Trifecta #43

More You Know: Facts about Babies

Babies don’t have bacteria growing in their stomach until you feed them and that is when the stinky poop smell comes into play.  If only humans didn’t need to eat.  It would make life a lot better and less nasty smelling. 

Babies can stop breathing especially when they are sleeping.  Obviously when their faces turn blue, you will want to do something about it.  Learn mouth to mouth for one before it happens and CPR for that matter along with what to do if a baby is choking.  These are all things one should know even if you don’t have babies or children around.  I first learned about it due to being a lifeguard.  I need a refresher, but I remember the gist of it.

Babies have more areas on their bodies when taste buds are involved.  Like most adults, they prefer sweet over sour. 

Babies don’t produce tears until about a month old but that doesn’t mean they don’t cry.  The obvious reasons they cry is hunger, overtiredness, or just because they want to and have lungs.

Babies tend to face right instead of left in the beginning of their lives.  Sort of like adults who like to turn a certain way or prefer to walk on the left or right of someone.

Babies have more neurons than adults because they don’t get replaced.  They learn to focus better as they get older, but their creativity lessens.

Babies have birthmarks that might disappear.  Mine didn’t unfortunately and are often found on the forehead, noses, eyelids, and back of neck.

(Source: WebMD)

Journal Entry Type #56: Who Needs Sleep?

I can’t tell you how great it feels to get a good night’s sleep.  I haven’t had this happen in a long time.  The verdict is still out there if I have sleep apnea or not (partly my fault and partly COVIDs fault). The other reason I haven’t been getting much sleep is due to my neighbor since he moved in.  He plays music all hours of the night and denies it’s him.  I ended up taking measures into my own hands when after three days of getting hardly any sleep due to his music. He threw a fit after he was told to keep it down (not by me and that same morning jumped up and down, slammed doors, and made all kinds of noise.  I don’t know if it was because of what happened earlier, but I hope being able to sleep at night without interruption continues. I’ve had one good night so far. With this being said, I’ve also started a 30-day workout challenge (low key for me as I’m not doing any jogging right now) and then 30-day junk food challenge in October and then start jogging again in November.  I’m having a hard time getting down a routine so I’m taking the steps to get back into it again.  Work continues to be work and I plan on working on my rewrite this weekend as well as working on getting my poetry collection out there. I still have goals and plans to get it all done in the next 40 years. It seems like such a long stretch of time but then again not. The fact we are already approaching the middle of September shows time is moving fast. That’s all I have to say today.

Netflix Docuseries Recommendation: Fear City New York vs. The Mafia (2020)

This life of ours, this is a wonderful life. If you can get through life like this, hey, that’s great. But it’s very, very unpredictable. There are so many ways you can screw it up.

-Paul castellano-

This three-part docuseries is pretty self-explanatory.  It covers the five Italian American Mafia families in New York during the 1970s: Bonnano, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese.  The capo di tutti i capi was replaced by the Commission of seven family bosses in 1931 by Charlie Luciano. The job of the Commission was to discuss family problems.  The current/acting bosses are Michael Mancuso (Bonanno), Alphonse Persico (Colombo), Domenico Cefalù/Lorenzo Mannino (Gambino), Liborio Savatore Bellomo (Genovese), and Victor Amuso/Michael DeSantis (Lucchese). 

They had a strong grip on how New York City business operated until the FBI brought down the five families that lead to the Mafia Commission Trial.  It changed who controlled New York when it led to the bosses being convicted.  It is a little disjointed in some areas and it could have gone deeper into how the mob affected those not part of the mob.  It did a little bit in the beginning but by the end it was lacking.  I get those involved in the mafia miss those good old days, but the charges against the five families had effects that lasted for decades.  Each episode is around 45 to 60 minutes and directed by Sam Hobinson.  It has a rating of TV-MA. 

I rate Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia FOUR FINGERS at 90%.

TV Mini-Series Recommendation: Waco (2018)

No matter what you think of David Koresh or the people that died in there, they died for what they believed in. And that’s more than I can say for a lot of people.

