Thursday, January 7, 2016

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day JANUARY 7, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day is when we can fight back against all the injustices inflicted upon us.
Arrive late for work by putting yourself first, and spend some time buying yourself a present when you should be at your office or factory.
Don’t open any letters that look suspiciously like bills. And if you’ve always been cheerful and polite, but you’ve also never felt truly appreciated, then this is the day for the worm to turn. Be grumpy and non-communicative all day.
You could arrange mass protests, too. This could be customers complaining about bank charges at their bank, or people angry at their energy company for yet another huge price hike. I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day is also a perfect day for a strike…

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A canvas bag that is used to feed an animal (such as a horse).
Usage:The stable boy replaced the horse's nosebag, which had torn in two places.

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Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous (1844)

Soubirous was a French peasant girl who claimed to see the Virgin Mary in apparitions at a grotto near Lourdes, her home, in 1858. The authorities, skeptical of her visions, subjected her to severe examinations. After years of scrutiny, she was allowed to enter the convent of Notre-Dame de Nevers, where she remained in seclusion until her death at 35. The grotto at Lourdes is now a pilgrimage site, and its waters are reputed to have healing powers.

What Should We Call the Periodic Table's Four Newest Elements?

What's in a name? When the four new elements just added to the periodic table get official names, don't expect Unobtanium or T.Lehreronium to emerge. Naming new chemical elements is a super-serious business.

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1610 - Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons. He named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. 

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1785 - French aeronaut/balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the first air-crossing of the English Channel from the English coast to France.

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1887 - Thomas Stevens completed the first worldwide bicycle trip. He started his trip in April 1884. Stevens and his bike traveled 13,500 miles in almost three years time. 

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1896 - The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. 

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1904 - The distress signal "CQD" was established. Two years later "SOS" became the radio distress signal because it was quicker to send by wireless radio.

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1924 - George Gershwin completed "Rhapsody in Blue" at the age of 26.

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1927 - In Hinckley IL, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game. 

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1949 - The announcement of the first photograph of genes was shown at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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1955 - Marian Anderson became the first African-American to sing at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

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1990 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public. The accelerated rate of "leaning" raised fears for the safety of its visitors. 


If You Were Born Today, January 7

You are a person who marches to the beat of your own drum, but yet you respect rules and order. Nobody can push you to do much of anything, as you don't feel right unless you are acting on intuition. There is a spiritual or otherworldly quality to you, and you are highly creative when you are able to tap into and embrace your talents. Highly unusual yet intriguing, you are a helpful, somewhat wilful, and hardworking soul. Famous people born today: Nicolas Cage, Jann Wenner, Katie Couric, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Charles Addams. Famous people born today: Nicolas Cage, Jann Wenner, Katie Couric, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Charles Addams.

Picture of the day
Bonne projection
The Bonne projection is a pseudoconical equal-area map projection named after Rigobert Bonne (1727–1795). In the projection, parallels of latitude are concentric circular arcs, and the scale is true along these arcs. Shapes along the central meridian and the standard parallel are not distorted.

Picture of a boy making a traditional red umbrella in Myanmar

Seeing Red

Photograph by Naing Thu Soe, National Geographic 
Interested in observing local tradition and culture in Myanmar (Burma), Naing Thu Soe visited a traditional umbrella works in the port city of Pathein. While documenting the traditional craft with his camera, Naing The Soe witnessed some of the handiwork involved. “I saw a boy binding cotton ropes between [the] umbrella cover and bamboo umbrella bones,” he writes. In time, he had the idea of photographing the process from inside the umbrella.

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         Dog Pom Collar, medium



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Little Dipper Pizza Fondue Recipe

I used the Little Dipper because I puffy heart LOVE it, but you could use an oven-safe dish inside a regular crockpot to create a smaller cooking vessel. Or you could increase the quantities.

The Ingredients.

--1 cup pasta sauce (my sauce had chunked mushrooms, it was perfect)
--1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
--10 pieces pepperoni, diced
--1 cup shredded cheese (I used a combo of mozzarella, cheddar, and swiss)

The Directions.

Count out 10 pieces of pepperoni. Then eat the rest of the package.
Put the pasta sauce into your Little Dipper, and plug it in. Add the Italian seasoning and diced pepperoni. Shove in the cup of shredded cheese. I promise it will fit. Cover and leave plugged in (there are no heat settings on a Little Dipper) for 45 min or so. 

Stir well and serve with tortilla chips, bread sticks, or crustini.

The Verdict.

This was great. We spread out a blanket in front of the TV and had a carpet picnic with the pizza fondue and watched dvds


Cold Slime Handprints Left Brain Craft Brain 3
Stretching Slime Left Brain Craft Brain


  1. Decide on your color scheme for the slime.  The color of thermochromic pigment will be the color of the slime when it is cold.  Then pick an alternating color of food coloring for the hot color.  Think color wheel neighbors to make the transition smooth.  I used:
    • Blue pigment with yellow food coloring (Slime is teal and turns yellow when hot)
    • Red pigment with yellow food coloring (Slime is orangey red and turns yellow when hot)
    • Blue pigment with red food coloring (slime is purple and turns pink when hot)
  2. Pour 1/4 cup glue into a large bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon water and stir until combined.  Add 5 drop of food coloring and mix well.  Then add 3 teaspoons of thermochromic pigment and mix until uniformly distributed.
  3. Add 1/8 cup liquid starch and mix until thick and slimy.  Then knead the slime with your hands and return to the starch mixture for another mixing.  This step is important because it makes sure there’s no unmixed glue hiding in the center of your slime ball.  If slime is still sticky, add additional starch, a little bit at a time, and knead until not sticky anymore.  Most batches will use almost all of the starch.
  4. Store slime in a glass or plastic container with a lid for up to one month.  I noticed that it needed a bit more starch if it had been a few days since playing with it.  Just pour a teaspoon or so on the slime and knead it again.


Great necessities call out great virtues. - Abigail Adams

This Is Probably the Most Precarious Vehicle Bridge in the World

By Spooky 
There are plenty of dangerous-looking vehicle bridges around the world, but few as adrenaline-inducing as Kuandinsky Bridge, in Russia’s Trans-Baikal Region.

Stretching 570 meters over the Vitim River, this precarious vehicle crossing is just over two meters wide and features no railing or other safety features to keep the cars from falling into the frozen water if anything should go wrong. Its decaying metallic structure is simply covered with old wooden railway sleepers that become very slippery when covered with ice and snow, which is almost all year round, since this is Siberia we’re talking about.


"what is your name?" in Acholi (Uganda and Sudan) - Nyingi nga?

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This appears to be a set of meaningless black blocks, but it’s actually a word you can read. What word could that be ?

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1 comment:

  1. That Siberian bridge will fill my head for years! ARG!