Friday, November 18, 2011

Boozing Boxers and Tooting Stars

Thought for the day:  There really is more than corn in Indiana. There's soybeans, too.

In case you didn't know it, Baltimore had the Colts FIRST. Baltimore had Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Alan Ameche, Art Donovan, and a host of other amazing football players. The Baltimore Colts won the 1958 world championship in sudden death overtime, in what's been hailed as the best football game of all time. B'more had Colts bowling alleys, Johnny U's restaurant, and it was always fun to "Meetcha at Ameche's" restaurant for a cherry coke and the best burger in town. Baltimore loved the Colts. Until they left.

Now they belong to Indianapolis. Not that I'm bitter. After all, my husband and I left Baltimore, too. (But at least WE didn't sneak away in the middle of the night.)


Okay, in case you couldn't tell, we're looking at Indiana today.

What can I say? Ya gotta love a state that sports a smiley-faced water tower.

So, what can we say about Indiana? Like the other states in the corn belt, their idea of a traffic jam means ten cars waiting to pass a tractor, and these folks definitely know what's knee-high by the fourth of July. They say you can drive three hours in Indiana without seeing a change in the scenery, and every festival in the state is named after a fruit, grain, or vegetable. Also, bib overalls are considered appropriate attire for attending funerals. Most residents are proud to be called a Hoosier, although no one's sure how they got that name or what it means. The state has a lot of farmland, and most residents take their basketball seriously.

What else?

Most people are familiar with the Indianapolis Speedway. That's where the Indianapolis 500 race is  held every year. When the first race was held there on May 30, 1911, it was the first long-distance race in the country, the winner averaged 75 MPH, and he won a prize of $14,000. Now, qualifying speeds are more than 220 MPH, and the prize, more than $1.5 million.

There are a LOT of covered bridges in Indiana. In fact, Parke County, with thirty-two of them, is considered the Covered Bridge capital of the world.

The East Race Waterway, in South Bend, is the only man-made white-water raceway in North American.

Indianapolis boasts the largest, and according to Child magazine, the BEST children's museum in the world. Among other things, it includes a huge 5-level playground.

Here's another museum that sounds like a winner. Ruthmere Museum, housed in a Beaux Arts mansion, is a destination of choice for art lovers, history buffs, and antique enthusiasts. Sounds like my kinda place.

Would you believe there's a city in Indiana named Santa Claus? Didn't start out that way. Originally, it was called Santa Fe, but because another city in the state already had the same name, they had to change it in order to get a post office. So, in 1856, it became Santa Claus, and its post office now receives an average of 10,000 letters every Christmas. Santa Claus Museum, appropriately enough, is located at the intersection of Christmas Boulevard and Kris Kringle Place. 

Muncie's Ball State University was built mostly from funds contributed by the founder of the Ball Company, maker of glass canning jars. Ergo, the school's name.

If you're still smirking over the name of that school, you're gonna love the name of this town:

Yeah, it's an unusual name, all right, and I'm not sure of its origins, but the town does have a pretty nifty railroad museum.

Okay, time to move on now, and take a look at some of Indiana's laws.