-David thibodeau-

Most everyone knows the story of David Koresh and his followers that were Branch Davidians.  The percentage of what fault belongs to the FBI, ATF, and Koresh himself will never be known but there was clearly fault with all parties involved.  What does remain is the story of Waco with some liberties involved.  The main people involved were David Koresh (Taylor Kitsch), Judy Schneider (Andrea Riseborough), Steve Schneider (Paul Sparks), David Thibodeau (Rory Culkin), Rachel Koresh (Melissa Benoist), Michelle Jones (Julia Garner) along with the FBI agents of Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon), Tony Prince (Glenn Fleshler), Mitch Decker (Shea Whigham), and ATF agent Jacob Vazquez (real name was Robert Rodriguez) (John Leguizamo). 

This mini-series takes you inside the compound walls of Mount Carmel where Koresh and his followers viewed him as the messiah.  He clearly was high on the narcissistic line and believed the practice of taking many wives was his duty.  The 51 day standoff came to an end with Mount Carmel being engulfed in flames and when it quickly spread, there were few survivors.  Nine Branch Davidians escaped and most of them died including 25 children from gunshots or smoke inhalation.  It has a rating of TV-14 and includes six episodes.

I rate Waco FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB AT 100%

More You Know: Some of the Longest Living Animals

You think you want to live until 100?  Well, I don’t.  If it happens to be that way, then so be it.  Changing subjects, here are some animals that live longer than humans. 

Warty Oreo is a fish that can live up to 140 years. (photo by life expectancy)

Orange Roughy is a fish that can live up to 140 years. (photo by inland seafood)

Aldabra Giant Tortoise is a tortoise that can live up to 152 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Lake Sturgeon is a fish that can live up to 152 years. (photo by the dodo)

Shortraker Rockfish is a fish that can live up to 157 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Galapagos Tortoise is a tortoise that can live up to 177 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Red Sea Urchin is a urchin that can live up to 200 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Rougheye Rockfish is a fish that can live up to 205 years. (photo by nairaland)

Bowhead Whale is a whale that can live up to 211 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Ocean Quahog is a clam/mollusk that can live up to 400 years. (photo by wikipedia)

Weekly Facts #36

Composting can be done in high altitudes and lower temperatures but with more patience and skill.

Chris Putnam hacked into Facebook and made thousands of profiles to look like MySpace profiles and then Facebook hired him as an engineer.

The oldest known brewery is in Haifa, Israel that was probably used in rituals.

Humans look different in terms of hair color, eye color, skin color, weight, height, and more but human DNA is genetically similar 99.9% to each other.   We share more common DNA with apes compared to insects.

Tigers have striped skin and fur.

There are 293 ways to make a change for a dollar.

Poem: Tick Tock

Tick tock, tick tock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

Cheese in its mouth and a mission

on its mind.

Tick tock, tick tock.

It sits on top where I can’t reach.

Peering down, taunting me.

Tick tock, tick tock.

The mouse won’t get off the clock,

I raise the broom over my head.

It watches me with a smug look.

Tick tock, tick tock.

Whose bright idea was it to place

the clock there?

Oh, stupid, it was me.

Tick tock, tick tock.

Poem: Unscrambled Egg

whack it over the edge,

hear the cracking,

watch a little dribble out,

bring it the above the pan,

open the shell further,

watch it drop onto the metal surface,

listen to it sizzle,

grab the spatula,

not in the fried egg mood.

More You Know: The Most Successful Food Franchises that Started in the U.S.A.

Have you ever thought about opening up a franchise?  Not me.  Too much work.  Here are some of the ones most successful today although they started out small. 

  1. Kentucky Fried Chicken started in 1930 with headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky.  KFC was founded by Harlan Sanders.
  2. Subway started in 196 with headquarters is in Milford, Connecticut.  Subway was founded by Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck.
  3. Domino’s Pizza started in 1961 with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Domino’s was founded by James Monaghan, Tom Monghan, and Dominick DiVarti.
  4. Starbucks started in 1971 with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.  Starbucks was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker.
  5. Wendy’s started in 1969 with headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.  Wendy’s was founded by Dave Thomas.
  6. McDonald’s started in 1940 with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.  McDonald’s was founded by Richard and Maurice McDonald.
  7. Dunkin’ Donuts stated in 1948 with headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts. Dunkin’ Donuts was founded by William Rosenberg.
  8. Dairy Queen started in 1940 with headquarters in Edina, Minnesota.  Dairy Queen was founded by John Fremont McCullough.
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