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How To Be Irresistible To Women

genie in a bottleThis blog is about how to live a long life full of energy, fun and all the other good stuff we all want.

There are several recurring themes here, things that are absolutely essential to living a “forever young” life. Like . .

Eat right.


And, of course, laugh.

Laugh loudly and often.

Here’s today’s contribution to the cause . . .

A man was walking on the beach one day when he found a lamp half buried in the sand.

He picked up the lamp, rubbed it and a genie appeared. The genie said,” I will grant you three wishes and three wishes only.”

The man thought about his first wish and decided, “I think I want 1 million dollars transferred to a Swiss bank account.” And . . .

POOF! It was done.

Next he wished for a candy apple red Ferrari, and . . .

POOF! There was the car sitting in front of him.

For his final wish he said, “I wish I was irresistible to women.” And . . .

POOF! He turned into a box of chocolates.

How ’bout you, got any genie or 3-wish jokes? If so, put them in the comments so we all can enjoy them.

Great Wall Of China At Juyongguan Pass

Travel can expose you to sights and experiences that are unimaginable, spectacles that lift your spirit and indelibly etch their magnificence into your memory.

I recently visited one such sight . . . the Great Wall of China.

Here’s a photograph I made of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass, which is a little more than 30 miles north of Beijing.

The Great Wall of China at Juyogguan Pass

You can see more of my pictures of the Great Wall here.

Great Wall Of China Facts

When Was The Great Wall Of China Built?

Construction was begun in the 7th century B.C. In 221 B.C., the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty linked 3 separate walls and formed the “Wan Li Chang Cheng.” (This means the ten thousand li Great Wall. Li is a Chinese unit of length which is equal to ½ kilometer.)

The Great Wall was rebuilt, modified or extended for over 2,000 years. Most of the Great Wall that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty, between 1368 and 1644.

Why Was The Great Wall Of China Built?

The wall was originally built to defend the Chinese Empire against invasion by Mongolian and Manchu enemies from the north.

Is The Great Wall Of China “All Wall”?

Actually, it isn’t. The “wall,” which winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountans and plateaus, from east to west, consists of different walls that were built at different times and then joined together. The “wall” also includes trenches and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

How Long Is The Great Wall Of China?

As I explained above, it has been called the “ten thousand li Great Wall” which would make it 5,000 km, or a little more than 3,000 miles, long.

However, a comprehensive archaeological survey that was done using advanced technologies concluded that all the walls measure 5,500.3 miles (8,851.8 km).

The walls, themselves, total 3,889.5 miles (6,259.6 km). (However, this includes many side branches that don’t contribute to the west-to-east ‘length’ of the wall). Another 223.5 miles (359.7 km) is trenches and 1,387.2 miles (2,232.5 km) is natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

What Is The Great Wall Of China Made Of?

The wall portions of the Great Wall are stone and earthen.

For example, the portion of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass – pictured above – is made of stone and bricks from the nearby hills, and this portion of the Great Wall is 26 feet (7.8 meters) high and 16 feet (5 meters) wide.

Where Is The Great Wall Of China Located?

Great Wall of China mapI know. I know. You got this one. It’s in China.

More specifically, the Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

What Is The Modern Day Significance Of The Great Wall Of China?

The longest fortification ever built, the Great Wall is now China’s biggest and most popular tourist attraction.

Think You Know Your 1960’s Rock And Roll Groups, Huh?

Simon & Garfunkle
Simon & Garfunkle
So, you think you know your 1960’s rock and roll groups.

What if I limit it to groups that have either “and” or “and the” in their name? Still an expert?

Prove it!

Take this quiz I created. Just fill in the blanks to complete the names of the groups.

When you click on the answer link, you will be taken to a website that tells you the group’s name. All of the websites that I have linked to will give you basic information about the group. However, some will also tell you more including such things as the group’s hits and, even, whether they are still performing. A few of the sites even have the group’s music playing.

The first 10 are easy. They’re just to get you warmed up. The next 18 are a little harder. And the last 10 are where you can really show your chops . . .


  • Gladys Knight and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Supremes. Answer.
  • Sonny and __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Belmonts. Answer.
  • Smokey Robinson and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Vandellas. Answer.
  • The __________ and the Papas. Answer.
  • __________ and Garfunkel. Answer.
  • Patti LaBelle and the __________. Answer.
  • Bill Haley & the/his __________. Answer.

