Mind Exercise


Cursor Thief
Click on the Photo
This is pretty cool and WEIRD....
How does this really work???????
Contributed by Barbara Arthur Pretzsch  RHS '58


Testing Your Mind and Eye Sight - Find the Cat in This Picture!!!

If You Can!!!



This is a bit different, there are numerals for letters; yet, the mind reads it.
7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.
C4N U R34D 7H13
Let's see how many lines you'd go before you get the hang of it and start really reading. Try it!
Contributed by Bill Morgan RHS '58



This is a Really Neat Puzzle! 
If you can put this puzzle together,
say goodbye to Alzheimer's!
Click on this picture, it will take you to a website to work on the puzzle.  When you have completed the puzzle, click on the back arrow to return here.
Contributed by Bill Morgan  RHS '58


 Can This Really Be Done??
This is the Proposed Welcome Symbol for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
 Check out more of this Engineer's Dream Project by Clicking on this Photo.   Clicking will take you to another website where you can see and read more.  Check it Out!



 Try This Leap Frog Test
This will drive you crazy!  Keep at it 'cause it is possible.. This is one way to keep your mind sharp!  Here is a little 'test' that is (supposedly) part of a second grade Computer class in China.   Some figure it out right away.  Others report having to work on it for a week (or more) to solve it. 
 Click on the picture to begin the test
Have fun and don't forget to forward to your kids/grandchildren 
Contributed by Bill Morgan RHS '58



 The price of Gas versus Printer Ink

(This will Boggle your mind!)

Compared with Gasoline......
Think a gallon of gas is expensive??

All these examples are NOT meant to imply that gasoline is cheap; it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are..... 

I think you will really be shocked at these examples!

(I know I was...)

It's a totally different way of looking at prices!!!!
Read On!

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon
  Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ..........$9..52 per gallon
   Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ..... $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ......... $10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 ...... $33.60 per gallon
Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 ... $178.13 per gallon

Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ....... . $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .....$84.48 per gallon
And here is the REAL KICKER...

Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon!

$21.19 for WATER and the buyers don't even know the source. 
(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)

Ever wonder why printers are so cheap?
So now that they have you hooked for the ink.
Someone calculated the cost of the ink at...............
(you won't believe it....but it is true.........)
$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)

So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on Water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or Heaven forbid, Printer Ink! 

Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the pump...

Contributed by Bill Morgan RHS '58




You have to try this please, it takes 2 seconds.  It's hard to believe this!!!

It is from an orthopedic surgeon. . . . . . .  This will boggle your mind and it will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't.  It's pre-programmed in your brain! 

1) Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY. . . .) and while sitting at your desk in front of your
computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. 

2) Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction

Told you so !!!

And there's nothing you can do about it!  We both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.
Contributed by Bill Morgan RHS '58



Test Your News IQ
Think you know what's going on???  Takes 30 seconds.
There are no tricks here - just a simple test to see if you are current on your information.
This is quite good.
 Click here to start the Quiz
 Test your knowledge with 12 questions, then be surprised when you see how others did.
Contributed by Barbara Arthur Pretzsch RHS '58
Origins of Some Expressions 
Very Interesting Read!
In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig.' Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.


In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board..'


Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'


Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced'. . Wore a tightly tied lace.


Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.' To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'


Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to 'go sip some ale' and listen to people's conversations and political concerns.. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. 'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'

At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the term minding your 'P's and 'Q's

One more and betting you didn't know this!

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem...how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations.

However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.

Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.' (All this time, you thought that was an i )
Contributed by Nancy Rockwell Anderson RHS '58
For the Engineers out there . . . .
Have you ever seen a Water Bridge over a River?  
How'd They Do That??
Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe!
Water Bridge in Germany.  What a feat! 

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long.......now this is engineering! 
This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration. 

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you armchair engineers and physicists.

Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of a ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

ANSWER: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water!
Why?  A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the Same as the ship, Regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.
Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58
Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things.  Think about this  ~  The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1992.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
The CD was introduced 3 years before they were born.
They have always had an answering machine.
They have always had cable.
They can not fathom not having a remote control.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork is or where he came from.
They never heard "Where's the Beef", or "I'd Walk a Mile for a Camel", or "de Plane, Boss, de Plane"...  
They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea even who J.R. is.
McDonald's never came in styrofoam containers.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Do you Feel old yet?   It is good to have friends who know about these things and are still alive and kicking!     Have a nice day!!!
Doo Wop Quiz

Twenty Eight great memories about music that caused our parents and teachers grief!  

Take the quiz and see how you score as a true ''Oldies Fan.'' Write down your answers and check them against the answers at the end.
(Answers  Below)

Don't cheat, now !

