Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trip to Greece

Was in Greece from the 9th. to the 13th. of last month (November 2017). Was very enjoyable. Took some photos and have posted them on my Facebook page (Oliver Daniel).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Young Priest's New Ideas

An elderly priest, speaking to a younger priest, said: "It was a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now." 
The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued: "And you told me that adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock 'n' roll gospel choir.
"Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony." 
"Thank you, father," answered the young priest. "I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth." 

"All of these ideas have been well and good," said the elderly priest. "But I'm afraid you've gone too far with the drive-thru confessional." 

"But, father," protested the young priest, "my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that!" 

"Yes," replied the elderly priest, "and I appreciate that. But that flashing neon sign, ‘Toot 'n' Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Budapest

Was in Budapest some time last year but forgot to post the pictures I took there. Here are some of them. The one below is me at one of the Churches in Budapest.








Monday, October 9, 2017

The Beauty of a Stradivarius Violin

A Stradivarius Violin was auctioned for some $2.50 million.

A Somewhat Different Dance


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dubai then and Now

The photo is from 1965. The link is how Dubai is now.
http://www.condohotelsdubai.com/articles/dubai-incredible.html

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What is Hinduism? Beautifully Explained by a Non-Indian.



One of the best explanation of Hinduism I've ever heard. She is so clear in her expressions and has grasped the essentials of this religion.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Word Play

These Words Have Something in Common, WHAT? Banana Dresser Grammar Potato Revive Uneven Assess

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This brought tears to my eyes. Would you believe it, some 2, 583 people don't like this story. What do you call them?

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Helping Hand

     I was in Japan during this April and I had a pleasant experience. We, my wife and I, came back from Nara to Tokyo (where we were based) at around 11:00 p.m. It was raining heavily and though it was just a walking distance to the hotel that we were put up, we decided to take a taxi. We had to cross the road to flag one, but none would stop; there were only a few of them passing. I then saw a young boy with an umbrella standing and I asked him if there was a taxi stand nearby. He told me that there wasn't and went out in the rain to try and flag one down. He couldn't and so he came back and showed us a traffic signal nearby and said that we might be able to catch one that stops for a red light. He came along with us to the signal and in spite of our refusal, insisted on giving us his umbrella and left. The Japanese are very helpful.
     There was also another incident of such a kind when, at one of the places that we went of visit we couldn't locate a restroom. There was an old lady in a shop to whom we asked if there was one nearby. She immediately left the shop (she was running it all by herself), took us to the nearest restroom which was some 100 meters or more and then left. I doubt if anybody anywhere else would have done such a thing.
     Most of the places that we visited were temples and here are some pictures that I took.


























Here is a picture of a Just Married couple.


The English Language

I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough.
Others may stumble but not you, on hiccough, thorough, tough and through.
Well done! And now you wish perhaps to learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead -- it's said like bed, not bead -- For goodness' sake, don't call it deed.
Watch out for meat and great and threat, (they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)
A moth is not a moth in mother, nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there, nor dear and fear or bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose, just look them up -- goose and choose
and cork and work and card and ward and front and font, and word and sword,
and do and go, and wart and cart -- Come, come! I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!

I mastered it when I was five!

A Riddle

Can you guess the answer to this riddle: 
     "I am a wondrous creature: to women a thing of joyful expectation, to close-lying companions serviceable. I harm no city-dweller excepting my slayer alone. My stem is erect and tall––I stand up in bed––and whiskery somewhere down below. Sometimes a countryman's quite comely daughter will venture, bumptious girl, to get a grip on me. She assaults my red self and seizes my head and clenches me in a cramped place. She will soon feel the effect of her encounter with me, this curl-locked woman who squeezes me. Her eye will be wet."
     It is not what you think might it is and it is something quite unexpected. This is a double-entendre.
     This is the 25th. riddle in the "Exter Book" of "Codex exoniensis" in the Exter Cathedral in England.  It may also interest you to know that the title of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is a pun on the Elizabethan use of "no-thing" which is a slang word.
     An example of a bawdy double-entendre is in the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" where Moneypenny at a certain point of time points out that Bond is "a cunning linguist". It also comes across in the movie "The World is not Enough"  where James Bond tells Dr. Christmas Jones "I thought Christmas comes only once." The double-entendre is evident only if you see the situation when he tells her that.
     Bond movies have a lot of sexual innuendo in them.
     In music, you have this song with the title "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me"  by the Bellamy Brothers.

