Sunday, July 31, 2005

Things you may not know.

Ok, here's some silly stuff for now.

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represent the varieties of pickles the company once had.

3. Your stomach produces another layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digets it self.

4. The declaration of independence was written on hemp paper.

5. The dot over the letter 'i' called a "tittle" meaning the smallest bit

6. A raisin dropped into a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller

8. A ducks quack dosen't echo and no one knows why.

9. 40% of McDonalds profits come from the sales of happy meals.

10. Every person has a unique tongue print.

11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

12. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had erd eyes and was also albino.

13. On average, 12 new borns will be given to the wrong parents daily. (Messed up MOJO right there)

14. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.

15. Warren Beatty and Shirley McLain are brother and sister.

16. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

17. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the sharks stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

18. Most lipsticks contain fish scales (Sorry ladies)

19. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine. (who said we were smart?)

20. Donald duck comic books were banned in Finland because he dosen't wear pants.

21. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored above the 'lower case' letters.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

23. Because metal was scarse, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

24. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

25. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before that!

26. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and silver. (try to get people to rhyme these words it's funny)

27. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips. (I think he was procrastinating)

28. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Let me think if I'm in 140 degree weather and suddenly I'm on fire from something I would try to stop it too.)

29. the mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

30. If you have 3 quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins with out being able to make change for a dollar.

31. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. (I'll remember that for the deployment to the jungle again LOL)

32. The phrase, "rule of thumb," is derived from an old English law which stated that you coulden't beat your wife with anything wider then your thumb. (No one should bet their wifes anyway....)

33. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each first class salad.

34. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

35. Celert has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery then the celery has to begin with. It's the same with apples.

36. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Any thing to add please leave it in the comment box so that I can add it to the list with your site linked along with it.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Camel Spiders

Almost everyone has heard of camel spiders weather it be on a blog, the internet, or the news. But I would like to say a few things about them my self. One there is a camel spider man I have pictures. :-P

Two they really look like this no joke. The myth about them is they can run about 25 MPH or 33 KMP. Whatever! I saw one and it wasen't moving at more then 5 MPH or 7 KPH. They might actually eat camels stomachs until their intestines fall out but I can't confirm that. But I believe that this is a myth also. They do eat however, ants, crickets, dung beatles, and them selfs if they are injured.

Now the next photo is of a unlucky soldier. He was climbing into his sleeping bag at O'Dark Thirty. When he was bitten due to the fact that he scared the camel spider sensless and it bit as part of it's self defence. This photo is of his leg that was bitten 9 days prior to the photo. Sorry if you have a weak stomach.

Now this one is a net floater the spider looks as big as the guys leg. As a matter of fact the leg in the back ground is at least 10 maybe 15 feet away. If you look closely there are 2 camel spiders there I don't know if they are mating or if the one is eating the other but as you can tell soldiers will be kids as they pick up and play with the bugs.

Well till next time I have not much more for you. But tomorows post just may be a good one not having to deal with Iraq, but things you may not know.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Coliform Nasty Stuff

Yea so here in Iraq there is an abundancy of coliform in the water. Which means: Shower with your mouth closed, Drink only bottled water (mineral water for all you yuppies by the way), Brush your teeth with bottled water(hence mineral water), ect.... For those of you that don't know or understand Coliform you can click the link. But lets just say I'm following the instructions given to us because I don't want to end up with the Goofy Poopies, Diareah, The Green Apple Splatters or let alone ingesting other peoples or animals poop.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I don't know where the Iraqis learn how to drive.

Here are some photo's of the locals and how they drive and/or use their vehicles.

This one was carting hay. I would have to say I haven't seen a pick up truck so abused in my life. I think they were averaging about 15 miles per hour so they didn't ruin it any further.

Holy Shit! I think the Suburban needs a new suspension system! I don't have a clue what these red containers are for but they may be used for water. If not he's waiting for the flood hoping not to sink with the advanced flotation equipment he's bought on eBay.

This photo takes the cake. Were on one side of the highway and they are on the other! North bound traffic in the south bound lane on the far left. I don't know how there wasn't a collision but some how it worked. Yet we know that if anyone did that in America there would be an accident intentionally just to sue you. Well that's all for today. Hopefully I'll have something interesting to write about tomorrow but somehow I doubt it and it doesn't seam to be getting any better just yet.

Mr. Matt

Monday, July 25, 2005

Signs I saw during my journey to my current location

Well everyone, lets start this adventure shall we? These are some signs that I had seen during my journey from Kuwait to Iraq hopefully you may feel that your riding along with me in the truck.

This first sign is of the initial "marked" town that I had traveled through in Kuwait. This town had noticeable farms and dairies I was able to see them from the highway. What they were growing or what was being produced in the diaries I was unable to tell But it seamed to be a very profitable way of life there.

This sign seams harsh at first. But it is located outside almost every military base here in Iraq and due to the fact that there are suicide bombings and car bombs directed at us (the military) this sign helps deter them a little. Usual protocol also has us firing at the tires or engine block not the individual.