These are a little harder

  • __________ and the Playboys. Answer.
  • Booker T. and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Pacemakers. Answer.
  • __________ and Dave. Answer.
  • Sly and the __________. Answer.
  • Sam The __________ and the __________. Answer.
  • Tommy James and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and Dean. Answer.
  • Junior Walker and the __________. Answer.
  • Ruby and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Raiders. Answer.
  • Mitch Ryder and the __________. Answer.
  • Archie Bell and the __________. Answer.
  • Little Anthony and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Dreamers. Answer.
  • __________ and Jeremy. Answer.
  • Peter and __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Mysterions. Answer.

Ready? These are the hardest

  • Big Brother and the __________. Answer.
  • Frank Zappa and the __________. Answer.
  • Garnet Mimms and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Starliters. Answer.
  • __________ and the Fish. Answer.
  • Maurice Williams and the __________. Answer.
  • Cannibal and the __________. Answer.
  • __________ and the Tabulations. Answer.
  • Wayne Fontana and the __________. Answer.
  • Frankie Lymon and the __________. Answer.

How’d you do? Are you the expert you thought on the subject of 1960’s rock and roll groups with “and” or “and the” in their names?

Out of 38, I think any score of at least 30 is fantastic. Put your score in the comments below.

Happiness Through The “Eyes” Of Helen Keller

Helen Keller
Helen Keller
Helen Keller became blind and deaf before she was two years old, but she went on to lead a productive and happy life.

She is quoted as saying this about happiness:

    Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours…. Your success and happiness lie in you…. The great enduring realities are love and service…. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Let me remind you who Helen Keller was.

Few, if any, would have had a better excuse for being unhappy.

Born in Alabama in 1880, Keller contracted an illness at 19 months that left her blind and deaf. Fortunately, her parents did not give up. They located a teacher, Anne Sullivan, blind herself, to work with Helen.

Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller’s house in March 1887, and immediately began to teach Helen to communicate by spelling words on her hand, beginning with “d-o-l-l” for the doll that she had brought Keller as a present.

Keller’s big breakthrough in communication came the next month, when she realized that the motions her teacher was making on the palm of her hand, while running cool water over her other hand, symbolized the idea of “water.”

With her world thus expanded, Helen went on to graduate from Radcliffe College in 1904, becoming the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

While at Radcliffe, with the help of Sullivan and Sullivan’s husband, Keller wrote an autobiography The Story of My Life.

Helen Keller became a world-renowned author and lecturer, and a tireless worker for the rights and interests of the blind, among other causes.

Her story has become known through the play and film about Helen and Anne Sullivan called The Miracle Worker.

Here are a few other quotes from this remarkable woman who overcame extraordinary challenges to find happiness . . .

  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
  • “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.”
  • “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
  • “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therin to be content”
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”

Top 15 Ways to Keep A Healthy Level of Insanity and Drive Other People Insane

There are different versions of this floating around the Internet. Here’s my compilation . . .

    1. Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Always wear them one day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your boss is the opposite gender.)

    2. Put mosquito netting around your cubicle.

    3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

    4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it “IN.”

    5. Reply to everything someone says with, “That’s what you think.”

    6. Finish all your sentences with “in accordance with the prophecy.”

    7. At lunchtime, sit in your parked car and point a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.

    8. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for sexual favors.”

    9. Dont use any punctuation

    10. Send e-mail to the rest of the company to tell them what you’re doing. For example: “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”

    11. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood.

    12. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream “I Won!”, “I Won!” “3rd time this week!!!”

    13. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling “Run for your lives, they’re loose!”

    14. Tell your children over dinner. “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”

    15. Every time you see a broom yell “Honey, your mother is here.”

What did I miss? What should #16 be?

Attitude Quotes

When my attitude needs readjusting, to stay positive, I turn to quotes like these for inspiration . . .

  • “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
    John N. Mitchell
  • “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”
    Bo Bennett
  • “Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?”
    Zig Ziglar
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
    Winston Churchill
  • “Some folks go through life pleased that the glass is half full. Others spend a lifetime lamenting that it’s half-empty. The truth is: There is a glass with a certain volume of liquid in it. From there, it’s up to you!”
    Dr. James S. Vuocolo
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
    William James
  • “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
    Scott Hamilton
  • “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
    Brian Tracy
  • “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”
    John Heywood
  • “There is a little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
    W. Clement Stone
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
    Maya Angelou

Some pretty smart people, huh?  Do you have a favorite quote about attitude?