“Information” Here are your ANSWERS!

“There are things we hear and do – – and NOW – – YOU will know WHY!”

We give “THANKS” to TOM McClarren – – we know he will find the ANSWER to all those things we would like to know WHY – – but we did not know where to find the correct answer?



Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green. 
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
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The cost of keeping a medium-size dog to the age of 11: $16,400
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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs – Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar 
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Only 2 people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 John Hancock and Charles Thomson.
Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later
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Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace
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Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?  Obsession
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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’?
A. One thousand
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Women invented bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers.
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Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
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There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year.
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In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence, the phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’
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It was accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father supplies his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. 
Mead is a honey beer & because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. 
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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 
‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ . . . It’s where the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’  comes from.
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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups.
When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice. 
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have email addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries…
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving home without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20-60 years of your life, is now a cause for panic & you turn around to go & get it . 
9. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
​10. Your wondering what kind of president we will have after     Jan. 20th!​

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“One Day… with Young TOM”

“YES… I’m still waiting for my ride – –  Sometimes I just have to wait – –  as my RIDE – – will not WAIT… for me!”


“Sure is good that I have a big sister, Mary Ellen… and she   does like to cook – – – she likes to make “PAN-CAKES” – – she was making “PAN-CAKES” years ago for  – – Virgil and Ronald Struck…. they were younger than us and lived across the street.img206Before breakfast…. I do have to make myself ready for the NEW DAY – –

This is Me, myself – – just have to get each and every hair  – – in the right place – – and “YES” – – that is a CIGAR – and why would I smoke a CIGAR??? – – even I do not know why I would have thought – – that  – – that would have been the THING… to do way back and then!


“OH… How can you stand there…  and call me…  so many times… I heard you the first times!”

“I will call you in about five minutes – – when…  I will be ready to eat?” “This getting up so early is wearing me out – – sure will be glad when the day comes – – and I will not have to get up … so early!”


Evidently… someone did not hear the “ALARM –  CLOCK” – – so it looks  – – like I should take some PHOTOS  of little “TOMMY” – – so I can show him – – when the occasion occurs… – – just how difficult it is to get him up and out of the bed – – and follow him around – – just to be sure “TOMMY”  is able to get himself – – all ready for his ride to work.


“What does some-one do… when their little brother, TOMMY – – can not hear the alarm clock ring and ring…  AND  “RING” for the over – – the  one-hundredth TIME?”

Everyone does have an “internal clock” – – but when is it that it finally kicks in and wakes us…  in TIME to get ready…  for WORK?

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“Where… has my “Little Dogie”… gone?”

Like I have said … “A Photo is worth a thousand words” – – and just looking at this PHOTO of  a very young “Tom McClarren” – – well there are at least enough words  – – to make a story.


In the PHOTO…. You see a very young and good looking young man – – and since this PHOTO was found in our AUNT IRENE’s prayer-book – – I can understand her special LOVE for “TOMMY” as she always called each of us by our full name.

Since our Aunt Irene’s … one and only son little Bernie was hit  by a drunken truck driver – –  this happening when “BERNIE” was only ten years of age – – almost killed Aunt Irene.

LIFE comes to each of us with  at least  – – “one hundred and one” situations – – some good and then others – – which we do need to address with a set of rules – – that only each individual can at the time… understand – – and   then…. some tines we receive “GIFTS”  so good – – that we just do not know how to figure out – – “What did we do…  to deserve this extra special  “LOVE TOKEN?”

So… In our Aunt Irene’s life – – she found that which she  thought she would never again have  –  a substitute son… in Tommy – – and so when I found her personal prayer book… after her death – – the above PHOTO of young TOMMY – – in some pages that  our  AUNT IRENE – – read daily  – – and always having this  PHOTO of TOM – – as the best substitute  for her own son, BERNIE. 

Having this PHOTO of young TOMMY – – I feel was one thing that kept AUNT IRENE living – – in a healthy condition – -into her eighties – -in good shape to travel and also live in her own home – – just the way a person can do – – when they are content with the GIFTS that we receive from our CREATOR!

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“Every PHOTO…has a STORY”

This is 1953… and the SUMMER TIME!


(Click…to enlarge – – it is in…  the faces – – and check out Tom on the cot!)

In the months of June and August – – German St. Vincent Orphanage  will celebrate on the second Sunday of those two months – – with a very big PICNIC –  there will be rides  including “Pony RIDES” for the children – and FOOD – – all day including “Chicken Dinners” – – and every kind of chance game – and everyone feels LUCKY – – and there are lots of WINNERS!

So… with all of that good stuff going on – – why not go???

