Friday, July 8, 2016

SCUD Day July 8, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate SCUD Day

SCUD Day stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day, and encourages those of us whose lives might have a touch too much drama to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life. Relaxation and humour are good for your physical and mental wellbeing, so turn the drama down a notch and enjoy a good laugh instead.

thanks, ellen

The Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives: by eliminating themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chance of long-term survival. In other words, they are cautionary tales about people who might kill themselves in really stupid ways, and in doing so, significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race.


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back.
Synonyms:morning coat
Usage:When he decided to wear a swallowtail to his wedding, he endured some playful mockery from his groomsmen.


Idiom of the Day

a going concern

 — A business, enterprise, or activity that has done well thus far and is expected to continue making a profit.



Vasco da Gama Sets Sail on First Direct European Voyage to India (1497)

In 1497, da Gama began his epochal voyage to India, becoming the first European to journey there directly by sea. With four vessels, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, passed the easternmost point reached by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, continued up the coast of Africa to Malindi, and sailed across the Indian Ocean to Calicut. His voyage opened up a way for Europe to reach the Indies and marked the beginning of the Portuguese Empire. 

Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L'Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. 

'Ksan Celebrations

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, people in a longhouse in a village inHazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River).

Nanoscale Microscopy Technique Allows Scientists to Pinpoint RNA Molecules in the Brain

Cells contain thousands of messenger RNA molecules, which carry copies of DNA's genetic instructions to the rest of the cell. 

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1608 - The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain. 

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1693 - Uniforms for police in New York City were authorized. 

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1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia. 

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1865 - C.E. Barnes patented the machine gun. 

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1881 - Edward Berner, druggist in Two Rivers, WI, poured chocolate syrup on ice cream in a dish. To this time chocolate syrup had only been used for making ice-cream sodas. 

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1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published. 

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1947 - Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations. 

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1969 - The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game "Twister." 


If You Were Born Today, July 8
You are creative in an unusual, fascinating way, and in fact, people find you fascinating and unique in general. Your interests tend to be off the beaten track. You can be quite generous with your time and often make sacrifices for people you love. You are nurturing and loving, but you are also very stubborn and wilful - certainly your own person! You have a strong connection with nature. Watch for workaholic tendencies. Famous people born today: Kevin Bacon, Nelson Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller, Beck, Sophia Bush, Billy Crudup, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Anjelica Huston, Jaden Smith.

Picture of the day
American Polyconic projection
The American Polyconic projection is a map projection conceptualized as "rolling" a separate cone tangent to the Earth at each parallel of latitude, rather than a single cone as in a normal conic projection. Each parallel is a circular arc of true scale. The scale is also true on the central meridian of the projection. This projection was in common use by many map-making agencies of the United States from the time of its proposal by Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler in 1825 until the mid-20th century.

Picture of a seal near water on Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Water's Fine

Photograph by Igor Mohoric Bonca, National Geographic 
A seal readies itself to dive into the waters near Dunvegan Castle on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The pinnipeds are abundant along Scotland’s coastline—and can be quite photogenic.












crochet, 12 - 14 mths


thanks, shelley

Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad {vegan}

Recipe: Mushroom Lemon and Lentil Salad |
While this may look like a decidedly winter dish, the sharp brightness and freshness of lemon really brings this Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad into summer. It’s a healthy, light and easy salad that is perfect to bring along to your next bbq or summer picnic.
Here I’ve used a mix of portobello mushrooms and button mushrooms, but you can use whatever variety ofmushrooms you prefer. The mushrooms are cooked over a high heat and taken on a slightly caramelised flavour. Just be sure not to add salt to the mushrooms while cooking them as this will cause them to release water and will prevent them from caramelising.
There are plenty of ways to dress up this Mushroom, Lemon & Lentil Salad to make it your own. Why not add some crumbled feta, or even better, fry up some haloumi and place it over the top. Don’t like lentils? Try couscous, quinoa or bulgar wheat. I can attest to the deliciousness of a bulgar wheat version, which I had for lunch the other day, along with some chickpeas added to the mix for a bit of protein.

Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad - this hearty vegan salad is great for lunches and picnics and can be made ahead of time. It is also gluten free. | Get the recipe at

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Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad
Prep time
30 mins
Cook time
40 mins
Total time
1 hour 10 mins
Serves 2 for lunch, or serves 4 as a side dish.
  1. Begin by cooking the lentils. Place the lentils and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Place a large frying pan over a high heat and add 2 tsp of olive oil. When the pan has come to heat add half the mushrooms. Leave for 1 to 2 minutes before stirring. The mushrooms should be lightly golden. Cook for a further minute before removing from the pan and repeating with the second batch. Reduce the heat to medium low and return the mushrooms to the pan and add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned as it will taste bitter. Set aside to cool.
  3. Toss the lentils, mushroom and garlic together along with the lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste and add the parsley and rocket just as you're serving.
Don't slice the mushrooms too thinly. You want them to have a bit of substance and also you don't want them to dry out when they are cooked over a high heat.







How to Turn Fruit & Veggies Into Jewelry

Nature supplies us with an abundant quantity of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. These foods are often replicated in plastics and other materials to create jewelry pieces. Rather than wear plastic replica orange slice earrings, you can actually wear the real things. You can use fruit and vegetable jewelry as a statement about going green, being vegetarian or just enjoying nature's bounty. The process requires several days, from start to finish, and yields a piece that will last a lifetime.

  • Thinly slice the fruits and vegetables you'd like to use, and place them into a dehydrator. Dehydrate slowly, on a low setting, for one to three days, depending on size. Dehydrating the pieces too quickly can cause them to pucker, shrivel and wrinkle. Some fruits and vegetables dehydrate better than others, so you may have to experiment with different slices at different settings until you find what's right for you. Remove the slices from the dehydrator when there is no moisture left.
  • Choose a resin mold that matches the size of both the jewelry you want to make and the fruit or vegetable pieces you will be using. The pieces need to fit in the mold well enough to be completely submerged in craft resin.
  • Protect your work surface by covering it with newspaper. Wear vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves to protect your skin from the resin.
  • Coat the inside of your mold with mold release. This keeps the resin from bonding to the inside of your mold and makes it easier to pop your jewelry out once it's cured.
  • Use the plastic cup and wooden stick to combine the resin with its hardening catalyst. Follow the package directions carefully, as you'll need to stir the resin and catalyst for a specific amount of time, usually two minutes.
  • Brace your mold so that it won't move as you pour in resin. Fill the mold to the halfway point, then wait until the resin cures to a jelly-like consistency. This usually takes about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on type of resin and temperature.
  • Place your dried fruit or vegetable slices into the mold. Press them into the mold gently to force out any air bubbles. Fill the mold with resin until it reaches just below the top edge.
  • Allow your resin to cure and harden for 72 hours, and then release it from the mold.
  • Use a small drill to bore a hole into the top of your piece. Add jewelry hardware or findings to make your piece into whatever type of jewelry you're interested in, such as a necklace or earrings.


Things You'll Need

  • Dehydrator
  • Craft resin mold
  • Craft resin
  • Newspaper
  • Vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves
  • Craft resin mold release
  • Plastic cup
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Drill


DIY Fireflies




The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. - William Morris


One gram of human DNA is theoretically capable of containing all of Google and Facebook data combined—with room to spare! Submitted by Chester Tumidajewicz, Amsterdam, NY. -------------------- In just 45 seconds, driving on I-70 on St. Louis, Missouri, travelers pass through five cities—Overland, Charlack, Sycamore Hills, St. john, and Bel-ridge. -------------------- Artist Mateo Blanco created a life-size Queen Elizabeth II out of 4,000 playing cards and hundreds of dice!


Soft drink lids can double as coasters.Soft drink lids can double as coasters.Take the lid from the top of the cup (or grab an extra) and use it as a perfectly sized coaster.







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