Friday Stupid Flu Facts

February 27, 2015


Watch out. I’m crabby and sick…yes, I’ve got the flu.

Today is actually the first day where my head has felt clear enough to think and my temperature hasn’t bounced between 102-103. It started on Monday with just a little innocuous cough. I wasn’t sick. No way. By Tuesday, all I wanted to do was curl up in my bedroom and not move. I haven’t been this sick in decades. It sucks.

Anyway- enough about me. There are some interesting facts about this little bugger.

– The term “influenza” comes from the Italians. “Influentia” was the title they gave it because it had to come from the influence of the planets, stars and moon. What else could cause such a sudden and widespread wasteland of sickness?

– The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid eighteenth century. In Arabic, there’s a similar sounding word given to it which means “nose of the goat” because they believed it was brought in by the goats.

– There have been 4 major global flu pandemics since 1900. Most recent has been the swine flu (H1N1). In 1968-69, the Hong Kong flu killed approximately 1 million people. In 1957-58, the Asian flu swept through leaving somewhere between 1-4 million people dead. And then there’s the biggie- in 1918-19, the Spanish flu pandemic killed between 50-100 million people worldwide.

– The Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years!download

– It even had a nick name. The Spanish flu was referred to as “the purple death” because the worst symptom right before death was called “heliotrope cyanosis”. The lungs were starved of oxygen and the patient would turn purple, black, or blue.

– A negative swine flu test doesn’t mean you don’t have H1N1. Really?!?

– Viruses are 20-100 times smaller than bacteria and can only be seen with strong microscopes.

– Virus is a Latin term meaning poisonous, slimy liquid. (That sounds about right.)

– Viruses mutate more in one day than humans have in several million years.

– Even with today’s powerful antibiotics, bacterial pneumonia is still the most common complication to the flu and the reason for a huge number of deaths.

– Reyes syndrome is a rare but potentially fatal disorder linked to taking aspirin during a viral illness. What we forget about is that dozens of cold and flu remedies contain aspirin. Symptoms include persistent vomiting, fever, confusion with liver and brain damage occurring within a few days.

– The source of flu vaccines are chickens so if you are allergic to eggs, you need to be under a doctor’s care if you have one. ( The pharmacist told me this year’s shot has proved very ineffective.)

– Did I mention it sucks?




Hump Day Kick Start – Blindfold Edition

February 25, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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With all the hubbub of the latest craze…why not? Bonus points if you know this (hint) funny man.

Who is our prompt? Why is he blindfolded? Is he a literature student who found himself in a grey room at the hands of an intimidating, beautiful, controlling bajillionaire he only meant to interview? Wait…that’s already been done. *snaps disappointed* Could he be a salsa instructor trying to get a much needed power nap before his next private lesson with the hopelessly left-footed girl? Maybe his girlfriend/wife is about to surprise him with something special. What could that be? Lap dance? Divorce papers? Sonogram? Loaded pistol? All of the above? Was he kidnapped from a charity ball? If so, by who and why? Is he on a “blind date”? *snort*

Love to hear your take!


Link Of The Week- Get Your Creative Groove On

February 23, 2015

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Friday Fun Facts- Just Plain Interesting

February 20, 2015

To bring you interesting facts, I cruise the internet in the strangest places. Today’s tidbits actually come from a radio station! The first one grossed me out so much I had to keep reading. These are some of the most random facts I’ve come across and I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

1. A cockroach can live for 7 days off the toothpaste residue in a toothbrush you only used once.1864655cc6yqk20aa

2. Bubble gum is pink because pink was the only color of dye lying around when its inventor, Walter Diemer, made a good batch of it.69781_1573344448873_1093404299_31450149_5503978_n

3. The world record for constipation is 102 days.

4. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, 11 were Boy Scouts. The only one who wasn’t was James Irwin, from Apollo 15, who became the eighth man to walk on the moon in 1971.

5. Salmon are pink because they eat so many red-colored shellfish. Except the farmed salmon you eat, they don’t eat shrimp, so they should be gray. During processing, a pink coloring is added to make you feel more comfortable.raw_salmon

6. Bill Gates’ house was designed using a Mac.

7. Sprinting for 60 minutes burns as many calories as jogging for seven hours.

8. The police in Dubai have a Ferrari and Lamborghini, allegedly because so many other people there have Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the cops also need them to keep up in case of a high-speed

Hump Day Kick Start – Floor Me Edition

February 18, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


What a fun prompt!

Who are these two and how did he end up on the floor? Oh, what possibilities! Has he literally fallen for her? Is a sexy dare about to get muy caliente? Does he have two left feet and tripped dancing? Is she an assassin sent to kill a billionaire? Or did he come on too strong, forcing her to use the super quick and impressive moves she learned from her brother/sensei/the military/while shoe sale shopping?

Let me hear your take!


Link Of The Week-Daily Writing Tips!

February 17, 2015


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Daily Writing Tips is about that. Every day we publish a new article, with topics ranging from grammar to punctuation, from spelling to usage and vocabulary.”






Start your day off with a bang with a special writing tip just for you.

Hump Day Kick Start – Runway Edition

February 11, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


I found this pic intriguing. Maybe you will, too.

Who is our prompt? Is she a high-fashion model? A drug runner? Undercover law enforcement? A travel agent? A crazy loon who lost her way in the airport terminal? Does she know who’s flying the plane? A lover? Her boss? Both?  Is she coming? Going? In danger? Running from something or someone? Rendezvousing with someone special? What if she were playing chicken with the plane?

I noticed she’s walking on a crack. Could that be symbolism?

Give it a whirl. Let me hear your take.


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