Showing posts with label Friday Funny. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Friday Funny. Show all posts

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Funny ~ Found in Spain

Here are two old photos my husband found at a cousin's house in Spain.  It seems be of a group of hunters from the village of Villar de Ciervo in the province of Salamanca.  We've identified a few of the men in the photos, but the real treasure seems to be the fun these gentlemen were having.  I don't know the year, or the occasion.  The tall man on the right with the brimmed hat may be Manuel Martin Ventura (1880 - 1971), my husband's great grandfather.  He was born in Barcelona, and was a breeder of "toros bravos", bulls for the sport of bullfighting.  He was a farmer and grew grapes for wine in Villar de Ciervo.  It is too difficult to see the faces of any of the men in this photo.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

"The more things change, the More they stay the same" ~ Friday Funny

Essex Quarterly Court Records

Just for fun, I found this little mention of Walter Roper in The American Genealogist, Volume 73, page 21 while I was researching a Surname Saturday post on the ROPER family.  It is a quote from a lawsuit found in the Ipswich Quarterly Court, March 1671  Tho. Wood v. Walter Roper from Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 9 vols. (Salem, Mass., 1911- 74) 4: 336:

"Answer of Walter Roper and Edward Chapman to the appeal: If the appellant had been as good a grammarian as his attorney would be thought to be a lawyer, he would have foreborn his simple cavil, etc.; that he was sued for transgressing a just and necessary order in cutting firewood contrary to law, "What Greater things moued you to Appealle...Though you Express not, wee may guess That either your Atturney wanted Imployment or had a mind to shew his great cunning in managing a bad cause."" 
The name of this brief article in TAG is “PLUS ÇA CHANGE… (Or “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”)"- a nod to Shakespeare’s Henry VI, written only eighty years before this case came to court.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Funny ~ A Genealogy Poem

       by Robert Dinsmoor

My cousin dear, my uncle’s wife,
     Explain this misty point to me,
I cannot tell to save my life,
     What our relationship may be:
My cousin, yet my aunt you’re stil’d,
     I am, which seems a sin to be,
Your uncle’s son, your sister’s child;
     And what are you akin to me?

According to the book Poems of Robert Dinsmoor, this poem was “Addressed Jan. 2, 1776 to his cousin Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. James and Elizabeth (McKeen) Nesmith, of Londonderry, N.H., who married his uncle, Capt. James Cochran, of Windham, the son of Capt. John and Jennie (McKeen) Cochran, ancestors of the Cochrans of Windham, N. H.  His cousin was born March 22, 1749; died April 29, 1824.  Capt. James Nesmith, above mentioned, was born Aug. 4, 1718, just before the departure of his parents from Ireland, and was the son of Dea. James Nesmith, one of the first sixteen settlers in Londonderry, N. H.  The Nesmiths emigrated from Scotland to the valley of the River Bann, in Ireland.”

From Poems of Robert Dinsmoor: “The Rustic Bard”, by Robert Dinsmoor, James Dinsmoor, edited by Leonard Allison Morrison, Boston, Massachusetts:  Damrell & Upham “Old Corner Book Store”, 1898,   page 71.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Funny ~ The Flavor "Graveyard"

The Flavor Graveyard is located at the Ben and Jerry's Headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont.  Each tombstone commemorates a retired flavor.

Just so there's no confusion
We though we oughtta warn ya:
Wavy Gravy isn't dead-
He lives in California

No such luck for Wavy's flavor,
But we've been wrong before,
We won't give up the ghost if 
you won't,
So what're you waiting for?
1993 - 2001

Ben and Jerry's Factory Tour

Ben and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard page

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Kauai Marriott Weather Station

I've seen several versions of this around the globe
but it's funny every time!

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Humorous Quotes about New England

"A good word now is worth ten on a headstone."
"In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of darned poor sledding."
To the European, a Yankee is an American.
To an American, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is someone from New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine.
To those from Northern New England, a Yankee is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast.
And to a Vermonter who eats apple pie for breakfast a Yankee is someone who eats pie with a knife.
~An old Yankee joke

Doris "Granny D" Haddock (1910 – 2010) 
"Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting."

Henry Cabot Lodge (1850- 1924)
“New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions.”

Mark Twain  
“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”

 John Collins Bossidy, Holy Cross alumni dinner, 1910
“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Judson D. Hale, 1982, editor of the “Farmer’s Almanac”
“Summer person: ‘Nice little town, so old and quaint.  But I suppose you have a lot of oddballs, too.’
Native: ‘Oh, yes, quite a few.  You see ‘em around.  But they’re mostly gone after Labor Day.’
Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852)
“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades:  shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe;  jewelers, a monster watch;  and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that here he is the makes men.”  [reference to the now gone “Old Man of the Mountain”]

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)  
“From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring.”

