Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)

sixteen tons
Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) 16 tons = 32,000 pounds, because there are 2,000 lbs. to a ton. Without looking it up, do you know how many ounces are in a pound? 16 ounces! My Home-Ec teacher would roll in her grave if I didn’t remember that!

2) The singer describes himself as having “a mind that’s weak and a back that’s strong.” Think about yourself. Which feels more powerful today, your body or your brain? My brain has always been stronger than my mind… I am more of an intellectual than a body builder.

3) The poor chap in this song has money troubles. Are you good at sticking to your budget? For the most part. I am on a fixed income these days, so it is important to stay on budget. In my youth though, I spent money willy-nilly. My motto back then was “I can always make more.”

4) Tennessee Ernie Ford snapped his fingers as he recorded this song. It’s been said that while it’s possible to snap your fingers of both hands, the noise is louder with your “dominant hand.” (So if you’re a rightie, the finger snap will be louder with your right hand.) Try it yourself. Did you find this to be true? Well, it may have been true at one time, but unfortunately, I had blood poisoning in my right hand and wrist in my late teens and nothing works right there anymore. So now, if I want to snap at all, it is with my left hand and yes, it is quite loud!

5) Mr. Ford appeared as “Cousin Ernie” in three episodes of I Love Lucy. What’s your all-time favorite sitcom? While I adore I Love Lucy, my all-time favorite is and always will be M*A*S*H

6) Tennessee Ernie took the money he made from his performing career and invested in a California cattle ranch. Think back to the last beef your ate. How was it prepared? I browned the ground beef, drained off the fat and added some salsa. It is one of my go-to foods these days since I began a LCHF diet.

7) Mr. Ford passed away at age 72 in 1991. That year, Dr. Seuss also died. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Oh this is a toughie! I loved all of his books. I guess it is a toss-up between Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax

8) Gene Roddenberry also died that year. Mr. Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? Most definitely Deanna Troi! She was so beautiful, elegant and knowing!

9) Random question: We’re having smoothies. What’s your favorite? I will have a blueberry smoothie with Greek Yoghurt, a shot of wheatgrass, some ground flaxseed and a dash of stevia. Thanks!

12 thoughts on “Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)

  1. Oh, I completely forgot about The Lorax – that is probably my bigger favorite than the one I posted. I wish I could get with the “adult” program and stick to our budget better…but with kids to raise, it is SO hard!

    • *laughs* well I just blew my budget… I purchased $30 worth of books this morning. That is my entire budget for the year… so, no more books for me this year.. lol. But yeah, it is hard with kids.. I don’t know how parents do it

  2. Inquiring minds had to know what a LCHF diet was so I looked it up….sort of like Dr Atkins, hmm. I was with you on your smoothie until the shot of wheatgrass, some ground flaxseed….too healthy!

    • Yeah, the only difference between the Atkins diet and a LCHF diet is the amount of protein.. Atkins really loaded on the protein, but the LCHF diet is a moderate protein but higher healthy fats diet 🙂 *laughs* but the wheatgrass and flaxseeds are so healthy.. oh yeah.. that was the problem 😀

  3. I made a taco chili one time that was great. I think it had a little salsa in it. Now I will have to find the recipe! Glad to see you playing Saturday 9 and thanks for visiting my blog, Blue Country Magic.

    • that taco chili sounds delicious. You will have to post the recipe when you find it! And thank you, I am enjoying it… will be by again soon for a visit 🙂 Thanks for stopping by mine as well

    • Thanks for the visit, Connie… if you are just commenting on my post then yep.. you are doing it in the right place. If you want to join the Saturday 9, click the link above. And thanks about the beef and smoothie 🙂 Have a great day!

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