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Questions asked of park rangers at Banff National Park:

  • "Is that food coloring in the lakes?"
  • "When did you build the glaciers?"
  • "How much for a moose?"
  • "Where are the igloos?"
  • "How do the elk know they're supposed to cross at the Elk Crossing signs?"
  • "At what elevation does an elk become a moose?"
  • "Are the bears with collars tame?"
  • "Is there anywhere I can see the bears pose?"
  • "Is it OK to keep an open bag of bacon on the picnic table, or should I store it in my tent?"
  • "Where can I find Alpine Flamingos?"
  • "Where does Alberta end and Canada begin?"
  • "How far is Banff from Canada?"
  • "What's the best way to see Canada in a day?"
  • "When we enter British Columbia, do we have to convert our money to British pounds?"
  • "Where can I buy a raccoon hat? All Canadians own one, don't they?"
  • "Are there phones in Banff?"
  • "So it's eight kilometers away. Is that in miles?"
  • "We're on the decibel system, you know."
  • "Is that two kilometers by foot or by car?"
  • "Did I miss the turnoff for Canada?"
  • "Do you have a map of the State of Jasper?"
  • "Is this the part of Canada that speaks French, or is that Saskatchewan?"
  • "If I go to British Columbia, do I have to go through Ontario?"
  • "Do they search you at the British Columbia border?"
  • "Are there birds in Canada?"
  • "I saw an animal on the way to Banff today. Could you tell me what it was?"
  • "How do you pronounce 'Elk'?" / "'Elk.'" / "Oh."
  • "Where can I get my husband really, REALLY lost?"


    "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies." – Gene Hill

    "In dog years I'm dead" – Unknown

    "Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." – Dave Barry

    "I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl." – Penny Ward Moser

    "The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage." – Danish Proverb

    "To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." – Aldus Huxley

    "A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." – Robert Benchley

    "Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." – Sue Murphy

    "Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wondering if there really is a Dog?" – Unknown

    "I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves." – August Strindberg

    "Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" – Anne Tyler

    "I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." – Rita Rudner

    "My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money." – Joe Weinstein

    "Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant." – Unknown


    Now I sit me down in school
    Where praying is against the rule.
    For this great nation under God
    Finds mention of Him very odd.
    If Scripture now the class recites,
    It violates the Bill of Rights.
    And anytime my head I bow
    Becomes a federal matter now.
    Our hair can be purple or orange or green,
    That's no offense, it's the freedom scene.
    The law is specific, the law is precise,
    Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
    For praying in a public hall
    Might offend someone with no faith at all.
    In silence alone we must meditate,
    God's name is prohibited by the State.
    We're allowed to cuss & dress like freaks,
    And pierce our noses, tongues & cheeks.
    They've outlawed guns; but FIRST the Bible.
    To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
    We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
    And the unwed daddy, our Senior King.
    It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
    We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.
    We can get our condoms, & birth controls,
    Study witchcraft, vampires & totem poles.
    But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
    No Word of God must reach this crowd.
    It's scary here I must confess,
    When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
    So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
    Should I be shot,
    My soul please take.

    Author Unknown


    You have to see this to believe it- and no, I'm not making it up- The Willamette 200 World Championship Rotary Tiller Race. As they say, ``Unique among motor sports, we like to say it is the highlight of the tiller racing season."


    Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the "in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

      1. From a Southwest Airlines employee: "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane..."

      2. Pilot: "Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we's a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern."

      3. After landing: "Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

      4. As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"

      5. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced: "Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted."

      6. From a Southwest Airlines employee: "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more."

      7. "Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

      8. "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments."

      9. "As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."

      10. "Last one off the plane must clean it."

      11. From the pilot during his welcome message: "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately none of them are on this flight...!"

      12. Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day. During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant came on the PA and announced: "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"

      13. Another flight Attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."

      14. An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying XYZ airline." He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind if I as you a question?" "Why no, Ma'am," said the pilot, "what is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"

      15. After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

      16. Part of a Flight Attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of us here at US Airways."


    But the parrot is not quiet or conservative at all. He can swear for five minutes straight without repeating himself and this bird's foul mouth is driving him crazy.

    One day, it gets to be too much, so the guy grabs the bird by the throat, shakes him really hard, and yells, "QUIT IT!" But this just makes the bird more angry and he swears more than ever. Finally the guy says, "OK for you." And locks the bird in a kitchen cabinet.

    This really aggravates the bird and he claws and scratches and squawks, and when the guy lets him out, the bird cuts loose with a stream of invective so embarassing that he has to throw a blanket over the bird so the neighbors won't hear. At that point, the guy is so mad that he tosses the bird into the freezer. For the first few seconds there is a terrible din. The bird kicks and claws and thrashes. Then suddenly it gets very, very quiet.

