Friday Fun Facts- Strange Facts About WWII

September 19, 2014



– Russia and Japan have still not signed a peace treaty to end the war. Believe it or not, a dispute over four islands have kept them from finishing “the war to end all wars”. To this day, they both lay claim to them.

– During WWII, airplane factories were made to look like small towns to avoid becoming a bombing target. One of the best examples was the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant- with netting and some extra props, it was virtually impossible to tell it from the surrounding small towns.

– Can’t do combat? No problem, you can still join the Civilian Public Service. This was for folks who couldn’t bring themselves to fight for religious reasons, but still wanted to help. They received no wages and very little federal help. Even so, they accomplished a lot.They did everything from forest conservation to medical experiments…that’s right, they let themselves be used as human test subjects and even jumped into raging fires to attempt to fight the flames. They were forced to volunteer in psychiatric hospitals and revolutionized the way mentally ill people were treated. Planting seedlings, building forest trails, and taking care of nursery stock were just a few of their other jobs. Who knew?!?

– A cat survived the sinking of not one, not two, but three ships! He was then called Unsinkable Sam. He started on a German boat and transferred to a British boat, both of which sank. He went on another British vessel which was also sunk by torpedo and they finally retired him. He lived for another 14 years on a farm just outside of Belfast.Allied21

– Who’s a spy? People like Roald Dahl, Ian Flemings, Noel Coward, and Leslie Howard to name a few, that’s who. They were charged with spying on the United States and convincing us to join the war! Their little group was called “The Baker Street Irregulars” and were chosen because they had the ability to charm, seduce and win over people. Roald Dahl was given the assignment to seduce the wife of Henry Luce, owner of Time, Life and Fortune magazine. This was because the very rich and influential Mr. Luce was thought to be an anti-British isolationist. He was quite successful! So much so, Roald complained, “I am all fucked out! That goddamn woman screwed me from one end of the room to the other. ” An interesting side note was when he later visited Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR told Roald he was quite aware of his methods.roald-dahl-02928

– We thought about bombing Japanese volcanoes to set them off. Never happened.

– We made enough Purple Hearts during WWII to last from then until now. 1, 506,000 were made because they anticipated tremendous losses that never occurred. (Mostly because of the devastating success of the two big bombs.) Purple Hearts made for our great grandfathers are still being pinned on soldiers today.purpleHart_2

– The youngest soldier of WWII was only 12 years old! His name was Calvin Graham and he enlisted right after Pearl Harbor. During his time on the USS Dakota, he earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his work in fire control aboard the ship. When his mom told how old he was, they put her in the brig for 3 months until his sister threatened to take the story to the newspapers. He was released, dishonorably discharged and stripped of his medals.

This isn’t the end of the story-

He joined the Marines when he was 17. Unfortunately, he broke his back and spent the rest of his life trying to get medical benefits. In 1988, he wrote to Congress and told his story. They gave him a clean record, medical benefits and returned his Bronze Star. They wouldn’t give him back the Purple Heart. (Another mystery of Congress.)




Friday Fun Facts- I Want Pancakes!

September 5, 2014

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day and it doesn’t have to be served in the A.M. for me to eat it. Our evening meal sometimes consists of pancakes, eggs and bacon. Yum!

There’s quite a history pinned to this simplest of cakes.

You ready?

Here goes!karameltelur

– What’s in a name? Apparently not much because this delicious tidbit goes by many. Pancakes, johnnycakes, flapjacks, crepes, griddle cakes, Palatschinken, nalesniki, hotcakes, blini and dosa are just a very few of the names known for this batter.

– This food type appears all over the world and we may never know who the cook was or the culture where it began.

– It does show up in early Christian tradition as a food served on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) which is the day before Ash Wednesday. This starts the season of Lent where folks wern’t supposed to use any fats or oils in their cooking. It’s thought that they fried up these cakes to use up extra oil so it wouldn’t spoil and be thrown away.

– First reference to pancakes in English is in a cookbook from the 1430s.

– The Narragansett tribe made a soft batter called a nokehick. Other cornmeal cakes were called Indian Cakes by 1607.

– American pancakes are traditionally served with butter and syrup. This may have its origins in the crepes Suzette from France. The story goes that it was served by Monsieur Joseph in his restaurant in Paris. His maitre d’hotel brought the idea to America in the 1930s.crepesuzettes


Think I’m hungry. Pancake, anyone?

Link Of The Week- Nicholas Sparks Gives Us A Helping Hand

August 19, 2014



There are few writers who have reached the golden apple- you know, the ones who have book tours all over the world and several of their stories have been turned into movies. Sigh. I’d want to be like that when I grow up!

It may surprise you to know that Nicholas Sparks has taken the time to share thoughtful insights in how to get to that lofty spot! I hope you enjoy this link as much as I have reading through his words of wisdom.



Link Of The Week

April 8, 2014

This site actually started as a Face Book page and was so successful they decided to launch a whole web site. Everyday another unusual and interesting set of facts are posted. New fodder at your fingertips to include in your story daily!

Did you know there’s a college scholarship out there for being resourceful in a zombie apocalypse…but you can only use five things?Aleksi_Zombies_boxcover600_600





Did you know penguins mate for life and actually propose to one another?Penguins




Did you know the pomegranate is almost a cure all?Health-Benefits-of-Promenganate



Come and tickle your fancy with unusual tidbits of information!

Link Of The Week- Now Smell This!

April 1, 2014



Marie- Claude found this fascinating site for this week’s Link Of The Week. I’ve rummaged around the information and have found many tidbits that I plan on inserting in my manuscript set in Costa Rica. This has applications across many genres and can be mixed with Highland fantasies as well as Jack The Ripper terrors. May your olfactory sense be delighted by this link. Enjoy!



Link Of The Week- Strange Information

March 18, 2014

Here’s a site for you to add in all sorts of information to your novel:


Are you trying to poison someone?


Are you writing a book about great treasure?


Does someone need to be sacrificed?


These are just a few of the topics covered on this site- I’ve had so much fun exploring this for Musetracks…..muwahahahahaha my characters are in for a ride now!

Link Of The Week- Get Your Muse On!

February 18, 2014


What do you do with the blank screen? How do you get around the….blankness of it all? Well, here’s a whole slew of artists from different walks of life sharing their secrets on how to get past this stumbling block.


Link Of The Week- Write To Done

November 5, 2013



I have found the best link this week! It’s doubly exciting because many of us are deep into our first full week of NaNo and we can use all the help we can get. Would you like to have a free download of a book called The Ultimate Guide To Better Writing? Yes? Well, look no more because that’s the very first thing you see when you go to this site!

How about an article on mind mapping? Done! What about finding a shortcut to polishing your manuscript? Done! This is a wonderful resource for all of us.

Hope you enjoy!

Link Of The Week

October 29, 2013

I ran across this site created by author K.M. Weiland and was impressed by it. She has put such a lot of time and effort into helping other writers- it was like finding a forgotten Christmas gift!Typewriters

I love her discipline and drive- read what she says about her writing routines:

I set aside two hours, five days a week, to write, usually between four and six p.m. I’m a firm believer in Peter de Vries claim: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” I spend the first half hour scribbling ideas in a writing journal, reviewing character sketches and research notes, reading an article on the craft, and proofreading what I wrote the day before. Then I pick a soundtrack, say a prayer for guidance, and dive in.authors


Link Of The Week

October 15, 2013

This site has been a favorite of our very own Marie-Claude for quite some time. I can see why- information for writers is stuffed into every corner! I encourage all of you to follow the link and see what’s there. Enjoy!


Can you name that writer?

Can you name that writer?