  • If any person receives money for a puppet show, wire dancing, or tumbling act, they will be fined three dollars under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices. (Immoral? Jeez, I dunno ... maybe somebody was dancing on that wire in the nude?)
  • Anyone fourteen or older who profanely curses, damns, or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars a day. (I wonder if frequent offenders pay their ten bucks in advance?)
  • A three-dollar fine will be imposed on anyone playing cards in the state, under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming. (Cards? Oh no ,no, no. Oughta fine Monopoly players.)
  • The value of pi is three. (Now, I don't care who you are ... that's FUNNY!)
  • It's illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public. (Salt peter in the public water fountains maybe?)
  • No baths are permitted between October and March. (That oughta stink bomb arousals, too.)
  • A man over the age of eighteen may be arrested for statutory rape if the under-seventeen passenger in his car isn't wearing socks and shoes. (Nothing at all funny about this one.)
  • It's against the law to pass a horse on the street. (It's really hard to get the proper spiral and distance, anyway.) (Pssst, think football ...)
  • It's illegal for a liquor store to sell soft drinks or milk.
  • You can get out of paying a dependent's medical care by praying for him/her. (Finally, an insurance plan for the Masses.)
  • It's illegal to back into a parking space.
  • Smoking in the state legislature is banned ... except for when the legislature is in session.
  • Pedestrians crossing the highway at night are prohibited from wearing tail lights. (How about headlights?)
  • Spiteful gossip and talking behind another person's back is illegal.
  • State government officials who engage in private duels can be dismissed from their posts. (One way or the other.)
  • Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to kiss other humans. (Okay for kissing other species, I suppose.)
  • In Beech Grove, it's illegal to eat watermelon in the park.
  • In Elkhart, it's against the law for barbers to threaten to cut off a child's ears. (I wonder how many kids that barber terrorized before this law was enacted?)
  • In Gary, a person may not enter a movie house, theater, or ride a public streetcar within four hours of eating garlic. 
  • In Indianapolis, it's against the law to ride horses more than 10 MPH.
  • And it's only legal to throw a stone at a bird if it's done in self-defense. 
  • And no one is allowed to collect rags on Sundays.
  • In South Bend, it's illegal to make a monkey smoke a cigarette. (Give him a cigar.)
  • And finally, in Warsaw, you can't throw an old computer across the street at your neighbor. (Better stick to the guy next door, I guess.)

Okay, here we go, the moment you've all been waiting for .. it's time for (ta-DA!)

The Weirdest News Stories of the Week

***  That pug looks a little glum, doesn't he? Maybe he has a tummy ache from his "heavy" diet. That's Harley, this year's Hambone Award winner, which goes to the pet whose owner filed the year's most unusual pet insurance claim. Sponsored by the Veterinary Insurance Company, the award was inspired a few years ago by a dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham. (burp) Harley's diet was a little out of the ordinary. He happened to eat ... and poop ... a hundred rocks. Past winners of this unwanted award include Ellie, a Labrador retriever who ate an entire beehive, bees and all, and Lulu, a bulldog who ate fifteen baby pacifiers, a bottle cap, and part of a basketball. (For Heaven's sake, buy those dogs some decent dog food!) I'm pleased to report, in spite of their strange gastronomical adventures, all of these critters are doing well.

***  Finally, an off-Broadway play for lovers of potty humor and the "pull my finger" crowd. Entitled The Fartiste, this play, based on fart artist (I kid you not!) Joseph Pujol, a 19th century Moulin Rouge tooting star, has blasted its way to some great reviews and thunderous applause. Pujol had the unusual ability to suck air in through his anus, and then blow it out again, which enabled him to use his posterior portal to tootle tunes on a trumpet, emulate the sounds of thunder and ripping fabric, and even to blow out the theater's gas jet lights. What can I say? From what I've read, this play doesn't stink. Neither does this song from the play, which you can hear in this video clip.

whew, feeling pretty ruff
*** If you're sick and tired of your favorite pooch drinking more than his fair share of your beer, here ya go: a brand new beer just for dogs. (So he can jolly well go out and buy his own, right?)  Bowser Beer, produced by family-owned business 3 Busy Dogs and available for purchase in most states, replaces the not-so-good-for-dogs hops with chicken or beef. The owners came up with the new brew idea after successfully marketing their doggie pretzels. Guess they figured the pooches might appreciate a cold brewski to wash down the pretzels, huh? And get this: you can even feature your dog's face on the labels, and create personalized brew names. (Like ...  Don't Give a Shitzu Beer?) So maybe you can special order a six-pack for your dog's next party, so he can impress all his friends.

