Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Frog Jumping Day MAY 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Frog Jumping Day

Frog Jumping Day is a great day to jump like a frog. Or, is today intended to jump “over” a frog? Either way, today is a fun day.
But, is this truly the reason for this day? The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
While we have discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to discover the reason for this particular date. May 13th is neither the date of Mark Twain’s birth , nor his death.

Funny Pictures Of The Day – 57 Pics - don't care of he's old and fat, I'd still tap John Travolta if I had the chance.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The quality of appearing to be true or real.
Usage:While recounting the preposterous tale, he threw in a few convincing details to add verisimilitude to the narrative.

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Sir Ronald Ross (1857)

Born and raised in India, English physician Ronald Ross joined the Indian Medical Service after completing medical school and undertook the study of malaria, then a disease that was not well understood. After years of research, he demonstrated the malarial parasite, Plasmodium, in the stomach of the Anopheles mosquito, identifying the disease's mechanism of transmission. His discoveries earned him a Nobel Prize in 1902.

Garland Day

On Old May Day, the children of the Dorset fishing village of Abbotsbury still "bring in the May" by carrying garlands from door to door and receiving gifts in return. Each garland is constructed over a frame and supported by a broomstick, which is carried by two young people around the village. Later, the garlands are laid at the base of the local war memorial. At one time this was an important festival marking the beginning of the fishing season: fishermen rowed out to sea after dark and tossed the garlands to the waves with prayers for a safe and plentiful fishing season.

Mom's Cellphone Photo Leads to Son's Cancer Diagnosis

For all intents and purposes, Avery Fitzgerald is an ordinary 2-year-old boy— one who jumps on the couch with his older brother when his mother looks away. But a snapshot that his mom took on her cellphone revealed something different about the little boy, CNN. com reported.

1787 - Captain Arthur Phillip left Britain for Australia. He successfully landed eleven ships full of convicts on January 18, 1788, at Botany Bay. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.
1913 - Igor Sikorsky flew the first four engine aircraft. 
1938 - "When the Saints Go Marching In" was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. 
1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain. 
1967 - Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run. 
1970 - The Beatles film "Let it Be" premiered in New York.
1984 - "The Fantasticks" became the longest-running musical in theatre history with performance number 10,000. The show opened on May 3, 1960. 
2003 - The U.S. government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters. 

87, Yesterday
Burt Freeman Bacharach is 87 years old.

90, Yesterday

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was born in St. Louis, Missouri. 
Berra is a 18-time MLB All-Star catcher and 3-time American League MVP
who won 10 World Series Championships with the New York Yankees. He
was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in a voting of
fans in 1999.

If You Were Born Today, May 13

You are a steady, reliable, and responsible person. You are not always patient with slackers, but patient overall. You instinctively know that good things come to those who wait, but you also know how to make things happen with determined effort. You are witty, no-nonsense, respectable, and solid. Famous people born today: Stevie Wonder, Daphne Du Maurier, Joe Louis, Beatrice Arthur, Robert Pattinson, Hunter Parrish, Debby Ryan.

Picture of the day
Light pollution in Hong Kong
A panoramic view of the skyline of Hong Kong, a city which has been considered the world's worst for light pollution owing to its numerous spotlights and LED billboards. A 2013 study found that Tsim Sha Tsui was the worst polluted area, with readings on average 1000 times brighter than the benchmark "normal dark sky", and subsequent studies have found areas such as Tin Shui WaiMong Kok, and Causeway Bay to be well above the recommended level of light emissions. Since 2008 the subject of light pollution has been a matter of public debate, though no legislative measures have been enacted.

Picture of a frozen spring pushing up through the ice in Nebraska

Spring Powered

Photograph by Mike Frosberg
A powerful spring pushes up through the ice of a Platte River backwater in Nebraska. Photographer Mike Frosberg’s project, the “Platte Basin Timelapse," attempts to capture a watershed in motion from the mountains to the plains.

Math geek humor . . . I am not a math geek. Word geek, yes. Math is Mental Abuse To Humans.






July 1st is International Joke Day!   What kind of  funnies can your family come up with?