Since it did not look like…  we were all going – – that would be MOM on the swing  – – my little sister, Eve Karen – – and  –  I am taking this PHOTO – – so this   – – is why you see “THOMAS” on the cot – – in great pain and suffering – – and if you have good eye-sight – and have enlarged this PHOTO – –  – – you can see – – TOM is not a cry baby – – he would rather die – – than to let you know – –  he had a serious accident on  my brand new “boy’s style  bike!”

Why do “GIRLS” have to have a “BOY’S” style bike – – in case a boy – – may want to ride it???

TOMMY wanted to go to the ST. Vincent’s PICNIC – – as a lot of his friends would be there – – and since I had a new “BIKE” – – he thought he should try it out – – to  “SEE” what it will do  – – and –  of course it would save TIME and BUS FARE – as there would be at least four (4)  BUS transfers to get there.It is approximately six (6) miles from where we live in NORTH SAINT LOUISE to NORMANDY, Missouri! Just simply a piece of cake for a good looking and strong teenager – – no problem at all???

My brother “TOM” – – should have been in…  HOLLYWOOD – – he has everyone enjoying where ever you are – – and whatever you are doing. He is the original ENTERTAINER – –  As long as he is there – – the SHOW is on – – and everyone stays  – – till he lets you know the … SHOW is over!

Tom made it out to the PICNIC – safe and sound – –  – but in TIME – – TOM was showing all the different ways to ride a bike – – and as “LUCK” would have it – there was a soft  gravel side road  – – just off  the main road  – and as one of the turns… in this particular stunt called for… – – well…  TOM and BIKE went flying down the side area – – and TOM – – landing on his arm – and the gravel – – did an unmerciful job on him – embedding into the arm – -he had “PAIN” out of this world – – but – –  he would not let on…  to the crowd – – that he was suffering!

Nothing to do – – but to cover the arm as well as he could with the sleeve of his shirt – – make excuses… and ride the bike home – – with the PAIN – – so bad –  he did not know if he would make it??

When TOM arrived HOME – – I could tell that something was wrong – – but –  Tom was no longer into FUN and GAMES –  his situation was – he had PAIN so bad – – he did not want to upset MOM –  – so nosy ME – I had to see what the arm looked like??  This was a situation for the HOSPITAL – – in my books – – and that is where we all had to go with TOM – – that gravel was   stuck  into the skin…  so nice and tight –  – I would  not be surprised to know – – that there is still some stuck in his arm – – In those days there was only the “CITY HOSPITAL” that I knew of for emergencies – – but  – – the next day – – as you see in the above PHOTO – we are all worn out –  the previous night at the HOSPITAL – – was enough for a LIFE TIME –  so TOM is taking it easy in the back yard – just resting –  – probably hoping that we all will forget!  (- but not me – – the photo is a very good reminder -)

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“If this PHOTO of baby  – TOMMY – is 76 years old…then little TOMMY…must also be  – 76 years old TODAY!”

Do I look like an ANGEL…with my arms out stretch…just in case the “baby” should look like he will fall…in that case …I better …for sure catch him…or else …you guessed right…it would be my fault…was not doing a perfect job…watching over and protecting the “baby” from all harm!


This PHOTO has traveled all over…from  the original frame …that took a heck of a lot of wear and tear…as this PHOTO was always on display…no matter where we live…you would see this PHOTO. BUT… the new brass frame that I put this PHOTO – – into… when we were living in FLORIDA…. and had side  frames that would come forward and in the closed position all glass area would be protected …from maybe breaking…but  NOW there is a crack in the glass on the one frame…and …I sure am glad that the people in the PHOTO…did not get damaged in all the extra wear and tear of LIFE…while being in this PHOTO???

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY…TOMMY… and many more!!!!!!”

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“Little Sister wishes BIG BROTHER – Happy Birthday!”

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I sure hope that everybody is wishing  my “BIG BROTHER” – a very “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”  – it is his  75th  –  so…   Everybody  –  from there to here – and with the loudest and best  “TUNE- IN” voice that you can muster up  – let’s all  on  “3”   –  a 1 and a 2 and a 3 …   join in  “Happy Birthday TOM aka MR. WONDERFUL!” “Have the best and biggest “Birthday Party”   –  and many, many more…

This is little “KAREN”  – and I  do not think that everyone sang as loud as they could have – so if everybody would try again  – and cooperate  – sing your best and as  LOUD  –  as you  only know how –   – you know that a lot of these people are getting older by the minute  on earth – –  – and I hate to say it – – but – some are even  a  little hard of hearing!   I was doing my best to hear everybody sing – – but I know that not everybody up  here  – in Heaven  heard  – that which I told them that they should be expecting to hear  – – – so now let’s do it  – again… –  so that everyone in the highest of the heavens  – – can enjoy what we are doing for the “75th” Birthday for TOM McCLARREN   – – my BIG BROTHER  and  let  us all  – – – express our  “LOVE” for all of the FAMILY!” “LOVE”  from   – –  KAREN  – to you all!!!

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