*** Didja ever have a vehicle that prompted you to say, "This thing runs like crap?" Well, this bike runs ON crap. Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO has produced a motorcycle that's fueled entirely by ...  poop. Or  to be more precise, human excrement-based biofuel. Called the Neo, this unusual three-wheeler, which boasts a toilet for a seat and large roll of toilet paper flapping in the wind from the rear, has already successfully completed an 870-mile tour of Japan. Not for sale, and not intended for mass production, the purpose of this bike is to promote brown  green renewable energy. Oh, and that toilet isn't operational, so no, you can't go while you're going ... Still, I think they ougtha call this bike the poopmobile.

Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.


  1. As usual your post is a zany mixture!

  2. Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO has produced a motorcycle that's fueled entirely by ... poop.

    Big deal, the state of South Carolina not only is run on poop and hot air but we are very proud that our politicians provide a constantly renewable supply.

  3. Well so much for being able to ride down the aisles of my favorite movie theater on my poopmobile when my garlic breath would give me away! You must be working with Geraldo Rivera to unlock these state secrets!

  4. Dancing nude on a wire doesn't intrigue me quite as much as an immoral puppet show. Why? Because the puppeteer has his hand up the puppet's, erm...butt? giggle

    And DO NOT get me started on that sneaky son of a gun owner of the Baltimore Colts/Indy Colts. Jerk.
    I spent many seasons when I was in Jr. & Sr. High School perched on my sister's balcony watching the B'more Colts training camps because she lived in the apartment complex that surrounded their training facility. It was awesome and instilled in me a lifelong love of football. They were my "first" team, but when Modell snuck out of town in the middle of the night even I knew, as a young kid, that he was a rat bastard. There are two teams I will never root for or pick in the football pool - the Indy Colts are one of them. [Sorry - but I still feel strongly about this all these years later. giggle - can you tell?]

    Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. You have some of the most interesting posts out there!

  6. LOL! You know, I may just have to visit Indiana one day. Especially French Lick. Sounds like my kind of place. ;)

  7. The Colts will always be in Baltimore. I will never go to Beech Park. And dog beer is just ridiculous. Okay, maybe not as ridiculous as the "fartiste".

    Susan, where do you find this stuff. I laughed so hard I peed my pants!

  8. You have definitely outdone yourself this time...farting entertainers, beer drinking dogs, poopmobiles and what do you mean I can't throw my old computer at the people who live across the street?

  9. Love those covered bridges.

    But, uh, wow. No baths, no cursing, and no smoking monkeys? I'd never make it down main street without getting arrested.

  10. Now it feels llke life is back to normal! A Yammy Friday- and Indy as the subject, what I can send to family there! Happy Friday!

  11. I think French Lick was the name of an ice cream, like flavor of the month. Yeah.....Good info about Indi 500 in 1911. That was also the year my husband was born. I like those bib overalls, men who wear them are called "swingers."
    Cheers Susan... always enjoy your posts.

  12. I get such a kick out of reading these post! Thanks for the laugh :)

  13. Not sure I would want to go to a theater to see Fartsie as the audience might want to "sing along".

  14. Hi, y'all. Thank you so much for your comments.

    Al- "Zany mixture" ... yeah, I'll go with that. Thanks.

    B.B.- Very clever, but don't think S.C. is the only state that can make that claim to fame. All politicians run on ample supplies of poop and hot air.

    Julie- It'd be kinda fun to putt around on a poopmobile, wouldn't it? As for the garlic breath, I'd rather give up movies than give up my garlic. (Oh, and Geraldo can unlock his own darned secrets!)

    Skippy- Woo HOO! And I worried no one would have a clue where I was coming from with the Colts. We're right there with you. It doesn't break our hearts in the least that the "Indy" Colts (ptuie! ptuie!)are doing so lousy this year.

    N. Scott- Thanks. I really appreciate you saying so.

    Linda- I thought you might like that name. (There's some even more intriguing names in Pennsylvania!)