Some Notices on Church Bulletin Boards as They Actually Appeared

● The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. 
● The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' 
● Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands. 
● The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict. 
● Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help. 
● Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation. 
● For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 
● Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get. 
● The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: 'Break Forth Into Joy.' 
● Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. 
● A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. 
● At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice. 
● Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones. 
● Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 
● The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. 
● Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 p.m. - prayer and medication to follow. 
● The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. 
● This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. 
● Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done. 
● The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. 
● Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door. 
● The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. 
● Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance. 
● Join us tonight for prayers, coffee and fresh beagles. 
● Pastor is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary. 
● This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends. 
● Wednesday the ladies liturgy will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing "Put me in my little bed accompanied by the pastor." 
● This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. 
● The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her. 
● Ushers will eat latecomers. 
● The service will close with "Little Drops of Water." One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in. 
● The Lutheran Men's group will meet at 6 p.m. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert will be served for a nominal feel. 
● Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on "It's a Terrible Experience." 
● The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours." 
● Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. 
● The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession. 
● Wrinkled with burdens? Come to church for a faith lift!

Some Collective Nouns

The English language has some wonderful collective nouns for the various groups of living organisms:
• an Ambush of Tigers, Widows 
• an Army of Caterpillars, Frogs 
• an Aurora of Polar Bears 
• a Babble of Barbers 
• a Band of Robbers 
• a Bask of Crocodiles 
• a Battery of Barracudas 
• a Bed of Clams, Cockles, Mussels, Oysters 
• a Bloat of Hippopotami 
• a Board of Trustees 
• a Brood of Hens, Chickens 
• a Cast of Actors 
• a Charm of Hummingbirds 
• a Choir of Singers 
• a Clan of Hyenas 
• a Class of Students 
• a Clew of Worms 
• a Cloud of Bats, Grasshoppers 
• a Clutter of Spiders 
• a Cohort of Zebras 
• a Colony of Ants, Beavers, Rabbits, Rats, Seals, Termites, Wasps 
• a Company of Parrots 
• a Congregation of Magpies, Worshippers 
• a Congress of Baboons 
• a Crash of Rhinoceroses 
• a Crew of Sailors 
• a Culture of Bacteria 
• a Den of Snakes, Thieves 
• a Destruction of Wildcats 
• an Eloquence of Lawyers 
• an Exaltation of Doves, Larks 
• a Faculty of Academics 
• a Fall of Lambs 
• a Family of Otters, Sardines 
• a Flight of Butterflies, Dragons, Insects, Pigeons, Swallows 
• a Flock of Birds, Camels, Chickens, Lice, Sheep, Tourists, Turkeys 
• a Flush of Ducks 
• a Gaggle of Geese, Women 
• a Gang of Buffalos, Hoodlums, Workmen 
• a Herd of Cattle, Cows, Dinosaurs, Llamas, Moose, Seahorses, Swans, Yaks 
• a Host of Angels 
• a Huddle of Walruses 
• an Illusion of Magicians 
• an Intrusion of Cockroaches 
• a Knot of Toads 
• a Leap of Leopards 
• a Litter of Pups 
• a Mess of Iguanas 
• a Mischief of Mice 
• a Mob of Kangaroos, Wallabyies, Wombats 
• a Murder of Crows, Ravens, Rooks 
• a Nursery of Raccoons 
• an Orchestra of Musicians 
• a Pack of Hounds, Wolves 
• a Parliament of Owls 
• a Picket of Strikers 
• a Pity of Prisoners 
• a Plague of Locusts 
• a Pod of Pelicans 
• a Posse of Police, Sheriffs 
• a Prickle of Porcupines 
• a Pride of Lions, Ostriches 
• a Quiver of Cobras 
• a Rhumba of Rattlesnakes 
• a Rookery of Penguins 
• a Run of Poultry 
• a School of Fish, Porpoises, Whales 
• a Scourge of Mosquitoes 
• a Shiver of Sharks 
• a Shoal of Fish, Mackerels, Minnows 
• a Shrewdness of Apes 
• a Slate of Candidates 
• a Squabble of Seagulls 
• a Squad of Soldiers 
• a Stable of Horses 
• a Stuck of Jellyfish 
• a Stud of Mares 
• a Surfeit of Skunks 
• a Swarm of Bees, Eels, Flies 
• a Team of Athletes, Oxen 
• a Tribe of Natives 
• a Troop of Boy Scouts, Chimps, Monkeys 
• a Troupe of Acrobats, Minstrels, Performers, Shrimps 
• a Watch of Nightingales 