    At first the guy just waits, but then he starts to think that the bird may be hurt. After a couple of minutes of dead silence, he's so worried that he opens up the freezer door. The bird calmly climbs onto the man's out-stretched arm and says, "Awfully sorry about the trouble I gave you. I will certainly do my best to improve my vocabulary from this point on."

    The man is astounded. He can't understand the amazing transformation that has come over the parrot. Then continues the parrot, "and by the way, what did that chicken do?"


    - Men's restroom, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

    - Revolution Books, NY

    - Bently's House of coffee and tea, Tucson, AZ


    A Charlotte, NC, man having purchased a case of very rare, very expensive cigars insured them against fire among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of cigars and without having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company.

    In his claim, the man stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The man sued....and won.

    In delivering the ruling the judge, agreeing that the claim was frivolous, stated nevertheless that the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure against fire, without defining what it considered to be "unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare cigars he lost in "the fires."

    After the man cashed the check, however, the company had him arrested on 24 counts of arson. With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.


    1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right finger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

    2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

    3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

    4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

    5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

    6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

    7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

    8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

    9) Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

    10) Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

    11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw Tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

    12) Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

    13) Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, force cat's mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of water down throat to wash pill down.

    14) Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call a furniture shop on the way home to order new table.

    15) Arrange for SPCA to collect cat and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


    Deerhound + Terrier =
    Derriere, a dog that's true to the end

    Spitz + Chow Chow =
    Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot

    Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier =
    Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries

    Great Pyrenees + Dachshund =
    Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

    Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso =
    Peekasso, an abstract dog

    Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel =
    Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle

    Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever =
    Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists

    Newfoundland + Basset Hound =
    Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors

    Terrier + Bulldog =
    Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes

    Bloodhound + Labrador =
    Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly

    Malamute + Pointer =
    Moot Point, owned by...oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway

    Collie + Malamute =
    Commute, a dog that travels to work with you

    Bloodhound + Borzoi =
    Bloody Bore, a dog that's not much fun

    Pointer + Setter =
    Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

    Collie + Lhasa Apso =
    Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport


    A young engineer was leaving the office at 6 p.m. when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

    "Listen," said the CEO, "this is important, and my secretary has left. Can you make this thing work?"

    "Certainly," said the young engineer. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

    "Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy."


    Here is a TRUE anecdote about Neil Armstrong...

    When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" statement but followed it by several remarks, usual com traffic between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he reentered the lander, however, he made the enigmatic remark "Good luck Mr. Gorsky." Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.

    Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mr. Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. On July 5, 1995 in Tampa Bay FL, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question.

    When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball, which landed in his neighbors' backyard, under their bedroom window. His neighbors were Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky. "Sex! You want sex?! You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"


    Finally a sad and funny story about the J-3 cowling. I was out of town all last week and the owner of the cowling had his wife drop off the Wag Aero fiber glass parts and an old set of original metal ones he had around. No one was home and the garage door was open, so she stuck them just inside the garage ... against the wall ... next to the garbage can ... (you can see where this is going). This is the place I set bulky trash that doesn't fit in the garbage can. Thinking he was helping, my father-in-law cut up the parts so they would fit in the can and put them out in last week's trash. So when I returned home from my business trip, there was not hide nor hair of the long-awaited cowling parts.

    If the parts had been left in my shop, things would have been OK, but they were left in the garage, next to the garbage can. Now I get to make a full buck from scratch. I found a fellow who also has a J3 but lives much closer than the guy for whom I am going to make the cowling. This closer J3 owner used to be the commander of the Top Gun school!


    Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.


    Even if you aren't a skier, you'll be able to appreciate the humor of the slopes as written in this account by a New Orleans' paper.

    A friend just got back from a holiday ski trip to Utah with the kind of story that warms the cockles of anybody's heart. Conditions were perfect. 12 below, no feeling in the toes, basic numbness all over, "Tell me when we're having fun" kind of day.

    One of the women in the group complained to her husband that she was in dire need of a restroom. He told her not to worry, that he was sure there was relief waiting at the top of the lift in the form of a powder room for female skiers in distress. He was wrong, of course, and the pain did not go away. If you've ever had nature hit its panic button in you, then you know that a temperature of 12 below zero doesn't help matters.

    So, with time running out, the woman weighed her options. Her husband, picking up on the intensity of the pain, suggested that since she was wearing an all-white ski outfit, she should go off in the woods. No one would even notice, he assured her. The white will provide more than adequate camouflage. So she headed for the tree line, began disrobing and proceeded to do her thing. If you've ever parked on the side of a slope, then you know there is a right way and wrong way to set up your skis so you don't move.