    Anne- Ah, another "real" Colts lover! Glad to make ya laugh, kiddo. Where do I find this stuff? I do a LOT of research, ya know, instead of devoting time to my WIP, like I should be doing. But what can I say? I'm a sucker for unusual news stories.

    Delores- Well, there may be a loophole in that law. It says you can't throw an OLD computer at a neighbor across the street ... so maybe you can throw a new one?

    L.G.- Yeah, I know what you mean. The garlic law in Gary would do me in, or at least keep me out of movies and buses.

    Austan- Yep, now that you're back where you belong, all is right with the world. Happy Friday!

    Manzie- Men in bib overalls were known as "swingers"? Interesting. I know a number of men who wear them, but I can't say that I'd ever consider calling them by that name. Cheers back atcha. Thanks.

    Kara- Thank you, ma'am. Always good to spread some chuckles.

    Y'all take care, and have a wonderful weekend.

  15. I live in Ohio about 30 minutes from the Indiana border, and I never knew most of this about the state! Interesting, and fun to read. Love the news stories as always. :D

    Have a great weekend, Susan!

  16. Once got picked up by the cops in Evansville, Indiana for violating curfew. Don't have a clue why the curfew but being on a road trip with my high school band and sneaking out of the hotel, well, let's just say the whole affair didn't go over too well with the band director.

  17. LOL....this was such a fun post!!!! I used to have a pug - pugs are always entertaining but I never heard of one that ate rocks! and ... survived! even better. the toto motocycle was bizarre in a green sort of way. all and all this post was first class entertainment! Thank you!

  18. Hi, Julie. See? No telling what kind of "priceless" information you might pick up here! Glad you enjoyed it, and you have a super weekend, too.

    Mr. C.- Oops. Bet it didn't go over too well with your parents, either. Didja tell 'em you were only trying to expand your cultural horizons?

    G.M.- Thank you, ma'am. Glad you liked it.

    Take care.

  19. I love the midwest, including Indiana. But that last law about not throwing a computer across the street is hilarious!

  20. I lived in B-more when the Colts snuck out of town. I also had personal dealings with the team as I ran the moving crew who used to move them from training camp in Westminister to Memorial stadium every year. I will never forgive them for leaving like they did. I have moved on though and am happily entrenched in Maine these past 30 plus years. Been a Pats fan for 25 of them.

    I have a connection also to the Hoosier state. Sen Lugar is an ex-inlaw by marriage. I remember better times visiting him when he was mayor of Indianapolis.

    Your list of Laws was great. The Pi one was indeed hilarious. lawmakers think they can change anything, even math. It's a wonder they did not make the decimal point illegal.

    Came here via Mr Charleston's blog.

  21. Haha! These posts are great. I enjoyed learning about Indiana and its laws. Have you watched the TV show The Middle? It's set in Indiana and a lot of the things you mentioned reminded me of the show.

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  23. Hi, MRMacrum. Wow, small world. It's surprising how many commenters had some kind of connection with the B'more Colts. We'd already moved away before their infamous flight in the night, and we've long since become big Falcons fans, but some Marylanders can still cuss a blue streak over it. I'm glad you got a kick out of the pi law, too. That one slayed me. Thanks for stopping by, dear sir.

    Shelley- Glad you liked it, and yeah, we do watch "The Middle." Funny show.

    Prasetyo- Thanks for stopping by. I'll be happy to return the favor.

  24. some of the laws still on the books are just too funny.

    love the museum; I think that would be first stop, then maybe the white water rapids :)

  25. Hi, Marcy. You're right. It IS funny. The number of stupid, out-dated laws still on the books is amazing. And yet ... and yet ... lawmakers keep churning out a new batch of 'em every blooming year!

  26. Fantastic photos and information about the great state of Indiana :-)

    Harley the pug most certainly deserves his Hambone Award :-)

    Take Care and Have a Nice Day :-)

    ~Ron... *TOGB

  27. Hi, Ron. Glad you liked it, dear sir. You have a nice day, too.