Sunday, August 26, 2018

A mix of thoughts.

1. An Interesting One from the What'sApp.

    Why, why, why?

    * Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard when he lives in the jungle without a razor?
    * Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
    * Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough?
    * Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you
       say that the paint is wet?
    * What is the speed of darkness?
    * Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every two hours?
    * If the temperature is zero outside and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
    * Do married people live longer than single ones or does it seem only longer?
    * How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put
       wheels on luggage?
    * Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on
       the ground?
    * Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which
       no decent human being would eat?
    * Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
    * Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their rear when
       they ask where the bathroom is?
    * If corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil
       made from?
    * If electricity comes from electrons does morality come from morons?
    * Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

2. An American's Farewell to the Late Senator John McCain.

I usually stay away from politics, but thought of putting a few words on the day of the passing away of a 'Decent US politician'.

John McCain was born into a military family (His father and grandfather were 4 star generals).

He served as a Naval Pilot, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam where he was tortured for five years but refused to be released earlier until his time came for POW exchange.

He served as the US Senator from Arizona for 36 yrs and ran for President against both George W Bush and Barack Obama.

Once when someone described Obama as an Arab during a campign speech, he picked up the microphone and told the audience that Mr. Obama is an American just like him, a good family man and a very decent man. How many politicians will correct a campaign worker like that now?

He has said that there are no political enemies but people with different viewpoints.

He had brain cancer and knew he was going to die and asked Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama to say eulogy for him at his funeral, but did not want President Trump to be present at his funeral.

He always said he had tried to give his country his best and had the best life the country could give to him (He could not even comb his own hair due to war injuries and lost his first marriage while he was in Vietnam and had previous bouts with cancer).

His only complaint was 'not getting things done' in the senate due to partisan politics.

McCain's favourite dialogue was, "Don't listen to big mouth politicians, TV and social media. Put those down and pick up your old phone and start talking".

My Take.

RIP Senator McCain! A salute to a decent gentleman, unheard of in politics!!


It's the third day of Onam and the day of the 'Avittam' star. The left overs of the Thiruvonam food, augmented by a few new preparations, became the menu for the day as per customs and traditions. Don't get me wrong, try a day old 'Saambaar' or 'Kaalan' and you'll get what I mean!

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