Jeff Foxworthy
“If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England”
“If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in New England”
If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in New England”
“If you have switched from “heat” to “A/C: in the same day and back again, you live in New England”

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Weird Search Terms for my Blog

I collect all the strange search terms readers use to reach my blog.  Using Google, Bing, Yahoo, Mocavo and other search engines, they all end up somehow at my blog.  I can see them on my statistics page.  Believe it or not, these are the actual word-for-word search terms!  I have not idea how some of these ended up at "Nutfield Genealogy".

Genealogy exercise gym in San Francisco  [someone please tell me if this is true!]

Ben Franklin and his coffin  [ ?  ! ]

pics of people born in navarra spain   [apparently Google understands “pics”?]

good pics of Liliuokalani  [again, why use the word “pics”?]

Practice chart write report give me six generations tree   [Is that you, Yoda?]

Sanderson Sisters Salem [ Disney movie buffs will scratch their heads at this one]

Images searched online that actually landed on my blog website ….

Photo of William Tuttle 1635 [ ?  ! ]

Photo of Abiah Folger  [Ben Franklin’s mother]

Photo of Boston 1784  [really!]

1799 photos of Lowell MA  [not only is the year strange, but Lowell didn’t exist at this time]

Photo of the 1760 Boston fire  [only a time traveler with a camera ….]

Moses Platts 1673 Mayflower [no, he wasn’t on the Mayflower, and it sailed 53 years earlier]

Questions on Google?

Who photographed the Mayflower leaving England?   [Again, what’s with the time traveler theory?]

Where is Ben Franklin buried in Boston?  [He’s not!  He’s buried in Philadelphia!]

What is my great great grandmother’s enumeration district?  [I’ll forward this to Steve Morse]

Did my grandmother have any kids?   [She must have had at least one!]

Who is that genealogist on TV?  [I swear it wasn’t me… ]

What is the Blaisdell genealogy numbering?  [huh?]

Who is that famous woman genealogist?     [I’m too humble to take credit for this one]

Who is my great uncle?   [OK, I’m good, but I’m not that good!]

Who do I think I am?  [Send this one to Lisa Kudrow]

This one showed up this morning and I just had to add it in at the last minute....

Where do I find my grandfather's grave online? 

Click here to see my past "weird search term" post:

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Funny ~ A Garden Fountain

A fountain at the Jeanne d'Arc Garden in Quebec City
We were on our honeymoon
Notice the statue of Joan of Arc in the back of both of these photographs?

Our daughter at the same fountain
We were in Quebec for the 225th Anniversary
of the Battle on the Plains of Abraham

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Watch out!

1983, Quebec City

This is my husband, sticking his head into a cannon on the walls of Quebec City overlooking the St. Lawrence River.  We were on our honeymoon at the Chateau Frontenac in 1983.  I think he would still do this today if he had a chance!

1994, Quebec City
Our daughter in 1994, on another cannon overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, with the Chateau Frontenac in the background.  I think it runs in the family!  

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Funny ~ The Museum of Bad Art

This is a real museum.  I'm not kidding.  A real museum with signs, a website and everything.  And so, my friend and I took a detour through Dedham Square just to see the Museum of Bad Art.  It is located in the basement of the Dedham Community Theater, down in the basement next to the men's room.  There is actually a second location in the Somerville Theater, in Davis Square.  I guess there is so much "Bad Art" that they had overflow...

Well, this doesn't have much to do with genealogy or local history, but it is the kind of place where my ancestor's art would probably end up...

My friend was laughing so hard
she could hardly take a photo!

An award winning museum

Don't miss this!
The Museum of Bad Art

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Watch out for Lobsters!

Photographed at a General Store on Cape Cod, run by a rather crabby proprietor (pun intended!).

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Funny ~ That's It!

Seen next to the cemetery in Alna, Maine...

I guess you know that Maine is known for very dry humor....

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Basketball Feet

At the Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA  ~ Shaquille O'Neal's footprint

At Quincy Market, Boston, MA, Larry Bird's sneakers 

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Funny ~ Nothing Happened

Seen somewhere in Londonderry, New Hampshire...

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Funny - A Very Polite Sign

Seen at Fort Scaur, Bermuda

This very polite sign doesn't mention the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.  It reads:

"During the troubled relations between Gt. Britain
and the United States in the 19th century, this
was part of a ring of fortifications built in
Bermuda's defence.
You are welcome to use this site for a picnic.
The many scenic views it offers for photographs
should not be missed."

The War of 1812 made Bermuda a great military base. After Britain lost the ports of the new United States, the fortifications and naval base in Bermuda were strengthened and became of great importance.  The reefs around Bermuda were thoroughly charted to allow large naval ships to easily enter the ports, and the new naval dockyards became one of the most important military bases in the North Atlantic. 

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo