Category Archives: Wanderings, Humor

Some fun wine quotes :)

Wine lovers, and all others who like a good quote will get a kick out of these :)!

*  “The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath*, 1452-1519 — Would you believe he said this ;)? I admire the man still more now!
*  “Give me books, fruit, French wine, fine weather, and a little music out of door, played by somebody I do not know.” ~John Keats, famous English poet, in a letter to his sister Fanny, c.1819
*  “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books.” ~Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist, 1822-1895
*  “Port is not for the very young, the vain, and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.” ~Evelyn Waugh, English writer, journalist, reviewer, 1903-1966
*  “Boys should abstain from all use of wine until after their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.” ~Plato, Greek philosopher and mathematician, 428/427 or 424/423 BC – 348/347 BC) — Hmmm… did he mean it was alright for girls to start before 18 ;)?
Make it a great day! 🙂
*A Polymath is someone who knows a lot about many different things

What’s so special about Champagne?

2013-10-22 14_40_54As I started to gather information about champagne for this blog, I started getting pretty confused. Wikipedia and some other sources almost categorically suggested that champagne has been made special only because of media hype and publicity by vested interests for profit, and that its prices are overblown. Loving champagne as I do, I was disappointed to read all this ;)!

As I kept looking I found this wonderful website whose author has described the whole process of how other sparkling wines are different from champagne. Instead of re-quoting from there I’m sharing the link here so not only can you read all the details but also discover a very interesting wine related website:

http://winevibe.com/tips-faqs/how-does-champagne-differ-from-sparkling-wines/

thCAWUDVOWFor my part, I’m going to post some of my favorite ‘Champagne Quotes’ for your entertainment :)!

*  “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” ~Dom Perignon

*  “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” ~Winston Churchill

*  “In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

*  “I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry, and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” ~Lily Bollinger

*  “Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient Champagne.” ~Dorothy Parker

*  My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.” ~John Maynard Keynes

*  “Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?” ~Noel Coward

*  “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.” ~Bette Davis

*  “Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.” ~Paul Claudel

*  “In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.” ~Willie Gluckstern

*  “Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.” ~Brigitte Bardot

*  “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” ~Mark Twain

So, which quote did you like the best? Which one describes how YOU feel about Champagne? 🙂

 

Technology wimp no more :)

My knowledge of technology is not very strong and so, it has taken me months and months to buy myself a tablet, so I could blog on the go! I finally bought myself one, and this is my first blog post, on the go. I am absolutely delighted to be sitting in this office building, with 2 hours to kill ( I don’t really like this expression, it sounds violent to me, but will leave it here  this time, because it does exist 🙂 )… between two ESL students. For long, I considered this sort of waiting a waste of time (waste is better than kill 🙂 ), an occupational hazard that I just had to learn to deal with. But it always bothered me that on some days my blog post didn’t get written at the end of the day, either because my days were too long, or I was too tired by the end of the day — and yet, I’d had time during the day but no access to a computer. Lugging my laptap around was not an option, as I didn’t like carrying the extra weight. And now, I’m going to be just fine :)))

Another thing II’m really thrilled about is that even though this building, where I am right now, doesn’t have an open wi-fi, I have learned to create a hotspot with my phone so that my tablet has a wi-fi connection :)! Yaaayyyy… from being a tech-zero, I’m feeling like a tech-hero!!! The next thing to accomplish is downloading pictures, and I’ll be all set :)!

Yippy dabadoo 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Life’s like that — Clever Prof :)))

I have posted this joke before, but find it so funny that I thought I should repost it for all the new readers who’ve joined since then :)! In any case, good jokes are meant to be repeated, periodically :)!

THE FINAL EXAM

At Pennsylvania State University, there were four sophomores taking Chemistry, and all of them were ‘A’ level students. These four friends were so confident that on the weekend before finals they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time, but after all the partying, they slept all day Sunday and were only back at school early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final on Monday, without studying, they decided to wait until the exam was over, and then they’d explain to their professor why they’d missed it. They said they’d visited friends, but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor agreed they could make up for the final exam the next day. The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for exam.

