BELIEVE IT OR NOT. . . - page 2

This is a variation of the older thread "Did you know...", or "Do you know...". I thought that thread was a lot of fun, and feel there are still so many odd or funny things going on in the world... Read More

  1. by   toomuchbaloney
    The bears here are largely in hibernation now. There was a large black wandering around about the 10 miles up the road from me last week, but I'm hoping he's in bed now.
  2. by   amoLucia
    Penn State LOST to Ohio!!!! Did anyone catch the opening 1st play? Penn State caught the kick on its 3 yard line and ran it straight in for the TD. A 97 yd run! And then they lose in the end.

    Attendance = ~104,000
  3. by   Ted
    My wife and I live in rural, very wooded area of upstate New York. During our time in our home, I've seen a herd of over a dozen deer, slowly saunter in a line through our back yard, one behind another. Additionally, I've seen a flock of 20 to 30+ wild turkeys roam through our yard. Finally, we've had black bears in our back yard. One was on our back porch, inches away from the sliding glass porch door, looking inside at us as we look outside at him (or her) (Yikes!).
  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    The black bears typically are not as dangerous as the other varieties, but I still take them very seriously. A woman was killed by one in interior Alaska last season.

    They are fascinating to observe though, expecially with cubs.
  5. by   Ted
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    The black bears typically are not as dangerous as the other varieties, but I still take them very seriously. A woman was killed by one in interior Alaska last season.

    They are fascinating to observe though, expecially with cubs.
    . . . and apparently they like to observe us, too! LOL! The black bear on our back porch was looking at us (as we stared at it) for quite some time. My mother-in-law was in the kitchen with us when all of this was taking place. Interestingly, she could not see the black bear at first. She kept on moving closer to the sliding glass porch door, looking UP, and not looking straight forward. We were quietly "yelling" to her to "Get Back!! It's RIGHT THERE!" Finally, she saw the bear gazing at her and at us. Needless to say, it was a tense moment! Although the Black Bear was relatively small, it could have crashed through that sliding glass porch door. Thankfully, once the bear's curiosity was satisfied, it turned around and slowly walked off the porch and up into the woods. This was not the first time we had a Black Bear on our back porch. But this was the first and only time we were concerned that a bear would break into our home (as my aging mother-in-law inched closer to it).
    Last edit by Ted on Oct 31, '17
  6. by   amoLucia
    Boy! You guys have impressive animal encounters. I was impressed when I would see cows in the field. Even horses on a riding farm as I drove by. Not tooo many live cows or horses in the city. Only time we saw animals was when we'd be driving to the Jersey shore and passing by all the NJ farms. My Dad would pull over and we'd just look & look & look.

    You should have seen me the first time I saw a pumpkin patch!!! I was like 35 y/o. Linus had nothing on me!

    I believe that haunting COULD be possible. I can't prove things like paranormal stuff exists, but I can't DISPROVE it either. But I have my reasonings why things are possible.
    Last edit by amoLucia on Oct 30, '17 : Reason: eta
  7. by   amoLucia
    BELIEVE IT OR NOT - sometimes it's the little things in life that meant a lot or still do. Regardless of today's high-tech.

    Thinking again to the cows ... we used to have a working dairy farm locally in central NJ. On occasion, my Dad would drive us to 'the dairy farm' for a Sunday excursion. We'd watch them have the cows all hooked up to the milking machines and then we'd see how the milk would flow around to various stations for processing.

    And then at the end of the tour, we'd all have a fresh ice cream cup.

    I remember going to a local park in central NJ again (a real park named after some big-wig). I remember 3 attractions - the monkey house (always was smelly) and the monkeys all had reddish backsides. I don't know if they came that way or if the zoo staff painted them with mercurochrome or some antiseptic/ABT prophyllaxis. There was a bear pit and a deer pen. We would bring old stale bread from home to feed the deer.

    And then, I also remember the jaunts we'd take to some airport to watch the airplanes come & go. I truly don't think we went to Philly Airport. Newark?
    Some local small airport? I just can't place it, but I remember being fascinated.

    Living in So Jersey I often drove past Fort Dix/Mc Guire. There was always air traffic around. After 9/11, they limited easy access to the bases - road entry was closed off with guard gates installed. Still, if you sit around long enough (like in the old Pemberton/Acme Shopping Center), you could still see air traffic coming down. Those planes are HUGE.

    And since they're coming in, they are so LOW. Sometimes you could read the plane's ID letters. One time, I swear, I saw people in the window!!!
  8. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Only thing I remember about the monkey cage attraction was how bored and p.o'd the monkeys looked and that they threw their excrement at people.
    I think it was at a park associated with a Beach in Southern Maine, but am unable to recall the beach's name. I remember, too, that we were wearing coats when we went there; it was chilly and no one was swimming.
    I felt empathy for them, even at the young age of 5, because I would hate being caged like that, too. Unlike today's more natural habitats at zoo displays, just a cement floor and a few tree limbs to climb on. And lots of monkey do-do on the floor.
  9. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Before pumpkins were carved into jack-o-lanterns, over in Europe (not sure what countries) turnips, potatoes and beets were carved. It had something to do with a man called "Stingy Jack" and how the devil had given him one ember of hellfire to see his way by; he had to carry it around in something so it would not burn him, thus the vegetables. It was only when those immigrants came to America that pumpkins began being used.
  10. by   amoLucia
    Saw the cutest Halloweeny decoration - a takeoff of the carved pumpkin. It was ORANGE bell peppers carved like pumpkins
    and used as whatever.

    It was soooo cute and a novel idea.

    Next time I buy hot dogs, I'm going to duplicate a decoration with a hot dog made to look like a dismembered digit. It cut a 'fingernail' area on one end of the HD. A couple slits to look like a knuckle and then a couple more slits for 2nd knuckle. The other end of the HD was 'torn' to look like it had been ripped from the fist. HD was put into a HD bun with some ketchup only down by the dismembered end. I have to say, it was really cool and I'm not one to do those kind of Halloweeny things.
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Today I got in the mail a "Gimee letter" (ie, want a donation) from a group with the letter heading "Stand With Trump Against the Coup", issued by "A Special Project of The Conservative Caucus - The Home Base For America's Conservatives" .

    VERY too bad for them that they sent me a bumper sticker which says:

    . . .because I have cleverly rearranged the letters to read:

  12. by   amoLucia
    NSIME - I'm glad you're my 'sister'.

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT ----------------


    Mods made a separate soap opera thread of our 'drama'. I did ask them could they edit it as such and voila! One. I have an idea or 2.
  13. by   toomuchbaloney
    I wrote a few sentences for the story but deleted them.