Wednesday, February 11, 2015

JAN 26, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

There’s nothing quite as fun as popping bubble wrap bubbles. Whether you’re unpacking a parcel, playing virtual bubble wrap games online, or have gone out to buy bubble wrap especially, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is the day to indulge and get popping!

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Effusively or tearfully sentimental.
Usage:When the farewells were in danger of becoming maudlin, he judged that it was time to leave.

Students Can Cheer You Up, Periodically.


Douglas MacArthur

MacArthur is a major figure in US military and diplomatic history. He commanded a brigade in France during World War I and was commander of the Philippine military establishment in the late 1930s, but he is best remembered for the vital role he played in the Pacific theater of World War II and for his command of UN forces during the Korean War.

Australia Day

The anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia on January 26, 1788, was formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day. Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of British convicts arrived first at Botany Bay, and when that proved to be unsuitable, they moved on to Port Jackson, where the city of Sydney was eventually established. First officially celebrated in 1818, Australia Day has been a public holiday since 1838. It used to be observed on either January 26 or the nearest Monday, but, since 1994, it has been observed on January 26 with celebrations all over the country.

Art Bust Yields Thousands of Ancient Artifacts

Italian and Swiss police have recovered more than 5,000 artifacts—worth over $57 million—as the result of a recent art trafficking bust of five art warehouses in Basel, Switzerland. The artifacts, dating from the 8th century BCE to the 3rd century CE, include Greek and Roman vases, statues, and frescoes originally uncovered in secret archaeological digs on Italian islands like Sardinia and Sicily. The raid led to the arrest of a married couple accused of selling the pieces—labeled with bogus origins—to collectors and museums in the US, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia.

1500 - Vicente Yáñez Pinzón discovered Brazil

1784 - In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey.

1875 - George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth

1934 - The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City. 

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the "personal physician to the President"

2010 - It was announced that James Cameron's movie "Avatar" had become the highest-grossing film worldwide

It Vanished in the Starry Night

If You Were Born Today, January 26

As strong as you are at business and practical matters, you have a philosophical bent and love learning and sharing what you know with others. You are very personable and extroverted for the most part, enjoying good company and good conversation. Financial success is likely with both your people skills and your executive ability. You are active and a true individualist. Others readily follow your cause. You age gracefully, truly growing more and more comfortable in your skin. Famous people born today: Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Van Halen, Eartha Kitt, Paul Newman, Gene Siskel, Wayne Gretzky.

Picture of a pond in Poland on a misty December morning

Misty Morning Fog

Photograph by Malgorzata Walkowska, National Geographic
“This beautiful pond is actually not too far from my home” in Poland, says Malgorzata Walkowska, who came across this scene while taking a shortcut home one December morning. "I really loved how it was surrounded by very old trees that reflect in the still water, especially on foggy mornings. Since I discovered this unusual place, I like to go back during different light and weather conditions and photograph it."

Chrysanthemum Hat pattern by CharlotteKnits
I was handed a skein of Manos del Uruguay Maxima in color Chrysanthemum and told to “Knit something fun” by my boss. I had fallen in love with the dais...
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Zig-Zag Zlithering Snakez pattern by Mary Jo Martinek
a fun twist on a simple snake softie. knit in any yarn or even left overs. just be sure to use a knitting needle that creates a nice tight fabric that fiber fill ca...
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Seattle Slant Vest pattern by Lorna's Laces
2 (2, 3, 3) skeins multi-color Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted
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Ribbed cowl pattern by Josée Vallat
Cowl worked in ribs. Quick and easy to knit.
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crochet (vintage)
» Humpty Dumpty Pattern » Free Crochet Patterns at Croc...
Materials Required-AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY “STAR” PEARL COTTON SIZE 5 2 60-yd. Balls White. 2 60-yd. Balls Pink. 1 Yd. each of “Star” 6 strand ...
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Materials Required: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY “DAWN” KNITTING WORSTED 13 ozs. Shaded Pinks or any other flower shade desired. 13 ozs. Golf G...
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Rainbow Drops pattern by Yasmin Gamal
hook it! add to faves to queue About this pattern Rainbow Drops by Yasmin Gamal average difficulty from 1 user 5 projects, in 39 queues More from Yasmi...
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Granny Tissue Box Cover pattern by Olga Fedjukova
The cover is suitable for the cubic-shape tissue boxes with the size 10/11/11,5 cm.
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Crocodile Ascot pattern by Anne Guglik
This pattern will adapt well to various needle and yarn sizes, but I don’t recommend using yarn lighter than sport weight, since the stitch won’t be as striki...
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Slow Cooker Applesauce Pork Tenderloin
I was pretty proud of myself after making this.  I was fishing for compliments all around the table while Em and the maniacs were busy eating it.  I needed a...
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Wild Olive: project // wire rack weaving
When I was young, and even when I got older, I would spend a lot of time baking with my grandma. I called her Nanny. She passed away a few years ago, and...
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'hello; in Polish: Czesc (tcheshtch) or Dziendobry (jindobrerh-good day) 

PUZZLE! (thanks for this idea and welcome, debbie tilley!)

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Awesome Geographical Extreme Points

Summit of Mount Everest, Nepal & China – The Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and the summit of the Everest is the highest land point of Earth – 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Summit of Mount Everest

The Dead Sea, Israel & Jordan – The lowest land point of Earth – 418 meters (1,371 ft) below sea level. The Dead Sea is also about ten times saltier than the ocean’s, making it possible to float without having to move a finger – for all those reasons it is one of Israel’s best tourist attractions
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: The Dead Sea

Cabo Da Roca, Portugal – Westernmost point of continental Europe. Besides the geographical significant, the sea cliffs of Cabo Da Roca are extremely beautiful and attract many tourists from Lisbon, which is located less than an hour drive away
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Cabo Da Roca

Punta de Tarifa, Spain – The southernmost point of continental Europe, at a point where you can see the Mediterranean on your left, the Atlantic Ocean on your right, and Africa (specifically Morocco) just in front of you
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Punta de Tarifa

Ushuaia, Argentina – Southernmost city in the world, the Southern tip of South America. The beautiful Ushuaia is one of Argentina’s best attractions
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Ushuaia

Cabo das Agulhas, South Africa –  Southern tip of Africa and the official dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Cabo das Agulhas

 Pointe des Almadies, Senegal – The westernmost point on the continent of Africa
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Pointe des Almadies

Bouvet Island, Norway – The most remote island in the world. You want to get some time away from everything? Maybe Bouvet island is for you. This small (49 km2 or 219 sq mi) and uninhabited island in the South Atlantic Ocean is the most remote island on earth, with the nearest land being over 1,600 km (994 mi) away in Antarctica, and the nearest inhabited lands are Tristan da Cunha –  2,260 km (1,404 mi) away and South Africa – 2,580 km (1,603 mi) away! The following picture was taken on 26 of November 1898! It’s a black and white photograph colored by hand
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Bouvet Island

Cape Dezhnev, Russia – The easternmost point of Russia and Eurasia. It is located just 82 kilometres (51 mi) across from Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska – the westernmost point on the mainland of the Americas. This is where the distance between Europe / Asia and the Americas is the smallest. It’s amazing to think that just 82 km of sea called the Bering Strait stand between Russia and the United States. In the picture – Euroasia and Russia on the left, North America and the USA on the right, and Bering Strait between them
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: Cape Dezhnev and Cape Prince of Wales

The geographic South Pole, Antarctica – The southernmost point of the world
Awesome Geographical Extreme Points: The geographic South Pole

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