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DEC 29, 2014

Honor the world’s greatest unsung heroes, runners up and unlikely winners who have pulled off the unexpected on Underdog Day! For those that may not know, an “underdog” is a person in a competition or other event who is popularly expected to lose or fail. The individual expected to win is called the favorite or top dog.
Originally, an underdog was a shipbuilder who stood in a dark pit and helped to saw planks of wood from beneath whilst the overdog, a supervisor of sorts, sawed the planks from above. The underdog got all dirty and covered in sawdust, yet the overdog got all of the credit for the hard work carried out. The first recorded uses of the term occurred in the second half of the nineteenth century; its first meaning was “the beaten dog in a fight”. An “underdog bet” was a bet on the underdog for which the odds were always considerably higher.
Established by Peter Moeller in 1976, Underdog Day is the time to honor all of life’s recognized hard-workers. The truth is that a lot of heroes would not be who they are, and would not have achieved what they’ achieved, if it wasn’t for their humble sidekicks, the underdogs. Imagine Batman without Robin, or Sherlock Holmes without Watson. Not quite the same, right?

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Word of the Day 


Definition:(adjective) Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
Usage:When solicited for a donation, the penurious man began to extend a nickel, but, thinking twice, withdrew it.



The Ganges River

Sacred to Hindus, the 1,560-mile (2,510-km) Ganges River in northern India rises from the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas and empties into the Bay of Bengal after branching into many distributaries. Although the river is highly polluted due to its proximity to major population centers, a rare species of freshwater dolphin and a critically endangered type of shark live in its waters, and its fertile plain supports many crops.


The ancient Roman fertility goddess Ops was known by several different names—among them Rhea, Cybele, Bona Dea, Magna Mater, Thya, and Tellus. She married Saturn and was the mother of Jupiter. She is usually portrayed as a matron, with a loaf of bread in her left hand and her right hand opened as if offering assistance. Not much is known about what actually took place during the Opalia, but it appears that women played an important role in the festival. Because Ops was a fertility goddess, she was often invoked by touching the earth.

Rare Rhino on Brink of Extinction

northern white rhino died at the San Diego Zoo this week, leaving only five in the world. Only one male remains, and is considered unable to reproduce naturally due to old age. An international team of experts is now considering ways to save the species, including the possibility of in vitro fertilization. Hopes for natural breeding were dashed earlier this year when a younger male died in October. Northern white rhinos have been hunted to near extinction for their horns.

1154Henry II was crowned King of England in London's Westminster Abbey.
1843A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a novella about the miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation after being visited by three Christmas ghosts, was first published.
1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924. It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to support the main cable. 
1917 - The first games of the new National Hockey League (NHL) were played. Five teams made up the league: Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, the Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers. 
1918 - Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe".
1984 - Ted Hughes was appointed England's poet laureate.
1997 - "Titanic" opened in American movie theaters. 

Chinese aids activists hand out condoms on a subway train in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province
Chinese aids activists hand out condoms on a subway train in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province

Tall Trees Tunic pattern by Nicky Epstein
Gauge 16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in Revrse Stockinette Stitch
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Winter Weekend Hat (Woman) pattern by Bernat Design ...
New version for women only updated January 2014
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HoneyComb Dishcloth pattern by Elizabeth Warner
This might be the “perfect” knitted dishcloth. It’s a simple pattern that looks great on both sides. The fabric is thick, but not dense or stiff. The texture is gre...
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Winter Bandana pattern by Brigitte Picart
Corrected pdf was uploaded Sunday October 9, 2011
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like a tablet...but on your skin. the future is here. 

