Universal Truths

                                                                                                        By Baierman

Here’s a little reminder of things I’ve seen in the past few weeks and months that make me smile at the human race. You know, the same folks which I get so angry at sometimes.

It’s easy to explore the mean and negative.

Here’s a list of positive things we all share.

1. Pregnant women always get a seat. Subway. Train. Plane. Tram. The old, sick and even the delinquent, will rise to give the pregnant a seat.

2. When crossing the street, ducklings still have the right of way.

3. Say “hi” to someone and you’ll hear it back. (98% of the time anyway.)

4. Mothers rarely have to worry about carrying strollers up and down stairs. Someone will come along to help.

5. People routinely ignore safety warnings to hold train and elevator doors open. Same goes for Subway doors.

6. Rainbows lift your spirit.

7. If you are begging for food, there’s a fairly good chance someone will give you some.

8. When you car breaks down on the side of the road, someone will pull over to lend a hand.

9. If you are injured in a public place, dozens of people will race to call 911 and report your problem.

10. The tray that says “take a penny, leave a penny” is never empty.

11. There is always a strong back to help lift a heavy bag into the overhead luggage compartment.

12. C is for Cookie. Damn right, it’s a universal truth.

13. The blind rarely cross the street without an offer of help from a stranger.

14. “Thank you,” is much appreciated.

15. When babies cry, strangers will join together to make funny faces until the child stops.

16. If you need to make a call, someone will lend you a phone.

17. If the bill comes to an extra 1, 2 or 3 cents, most businesses won’t make you pay it.

18. When a child is lost thousands of complete strangers will join in the search to find the child.

19. There’s just something about bubbles. They float by and cheer us up. Plus, we all love to pop them.

20. If you have fresh popcorn you will make friends.

Alright, now that your faith in humanity is restored you may go back to hating.



I’m not so sure I agree with #17.  At least that’s not my experience.  It does happen occasionally, but not the majority of the time.


Origin of nicknames

How did Richard become Dick?
The name Richard is very old and was popular during the Middle Ages. In the 12th and 13th centuries everything was written by hand and Richard nicknames like Rich and Rick were common just to save time. Rhyming nicknames were also common and eventually Rick gave way to Dick and Hick, while Rich became Hitch. Dick, of course, is the only rhyming nickname that stuck over time. And boy did it stick. At one point in England, the name Dick was so popular that the phrase “every Tom, Dick, or Harry” was used to describe Everyman.

How’d they get Ted from Edward?
The name Ted is yet another result of the Old English tradition of letter swapping. Since there were a limited number of first names in the Middle Ages, letter swapping allowed people to differentiate between people with the same name. It was common to replace the first letter of a name that began with a vowel, as in Edward, with an easier to pronounce consonant, such as T. Of course, Ted was already a popular nickname for Theodore, which makes it one of the only nicknames derived from two different first names. Can you name the others?

How did Charles become Chuck?
“Dear Chuck” was an English term of endearment and Shakespeare, in Macbeth, used the phrase to refer to Lady Macbeth. What’s this have to do with Charles? Not much, but it’s interesting. However, Charles in Middle English was Chukken and that’s probably where the nickname was born. Maybe a drunken Charles from that period is responsible for the slang, up-chuck. 😉

A few more here