Monday, May 11, 2015

Eat What You Want Day MAY 11, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Eat What You Want Day

Many people spend time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn't eat, mainly because today’s world is filled with magazine covers sporting perfectly toned, perfectly tanned models that constantly make us feel inadequate. The various health food fads that seem to come and go every few weeks definitely don’t help, either—as it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for anyone who isn't actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to function properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes our urine expensive when our bodies flush the excess. If you, like many people these days, are beginning to feel disillusioned with all of these things, you will be glad to hear about Eat What You Want Day.
The History of Eat What You Want Day
Eat What You Want Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of to help people break away from the frustrating health and diet trends of our times, if for only one day, and just let go and enjoy life a little. Most nutritionists seem to agree that giving yourself a break every now and again can actually be good for us, and that forcing ourselves to eat only low-calorie, tasteless foods for prolonged periods of time is likely to cause us to suddenly gorge on everything in sight when our determination wears off.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Usage:The students came up with a mnemonic to help themselves remember the colors of the rainbow.


Frederick Russell Burnham (1861)

Burnham was an American adventurer whose outdoorsmanship helped inspire the founding of the international scout movement. He was born on an Indian reservation to a missionary family and became a horseback messenger for Western Union Telegraph Company at age 13 and soon after a scout and tracker. After two decades of ranging in the Southwest and Mexico, he moved to Africa to become the British army's chief of scouts during the Boer War. 

Frost Saints' Days

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus.

Crab car drives sideways, parks in tiny space

As cities continue to grow at a dizzying rate, commuters are constantly battling ever-increasing congestion on the roads and a lack of parking, just to get to work. But now a team of German engineers have come up with an ingenious solution -- a "flexible" electric vehicle cable of shrinking, driving sideways (think like a crab) and turning on a dime.

0330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.

1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established. 

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. 

1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.

1997 - Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player. 

1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.


If You Were Born Today, May 11

You are gifted, talented, and well-respected. You are not fond of others telling you what to do, so a position in which you lead others or you are your own boss suits you best. You are independent but also thrive in partnership. While you are reliable, hard-working, practical, and solid overall, your emotions can be quite contradictory. A perfectionist at heart, your calm exterior can sometimes hide a worrying nature.Famous people born today: Salvador Dali, Natasha Richardson, Martha Quinn, Phil Silvers, Cory Monteith.

Picture of the day
Aitoff projection
The Aitoff projection is a modified azimuthal map projection first proposed by David A. Aitoff in 1889. Based on the equatorial form of the azimuthal equidistant projection, Aitoff halved longitudes from the central meridian, projected by the azimuthal equidistant, and then stretched the result horizontally into a 2:1 ellipse.

Picture of a person overlooking a cloudy vista at night, Saudi Arabia

Peaceful Outlook

Photograph by Abdullrahman Almalki, National Geographic 
It took three days for Abdullrahman Almalki to capture the moment he wanted from this vantage near the city of Ta’if in Saudi Arabia. Almalki used a tripod and a remote shutter release to achieve a meditative image encompassing the lighted highway, clouds, and stars.

Catholic Dog
Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, ‘Father, my dog is dead. Could ya’ be saying’ a mass for the poor creature?’
Father Patrick replied, ‘I’m afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there’s no tellin’ what they believe. Maybe they’ll do something for the creature.’
Muldoon said, ‘I’ll go right away Father. Do ya’ think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?’
Father Patrick exclaimed, ‘Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?

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Asparagus, Spring Onion and Pancetta Frittata
Kimberley Hasselbrink

Yield: 8 slices
8 large, pastured eggs
2.5 ounces pancetta (about 3 round slices, or 4 slices bacon)
3 spring onions, white and pale green parts only, sliced (or one small onion)
8 asparagus spears, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Warm a 10″ cast iron or similar oven-safe skillet over a medium low flame. Place the pancetta in the pan and cook until crisp, turning occasionally, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

Drain excess fat from pan, leaving just enough to form a thin layer. Add the sliced spring onions and asparagus and saute until tender, about four to five minutes.
Preheat broiler.

While the asparagus and onions cook, whisk together the eggs. Add both cheeses and the half teaspoon salt. Roughly chop the pancetta and add that to the egg and cheese mixture.

Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus and spring onions. Stir quickly to combine everything.
Let frittata set on the stove over medium low heat until nearly firm, about 12-15 minutes.
Once the surface is nearly set, place under broiler for one or two more minutes, just enough to brown.

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Slow Cooker Apple Crisp Recipe

I scoured the fridge and cabinets and came up with enough ingredients to make an apple crisp. I also hoped the smell would put us in good spirits and warm the kitchen a bit.

Ingredients used:
9 smallish apples
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar plus another 2 tablespoons for crumb topping
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup crumb topping:
[since we're gluten-free, I used GF gingersnap crumbs mixed with crushed Perky-O's. You could use anything that you normally use for a crumb topping---smashed cereal, graham crackers, oats, cookies--whatever.]


