Summary: Solomon tells us in chapter 10 of his journal that we need to be wise and not a fool like many he has observed throughout his life.
“Are you acting like a fool?”
Ecc. - Pt. 11
Opening Illustration: Some people say and do foolish things for example:
Here are some twisted facts from various media sources (not true but reported as true): The following information is from the website legendsofamerica.com.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
More people working in advertising died on the job in 1996 than those who died while working in petroleum refining.
Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Four sunken nuclear submarines sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. One, a Russian sub resting in deep water off of Bermuda, holds 16 live nuclear warheads. Scientists and oceanographers are unsure what the impact of the escaping plutonium will have, but warn that corrosion could create the proper chemical environment for a massive nuclear chain reaction.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
After complaining about the smell in their room, a couple staying in a hotel in the United States discovered the body of a murdered girl under their bed.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Ants always fall over on their right side when intoxicated.
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for animal having the most taste buds.
Starfish haven’t got brains.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
The average secretary’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence "Oz."
Dumb comments by famous people:
"I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."
- Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player, on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece
“I’ve read about foreign policy and studied, I now know the number of continents.” - George Wallace 1968 presidential campaign
"A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on." - Samuel Goldwyn, early Hollywood movie producer.
“We are the president.” - Hillary Clinton
"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." - Mariah Carey
"We all get heavier as we get older because there’s a lot more information in our heads." - Vlade Divac, Basketball player
“Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I’m still alive.’ But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again." - California Senator Barbara Boxer
"The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people who make them unsafe." - Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia.
"A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money." - Everett Dirksen, Congressman
"Solutions are not the answer." - Richard Nixon, former U.S. President
We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" - Lee Iacocca
"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur." - Al Gore, former U.S. vice president
"I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes." - Richard Nixon, former U.S. President
"I used to be the future president of the United States." - Al Gore