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Les Berman Weekly 7-27 TV ads, Long Science Experiment, Arachnologist Says, Mortgage Planning… and much more

I’m sure you’ve seen the TV ads with the kids being interviewed by the adult. It’s cute and most of it is not scripted. I think that in the next set of commercials, the questions should be a little different and here are some examples. Do you think it’s better to have a dog or money? Do you prefer apple juice or Coke? Do you think it’s ok to wear your sister’s clothes if you’re a boy? or your brother’s clothes if you’re a girl? Kids are so real. (Look for the results of the Cheerios commercial. on YouTube)


This series of ads is likely patterned after Art Linkletter’s “Kids say the darndest things” . You can find many of those shows on YouTube of course. And here are two things you never knew – his real name is Gordon Kelly, and he was born in 1912  in a small town in Canada (of course) called Moose Jaw.  And that city has a current population of 35,000+.  I think I may have been there once, or at least passed by it because the Trans Canada Highway goes right past it. And, the name, I found out, was originally an Indian name that meant warm breezes. In the summer maybe !


Meanwhile, over in Dublin, Ireland, the second longest science experiment in history has concluded. Of course, the excitement over this has been, well, somewhat underwhelming but worthy of note… here. It began in 1944 . Asphalt, which appears to be solid, at room temperature, is in fact moving. And what happened on July 11th, was that the asphalt actually dripped. It only took 69 years for that drip to happen, but it did. No one knows the origin of the experiment but who cares. The only thing we didn’t really know is that asphalt is actually liquid.

Roads are covered with asphalt, likely in combination with something else, theoretically to make it more solid. I live in Los Angeles. And the conclusion of this experiment should be examined very carefully by the streets department.


Los Angeles roads are the worst in the country. There are more potholes in LA than there are good stretches of road. I’ve watched crews “repair” the potholes – one guy shoveling the stuff off the truck and three guys telling him where to put it. I’ve watched them tamp it down with shovels, or by having the dump truck roll over it a few times, or with a vibrating machine that is reminiscent of the weight loss vibrating belt machines of the 30’s and 40’s.

The smart money would call in the same location right away so that in five years, when it may come up on the repair list again, it will need to be patched again. There are roads where the asphalt  has moved out of the traffic lane and looks like a wave between lanes. Or roads that are continually patched, rather than properly engineered and repaired with cement. Oops, that could be a different union.


And in other interesting news, an arachnologist – ha .. can you figure out what that is? – has revealed the results of twenty years of his working with spiders. The findings are straightforward – spiders don’t bite with a couple of exceptions. What are thought to be spider bites are likely to be bites or stings from other arthopods (I love copying big words that I will use in conversation never) like fleas. There are only two spiders that bite – black widows (they have red markings on their underside) and brown recluses.


While there are anti-venoms for widow bites, the old treatments are worthy of mention, and perhaps might have been more fun, especially if you didn’t actually have a widow (that’s not a mispronunciation by  a young kid having trouble with her “L”s) bite. The treatments included whiskey, cocaine, and nitroglycerin. No, I don’t know if the nitro was used to blow something up, or not.


And for those of you who are horrified with the thought that the naming of the black widow is racist, please get a grip ! For one thing, the spiders are black, dark black. If you still have trouble, you can call it lactrodectus. When you call emergency and say you were bitten by a lactrodectus, I would guess that they will have no idea what you’re talking about, and you may have to utter the common name in order to save your life. And according to a map published by National Geographic, these spiders do not cross the border into Canada. Or perhaps Canada’s insect defense system really works well.


And if you are still having problems with the name of the insect, it is referred to as a widow because some members of the family, eat their mates after mating. So, either join the club or use the latin name !!


And a reminder ! Buying a house, whether it’s your first time and your tenth time, is tough. There are many issues involved and the most important consideration is the financing. You have to plan ahead… sometimes as much as a year. Today is the day that you contact us to discuss the roadmap to home ownership and for the move up buyer. There is a magic number to the best in mortgage planning – 818.305 4695.

Have a better week !!


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

Intelligent people have more zinc and  copper in their hair.  (I’m in trouble !)

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.  

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of  aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when  knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.


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 Les Berman CMC
Real Estate Loan Specialist   
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August 11, 2013 - Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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