Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Black Cat Appreciation Day August 17, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day

Because of superstitious beliefs in some cultures, black cats are sometimes associated with bad luck and, sadly, are more likely to be put to sleep or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect cat for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you! On Black Cat Appreciation Day, a fun way to celebrate, if you own a black cat, is to take photos with your pet to share and spread awareness about the day on social media. Children can join in by drawing pictures of black cats.

Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Courageously noble in mind and heart.
Usage:Then he imagined how, after the attack, Bogdanich would come up to him as he lay wounded and would magnanimously extend the hand of reconciliation.

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

 — cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide.


Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

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Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. By adding four gold and two silver medals in London in 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

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A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat's Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. 


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In Korea, the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi—"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village.

400-Year-Old Greenland Shark 'Longest-Living Vertebrate'

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old.

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1859 - A hot air balloon was used to carry mail for the first time. John Wise left Lafayette, IN, for New York City with 100 letters. He had to land after only 27 miles.

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1896 - The Klondike gold rush was set off by George Carmack discovering gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska

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1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.

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1939 - The movie "Wizard of Oz" premiered in New York. It had premiered in Hollywood on August 15. it was on tv last night. i watched it for about the 65th time! my favorite one second in movie history: when dorothy opens the door from her black and white world to all colorful munchkin land. 

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1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history.

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1998 - Carlos Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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2002 - In Santa Rosa, CA, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public. 

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If You Were Born Today, August 17
You are a bit of a maverick. Although sensitive, you are not afraid to do your own thing! Personal magnetism and appeal are strong, although you can be quite pushy and manipulative at times when you want your way. You have good people skills when you need them, however, and you are adept at combining business and pleasure. It's just that you are very charming and might get used to having things go your way as a result. Your main challenge in life is to put the past behind you and to avoid letting worries and fear rule your life. You are highly intuitive and imaginative. Very amorous, you live for the excitement of romance. You are very giving in love, and need to make sure you are met halfway or you could become resentful. Loyalty in a mate is an especially important quality for you. Famous people born today: Davy Crockett, Robert De Niro, Mae West, Sean Penn, Taissa Farmiga, Mark Salling.

follow the talented sally through all her crafty interests

Pictures of the day


Sulfur mining near the one-kilometer-wide turquoise-colored acidic crater lake at the Ijen volcano complex, a group of strato volcanoes in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, Indonesia. During the mining process, sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor. The work is paid well relative to the cost of living in the area, but very onerous.

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Meteor before Galaxy 
Explanation: What's that green streak in front of the Andromeda galaxy? A meteor. While photographing the Andromeda galaxy last Friday, near the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, a sand-sized rock from deep space crossed right in front of our Milky Way Galaxy's far-distant companion. The small meteor took only a fraction of a second to pass through this 10-degree field. The meteor flared several times while braking violently upon entering Earth's atmosphere. The green color was created, at least in part, by the meteor's gas glowing as it vaporized. Although the exposure was timed to catch a Perseids meteor, the orientation of the imaged streak seems a better match to a meteor from the Southern Delta Aquariids, a meteor shower that peaked a few weeks earlier.




knit, 3 yrs







RECIPE, vegan
Turmeric + Fennel Seed Crackers



Freebie: Puppy Dog Coloring Page





All of the Great Lakes connect to Niagara Falls! -------------------- Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs once exclusively ate carrots for so long that his skin turned orange. -------------------- It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every Las Vegas hotel room. -------------------- In Korea, a sundae is made of cow or pig intestines stuffed with noodles and blood, not ice cream!

thanks, sheri
Glasses Case
Store earbuds or other small accessories in a glasses case to travel or throw in your purse. 


How You See Yourself vs How Your Dog Sees You


Just another dog parent




A nobody




An average joe


A hot mess






A failure


Needy and helpless


 A sad, grey cloud


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