This sign here goes back to where the children were waving in yesterdays post. :-)

Here is the first sign that I saw as I entered Iraq according to this sign you can tell that they aren't allowed to have much fun hehe j/k but it seams to be quite a strict lifestyle.

This one here just explains it all. This is a federal building in a town not that far away as you can see the sign for the Police station was made with a lot of skill.... Well I know my little sister could have done better along with a kindergarten class but this sign works and it surely helps us get the job done over here. Seeing that we are currently training the Iraqi National guardsman and their Police task forces. Also for many of you that don't get a lot of the same news that I do not to long ago 27 Iraqi WOMEN (going with their culture and beliefs) graduated their basic training for their membership in the Iraqi National Guard (more information on this story available if requested).

After this photo was taken there weren't many more photos taken due to the fact that I was getting quite tired after driving somewhere around 14 hours straight. Also all of these photos were being taken' while I was traveling between 25 and 55 MPH and I can honestly say I didn't really want to go any slower let alone stop.

Any how this is all for now I think I'm going to attempt to change my bloc template this one is a little boring. Talk to everyone tomorrow or later.

Mr. Matt

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Other then the Camels

While I was on the convoy from Kuwait to where I currently am now I had a lot of time to think while I drove through this war torn country. On one hand I feel sorry for the people that live here due to the fact that their houses are blown to shit or they just live in structers that don't resemble a house any more. Other then the mud houses that they live in. But during my drive in the first town there was a bunch of kids on the side of the road waving and such then the last kid about 10 feet from the rest of them turned his hand around, made a fist, and shot us his finger. I lost it! I was hysterically laughing for about 5 minuets no shit! That was the last thing I could have expected from a child but then again I guess his daddy taught him well. While driving through the country I also saw green water (looked like anti-freeze), Salt piles, Sheep herders, Camel hurders, Cow hurders, and many side road shops/sales stands. All in all I would have to say that 90% of all the people that live in Iraq like the fact that we are here. The other 10% are probally undecided. Also most of the people that are attacking us aren't of Iraqi decent. Yet, the terrorist attacks still happen. The mortar bombings, Rocket attacks, IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices) the most common, VBIES (Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Devices), Suicide Bombers. The list could go on. In a way I'm glad that I am here due to the fact that not only am I serving The United States Of America and it's people, But I'm also helping to re establish the lives and living structure of the Iraqi's by being here and making it safer for them to live.

Well it's time to post another photo here that I think might help this story of mine.

You may have to click this to view it larger but this is the typical Iraqi living establishment. Well till next time.

Read the rest of my recent postings to see an albino camel :-).

Albino Camels

Albino Camels Rule!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Sittin in Iraq

Yea, I'm going to have to ask you to move out to the connex. Um... Yea, take your fuckin desk with you......

Any how that was the first thing that popped into my head just now. Right now it's 20 min after midnight here, 4:20 P.M. on the East coast, and 1:20 on the West coast. It's five o'clock somewhere!!! But not here EVER! Shit I think I'm going to loose my mind or perhaps I've lost it already. HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!! MIND??????? Where are you? Around the time I woke up today it was one hundred and thirty degrees out and that's not that hot anymore which is starting to make me wonder if I'm going to freeze my ass off when I go home on leave DING!!! Well I would have to say with the dinging of the bell that means a YES!! FUCK!!!! Have you ever seen the movie Dick Tracey? You know the guy in the movie mumbles? I have to deal with mumbles from time to time. Geeze I don't know why they didn't kill him sooner. Not saying I'm going to kill someone anytime soon.... But according to this post the thought has crossed my mind. Well Ladies and Gents I've run out of shit to say so until next time...... Kiss some Camels, Kick some Camel Spiders and for gods sake if you take a shot make sure it counts.

PS. Feedback on my ramblings helps my ramblings the next time.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Holy Shit It's Been A While.

Well after quite a few flights and a shit load of ground travel I'm now in Kuwait soon to be headed to Iraq for 1 year. But in my travel I managed to see an airport in Maine, an airport in Shannon Ireland, and the airport in Kuwait City along with the vast desert land of Kuwait. I am yet to see a camel in camel central and everything I leave base for anything I'm continuously looking around because I want to see a "wild" Camel. That's one of the priorities on my list. There are also many that are not on my list like: Seeing a Sand Viper, Seeing a Camel Spider, and Seeing anything or anyone attemping to take my life (for those people/things I have no mercy). But as of right now it's 12:40 PM here as you can tell by the normal stateside time beneath this post I'm up with out loss of sleep due to the fact that I'm still stuck on United States time. I had an interesting yet very good idea the other day, I purchased an American Flag that I'm going to keep with me through out my tour of Iraq and display it proudly. After my mission when I return I'm either going to donate the flag to a VFW Post or an American Legion Hopefully along with the souvenirs from the other wars that those establishments have they will proudly mount the flag on the wall. Well that's all for now I have nothing to do but I can't think of anymore to put in here for now.