The next day, the professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly answered the first problem worth 5 points. Cool, they thought! Each one, in separate rooms thought this was going to be easy — and then they turned the page. On the second page was written………

For 95 points:     Which tire? _________

 

C’est la vie :)

Saw these great jokes (even if they’re old, good jokes always need a repeat), and wanted them on the blog! They were under the heading ‘British Humor’, and we do know that their humor is a world apart :)!

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*FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER*
8 years old, Hateful little bugger. Bites!!

*FREE PUPPIES*
1/2  Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor’s dog.

*FREE PUPPIES*
Mother is a Kennel Club registered German  Shepherd.  Father is a Super
Dog,  able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

*COWS, CALVES:
NEVER BRED.*
Also 1 gay bull for  sale.

*JOINING NUDIST COLONY*
Must sell washer and dryer;  £100.*

*WEDDING DRESS  FOR SALE*
Worn once by  mistake. Call Stephanie.

And the WINNER is…
*FOR SALE BY OWNER*
Complete set of Encyclopaedia  Britannica, 45 volumes. Excellent
condition, £200 or best offer. No longer needed Got married. Wife knows
everything.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Here are some more to tickle your funny bone 🙂

TEACHER: Why are you late?
STUDENT: Class started before I  got here.
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TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell  ‘crocodile?’
GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I- A-L’
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
GLENN: But you  asked me how I spell it.  (I Love  this
child)
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TEACHER: Winnie, name one  important thing we have today that  we didn’t
have ten years ago.
WINNIE: Me! (Love this child too)
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TEACHER: Glen, why do you always  get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a  lot closer to the ground than you are.
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TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me  frankly, do you say prayers before  eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t  have to, my Mum is a good cook.
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TEACHER: __Clyde__ , your composition on ‘My Dog’  is exactly the same as
your  brother’s… Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same  dog.
(I want to adopt this  kid!!!)
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And last but not least 🙂

Due to current economic conditions,  the light at the end of the tunnel  has
been turned off!!!

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This post is NOT a hoax :)

It’s the first of April 🙂 — did anyone play a joke on you yet? Called April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) the world over, it is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, called April fools. Hoax stories are also often found in the press and media on this day.

Precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, held March 25, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held December 28, a day on which pranks are still played in Spanish-speaking countries. In 1508, French poet Eloy d’Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “April fish”), a possible reference to the day. In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, the April 1 tradition is often known as “April fish” (poisson d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed. Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools’ Day postcards. In these countries, the pranks always involve the use of the word fish, in some form!

Ashley Macha of Health News and Views hasd argued that April Fools can be good for one’s health because it encourages “jokes, hoaxes…pranks, [and] belly laughs”, and then explained all the benefits of laughter, including stress relief and reducing strain on the heart. It also noted that the themed content makes sense within a larger context: “April 1st also marks the start of National Humor Month, a month-long celebration of laughter and happiness”, and who can argue with the benefits of that! 🙂

In most countries, the accepted rule is to play jokes and pranks only until 12 noon… after that the ‘perpetrators themselves become fools’!!!

 

A never-arriving spring ;)

People in Canada, and in many parts of North-America are just plain tired of the winter not making its exit — it’s just going on and on and on and on…. The ‘real-feel’ temperatures early this morning in many places hovered between -16 and -18 degrees C. Feeling a little glum I set out to work and this is what truly brightened my day. I opened facebook and there it was, this hilarious depiction of the ‘national’ mood of Canadians everywhere! I burst out laughing, and couldn’t stop :)))))… Here, take a look, and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face too :)!

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Laughing Out Loud :)))

How many…

…countries are there in the world?

Ans.  Strangely enough there is no firm answer to this question. Depending on the source, there are between 191 to 196 countries in the world.

…languages are there in the world?

Ans.  Wikipedia claims there are 7,300 languages spoken in the world, not taking into account the dialects. An interesting aside is that half the world speaks 13 main languages, and the rest are spoken by the other half of the world

…religions are there in the world?

And.  There are 21 major world religions and roughly 2,400 minor religions.

…how many species of animals are there in the world?

Ans.  Zoologists, scientists who study animal life, have recorded 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, and 15,000 species of mammals.

…McDonald’s restaurants are there in the world?

Ans.  Till the end of 2012, there were over 33,000 McDos, in 118 countries in the world, of which over 14,000 are in the U.S.

We live in a strange but very interesting world :)!