Welcome to Randomness 411

For my first-ever post, I wanted to give you a run-down of who I am and why I am blogging. And what you can expect from this site.

Believe it or not, this is actually a school assignment. But, since I love to write, I have decided to continue this and post whatever comes to mind. So you might visit my blog one day and read about movie scores, then check in another day and see a post on apple juice, then come back in a week and be greeted by a quote from someone or other. . .you get the idea? There is no bounds to my randomness.

If you’ve read my profile, then you have a basic understanding of who I am. I have five younger siblings, one of whom is adopted from Ukraine. I am the experiment child. If you’re the eldest child in your household, you understand exactly what I mean — you have to wait ages to watch things, get a cell phone, drive, try new things, etc. But being the oldest has its perks. Extended bed time, anyone? #Score

My dad is a music minister and my mom has homeschooled me since birth (along with my three brothers and two sisters). Yes, I am a Christian and my faith is the drive behind everything that I aspire to do, whether it be my music or writing. I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and strive to make him the center of my life. Because my faith is such a big part of my life, I’m going to give you a super-short version of my testimony: I was raised in the church and taught from a very young age that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins. I acknowledged Christ as Lord of my life when I was 7, but didn’t truly understand what it meant until I was older. My faith in God is not my parents’ faith. Let me make that very clear. I have set out to shape my own faith in pursuing truth through reason, not just by blind belief. And I believe firmly that God is real and that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. If you have any questions about my testimony, I would love to share the details with you!

Also, I play piano and flute, and love to sing. I enjoy occasionally composing music as well. Writing is my second-favorite past-time, behind reading. My favorite genres include fantasy, mythology, and dystopia. On top of that, basketball is my all-time favorite sport. (Go Spurs!!!)

Last but not least: You don’t have to worry about objectionable content on this blog. I won’t posting anything inappropriate or crass. So please feel free to browse as I update! I have no idea what I will be posting — basically, whatever comes to mind!

Finally, thanks for stopping by! I will be blogging something else soon, so feel free to come back. I’d love to hear your opinion!

~Annelise

Random Friday Facts

I’d like to dedicate this post to everyone out there who have been obligated to return to school in the previous and upcoming weeks.

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I feel your pain. So here is some useless information that is actually fun to learn!

  • The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name – gnurr.
  • The voices of Yoda and Miss Piggy were done by the same person.
  • It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose.
  • Wombat poop is square.
  • When you yawn and stretch at the same time, you are “pandiculating.”
  • You have enough iron in your body to make a two-inch nail.
  • Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn their cats.
  • “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed only with the left hand.
  • The “butterflies” you get in your stomach when you see someone you like is actually a stress response caused by adrenaline.
  • Kangaroos hop because they can’t move their legs independently.
  • Emotionally, pretending to be happy can be painful.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

Stay classy, my friends!

~ Annelise

Random Friday Facts — Human Brain Edition

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Researching for this post was thoroughly educating. It really brought out my inner nerd. I learned a bunch of new things and it was very cool to see how amazing and complex the human brain is. God’s handiwork is incredible!

  • 85% of the brain is the cerebrum.
  • The average weight of a brain: 3 pounds.
  • 75% of the brain is water.
  • Contains 100,000 miles of blood vessels.
  • 60% of the brain is fat — more than any other organism.
  • Contains 100 billion neurons.
  • Number of synapses per neuron: 1,000-10,000
  • 60% is grey matter (neurons — which gather and transmit signals) and 40% is white matter (dendrites and axons — which create a network by which neurons send their signals).
  • Stress alters brain cells and functions.
  • Your brain recognizes your touch, so you can’t tickle yourself. (Admit it, you’ve tried.)
  • Your brain needs 20% of your body’s oxygen and blood to function.
  • Dreaming takes more brain activity than any waking function.
  • Music improves brain organization. (Score!)
  • Number of neurons produced per minute during early pregnancy: 25,000
  • The brain generates 10-23 watts of electricity — enough energy to power a lightbulb!
  • You have an average of 70,000 thoughts per day.
  • The brain uses 20-30% of the calories you consume.

 

My Close Friend

There is a rare friendship

Closer than any other —

Closer than a sister —

Closer than a brother.

 

They like you as you are,

Not how you ought to be.

They’re not out to change you —

That really sets you free.

 

They walk in step with you

And, O, they walk so far.

That’s why they’re dearly loved.

To me that’s who you are.

–Perry Tanksley

 

Who’s your close friend? Today, thank them for their faithfulness and friendship. Let them know how much they mean to you!

Stupid Laws

While browsing the internet for awesome facts, I’ve often run across stupid American laws. Who would try some of these things, anyway? What in the name of Batman convinced people that it was smart to bathe a lion? Or give domesticated animals lighted cigars? Or let a donkey sleep in their bathtub? (Umm, what?) And then I wonder what compelled lawmakers to set up other crazy statutes, like not allowing a man to wear a mismatched jacket and pants in public. While I agree that sight is not exactly pleasant. . .really?!

In the name of randomness, I have created a collection of some of the most ridiculous laws to ever be established — another helpful list to commit to memory for the sake of amazing your friends with your seemingly vast knowledge! Randomness411, making you seem smart since late 2013. (Haha! ;D) I had a blast researching this stuff, so I hope you have a blast reading it!

 

Marion, Ohio — You cannot eat a donut and walk backwards on a city street.

Texas — When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

Alabama — Elephants must not be placed in electric ovens.

South Carolina — It is unlawful for a minor to play a pinball machine.

Miami, Florida — It is against the law for a man to force his wife to dress as a parrot, even if she is hideous.

Washington — All lollipops are banned. (It is a sad existence if one has no lollipops. . .)

Bexley, Ohio — The installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses is prohibited.

Oregon — A dead person cannot be required to serve on a jury.

Hallowell, Maine — It is illegal to park your horse “up wind” on a windy day.

Portland, Oregon — People may not whistle under water; it is illegal to wear roller skates in the restroom.

Reno, Nevada — It is unlawful for any person to carry on, conduct, or maintain any marathon dancing or marathon walking.

Southington, Connecticut — Silly string is banned. (I could not live there.)

New York — A person must buy a license before hanging clothes on a clothesline.

Missouri — Yellow margarine is illegal

Alabama, Illinois — It is illegal to wrestle with bears. (Apparently, this was once a legit thing. The bozos who thought it was a good idea got the idea from ancient Greek man contests.)

Baltimore, Maryland — It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.

Maine — Citizens will be fined if they keep their Christmas decorations up after January 14th. (My family leaves them up clear till March! Mostly because we’re lazy.)

Wyoming — Without an official permit, a person cannot take pictures of rabbits between January and April.