Some Sign Boards That Appeared

● In a Bangkok Temple:
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN 
● Cocktail lounge in Norway:
LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR 
● Doctor's office in Rome:
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES 
● Dry cleaners in Bangkok:
DROP YOUR TROUSERS HERE FOR THE BEST RESULTS 
● In a Nairobi restaurant:
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE, OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER 
● On the main road to Mombasa, leaving Nairobi:
TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE 
● In a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND WEEKENDS 
● In a Cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS, FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES 
● Tokyo hotel's rules and regulations:
GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE, OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS IN BED 
● On the menu of a Swiss Restaurant:
OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR 
● In a Tokyo Bar:
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS 
● Hotel in Yugoslavia:
THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE, IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID 
● Hotel in Japan:
YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID 
● In the lobby of a Moscow Hotel across from a Russian Orthodox Monastery:
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY, WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY, EXCEPT THURSDAY 
● A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest:
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE, THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT, UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE 
● Hotel in Zurich:
BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE 
● Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS? 
● Airline ticket office in Copenhagen:
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS 
● A Laundry in Rome:
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND THEN SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME 
● In an Abu Dhabi Souk shop window:
IF THE FRONT IS CLOSED PLEASE ENTER THROUGH MY BACKSIDE 
● On a poster at Kencom:
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO WE CAN HELP 
● In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT 
● In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS 
● In the window of a dry cleaner's:
SAME DAY DRY CLEANING - ALL GARMENTS READY IN 48 HOURS 
● In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD 
● In another office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY, PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN 
● Outside a furniture shop:
OUR MOTTO: WE PROMISE YOU THE LOWEST PRICES AND WORKMANSHIP 
● Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS 
● Sign in a German cafe:
MOTHERS, PLEASE WASH YOUR HANS BEFORE EATING 
● In a dental office:
BE TRUE TO YOUR TEETH OR THEY WILL BE FALSE TO YOU 
● Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR 
● Sign in a picture shop:
LET US PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE AND FRAME YOU 
● Notice in restaurant:
OUR CUTLERY IS NOT MEDICINE SO PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT AFTER MEALS 
● Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS 
● Sign on a newly painted bench:
WET PAINT - WATCH IT OR WEAR IT 
● Sign in London pizza parlour:
OPEN 24 HOURS - EXCEPT 2 A.M. - 8 A.M. 
● On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK) 
● Sign in Egyptian hotel:
IF YOU REQUIRE ROOM SERVICE, PLEASE OPEN DOOR AND SHOUT, "ROOM SERVICE!"

Some Puns & Some

- The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- We drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.
- We recite at a play and play at a recital.
- She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
- Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
- A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
- Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
- He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
- Cauterize: made eye contact with her.
- The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
- A group of chess enthusiasts were standing in the hotel lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to leave. "But why," they asked. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
- A husband complains to a marriage counselor: "When we were first married, I would come home from work, my wife would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years, it's all different. I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking."
"Why complain?" says the counselor. "You're still getting the same service!"
- Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
- Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
- We drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.
- Why are "wise man" and "wise guy" opposites? And also "overlook" and "oversee" opposites.

See if you can read this:
      "Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can raed tihs. I cdnuolt bielvee that I cluod aulaclty uendsatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!"

- Give me the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef, i.e. give me your feedback.
- A prisoner's favorite punctuation mark is the period. It marks the end of his sentence.
- Experts say the cost of funerals have risen by 50%, they blame it on the cost of living.
- Alarms: What an octopus is.
- Why do gorillas have big nostrils? Because they have big fingers.
- Church sign: "Honk if you love God. Text while driving if you want to meet Him."
- Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.
- A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.

If you planted hope today in any hopeless heart,
If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part,
If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away,
If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray,
Then your day was well spent.


- Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
- The height of embarrassment is when two sets of eyes meet through a keyhole.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Amazing Photos

Have a look at this link: Amazing Photos

This is not the only stuff that you get at this website. Check out the other links also in the page. You'll get some wonderful stuff.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Florist's Mistake.

A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card, which said: "Rest in Peace."
 
The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist replied:
"Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this - somewhere, there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying:
 “Congratulations on your new location!”

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Escapades of the Jallikattu Bull "Appu"





This is the sport that the people of Tamil Nadu in India are fighting for. The sport has been banned by the Supreme Court of India on the grounds that it is cruelty to the animal. A colossal peaceful protest for the repealing of the Supreme Courts ban is going on in Chennai (the capital city of Tamil Nadu) with the wholehearted active participation of people from every walk of life - men, women, boys, girls and even children - rich and poor alike. The protest is being spearheaded by the student population without allowing anybody to take credit for it. The protest is peaceful. You might even be interested to know that even women who have lost their husbands or sons (it happens sometimes) insist that the sport should be held. This is a sport that has been going on for ages.
See how they revere the bull (its name is "Appu") and give it a royal farewell on its passing away.
Please show it to others, share it, comment on it so that the world knows what this sport is, not that the world does not know about it. A little more support will go a long way.
This request is specifically for my regular viewers like the viewer from Mountain View and others.
Thank you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Amazing Interview In India with a boy from the streets ~ Beyond Slumdog ...





Here is the follow up interview with the same bot in 2013. Now it is 2017.

Amazing Interview In India with a talented boy from the streets(Hats O...





This was taken in 2011. I'm posting another one taken with the same boy in 2013 also.

Indian Boy Incredible Talent of Rural India - Amazing Videos

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Fantastic Magic Trick.


If you want to see any more good stuff you can go to "http://www.ba-bamail.com/". There are a lot of beautiful stuff on this site including joke, health tips, inspirational material and other subjects. Enjoy.

Rope Trick.


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