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Airy Lace Shell

Image of Airy Lace Shell


Pun | A melon cant-a-loupe


Spinach, Blueberry & Goat Cheese Salad

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  1. Yield:4-6 servings

I like making my own dressing, but you don’t have to – just pour on your favorite bottled dressing or drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


For the salad:
1 package pre-washed spinach
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped seedless cucumber
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
For the dressing:
2 tsp whole grain or dijon mustard
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper


Place spinach leaves in large bowl. Add blueberries, cucumber, edamame, goat cheese and macadamia nuts.
In a small bowl combine mustard, lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil and whisk until dressing comes together.
Ten-tickles...get it? Ten...tickles.........tentacles? Hahaha! Laughed a little too hard :)

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Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup CrockPot Recipe

I decided to attempt to make my own cream-of-mushroom soup. I am not against the kind from a can at all. I have cooked with canned soups for years and years and years and years. 

There are whole books that list crockpot recipes that revolve around cream-of soups. So, I sort of felt like it was cheating if I used them. Some people choose to not use the soups due to sodium restrictions or other dietary needs. So! If you have your own reasons for not wanting to use canned cream-of-whatever soup, you can make your own and freeze it in bags or containers to use at your convenience.

The Ingredients.

This recipe is for a LARGE crockpot. Don't attempt these proportions in anything smaller than a 5qt.

--2 lbs mushrooms
--2 cups water
--2 cans (4 cups) vegetable broth
--1 quart of milk (to add later)
--juice of 1 lemon
--1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
--1/2 teaspoon pepper
--1 tablespoon dried minced onion
--2 tablespoon Italian seasoning

The Directions.

Wash your mushrooms well and cut them into fourths. Put into your stoneware and add the spices and lemon juice. Pour in the vegetable broth and water.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

CAREFULLY use an immersible hand blender and blend until soupy. If you don't have an immersible hand blender, very, very carefully blend in batches in a regular blender.

Stir in an entire quart of milk. I used fat free cow's milk. You can use any percentage you'd like; even cream.

let cool on the counter for quite a few hours, then pour into freezer bags to store or plastic containers. I used 2 cups per bag--which is 16 fluid ounces. A can of cream-of-soup is 10 ounces.

The Verdict.

I am excited to cook with this soup. You can use it in lieu of the canned stuff in your favorite recipes.


Kill 'em with  science! Just nerdy stuff :)


Chemist humor - it's elemental | 21 Jokes So Clever You Probably Won't Understand Them


Never mistake motion for action. - Ernest Hemingway

So Much Pun - Visual Puns and Jokes - funny puns - Cheezburger

The Origins of Sideburns
Ambrose Everett
Ambrose Everett Burnside was an American soldier and Civil War General. His unique facial hair style led to the term, “sideburns.”

How To Say Coffee in Turkish: kahve

Moving square illusion
35  Terrible Puns To Brighten Your Day via buzzfeed: Because terrible puns are the best kind of puns. And the only kind of puns.  #Humor #Puns

Never Buy Potatoes Again With This Simple Gardening Trick

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Gardening may seem like a difficult task for many people. However, it can be much easier than anticipated. There are many little tricks of the trade that you can acquire, all of which will make you life easier.
We will be going through a quick, easy, and effective way to grow potatoes within a potato bag. You will need very few things to do this successfully, all of which can also be found in any farmers market or garden center.
Now let’s go over how to grow potatoes from a potato bag.


1. First off you will need a potato bag.  You can find these anywhere, and there is no specific kind of potato bag that will get the job done better. Find yourself a well-made bag that you believe will get the job done.
2. You will then need about 35 liters of general-purpose compost. You will continually add the compost to the bag as the potatoes begin to grow each week. Use moist general-purpose compost that is soft and fluffy for the best results.
3. Then go out and buy yourself 45 grams of organic potato fertilizer, which you will spread evenly in the bag once you have added your potatoes.
4. Last, but certainly not least, you will need a good source of water to continuously add to the potato bag. Typically you do not want to add too much water to the fertilizer because soaking it will not produce the same quality crop.
After you have gathered your compost, fertilizer and potato bag you can go out and buy 4 or 5 seed potatoes. Seed potatoes are a little bit smaller than the average potato. These potatoes are roughly the size of eggs, maybe a little bit bigger. Don’t be alarmed if some are bigger than others, they will all grow the same within the potato bag.
Once you have gathered all the necessary items you will need you can continue on with the actual planting of the potatoes.


