Access to clean water and sanitation around the world – Guardian newspaper

How many people still drink dirty water, or go to the toilet in the open? The Guardian newspaper used new data in these interactive maps to track global progress towards the millenium development goals on access to clean water and sanitation.

The mapped information displays interesting comparisons. For example, the United States and Egypt have the same percentage of population using an improved drinking water system (99%), but the US has 100% of population with access to improved sanitation facilities while Egypt has 95%.

Visit the Guardian newspaper web page here….

and then hover or click on countries display on the various maps for more detailed information.

Threesome word puzzles

Threesome cover

threesome cover

Maintain your brain with my latest vocabulary builder ebook. 100 challenging puzzles, each in a 3 by 3 grid. The object of “Maintain Your Brain Vocabulary Builder Threesome Edition” is to find the same 3 letters which either begin or end a selection of words in a grid.

Each puzzle is a 3×3 grid with 3 partial words in the first and last columns. You solve the puzzle by determining which 3 letters fit at the end of the words on the left column, and which also fit at the beginning of the words on the right column. The 3 letters in your solution cannot be switched around to solve the puzzle and must be the same 3 letters.

Maintain your brain with my Threesome edition; A great game for building and testing your vocabulary and only 99 cents.

Available now at Smashwords at this link. Also now in PDF format from my favorite online store, Gumroad. PDF best for printing out and solving puzzles. Plus, Gumroad personalizes your PDF for free.

Available at other online retailers, except Amazon, around mid-June. Happy puzzling, Ted.

The King – B.B. King – is dead


Iconic guitar great B.B. King has died at the age of 89. The man known as the King of the Blues died peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home according to his attorney Brent Bryson.

Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, Riley B. King toiled in the fields as a teenager before eventually landing a job as a disc jockey in Memphis. He began his recording career in 1949, working with Sun Studios head Sam Phillips. Initially dubbing himself Blues Boy King, the singer-guitarist would land at the top of the Billboard R&B charts in 1952 with the song “3 O’Clock Blues”.

From that point one, King was known as one of the giants of rhythm and blues, influencing legends from Eric Clapton to ZZ Top. He would rub shoulders with everyone from U2 to Barack Obama to Pope John Paul II. King was famous for playing Gibson ES-355 guitars that he dubbed Lucille. Trivia fans know that the name Lucille dates back to an Arkansas gig in 1949, where two men set a dance hall on fire after starting a fight while King was playing. With the building on fire, the future blues great ran back inside to rescue his guitar. Later, he learned that the men had been fighting over a woman named Lucille.

A touring machine who was playing over 300 gigs a year up until his 80s, King continued to hit the road right up until the end. The 15-time Grammy winner collapsed during a show in Chicago last October. He was in hospice care in his Las Vegas home at the time of his death.

Bald Knob, Arkansas & Other Strange Tales

Bald Knob, Arkansas & Other Strange Tales

“Bald Knob, Arkansas” is a collection of 7 short stories. “Minnie Tushi Meets Her Love in Bald Knob” is the second short story. It is about finding love. “Bob the Road Painter” is about solitude, “Bob and the Dickheads” is about a musical family, “An Ordinary Man” is about workplace stress, “The Dumb Clucks Who Caused All The Trouble” is about family relationships, “Sal Acious meets Tim Orous” is about desiring love, “The Beautiful Ms. Ann Thrope” is also about desiring love but with a tinge of jealousy thrown in.

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Puns for Educated Minds

A selection of ‘Puns for Educated Minds’ emailed to me. No source for puns provided in email, which is probably a good thing after reading some of them.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

When chemists die, apparently they barium.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection you know urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pretty much pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

I dropped out of the Communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York ‘s police stations have been stolen. As of now, it appears the police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Velcro – what a rip off !