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[Tidbits] Ladybug


#1

Ladybug ladybug fly away home, Your house is on fire and your
children will burn.

Do you remember this ditty? At the end or course… when pronouncing
the word “burn”… the “B” had to be accented with a burst of air
strong enough to lift the ladybug’s wings up from it’s body forcing
it to take flight and wing back to its abode thereby saving its
offspring from a fiery death.

Tiffany certainly must have remembered it… I am of course
extrapolating… for the company made a brooch back in 1935 using
carved crystal, gold, enamel, placing a diamond dew drop on a leaf
and a ladybug in the lower right hand corner.

Did you know that the ladybug is a beetle… which in itself is not
all that astounding… until one takes into account there are more
species of beetles than all plant life species on earth. In fact…
in case you really like being amazed… one out of every four forms
of animal life on this planet is a beetle.

I don’t know if any of you remember The Hellstrom Chronicle… a film
of some years back which stated that there are only two species on
earth that are on the increase… humans and insects. And methinks
the insects are winning… the big advantage of course being that we
adapt our environment to suit ourselves and the insects adapt
themselves to suit their environment.

For an even more realistic list of bits of … it is said
that ladybugs understand the human language. Don’t know if they mean
all the languages or just English. I don’t much care because unlike
Weiner… I tend not to speak indiscreetly out loud… especially
when in the presence of a beetle. One can never be too cautious.

Looking for a lover? Shoo a lady bug away and watch the direction in
which it flies for it from thence your lover will be coming.

The number of black dots on a ladybugs back foretells the number of
children a woman will have. Don’t know if this is true for those
parts of the world where the government limits the amount of children
allowed per family. Perhaps each family member is given a paint brush
and some red paint and told to quickly eradicate all excess dots they
see on all ladybugs within eyesight.

Then there is the American folklore that states unequivocally that
should a ladybug land on your hand… new gloves will be forthcoming
and should it land on your dress a new dress will be forthcoming. Of
course… this presents the following puzzlement. If you are romping
along in a nudist colony getting ready to introduce yourself in a
most friendly fashion to that pretty young blond over there when
suddenly a ladybug lands inopportunely upon sacred territory… what
exactly is it you are going to be getting I wonder. If any of you
have any thoughts on this matter… I would appreciate some guidance
here.

In the meantime… if you want to see a picture of the Tiffany
ladybug… you know where to go.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages the ladybug of which I have been speaking.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark


#2

To Benjamin

But the second verse is
All except one
And that’s little Ann
For she crept under
The frying pan.

As to the nudist colony and the possibility of a lady bug landing in
a sacred place, I’m getting a visual. Hundreds of hopeful people
becoming nudists in sole aspiration of a new…

Cordially,
Barbara, on a silvery moon night on the Island.