1. You must first add the general-purpose compost to the potato bag. Fill the bag roughly 4 inches deep with compost prior to doing anything else.
2. The add the 4 or 5 seed potatoes to the bag. Lay them on the compost and make sure you spread them apart equally. You do not want any of the potatoes touching each other; this is just to ensure that all goes according to plan.
3. Then add the 45 grams of fertilizer to the bag. Make sure you spread the fertilizer equally around all of the potatoes. Do not let the fertilizer touch the actual potatoes.
4. Once all of you items are appropriately in the bag add another 2 to 6 inches of compost to the bag. You can fill it to the rim of the bag if you would like, covering the potatoes completely with compost. Due to the moisture that has been held within the compost you can go roughly a week without watering the bag.
5. Once the potatoes begin to grow you can continuously roll up the bag while adding more compost. Water the potato bag when you feel it is necessary, but remember to not soak the compost.

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The last great picture – Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols (USA)
Overall Winner – Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Nick set out to create an archetypal image that would express both the essence of lions and how we visualize them – a picture of a time past, before lions were under such threat. Here, the five females of the Vumbi pride – a ‘formidable and spectacularly cooperative team’ – lie at rest with their cubs on a kopje (a rocky outcrop), in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Shortly before he took the shot, they had attacked and driven off one of the two pride males. Now they were lying close together, calmly sleeping. They were used to Nick’s presence – he’d been following them for nearly six months – which meant he could position his vehicle close to the kopje. Making use of a specially made hole in the roof, he slowly stood up to frame the vista, with the Serengeti plains beyond and the dramatic late-afternoon sky above. He photographed them in infrared, which he says, ‘cuts through the dust and haze, transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost’. The chosen picture – and Nick believes that the creation of a picture is as much in the choice as the taking – speaks about lions in Africa, part flashback, part fantasy. Nick got to know and love the Vumbi pride. A few months later, he heard that it had ventured into land beyond the park and that three females had been killed.

Apocalypse – Francisco Negroni (Chile)

Winner – Earth’s Environments

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Straight after the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex began erupting, Francisco travelled to Puyehue National Park in southern Chile, anticipating a spectacular light show. But what he witnessed was more like an apocalypse. From his viewpoint – a hill quite a distance to the west of the volcano – he watched, awestruck, as flashes of lightning lacerated the sky and the glow from the molten lava lit up the smoke billowing upwards and illuminated the landscape. ‘It was the most incredible thing I have seen in my life.’ Volcanic lightning (also known as a ‘dirty thunderstorm’) is a rare, short‑lived phenomenon probably caused by the static electrical charges resulting from the crashing together of fragments of red‑hot rock, ash and vapour high in the volcanic plume. The Cordón Caulle eruption spewed 100 million tonnes of ash high into the atmosphere, causing widespread disruption to air travel in the southern hemisphere. Volcanic activity continued at a lesser level for a year, spreading a layer of ash over the region.
The price they pay – Bruno D’Amicis (Italy)

Winner – The World in Our Hands

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A teenager from a village in southern Tunisia offers to sell a three-month-old fennec fox, one of a litter of pups he dug out of their den in the Sahara Desert. Catching or killing wild fennec foxes is illegal in Tunisia but widespread, which Bruno discovered as part of a long-term project to investigate the issues facing endangered species in the Sahara. He gained the confidence of villagers in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and discovered widespread wildlife exploitation, including hunting and capture for commercial trade and traditional medicine. He also discovered that the causes and therefore the solutions are complex and include high unemployment, poor education, lack of enforcement of conservation laws, ignorant tourists and tour companies, habitat destruction and the socio-political legacy of the ‘Arab Spring’ revolts. But Bruno is convinced that change is possible – that tourism has a part to play and that thought‑provoking images can help raise awareness among tourists as well as highlight what’s happening to the fragile Sahara Desert environment. 

Stinger in the sun – Carlos Perez Naval (Spain)
Overall Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Aware of Carlos’s presence, the common yellow scorpion is flourishing its sting as a warning. Carlos had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain – also a place that he goes to look for reptiles. The late afternoon sun was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with a double exposure (his first ever) so he could include the sun. He started with the background, using a fast speed so as not to overexpose the sun, and then shot the scorpion, using a low flash. But he had to change lenses (he used his zoom for the sun), which is when the scorpion noticed the movement and raised its tail. Carlos then had to wait for it to settle before taking his close-up, with the last rays of the sun lighting up its body.  