Ribbed Winter Slippers pattern by Manda Nicole
Ribbed for decoration and stretch around the ankle. Larger size can be achieved by using a larger gauge hook.
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Pond Friends Stacking Toy pattern by Lion Brand Yarn
These plushy amigurumi stacking toys make a great baby shower gift. (Lion Brand Yarn)
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Tree Frog pattern by Brigitte Read
This little treefrog is full of fun, and loves clinging on to everything. He is quick and simple to make using any scraps you have lying about.
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Winter Ain't Over Yet Hooded Cowl pattern by Manda Nico...
Am considering coming up with a child friendly version if there is interest in it.
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Crafty Christmas Cottage Amigurumi pattern by Allison H...
Here’s a free pattern for a wintery cottage, topped with snow. So easy to make, you’ll want a whole village in your favorite Christmas colors! They don’t have...
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Hahaha! Hilarious!

Mashed Potato Burekas
Burekas are one of my favorite Israeli treats, and they are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes ...
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Eggnog Roasted Acorn Squash
Okay. I know what you're thinking. You're all like, "Katie, you crazy girl! Eggnog with squash?" Hear me out... First of all, acorn squash is utterly scrumptious ...
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Coolest tennisball ever

Cute Corner Bookmarks!
These are hyper cute corner bookmarks that can be made in less than 5-minutes with any square piece of paper lying about in the house!fun and easy to ...
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Idk why I laughed so hard at this

'hello' in Bosnian: zdravo
Revealing Marilyn Optical Illusion - http://www.moillusions.com/revealing-marilyn-optical-illusion/

too funny!

How To Clean A Wool Blanket With Snow

Wool blankets are one of the most coveted finds at flea markets these days. They are practical, durable, and fashionable. There's a great way to clean them that costs only your time —and maybe your comfort if you don't have a big warm winter coat.  For best results try this in freshly fallen, dry, powdery snow. Wet, heavy snow could end up getting the blanket really soggy and messy.

What You Need

  • Dry, powdery snow
  • Clean broom


    1. Shake the blanket well, releasing any dust or loose dirt. Hang outside and let acclimate to the temperature for at least a half hour.
    2. Lay the blanket in 3" to 5" of snow, giving yourself a large area to work in. With the broom, flip a good amount of snow across the entire surface.

    3. Beat the snow all around the blanket with the flat side of the broom. The trace amounts of ammonia in the snow will react with the cold air and cause any dirt or grime to solidify and fall out of the blanket.

    4. Let the snow sit on the blanket for 15-20 minutes before flipping it over and repeating steps 1-3 on the other side.
    5. Shake as much excess snow off the blanket as you possibly can before hanging it over a railing or clothesline. Leave it to hang for 20-30 minutes to allow the snow to sublimate. The snow will go from its solid phase to vapor without actually getting the blanket wet. Science is magic.

    This is fun .. give it a thought!

    1. ------------ 

    Ans. = man overboard 

    Okay, let's see if you've got the hang of it.

    2. ------------ 

    Ans. = I understand 

    OK ..  Got the drift ? 

    Let's try a few now and see how you fare ? 

    3. /r/e/a/d/i/n/g/ 

    Ans. = reading between the lines 

         road      a      d 

    Ans. = cross road 

    Not having a good day now, are you ? 

    Redeem yourself. 

    5. cycle 

    Ans. = tricycle 

    Not easy to figure out ha! 

    6. ------------ 
       M.D.    Ph.D. 

    Ans. = two degrees below zero 

    C'mon give it a little thought ! !

     7. knee    light 

    Ans. = neon light 

    ( knee - on - light ) 

    U can prove u r smart by getting this one.

    feet feet feet feet feet feet 

    Ans. = six feet underground 

    Oh no, not again ! ! 

    9. he's X himself 

    Ans. = he's by himself 

    Now u messing up big time. 

    10. ecnalg 

    Ans. = backward glance 

    Not even close ! ! 

    11. death ...... life 

    Ans. = life after death 

    Okay last chance ..................... 

    12. THINK 

    Ans. = think big ! ! 

    And the last one is real fun - - -

    13. abababababababababababababababababababab...

    Ans. = long time no 'C'

    now you don't have to wonder why you keep losing your remote!

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