Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Eat What You Want Day May 11. 2016

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.
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 common language used by speakers of different languages.
Synonyms:lingua francakoine
Usage:Koine Greek was the interlanguage of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean.

Idiom of the Day

explore every avenue

 — To investigate or pursue every possible means to find a solution to a given problem or to achieve a desired outcome.

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Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen (1720)

Münchhausen was a German baron who became legendary for his fantastic stories about his adventures as a hunter, sportsman, and soldier. Sent in his youth to serve as a page, he later joined the Russian military and served until 1750, taking part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Returning home, Münchhausen acquired a reputation as an honest businessman but also as a teller of tall tales.

Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

Known in Hebrew as Yom ha-Atzama'ut, this day commemorates the proclamation of independence by Palestinian Jews and the establishment of a provisional government in Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyyar 5708 on the Jewish calendar). It is observed with parties, performances, and military parades, as well as religious rituals, which include the reading of Psalms. A popular custom on this day for Israelis is to walk at least a short distance somewhere in the country where they have never walked before. 

Scientists Reconstruct Baffling 250-Million-Year-Old Aquatic Reptile

Not all scientific insights require a $1.1-billion experiment to observe gravity waves, or demand a giant particle collider be buried under Europe. Sometimes all that's needed are a few bucks worth of modeling clay and toothpicks 

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

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1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established. 

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

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1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many. 

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1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company. 

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1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand. 

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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. 

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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
Alaskan parchment scrip
An Alaskan parchment scrip banknote in the denomination of 1 ruble, printed on vellum or parchment by the Russian-American Company. On the obverse, the horizontal text immediately beneath the double-headed eagle reads "Seal of the Russian American Company". The oval text reads "under august protection of His Imperial Majesty", and under the oval is the value of the note "one ruble".
Alaskan parchment scrip was used as a form of company scrip in Alaska when it was a possession of the Russian Empire. In circulation from 1816 to 1867, such scrip could be printed on vellum, parchment, or pinniped skin. Denominations of 10, 25, 50 kopecks and 1, 5, 10, and 25 rubles were issued.

Picture of elephants in Tanzania

Protective Pachyderm

Photograph by Yaron Schmid, National Geographic 
Elephants stroll the Serengeti Plain in Tanzania. Photographer Yaron Schmid was able to capture this image as the herd passed—but the endeavor required patience. “I waited quietly with the car turned off for hours, hoping they would continue in our direction,” Schmid writes. “One of the larger bulls marched head-on toward us and then waited while the rest of his herd kept a distance. I lay on the floor of the car, looking up toward him. This [photo] is what I got.”


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Spring Fling Pillow



Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup
Sunday Slow Cooker: Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup





Punch holes in old cereal boxes and place a light inside for unique night lighting.





There's actually a scientific reason 

why you hate the word "moist"


Back in 2013, People crowned moist the “most cringeworthy word” and aimed to see if a slew of sexy men uttering the adjective would change anyone’s mind. Evidently, it didn’t have the desired effect because a new study published in PLOS ONE found that “10–20% of the population is averse to the word ‘moist.’”
If you’ve ever dropped the word “moist” in a conversation, then you’ve probably seen the “cringeworthy” effects firsthand. But… why? What about this word makes people malfunction? According to Oberlin Professor Paul Thibodeau (the study’s author), it all has to do with hidden meaning.

Over the course of five separate experiments featuring 2,400 participants, Professor Thibodeau aimed to figure out exactly why moist can act as lingual kryptonite. The first experiment had volunteers judge words similar to moist and those that also induce disgust. Experiment #2 and #3 measured word aversion by having those involved participate in free association and surprise recall tasks. Thibodeau explains,“Moist-averse participants should also be more likely to recall having rated the word in a surprise recall task if it has a stronger emotional valence for them.”


As for the fourth and fifth experiments, participants were tested to see how they could become averse to “moist”– whether it be socially, via conscious deliberation, or both. Professor Thibodeau writes“People may report an aversion to ‘moist’ because they are conforming to a social norm and/or because, after careful thought, it seems to have phonological properties or semantic associations that make it unpleasant…” One volunteer stated that they didn’t think the word was weird until they heard others saying it was. It then began to bother them as well.

As for the results, it was discovered that people habitually dislike the word “moist” because they often associate it with unpleasant bodily functions. Because of this connotation, one can’t help but flinch or grimace every time they hear this five-letter word. It may also have to do with social pressure to find moist unpleasant and even using certain facial muscles representing disgust could be involved.
What’s perhaps most interesting is that being a young, educated, “more neurotic” person, according to Thibodeau, makes one more likely to dislike a word such as moist. When compared to males, females are also more inclined to divulge a distaste for this word.
In the end, it isn’t moist’s fault. Instead, we should be blaming ourselves for partaking in some weird word association.

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