Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi Day MAR 14, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pi Day

3.141592653589793238462643383… That’s (part of) the number being celebrated on Pi Day! Pi (no, not pie) is the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle, and a mathematical constant.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up.
Usage:The streets of the new town were built over the detritus of past habitations.

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First Patient Successfully Treated with Penicillin

Penicillin was the first antibiotic agent successfully used to treat bacterial infections in humans. Penicillin's effect on bacteria was first observed by biologist Alexander Fleming in 1928, but it was not until 1941 that scientists purified the substance and established that it was both effective in fighting infectious organisms and not toxic to humans. The first successful treatment occurred the next year. 

Albert Einstein

Einstein was an intellectual giant of the 20th century whose name has become synonymous with genius. Recognized as one of the greatest physicists of all time, Einstein made countless important contributions to physics, including his theories of relativity, which profoundly revolutionized scientific and philosophical inquiry. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for his work on theoretical physics.

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up

Billed "The World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up," this is one of several rattlesnake round-ups in Texas; some 30,000 spectators come to watch the goings-on. It is sponsored by the Sweetwater Jaycees, who stress the focus on safety and the benefits of the round-up. The weekend events include snake-handling demonstrations and the awarding of prizes for the biggest snake. There are also a parade, rattlesnake dances with country bands, a Miss Snake Charmer Queen contest, and a rattlesnake meat-eating contest. More than 4,000 pounds of rattlesnake meat are served each year.

Pi Day Comes Once in a Century

Circle around, math fans. There's a once-in-a-century Pi Day coming this weekend. The day that celebrates the mathematical constant pi is Saturday. And because it's 2015, this particular sequence of numbers in the calendar that matches pi - 3/14/15 - wont come around for another century.

1743 - First American town meeting was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall

1794 - Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin. 

1891 - The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the bottom of the English Channel to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel. 

1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes. 

1923President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report

1943U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. 

1979 - The Census Bureau reported that 95% of all Americans were married or would get married.

1992 - Farm Aid was attended by about 40,000 people in Irving, TX

1995 - American astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket. 

Sir Michael Caine (Maurice Joseph Micklewhite) is 82 today.
Michael Caine served in the Korean War for the British Army. He
was knighted in 2000.

"Catch a Falling Star", written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockrisswas released
by Perry Como in 1957. It was his last #1  on the Billboard  “Most Played by
disc Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top 100, where it reached #2. It
was the first single to receive a gold record certification, on March 14,
1958. The record won Como the 1959 Grammy Award for Best Vocal
Performance, Male

If You Were Born Today, March 14

You are multi-talented, strong minded, and very versatile. At the same time, you give of yourself very freely to the people you care about, and to any cause you take to heart. Moody and changeable, nevertheless you are determined and responsible. There is always an air of mystery around you that others find intriguing. You are extremely perceptive, seeing things that most others fail to see. Famous people born today: Albert Einstein, Billy Crystal, Michael Caine, Quincy Jones, Hank Ketcham, Prince Albert, Jamie Bell.

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Picture of an aurora seen from the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

Worth the Wait

Photograph by Takashi Nakagawa, National Geographic
“A beautiful and active aurora appeared the day after a storm had passed over Iceland,” writes Takashi Nakagawa,. “Iceland is not an ideal place to watch the aurora because the weather in winter is mostly cloudy. I waited at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for three days to photograph the aurora [at] this amazing place. This was a perfect night. I’ll never forget this moment.”

Adèle pattern by Alexandra Provost
Une petite étole ou “shawlette”, réalisée à partir d’un écheveau de Gilliatt.
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The Revenge of the Pompom pattern by Margot Stock
Maybe you’ve got some pompom yarn in your stash. You got it gifted or bought it youself in a moment of weakness, and now you have it. What to do with th...
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Cream of Celery Soup Hat pattern by Mary O'Shea
This hat is a quick and easy knit, super comfy, and fits a wide range of head sizes up to 22+ inches in circumference. It can be made slouchier by adding leng...
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Our Guys' Sailing Sweaters pattern by Patons
Lightweight cabled sweaters that are great for layering on a windy day. Shown in Patons Grace.
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crochet, vintage





St. Patrick's Day, March 17th

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Harry Potter funnies, reading it in the accent kills me every time

The Woman on the Hill: Squares in my jello?
Yep, that's right, squares in your jello... Or square jello in the shape you want, or something like that :)
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crockpot recipe
stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Ginger Teriyaki Tofu Recipe

I got the idea from Susan's post at the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen's on Chinese Barbecued Tofu and Vegetables.
I didn't have all of the ingredients that she listed, so I improvised and used what I had on hand.

