Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JAN 3, 2015

Can you imagine drinking a milkshake without a straw or a juice box? I think we can all agree drinking straws have changed our lives for the better enough to deserve their own holiday. What Drinking Straw Day is about: celebrating the invention and patenting, by Marvin C. Stone, of the (paraffin-covered) paper drinking straw!
One way to celebrate Drinking Straw Day would be to spend the entire day drinking all liquids via straws-your morning orange juice, afternoon mineral water, you evening wine and so on. One thing to watch out for here, however, is the fact that sucking any liquid into your mouth via a straw heats the liquid up by a few degrees, and that's why hot drinks, such as coffee or tea, should not be drunk using straws, as that could lead to scalding your mouth.
Learn to make the drink that that inspired Marvin Stone to create a new kind of straw in the first place: the mint julep. Then, sit back, sipping your drink through a straw and be grateful it does not taste like rye grass! Cheers to Marvin C. Stone, ladies and gentlemen!
Ingredients: (makes 2 cocktails)
10 mint sprigs
1 ounce simple syrup OR 4 sugar cubes OR 4 teaspoons of sugar
5 ounces of your favorite bourbon whiskey
Mint sprigs for garnish
Place half of the mint and simple syrup or sugar into one special julep cup, or double old-fashioned glass, and the other half of the mint and sugar/syrup into another. Muddle the mint well with a spoon to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Pour half of the bourbon into one glass, and the rest into the other. Then, fill both glasses with crushed ice and stir quite energetically, until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprigs and enjoy! 

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Definition:(noun) The quality of being calm and even-tempered.
Because she was prepared for the news, she was able to respond with equanimity

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The Curse of the Bambino

According to baseball lore, the Boston Red Sox became cursed after Babe Ruth, the "Bambino," was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920. Before the sale, the Red Sox had won five World Series titles. After the sale, Ruth became a superstar, and the previously lackluster Yankees went on to win 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, meanwhile, failed to win another series for more than eight decades, finally breaking the "curse" in 2004.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Though we know him today as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings-the creator of the fantastic Middle Earth, the inventor of hobbits and orcs and Elvish, indeed the "father of modern fantasy literature"-Tolkien was also a respected medieval scholar and professor. He worked briefly for The Oxford English Dictionary, taught at Leeds University and then Oxford, and produced a landmark lecture on Beowulf.

1833 - Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. About 150 years later, Argentina seized the islands from the British, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.

1871 - Henry W. Bradley patented oleomargarine.

1924 - English explorer Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt. 

1953 - Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, became the first mother-son combination to serve at the same time in the U.S. Congress.

1973 - The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) sold the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for $10 million. 

1997 - Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show. 

2000 - Charles M. Schulz's final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers. 

If You Were Born Today, January 3

You are playful, clever, and have a fabulous sense of humor. Youthful all of your life, while you respect age and seniority, you don't always accept that you are aging! Because you are quite quick-witted, it is easy for you to discover that you can lie and get away with it at a very young age. It's up to you how you choose to use your cleverness! Many of you are quite spiritual in your beliefs in your adult life. Freedom and independence are extremely important to you. Famous people born today: J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Stills, John Paul Jones, Mel Gibson, Bobby Hull, Victoria Principal.

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Fact #1: Einstein wasn't a beautiful baby. When Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, the back of his head was reportedly so huge that his family worried something was wrong with him. But within the first few weeks, the shape of his head became more normal-looking.
Fact #2: Einstein was slow to talk. Some say he didn't start speaking until age four. Stanford economist Dr. Thomas Sowell even coined the controversial term "Einstein Syndrome" to describe exceptionally bright people whose speech is delayed.
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Einstein at the age of three. This is believed to be the oldest known photo of Einstein.

Fact #3: Einstein did NOT flunk math. It's long been rumored that Einstein was a bad student -- and these rumors have been fueled in part by headlines like one in a "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" newspaper: "Greatest living mathematician failed in mathematics." In fact, Einstein was not a poor student. He was conversant in college physics before he was 11 years old, was a ''brilliant'' violin player, and received high marks in Latin and Greek. Before age 15 he had already mastered calculus.
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Einstein in 1893 at age 14.

Fact #4: Einstein had an illegitimate child. Before Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Marić, married, she secretly gave birth to their daughter at her parents' home in Serbia, Time magazine reported. But the fate of the baby, who was named Lieserl, is unclear. She essentially disappeared from historical records shortly after birth. There is no evidence that Einstein ever saw his daughter.
Fact #5: Einstein set weird rules for his wife. Einstein demanded a lot fromMileva. In fact, he gave her a set of rules to follow. Included on the list was that shehad to serve three meals day, to stop talking if he asked her to, and to expect no intimacy from him.
mileva maricEinstein and his first wife, Mileva.
Fact #6: Einstein got along really well with his cousin. So well, in fact, that she -- Elsa Einstein -- became his wife in 1919. The two reportedly were romantically involved during Einstein's first marriage, according to Bio.com.
albert einsteinEinstein with his second wife, Elsa.
Fact #7: Einstein was popular with the ladies. In letters that he wrote to Elsa, Einstein readily acknowledged many extramarital affairs. He wrote that hisgirlfriends showered him with "unwanted" affection, The Telegraph reported.
Fact #8: Wearing socks wasn't Einstein's thing. In another letter to Elsa, Einstein wrote that he "got away without wearing socks" at the University of Oxford. The world-renowned genius eventually became known for his unkempt appearance -- though more attention was focused on his hair than on his feet.
Fact #9: Einstein was a member of the NAACP. Specifically, the chapter in Princeton, N.J., where he lived and worked. But even before Einstein moved permanently to America in 1933, he corresponded with civil rights activist and scholar W.E.B. Dubois, a founder of the NAACP. And during a 1946 speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Einstein called racism "a disease," the Harvard Gazette reported.
albert einsteinEinstein as he appeared in the 1950s.
Fact #10: Einstein may have hastened his death. Einstein died on April 18, 1955 after suffering a burst blood vessel. According to the website of the American Museum of Natural History, doctors suggested surgery, but Einstein declined, saying, "It is tasteless to prolong life artificially."

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