Sunday, May 15, 2016

Straw Hat Day May 15, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Straw Hat Day

Straw Hat Day marks the point when your day-to-day felt hats should be put away (until the Felt Hat Day on September 15th), and when you start start to wear a straw hat instead to keep cool (in both senses of the word!); modern research has tended to show, however, that straw hats aren’t necessarily any cooler or better protection from the sun than other hat types. i have a summery straw hat which has a flowing material scarf with canadian maple leaves on it - red and white.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A mark consisting of characters written on a book; used to indicate shelf location.
Synonyms:call numbercall mark
Usage:Long days spent examining pressmarks had taken a toll on the librarian's eyes.

Idiom of the Day

a falling out

 — A severe quarrel or disagreement, especially one that leads to a temporary or permanent end of a relationship


L. Frank Baum (1856)

Baum was an American author of more than 70 children's books who is best known for penning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He moved from New York to South Dakota in 1888. When his newspaper there failed, he moved to Illinois and found work as a journalist. His first children's book, Mother Goose in Prose(1897), was followed by Father Goose: His Book, an immediate bestseller.

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri, one of the most spectacular festivals in Tokyo, Japan, honors the three fishermen brothers who founded the Asakusa Kannon Temple in the 14th century. The festival has been held each year since the late 1800s. More than 100 portable shrines called mikoshi are paraded through the streets to the gates of the temple. Carrying them are men in happi coats—the traditional short laborers' jackets—worn to advertise their districts. There are also priests on horseback, musicians playing "sanja-bayashi" festival music, and dancers in traditional costume. 

Look, Ma! No Mitochondria

Scientists have found a microbe that does something textbooks say is impossible: It's a complex cell that survives without mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses inside eukaryotic cells, the type of complicated cell that makes up people, other critters, and plants and fungi.

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1618 - Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law. 

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1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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1918 - Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service. 

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1930 - Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant. 

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1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. 

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1970U.S. President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals. 

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1983 - In Boston,MA, the Madison Hotel was destroyed by implosion. 

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2014 - The National September 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated in New York City. 


If You Were Born Today, May 15 

You are a hard worker who possesses strong values. Motivated by a great need for security, you are organized and cautious for the most, although sometimes restless. You are forthright, saying it as it is, dependable, and trustworthy. You also possess excellent business sense and manage money quite well. Famous people born today: Brian Eno, David Cronenberg, Richard Avedon, Caroline Dhavernas.

Picture of the day
Birdy (born 1996) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12, and her debut single, a version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love", charted all across Europe and Australia. Her self-titled debut album, Birdy, was released on 7 November 2011 to similar success. She has since released two further albums: Fire Within (2013) and Beautiful Lies(2016).

Picture of lake and mountains in Chile

High and Dry

Photograph by Jennifer Esseiva, National Geographic 
Chile’s Miscanti Lagoon licks at the arid and stark Altiplano. The lagoon is located at more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level within Los Flamencos National Reserve, and a variety of wildlife species, including the Chilean flamingo, call this Martian-looking landscape home.



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Kawaii Spring Spa Set

RECIPE, adults only

Beer Poached Italian Sausage

Chocolate Beer Cake 




We know what we are, but know not what we may be. - William Shakespeare

Some turtles breathe through their butts—a pair of sacs in their rear takes in water and extract oxygen! -------------------- James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on “Star trek: was shot six times on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY. -------------------- “Moby Dick” sold less than 4,000 copies in its first 36 years of print! -------------------- About 54,250 tennis balls are used during Wimbledon tournaments! Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY.


Disinfect toys, flip-flops and brushes in your dishwasher.

So long as the item is dishwasher-safe, you can wash and disinfect kid and pet toys, toothbrushes, dish sponges, rubber footwear, brushes and combs (yes, the kind for hair), stove burners, vent covers, grills, cup and fixture covers, small tools, scissors, pulls and knobs, outlet shields, and small shelves and drawers. Put the smallest items in those mesh laundry bags before you wash.
Note: Did you know you can cook a potato or yam in the dishwasher on the hot water setting? Wrap the potato with foil and wash. Really. Oh, and don’t add soap.


World’s Smartest Animals Pass Self-Awareness Test

earth porm

There are relatively very few creatures on earth that can pass the mirror test, which measures an animal’s ability to recognize itself in the mirror. If they do, they’ve proven themselves as one of the world’s smartest animals.
In fact, self-awareness is potentially one of the most important criteria for person-hood. To be self-aware implies to have a concept of self. In the test, a removable dye is applied to the creature. If the animal attempts to touch the dye on his own body when seeing it in a mirror, it passes the mirror test, revealing self-awareness ability. The elephant, pictured below, is said to have a self-awareness level that’s on par with a human’s.
One of the first things animals capable of recognizing themselves in mirrors do is try exploring the other side of the mirror. Elephants like Maxine and Patty swung their trunks over and behind the wall on which the mirror was mounted. They knelt in front of it to get their trunks under and behind it, and even attempted to physically climb the wall. Remarkably, they didn’t appear to at first mistake their reflections as strangers and try to greet them, as many animals that can recognize themselves normally do.

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