Preheat your crock on high, and butter the inside of the stoneware. Chop up the apples and plop them in the bottom and cover with the remaining 
ingredients. Cube your butter.
Toss the orange juice, cubed butter, brown sugar, vanilla and apples together.
Smash up your topping of choice and add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Layer on top of apple concoction.
Cover and cook on high for approximately 3 hours, or until apples are sufficiently tender.

If you like your crumb topping crunchy (I do!) broil the uncovered stoneware on the lowest rack of your oven for 4-7 minutes.


Serve with vanilla icecream.
Amazingly good.
I look forward to eating the leftovers for breakfast before anyone else wakes up.



One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. - Euripides

Man Forms His Own European Country on the Concepts of Absolute Freedom and Peace

By Sumitra 
31-year-old Vit Jedlicka has formed his own European nation on a three-square-mile territory located between Serbia and Croatia. The piece of land technically doesn’t belong to either country, so he decided to use the space to fulfill his own political ambitions.
Vit, who is an active member of the conservative Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic, has long since wanted to live in a country that doesn’t have an army, and where taxes are optional. When he realised that his ambitions may never be fulfilled in his own country, he decided to found a new one instead.
He revealed that while his initial intention was just to protest against his own country’s policies, he later realised that he and those who share his libertarian views would probably never succeed in changing things in the Czech Republic. So he founded ‘The Free Republic of Liberland’, a nation that functions with a single motto: ‘Live and let live’. The new nation has a new flag, new national anthem, and a provisional government, which is currently collecting donations to assist in drafting the constitution. They accept bitcoin, too!


How To Say Coffee in Korean: keopi

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Puns for Educated Minds
·        The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
·        I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
·        She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
·        A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
·        No matter how much you push an envelope, it'll still be stationery.
·        A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
·        A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
·        Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
·        A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
·        Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
·        Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
·        Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, "You stay here, I'll go on a head."
·        I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
·        A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said, "Keep off the Grass."
·        The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
·        The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
·        A backward poet writes inverse.
·        In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your Count that votes.
·        If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
·        A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
·        Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.  Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
·        Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, "I've lost my electron." The other says, "Are you sure?" The first replies, "Yes, I'm positive."
·        Then there was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Brothel Visit
An elderly man goes into a brothel and tells the Madam he would like a young girl for the night. Surprised, she looks at the ancient man and asks how old he is.
’I’m 90 years old,’ he says.
‘90?’ replies the woman. ‘Don’t you realize you’ve had it?’
‘Oh, sorry,’ says the old man. ‘How much do I owe you?’


‘Tis the best of times, ’tis the worst of times. Becoming obsessed with a book is a lot like falling in love, only it’s way more time-consuming. With love, there are at least times with the other person might want some space. You try to keep your chill a little bit so you don’t scare off your new found love. But with books, all bets are off. You don’t have to play it cool for a book. You don’t have to worry that you might be smothering a book. You get to have all of your feels, totally unadulterated. Or is that just me?
Book lovers everywhere will understand that the range of emotions and stages you go through when you fall in love with a new book are very, very real. Here’s an average timeline of how a personal literary craze plays out:
Phase One: The First Read-Through

You've heard this book was great, but by the end of page two, you are hooked. You read constantly — under your desk during class, during family dinner, even during the newest episode of The Vampire Diaries. THAT’S how hooked you are.
Phase Two: Re-Reading

The moment you read, “The end,” you flip back to “Once upon a time.” Who needs sleep when you can re-read an incredible book? You find even more details to love this read around and start accidentally referring to the characters as your “friends” during conversation.
Phase Three: Internet Stalking

Your obsession is growing. You start Googling the book, reading review after review on Good Reads – agreeing with the positive (correct) ones and getting furious over anything negative (very, very incorrect). Your Tumblr turns into a shrine for the book; you even post pictures of your dream cast for a movie version.
Phase Four: Re-Re-Re-Reading

By now, the book flops open to your favorite sections that you practically have memorized. Sometimes when you talk to your friends and family, you realize that you are just reciting the best lines. It’s kind of getting weird.
Phase Five: Fan Fictionsoobessedwithme

Okay, wait. Now it’s kind of getting weird. Tired of reading the same paragraphs over and over again, you turn to fan blogs where other obsessives like you write the story beyond the book’s ending. Inspired, you might even write a few chapters of your own. Maybe you’ll even write yourself into the story and maybe you’ll be married to the main love interest and maybe you two will have six children – why not? You’re practically living in this book anyway.
Phase Six: The Book Slump

The obsession is fading. You've exhausted every fandom outlet: You've written 500 pages of fan fiction and tweeted the author so many times you’re a little worried she might issue a restraining order. Honestly, you’re starting to second guess your the idea to get a commemorative tattoo honoring the book. This, my friend, is called a book slump. Symptoms include loss of purpose, long naps, and grouchiness.
Phase Seven: Obsession Reborn

Three words: Sequel. Coming. Soon.

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