Monday, April 25, 2016

DNA Day April 25, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate DNA Day

Although DNA Day was made into an official observance by the U.S. Congress, it is the NGHRI (National Human Genome Research Institute) who seem to organise events and speakers to go into halls and speak to both students and the general public who wish to find out more about DNA. The day commemorates the 50 year anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery (and published article) of the Double Helix, as well as the completion of the Genome Project which took 13 years to complete.
The Human Genome Project was completed in April 2003 and this day is to honour that, as well as the discovery of the Double Helix.
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France

thanks, for sharing what love looks like, helen

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one).
Usage:Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.

Idiom of the Day 

dirty money

 — Money that is obtained or earned through illicit or illegal means, especially thievery, bribery, forgery, or money laundering.


La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy

New Monkey Fossils Suggest the Primates Made a Wild Migration across the Sea

Ancient primates may have traveled from South America to North America about 21 million years ago — back when the continents were separated by 100 miles of water. The swashbuckling monkeys are reported in a study published Wednesday in Nature magazine.

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1684 - A patent was granted for the thimble. 

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1859 - Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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1901New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.

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1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time. 

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1953 - Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick suggested the double helix structure of DNA. 

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1954 - The prototype manufacture of the first solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.

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1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The water way connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. 

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1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.


If You Were Born Today, April 25

You are a sensual, intuitive, and emotional person who is sometimes misunderstood, generally because you don't easily let others in on your deepest thoughts and feelings! However, you are very much respected. You tend to think before you speak or write. A calm exterior can hide some nervousness and worry, as well as an intensely emotional nature. In your work, you are a perfectionist. Famous people born today: Ella Fitzgerald, Renee Zellweger, Al Pacino, Jason Lee.

Picture of the day
Māori Battalion
Survivors of the Battle of Greece from the Māori Battalion performing a haka in Helwan, Egypt, for King George II of Greece. This infantry battalion of the New Zealand Army was raised in 1940 as part of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, following pressure by some Māori Members of Parliament and organisations throughout the country. The battalion fought during the Greek, North African and Italian campaigns and gained a formidable reputation. After the war, the battalion contributed a contingent of personnel to serve in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, before being disbanded in January 1946.

Picture of a woman posing for a portrait in Ladakh, India

A Fine Portrait

Photograph by Hassan Altaif, National Geographic 
When he made this photo, Hassan Altaif was an invited guest in this woman’s home in the mountainous region of Ladakh, India. Ladakh borders Tibet, and many Ladakhis practice Tibetan Buddhism and live according to generations-old traditions. “She is home alone. Her husband died,” Altaif writes. “[In this photo,] she was wearing the traditional clothes of [her] original country. [Her house] is almost 300 years old.”

Heart cushion





crochet, MOTHER'S DAY



crochet, toddler - child




Pork Chops and Sauerkraut


My mother's friend adopted this lovely dog after he was
abandoned by his previous family. His name is Shaun. Shaun had always been very good at eating all his food.
Every last bit that was, he ate it. One day he started leaving a little bit behind.
He wouldn't eat everything, no matter what.
He always left a little behind. Every morning when my mother's friend checked
Shaun's bowl, the food was gone.
That was very strange, because Shaun always spent the night by her side. One night she decided to investigate the food situation.
She waited quietly by the food bowl and then, in the middle of
the night, a cat came through the window and ate the
remaining food. She noticed the cat was actually pregnant. She realized that Shaun had been saving his food for the mommy cat.
A week or so later the cat came into her house and gave birth to six little kittens. Shaun took care of them as if they were his own babies. My mother's friend
adopted the cat too (her name is Meow) and they took care of
the kittens until they all found loving homes. Nowadays, Meow and Shaun live happily together as a
family and they each have their own bowls of food.

SWEETS, crockpot

Apple Brown Betty



Colorful Wooden Spoon Garden Markers

diy wooden garden markers

Japanese dwarf flying squirrels 


the center of attention --
and loving every minute of it! 


This animal rescue center has a program called "Book Buddies"
where kids read to shelter cats to soothe them..........

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

This is how one little girl is greeted every day after school.
Lucky girl !

Yum, yum, eat ‘em up! The Yanomami tribe, who inhabit the jungles of Brazil and Venezuela, eat the ashes of their dead. -------------------- When Rosario Martinez of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, died on January 19, 2016, his embalmed body was seated at a poker table—and a music video was shot during his memorial service! -------------------- Antarctica is the only continent on Earth without reptiles!

A little girl hugs a newborn mini horse 



10 weird snack rituals we all secretly have


The Internet is losing its collective mind over the way Kourtney Kardashian eats a Kit Kat, because of course. According to Kourtney, her way of snacking on the candy bar will CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.
If you haven’t watched Kourtney’s Kit Kat instructional video yet, it’s seriously mesmerizing and probably one of the greatest gifts the Kardashian squad has given us. In the video, Kourtney takes a single Kit Kat bar and instructs us to bite off the ends first, and then the sides. THEN, you peel away the wafery-y layers of Kit Kat and eat them one by one. It’s torturous. It’s confusing. It’s maybe the most delightful way to spend ten minutes eating a quarter of a candy bar.
But Kourtney is surely not the only human who has ~weird~ food rituals. Most of us perform strange acts before eating a snack, right? Here are some quirky ways you’ve probably consumed food.

1. Mutilating an Oreo before eating it.

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As in, licking the frosting off first. Or taking two Oreos and eating the non-frosted cookie first and then smooshing the two frosted sides together for a Mega Oreo. You’ve customized your Oreos before. Don’t you deny it.

2. Licking the powder off Pringles first before crunching down on them

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Licking the salty powder off both sides of the chip makes it kind of soggy in an explicably satisfying way.

3. Making a duck face with two Pringles before eating

Just like the commercials.

4. Eating the cake first and THEN the frosting

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This applies to regular cake and baby cakes. There is nothing better than a chunk of frosting over a thin layer of remaining cake. NOTHING.

5. Peeling your orange in one giant piece

Such. A. Good. Feeling.

6. Saving the strawberry-flavored candy for last, always

Strawberry Skittles. Strawberry Starbursts. Strawberry gummy bears. Saving the strawberry candy for last is the most important kind of self-discipline.

7. When you drink bubble tea, you only allow yourself one or two tapioca balls with every sip, so the ratio of tea to boba stays relatively balanced

Otherwise, you end up with a pile of tapioca balls at the bottom of your cup (or you eat them all too fast) and it’s just a nightmare.

8. Eating a soft-boiled egg all in one go to avoid leaky yolk

The texture of warm, runny yolk = the worst.

9. Eating the top half of the bagel to save the bottom half for last (or vice versa)

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Everyone has a bagel-eating ritual. Everyone.

10. Melting your ice-cream before eating it.

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Who needs ice-cream when you could have WARM-cream, amiright?

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