Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Space Exploration Day July 20, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Space Exploration Day

The origins of Space Exploration Day date back to man first walking on the moon, with the day itself first observed to commemorate this historic event during events held in the early 1970s. It is about more than just the moon landings though and is intended to pay homage to the incredible achievements of the past and fire up enthusiasm for the benefits of space exploration efforts to come in the future.
The Space Exploration Day website provides details of ways to take part, with these produced by the man behind the original idea for the event, J. David Baxter. These include taking a nature hike in the spirit of exploration, organizing public star gazing parties, setting off model rockets, or having a science fiction party to show a classic space movie. There are plenty of other options to have some fun and celebrate a universe to be explored.


Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A figure of a man used as a supporting pillar.
Usage:The portico of the Hermitage Museum in Russia features ten enormous telamones carved from granite.


Idiom of the Day


 — Of or having a kindly, affable, beneficent, and/or obliging propensity, inclination, or personality.



Petrarch (1304)

The "Father of Humanism," Petrarch was the greatest scholar of his age. He traveled widely, visiting fellow scholars and searching out manuscripts, and wrote numerous lyrics, sonnets, and canzoni. His awareness of the classical past as a source of literary and philosophical meaning for the present left a lasting influence on European literature and paved the way for the Renaissance.

Elijah Day

Considered to be among the greatest of prophets, Elijah is commemorated on this day in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. An Old Testament Jew who is revered by Jews and Muslims as well, Elijah's story appears in the first book of Kings, with the final episode appearing in Second Kings, chapter two. The highpoint of Elijah's ministry occurred when he called the priests who worshipped Baal, the pagan fertility god, to the top of Mount Carmel and challenged them to a contest that would prove who was the true God. 

Scientists a Step Closer to Making "Invisibility Cloak" a Reality

Could Harry Potter's invisibility cloak be one step closer to becoming a reality? 

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1801 - A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. 

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1859 - Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged to see a ball game. It cost $.50 to get in and the players on the field did not receive a salary (until 1863). 

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1940 - "Billboard" magazine published its first listing of best-selling singles. Ten songs were on the list. 

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1942 - The first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. 

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1969Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon. 

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1976 - America's Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars. 

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1985 - Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon "Nuestra Senora de Atocha." The ship sank in 1622 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL. 

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If You Were Born Today, July 20
You possess personal magnetism and mental power, and you can also be very fixed and stubborn. Positively, you stick with something for a long time without giving up quickly. Negatively, you might hold on to things or situations that have outgrown their worth, or you might become obsessive. You are success-oriented, but you don't abandon your core values and traditions in the process of achieving your goals. You tend to be most successful in partnership, whether your partner is involved in what you do or not. Famous people born today: Carlos Santana, Natalie Wood, Kim Carnes, Josh Holloway, Judy Greer, Sandra Oh.

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Pictures of the day

Pennsylvania pound

A banknote for three pence, or 1/80 of a Pennsylvania pound, the currency of colonial Pennsylvania. Created as a response to the global economic downturn caused by the 1720 collapse of the South Sea Company, the currency was worth 25% less than sterling. It was discontinued in 1793 in favor of the United States dollar. This note was signed by Thomas Wharton and printed by Benjamin Franklin and David Hall.

Picture of a ranger surveying a lava field in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hot Spot

Photograph by Brent Stirton
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, a ranger surveys a new lava field created by Nyamulagira, the most active volcano in Africa. The 10,033-foot peak erupts roughly every two years. In the foreground is a sulfur deposit from a recent eruption.

“Then the maiden climbed into a tree, and, seating herself in the branches, began to knit.” 
― Hamilton Wright MabieFairy Tales Every Child Should Know Quotes by Hamilton Wright Mabie

thanks, heide

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!! (true story)..

Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets all travelling at maximum velocity.

The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

American engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the Windshields of their new high speed trains.

Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the American engineers.

When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken shot out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin like an arrow shot from a bow..

The horrified Yanks sent Rolls Royce the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the British scientists for suggestions.

You're going to love this.....

Rolls Royce responded with a one-line memo:

"Defrost the Bloody chicken."





crochet, 5 yrs

thanks, patty


“I love the way knitting brings people together.” 
― Debbie MacomberA Good Yarn Quotes by Debbie Macomber




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Custom Wall Hook


In our household, we require lots of wall hooks. we've got backpacks, lunch bags, winter coats, hats, scarves, purses, and sweaters  --- all this would otherwise end up on the floor if we didn't have wall hooks galore! I thought about marrying the idea of both wall art and wall hooks and created these custom wall hooks for our home:

Materials you’ll need::
1) a roll of 22 gauge wire
2) roll of 16 to 18 gauge wire (thick wire)
3) elmers glue
4) scrap paper
5) wire cutters and benders
6) acrylic paint
7) washers

Step 1:
 shape the 18 gauge (thick wire) into desired form, keeping in mind to have long lower appendages. these will then be bent to form a U shape hook.
Step 2:
 use thinner wire to run throughout the shape. this reinforces the basic form.
Step 3:twist wire around a washer and integrate this into the wire form. This will be where you can drive a nail through when attaching to your wall. placing this near the TOP of the shape works well.
Step 4: apply some masking tape on top of some of the wire. this gives the papier mache something to stick on to later.
Step 5:make papier mache paste from 1/2 part elmers glue and 1/2 part water. dip pieces of paper in the paste and cover front and back of wire form.
Step 6:apply 4-5 layers making sure to allow the paper to dry in between layers. the wall hook will become rock hard!
Step 7:using acrylic medium, paint to your hearts desire.
Step 8:remember the washer? well hammer a nail through the washer when attaching your wall hook on your wall.

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Members of the Mentawai Tribe, on the cluster of islands off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, believe that women are more beautiful if they have their teeth chiseled to sharp points! -------------------- Recently discovered in Xi’An, China, the world’s oldest tea leaves are an incredible 2,100 years old! -------------------- The average winning speed of the first car race in 1894 was only 11 mph!

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Weird And Hilarious Products That People Actually Used In The Past - part 1

In the decades before Amazon reviews, people used to buy some crazy things.

A massive automatic hair dryer

Revolver that took a photo every time it was fired

Tiny umbrella for smoking on a rain day

TV glasses decades before Google Glass, 1960s

Venetian blind sunglasses

Mouse scaring machine that made cat noises

Tanning vending machines, which provided people with a 30 second spray for ten cents, 1930

If you thought today's spray on tans are bad, think about how bad these must have been.

Pipe for two, 1949

Pain free paddle, 1950

The single-wheeled motorcycle

Motorized surfboard

Hair permer, 1930

This shower hood was used to protect hair from getting wet, 1970

A pram to protect babies from a toxic gas attack

The 2 inch television

Inflatable life vests made from old tires

The turkey blaster


1 comment:

  1. Being the born critic that I am I was puzzled at a cheese "ball." So after investigation I found that it was a cheese wheel as is usual for pressing. Read more here and see the press: Interestingly no Federalist cows were allowed to contribute their milk to the project. Politics were always so:(