving up.

Though fast on their feet, the Reno brothers didn’t have much luck evading the authorities, probably because they committed almost all of their crimes in the Seymour, Indiana, area. After the 1866 heist, railroad companies hired Pinkerton detectives to find the perpetrators, and at the end of 1867, John Reno was captured. In January 1868, he pled guilty to robbing a county treasury in Missouri and was sentenced to spend 25 years in prison

In his absence, the other Reno brothers continued to rob banks and trains in the area. On May 22, 1868, they stopped a train near Marshfield and beat a guard with pistols and crowbars before making off with $96,000—which was more than the James gang ever managed to score. In an attempt to lure the predictable criminals in, Pinkerton detectives floated a rumor about a big gold shipment and then nabbed the Renos when they stopped the train.

Although Frank and William went rather quietly when the vigilantes hanged them on December 11, their brother Simon put up a bitter fight. He even managed to survive the hanging itself for more than 30 minutes before finally succumbing to the rope.

All I can say is that these boys were tough...really tough! In the end, though, it didn't matter. Dead is dead, ya know?

Coffee in the kitchen this morning.