What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a “modem” can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo.  – Dave Barry

Well, that’s one description for a kazoo.  It’s about the most creative one I’ve ever heard.

If you don’t think you can play a musical instrument, I have news for you!  You can play a kazoo!  No, I’m not kidding, you really can.  Today is NATIONAL KAZOO DAY!!!  Just give it a try.  A kazoo is a very inexpensive but addictive instrument.  Oh, but make sure you hum into it – don’t blow air in it or it won’t work.  And you have to hum into the big end, not the little end.

A kazoo is not the same thing as a vuvuzela.  They are not even kissing cousins.  Some folks think a kazoo is just a child’s toy, but it is really a musical instrument in the mirliton or membranophone family.

The kazoo was first seen in 1852 at the Georgia State Fair.  It was called the “Down South Submarine” because it looks very much like a submarine.  It was mass-produced and sold by Emil Sorg and Michael McIntyre, a tool and die maker.  Production began in Buffalo, New York but moved to Eden, New York where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.

I had a metal kazoo when I was a kid.  It was bright yellow with red and blue design on it.  I drove my folks crazy with it.  Daddy used to tell me, “You put the ZOO in kazoo!”  I suppose that meant that I was making him nuts.  I remember thinking, “Well, YOU gave it to me!”  LOL – funny what you remember sometimes, isn’t it?

The kazoo was played often in popular music back in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s.  They can be made of metal like mine, or plastic or other materials.  Each has unique sound qualities.  The tone is determined by the quality of the membrane or resonator.

LOL – you don’t tune a kazoo – that was just for fun.  If you hum off-tune, guess what???  Yeah – you’ll be off-tune!  But if you’re having fun, WHO CARES???  Wink!  😉







I’m happy to announce that Spring is in full swing here in Kansas!  The temperatures will rise and that means that folks will be getting outside more.

No matter what type of activity you choose, it’s a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you.  Staying properly hydrated is a part of good health and wellness.  Your body needs 8-8oz. glasses of water every day.

I want to talk about the type of water bottle you should choose.  By now I’m sure we are all familiar with BPA and other chemicals that are found in traditional plastic water bottles.  Some claim their plastic does not contain these harmful chemicals, but let’s look at the facts.

When plastic is “recycled”, it’s actually “downcycled” and could be made into most anything – from carpet padding to plastic fencing – to a plastic water bottle.  The plastic loses integrity with each reincarnation.  The process is not pure in its true sense.

When glass is recycled, it turns into glass again.  Glass is the most safe container to drink from.  And let’s face it, when you drink water from glass, it tastes like water and if it is in a plastic container there is always that plastic aftertaste!  Who needs that?

What about a stainless steel or aluminum bottle?  Well, there are usually some decorative paints used on those and they could cause harm as well.  It would seem that we are back to glass containers.

Yes, glass is a bit heavier than plastic.  But I’d rather carry a bottle that I know is not going to cause me harm and deal with the weight issue.  It’s not that much heavier.  

I can hear you saying, “But glass will break easily!”  This is also true, however, there are water bottles on the market that are glass on the inside and have a clear plastic coating that is BPA free and FDA sanctioned.  The plastic has the glass pieces if the bottle should happen to break or shatter.  I like the plastic coating because it creates improved slip-resistance as well. 

Most of us are trying to be more environmentally responsible these days.  The statistics are still staggering:

  • Americans throw away over 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Americans toss plastic bags and other plastic garbage in the ocean.  We kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!!!  Most of those bottles are not recycled.

On a more practical note, those of us who choose to add a lemon slice to our water for the alkaline benefit should also consider choosing a glass water bottle with a wide mouth opening. 

Knowledge is power.  So, now that you are informed, what will you do with it? 

I’m not going to tell you to go out and hug a tree, but I will ask you to refrain from using styrofoam coffee cups and plastic water bottles. 

Show some class and choose the glass! 🙂