The Ingredients.
--1 package of extra firm tofu
--1/2 white onion
--1/2 cup gluten free teriyaki sauce --unless you aren't gluten free. then you probably don't care.--2 T white wine vinegar
--1 T worcestershire sauce
--1 t cinnamon
--1/2 t fennel
--1/2 t ginger
--1/2 t cloves
--1/2 t red pepper flakes

The Directions.

Drain and press tofu to release any extra moisture. I did it overnight, by putting the tofu in a colander and putting a small plate on top for a bit of weight.

cut tofu into 1-inch pieces, and pan fry in some olive oil until it's golden brown on all sides.

This takes a while----leave the pieces alone to get a nice crust on them before flipping.

After the tofu is finished getting crusty, chop up your onion and get to work making your sauce.

Add all the liquid and spices directly to your crockpot stoneware insert.

Toss the tofu in the marinade mixture to coat thoroughly.

cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

serve with steamed white or brown rice. 

The Verdict.

I was the only one who ate this. I forgot Adam hates cloves. He hates them. And since he made a really bad face, the kids wouldn't try any of it.I took my dinner plate and ate in front of the computer. It was actually rather pleasant!



'where's the bathroom?' in Dutch - Waar is het toilet?


hahahahaha...the reason photo shop was invented
                                             hahahahaha...the reason photo shop was invented



CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

I blame my friends and family for my uncleaned house!  :) I actually do know people who have said this. LoL

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How many of you know what the "alt" button can be used for?

alt plus 1 = ☺ 
alt plus 2 = ☻
alt plus 3 = ♥
alt plus 4 = ♦
alt plus 5 = ♣
alt plus 6 = ♠
alt plus 7 = •
alt plus 8 =◘
alt plus 9 = ○
alt plus 10 = ◙
alt plus 14 = ♫
alt plus 15 = ☼

And so on, here's the link for alt codes: music symbols, hearts,  currency symbols, etc


Best Selling Books Of All Time

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens – The best seller of all time was first published in 1859 and since sold around 200 million copies!
Best Selling Books Of All Time: A Tale of Two Cities

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien - First published in 1954, the book has already sold 150 million copies! Tolkien is the only author that has 2 titles in this list. The book is sometimes sold in volumes – mostly 3 volumes (as in the original publication) but it is known to be sold in as many as 7 volumes! The figure 150 million refers to copies of the complete story sold
Best Selling Books Of All Time: The Lord of the Rings

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry - The Little Prince is the first title in this list where its original language is not English. The manuscript was originally in French, though the first publication of the story was in English, in 1943. It since sold 140 million copies
Best Selling Books Of All Time: The Little Prince

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie – Agatha Christie is the first female writer in this list. Her masterpiece was first published in 1939 and since sold some 100 million copies
Best Selling Books Of All Time: And Then There Were None

Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin – The oldest book in this list was first published in 1791, and since sold 100 million copies. It's first publication was in Chinese.
Best Selling Books Of All Time: Dream of the Red Chamber

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit by Tolkien sold 100 million copies since it’s first publication in 1937. Not as successful as Tolkien’s other title on the list, but good enough
Best Selling Books Of All Time: The Hobbit

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis – 85 million copies sold since 1950
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

She: A History of Adventure, by H. Rider Haggard – 83 million copies since 1887
She: A History of Adventure, by H. Rider Haggard

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown – the phenomenal success of Dan Brown’s book is remarkable – it was published only in 2003 and already sold 80 million copies!
Best Selling Books Of All Time: The Da Vinci Code

 Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill – 70 million copies sold since 1937
Best Selling Books Of All Time: Think and Grow Rich

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