    Yup, you got it. She had them positioned the wrong way. Steep slopes are not forgiving, even during embarrassing moments. Without warning, the woman found herself skiing backward, out-of-control, racing through the trees, somehow missing all of them, and into another slope. Her derriere and the reverse side were still bare, her pants down around her knees, and she was picking up speed all the while. She continued on backwards, totally out-of-control, creating an unusual vista for the other skiers.

    The woman skied, if you define that verb loosely, back under the lift and finally collided violently with a pylon. The bad news was that she broke her arm and was unable to pull up her ski pants. At long last her husband arrived, put an end to her nudie show, then went to the base of the mountain and summoned the ski patrol, who transported her to a hospital. In the emergency room she was regrouping when a man with an obviously broken leg was put in the bed next to hers.

    "So, How'd you break your leg?" she asked, making small talk. "It was the darnedest thing you ever saw," he said. "I was riding up this ski lift, and suddenly I couldn't believe my eyes. There was this crazy woman skiing backward out-of-control down the mountain with her bare bottom hanging out of her clothes and pants down around her knees. I leaned over to get a better look and I guess I didn't realize how far I'd moved. I fell out of the lift." "So, how'd you break your arm?"

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


    A man once counseled his son that if he wanted to live a long life , the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his Cornflakes every morning. The son did this religiously, and he lived to the age of 93. When he died, he left 14 children, 28 grand-children, 35 great-grand children, and a 15 foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.


    HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.

    MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on boxes containing seats and motorcycle jackets.

    ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning steel Pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling mounting holes in fenders just above the brake line that goes to the rear wheel.

    PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads.

    HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

    VISE-GRIPS: Used to round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

    OXYACETELENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your garage on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside a brake drum you're trying to get the bearing race out of.

    WHITWORTH SOCKETS: Once used for working on older British cars and motorcycles, they are now used mainly for impersonating that 9/16 or 1/2 socket you've been searching for the last 15 minutes.

    WIRE WHEEL: Cleans rust off old bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprint whorls and hard-earned guitar callouses in about the time it takes you to say, "Ouc...."

    HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering a motorcycle to the ground after you have installed your new front disk brake setup, trapping the jack handle firmly under the front fender.

    EIGHT-FOOT LONG DOUGLAS FIR 2X4: Used for levering a motorcycle upward off a hydraulic jack.

    TWEEZERS: A tool for removing wood splinters.

    PHONE: Tool for calling your neighbor to see if he has another hydraulic floor jack.

    SNAP-ON GASKET SCRAPER: Theoretically useful as a sandwich tool for spreading mayonnaise; used mainly for getting dog-doo off your boot.

    E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and is ten times harder than any known drill bit.

    TIMING LIGHT: A stroboscopic instrument for illuminating grease buildup.

    TWO-TON HYDRAULIC ENGINE HOIST: A handy tool for testing the tensile strength of ground straps and brake lines you may have forgotten to disconnect.

    CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 16-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A large motor mount prying tool that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end without the handle.

    BATTERY ELECTROLYTE TESTER: A handy tool for transferring sulfuric acid from a car battery to the inside of your toolbox after determining that your battery is dead as a doornail, just as you thought.

    AVIATION METAL SNIPS: See hacksaw.

    TROUBLE LIGHT: The mechanic's own tanning booth. Sometimes called a drop light, it is a good source of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," which is not otherwise found under motorcycles at night. Health benefits aside, its main purpose is to consume 40-watt light bulbs at about the same rate that 105-mm howitzer shells might be used during, say, the first few hours of the Battle of the Bulge. More often dark than light, its name is somewhat misleading.

    PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the lids of old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as the name implies, to round off Phillips screw heads.

    AIR COMPRESSOR: A machine that takes energy produced in a coal-burning power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into compressed air that travels by hose to a Chicago Pneumatic impact wrench that grips rusty bolts last tightened 60 years ago by someone in Springfield, and rounds them off.

    PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

    HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to cut hoses 1/2 inch too short.

    SPANNER WRENCH: a bedeviling wrench that causes you to improvise with a pair of Craftsman needle-nose (see NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS) freeing you up to waste several hours attempting to get the Spanner nut off but breaking the needle-nose and causing you to drive 3 times to 3 different Sears stores to replace them. You forget to buy a Spanner Wrench while you're there each time.

    SNAP RING PLIERS: see SPANNER WRENCH. Causes all above the same effects with the addition of finally getting the ring off, but at 450 mph straight into left eye.

    NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS: see SPANNER WRENCH and SNAP RING PLIERS. Useful for breaking while attempting to remove spanner nuts and snap rings.

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