1. When did ''Little Suzie''  finally wake up?
(a)    The movie's over, it's 2  o'clock
(b)    The movie's over, it's 3  o'clock
(c)    The movie's over, it's 4  o'clock

2. ''Rock Around The Clock'' was used in what movie?
(a)    Rebel Without A Cause
(b)    Blackboard Jungle
(c)    The Wild Ones

3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint?   Earth _____
(a)    Angel
(b)    Mother
(c)    Worm

4.  ''I found my thrill .. . ..''  where?
(a)     Kansas City
(b)    Heartbreak Hotel
(c)    Blueberry Hill

5.  ''Please turn on your magic beam, _____ _____ bring me a  dream,'':
(a)    Mr. Sandman
(b)    Earth Angel
(c)    Dream Lover

6..  For which label did Elvis Presley first record?
(a)    Atlantic
(b)    RCA
(c)    Sun

7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?''  Who was he?
(a)    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
(b)    Charlie Brown
(c)    Buster Brown

8. In Bobby Darin's ''Mack The Knife,'' the one with the knife, was named:
(a)    MacHeath
(b)    MacCloud
(c)    MacNamara

9. Name the song with ''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.''
(a)    Good Golly, Miss Molly
(b)    Be-Bop-A-Lula
(c)    Tutti Fruitti

10.  Who is generally given credit for originating the term  ''Rock And Roll''?
(a)     Dick Clark
(b)     Wolfman Jack
(c)     Alan Freed
11.  In 1957, he left the music business  to become a  preacher:
(a)     Little Richard
(b)     Frankie Lymon
(c)     Tony Orlando

12.   Paul Anka's ''Puppy Love'' is written to what star?
(a)     Brenda Lee
(b)     Connie Francis
(c)     Annette Funicello

13.   The Everly Brothers are . . ....
(a)    Pete and Dick
(b)    Don and Phil
(c)    Bob and Bill

14.   The Big Bopper's real name was:
(a)    Jiles P. Richardson
(b)    Roy  Harold Scherer Jr.
(c)    Marion Michael Morrison

15.   In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., started a small  record company called...
(a)     Decca
(b)     Cameo
(c)     Motown

16.   Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''. What TV show was he on?
(a)     77 Sunset Strip
(b)     Hawaiian Eye
(c)     Surfside Six

17.   In 1960 Bobby Darin married:
(a)     Carol Lynley
(b)     Sandra Dee
(c)     Natalie Wood

18.   They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of  Love'':
(a)    The  Penguins
(b)    The  Monotones
(c)    The  Moonglows

19.   The Everly Brothers sang a song called ''Till I ______ You.''
(a)     Loved
(b)     Kissed
(c)     Met

20.   Chuck Berry sang ''Oh, ___________, why can't you  be true?''
(a)     Suzie Q
(b)     Peggy Sue
(c)     Maybelline

21.   ''Wooly _______''
(a)     Mammouth
(b)     Bully
(c)     Pully

22.   ''I'm like a one-eyed cat . . . .."
(a)     can't go into town no more
(b)     sleepin' on a cold hard floor
(c)     peepin' in a seafood store

23.   ''Sometimes I wonder what I'm gonna do . . .. . ..''
(a)     cause there ain't no answer for a life without booze
(b)     cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
(c)     cause my car's gassed up and I'm ready to cruise

24.   ''They often call me Speedo, but my real name is .  .  . . . .''
(a)    Mr. Earl
(b)     Jack ie Pearl
(c)     Milton Berle

25.  ''Be Bop A Lula ....''
(a)    she's got the rabies
(b)    she's my baby.
(c)    she loves me, maybe

26..   ''Fine Love, Fine Kissing ....''
(a)     right here
(b)     fifty cents
(c)     just for you

27.  ''He wore black denim trousers and . . .''
(a)    a  pink carnation
(b)     pink leotards
(c)     motorcycle boots

28.   ''I got a gal named . . .''
(a)     Jenny Zamboni
(b)     Gerri Mahoney
(c)     Boney Maroney


Scroll Down so you aren't tempted to cheat  (as if cheating were needed here).
                                               * * * * * * * * * * * *
1     (c)    The movie's over,  it's 4 o'clock
2.    (b)    Blackboard Jungle
3.    (a)    Angel
4.    (c)    Blueberry Hill
5.    (a)    Mr. Sandman
6.    (c)    Sun
7.    (b)    Charlie Brown
8.    (a)    Mac Heath
9.    (c)    Tutti Fruitti
10.  (c)    Alan Freed
11.  (a)    Little Richard
12.  (c)    Annette Funicello
13.  (b)    Don and Phil
14.  (a)    Jiles P. Richardson
15.  (c)    Motown
16.  (a)    77 Sunset Strip
17.  (b)    Sandra Dee
18.  (b)    The Monotones
19.  (b)    Kissed
20.  (c)    Maybelline
21.  (b)    Bully
22.  (c)    peepin' in a seafood store
23.  (b)    cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
24.  (a)    Mr. Earl
25.   (b)    she's my baby
26. (a)    right here
27.  (c)    motorcycle boots
28. (c)    Boney Maroney
Contributed by Tom Priestley RHS '58