Monday, February 15, 2016

Hippo Day FEBRUARY 15, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Hippo Day

Bet you didn’t know that Hippo loosely translates to River Horse in ancient Greek. Hippo Day, then, celebrates the third largest mammal on Earth. Why not take some time to waddle in a mud bath, get angry with some tourists, and yawn a lot whilst opening your mouth really-really widely?

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Haughtiness in bearing and attitude.
Usage:There was no trace of hauteur in her expression, and she seemed humbled and meek.

Idiom of the Day

a cut above the rest

 — Better in quality than most others


Jeremy Bentham (1748)

Bentham was a British moral philosopher and legal theorist. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his writings, he became the earliest expounder of utilitarianism—the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the greatest happiness for all those affected by it. His work inspired much reform legislation, especially regarding prisons

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906) devoted her life to the temperance, anti-slavery, and women's suffrage movements. After the Civil War, she focused all of her energies on getting women the right to vote, which was achieved in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Tributes to Anthony take place on her birthday, February 15, in various parts of the country, and ceremonies honoring Anthony are often held at her grave in Rochester, New York. 

Space Station Resupply Mission Delayed After Mold Found in Bags

A cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has been pushed back after mold was discovered in some of the bags used for packing supplies, NASA said.
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1758 - Mustard was advertised for the first time in America. 

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1842 - Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City. 

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1903 - Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.

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1932 - George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "The Guy Lombardo Show" on CBS radio.

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1946 - Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in themajor leagues

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1953 - The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright. 

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1958 - "The Dick Clark Show" debuted on ABC-TV. Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis were the first performers to appear on the show. 

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1965 - Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard. 


If You Were Born Today, February 15

Your personal magnetism is great, and your need for loving, harmonious, and balanced surroundings perhaps greater. You have a very unique spin on the world and love to share it with others. You are creative and usually good at writing or other expressive arts, and you also have a strong business sense. Forgiving and tolerant, few people so easily accept others for exactly who they are. You are also very perceptive and pick up on all the subtleties of human interaction. Famous people born today: Galileo, Susan B. Anthony, Harvey Korman, Jane Seymour, Matt Groening, Chris Farley.

Picture of the day
Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain from 1939 to 1943. It is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers and the nation's third president. It is managed by the National Park Service.

Picture of a red panda inside a zoo enclosure in Darjeeling, India

A Ponderous Panda

Photograph by Surendra Pradhan, National Geographic
A red panda appears to be deep in thought at the Darjeeling Zoo in West Bengal, India, home to a breeding center for the endangered animals. The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) has seen its population reduced by approximately 50 percent over the last two decades. The Darjeeling Zoo’s red panda program, which began in 1994, currently has six males and six females after two of the animals died in 2015.



Nessie - English pattern by Julia Zahle
Use any fingering/sport weight that have 400 meters, and you will have enough to make a Nessie.
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Slow Cooker Balsamic Mushroom and Chicken Stroganoff


CHILDREN'S CORNER ... vintage games to play
safety first game



Vinnie’s pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York, offers the “Mini Vinnie”—a pizza with mini slices on top. -------------------- In France, it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon. -------------------- Jamaican dance hall artist Furtyle Brain had two horn implanted atop his head! Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY.

"what is your name?" in Badaga (India) - Ninna hesaru aena?



20+ Brilliant Ways To Reuse And Recycle Old Tires


The 27 Things to Always Have in Your Car

The 27 Things to Always Have in Your Car

Whether you’re a slob or a neat freak, an auto enthusiast or a total driving spaz, the fact remains that there are 27 things you need to have in your car at all times. You heard us: 27.
1. Your Registration
You? Speeding? Never!
2. A Paper Map
Two words: Dead zone.
3. A Phone ChargerBecause Waze drains your battery like whoa.
4. A Roll of Quarters and a $5 Bill
Just remember to replace what you spend.
5. An Umbrella
Fact: There will be a downpour when you have to park four blocks away.
6. The Owner’s Manual
No luck programming the radio? This will help.
7. A Bottle of Water
In case you get stuck in traffic for hours…or stuck on the side of the road. 
8. Energy Bars
You too can prevent road rage. 
9. Jumper CablesAnd while you’re at it, learn how to use them.
10. An LED Flashlight
Handy if your car breaks down at night. Or if you need to find something that's fallen under your seat.
11. A First-Aid Kit
Stock it with the essentials: Advil, Band-Aids, Neosporin, tampons.
12. Toilet Paper
Hey, emergencies happen.
13. Tissues
Attach a pack to your car visor and go.
14. Ice Scraper + Snow Shovel
Hey, New Englanders, we’re talking to you.
15. A Multi-ToolIf you have to channel your inner MacGyver, be prepared.
16. Shout Wipes
For drive-through emergencies.
17. Duct Tape
See "10 Heroic Duct Tape Car Repairs." Enough said.
18. Road Salt
Icy driveways, it’s on!
19. Paper Towels
Because when you hit a pothole, coffee spills.
20. A Blanket
For chilly nighttime drives--or comfort during a quick car nap.
21. Sunglasses
For sun. (And secretly style.)
22. Lipstick + Mascara
Say yes to spontaneity.
23. Gum
For fresh breath wherever the road may take you.
24. Matches + Flares
So other cars can spot you in an emergency.
25. Hand Sanitizer
Because have you ever been to a gas station bathroom that actually had soap?
26. A Trash Bag
In case anyone gets carsick.
27. Paper + Pen
For jotting down notes — or giving your number to that cute highway trooper. 


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