The long embrace – Anton Lilja (Sweden)
Winner – 15-17 Years

Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) breeding in a waterpuddle surroun
The moment her eggs make contact with water, the jelly around them will begin to swell. So a female frog needs to have a male nearby, ready to fertilize the eggs the instant they leave her body. And a male needs to hold on to her to make sure he’s the one doing the fertilizing. So he grasps her in a tight embrace, known as amplexus, often for days, until she has laid her eggs. Hearing that masses of common frogs were gathering in a flooded gravel pit near his home in Västerbotten, Sweden, Anton set out to photograph the mating spectacle. Lying down on the bank at eye level with the water, he became fascinated by the light bouncing off the spawn and the water, which by now was vibrating with the activity of the frogs. Experimenting with his flash, he achieved the effect he wanted just as a pair of frogs in amplexus popped up right in front of the camera, the male revealing his throat to be flushed with blue. They stayed posed amid the glossy wobbliness, allowing Anton time to compose his shot. 

Touché – Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands)
Finalist – Birds

A focus of Jan’s trip to Ecuador was the astonishing sword-billed hummingbird – the only bird with a bill longer than its body (excluding its tail). Its 11-centimetre (4.3-inch) bill is designed to reach nectar at the base of equally long tube-shaped flowers, but Jan discovered that it can have another use. One particular bird had a regular circuit through the forest, mapped out by its favourite red angel trumpet flowers and bird-feeders near Jan’s lodge. To get to the bird-feeders, it had to cross the territory of a fiercely territorial collared inca. Rather than being scared off, once or twice a day ‘it used its bill to make a statement’. To capture one of these stand-offs, Jan set up multiple flashes to freeze the hummingbirds’ wing-beats – more than 60 a second – and finally captured the precise colorful moment. 

Little squid – Fabien Michenet (France)
Finalist – Underwater Species

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Planktonic animals are usually photographed under controlled situations, after they’ve been caught, but Fabien is fascinated by the beauty of their living forms and aims to photograph their natural behaviour in the wild. Night-diving in deep water off the coast of Tahiti, in complete silence apart from the occasional sound of dolphins, and surrounded by a mass of tiny planktonic animals, he became fascinated by this juvenile sharpear enope squid. Just 3 centimetres (an inch) long, it was floating motionless about 20 metres (66 feet) below the surface, probably hunting even smaller creatures that had migrated up to feed under cover of darkness. Its transparent body was covered with polka dots of pigment-filled cells, and below its eyes were bioluminescent organs. Knowing it would be sensitive to light and movement, Fabien gradually manoeuvred in front of it, trying to hang as motionless as his subject. Using as little light as possible to get the autofocus working, he finally triggered the strobes and took the squid’s portrait before it disappeared into the deep. 

The longline lottery – Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann (Mexico)
Finalist – The World in Our Hands

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It had clearly been a monumental struggle: the young great white shark’s jaw jutted out at an ugly angle, evidence of how it had fought to escape from the hook before finally suffocating. Rodrigo came upon the grim sight off Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico, after noticing that a fisherman’s buoy had been dragged below the surface by a considerable weight. The hook was on a long line of hooks, set to catch blue and mako sharks. ‘I was deeply shocked. Great whites are amazing, graceful and highly intelligent creatures. It was such a sad scene that I changed the image to black and white, which felt more dignified.’ Such surface‑baited longlines may stretch for miles and are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of animals every year, many of them endangered. 

 Marc Montes (Spain)
Finalist – 11-14 years

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Marc was trekking through the forest in the Val d’Aran, near his home in northern Spain – as usual, carrying his camera and keeping a lookout for animals – when he was thrilled to come across a large grass snake. ‘I have a great passion for reptiles, especially snakes,’ he says, ‘and it is rare to see this kind where I live.’ The grass snake, just over a metre (3 feet) long, was very alert and started moving, and the light was very poor. So Marc had to use a wide aperture, giving him only a very narrow depth of field (the depth that would be in focus). But though he had only a moment to compose the picture, he had the skill to take a portrait with the focus on the key part of the snake – its eyes. 

Snowbird – Edwin Sahlin (Sweden)
Finalist – 15-17 Years

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Cheese and sausage are what Siberian jays like – so Edwin discovered on a skiing holiday with his family in northern Sweden. Whenever they stopped for lunch, he would photograph the birds that gathered in hope of scraps. On this occasion, while his family ate their sandwiches, Edwin dug a pit in the snow deep enough to climb into. He scattered titbits of food around the edge and then waited. To his delight, the jays flew right over him, allowing him to photograph them from below and capture the full rusty colours of their undersides more clearly than he had dared hope.

1 comment:

  1. Folks Down-Under will have to wait for February 19th to celebrate their frogs! Loved the punnies today. Thinking about how blessed far frogs can jump? I was surprised to read: The current frog jumping record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches. Have a hoppy day:)