Useless Information #3

Published by in Offbeat
28th Jan 2017

I love useless & funny information & as I find & collect it, I plan on sharing it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Hall of fame

The Purina Animal Hall of Fame has inducted more than 140 pets, including dogs, cats and a horse, since it was established in 1968. Most recently, a Jack Russell terrier named Bingo became one of the newest members of the exclusive club. Hailing from Shilo, Manitoba, Canada, the dog has saved his owner, Cole Hein, too many times to count. Cole has a condition that causes him to stop breathing, and so he needs to be watched 24 hours a day. “That’s Bingo’s job and it is literally a lifesaver,” says Cole’s mother Mandi. Bingo starts to bark whenever Cole gets into distress. “Bingo has given us so much,” she says.

Generous spirit

When Leah Bogen and Will Nicholson heard about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Maplewood, Minnesota, couple decided to make a major change to their wedding plans. Instead of spending $2500 on the meal for their guests after the ceremony, they opted to give the money to an agency to help provide medical care to Haitians. Bogen said she asked her fiance, “Why don’t we send the cash to Haiti instead and we can eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?” He agreed. In the end, their generosity moved a local Haitian couple who offered to cook Haitian food for their wedding.

Returning the favour

Dominic Wiederin found a bedraggled stray dog in his home city of Omaha, Nebraska. The young man took the dog under his wing and, with the help of a vet, nursed it back to health and made the animal, who he calls Jobe, his pet. About a year later, Dominic was diagnosed with severe allergies. Since then, Jobe has saved Dominic’s life three times when he’s had life threatening attacks. Each time, the dog has barked and run around, alerting Dominic’s parents of the emergency. “He’s a remarkable dog. Dom saved him and now he’s saved Dom,” says Teresa Wiedern.

Big job

Combining a large field usually takes a few days, but in Winkler, Manitoba on Canada’s prairies, it took just over 10 minutes to finish a 100 hectare field of wheat. The feat was made possible by the involvement of 200 combines that joined forces to set a Guinness World Record and raise money for Children’s Camps International. The group beat a world record set by 175 combines in Ireland. Derek Unrau, regional director for Children’s Camps International. said it was “an exciting moment” when the Guinness Adjudicator gave the wave, signalling that the farmers had set a new record.

On the lighter side

Don’t knock the weather, most people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.

If you can’t get someone out of your head, then maybe they are supposed to be there.

Why not go out on a limb? isn’t that where the fruit is?

A scientist can discover a new star, but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do that.

Everything comes out right in the end, and if it isn’t right, it isn’t the end.

Life was easier when money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in monopoly.

Why do spiders spin webs? Because they can’t knit.

Economist: Someone who is good with numbers, but lacks the personality to be an accountant.

  • Brandon