Thursday, August 4, 2016

Coast Guard Day August 4, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Coast Guard Day

Coast Guard Day honors the courageous work of coast guards. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the US Coast Guardsmen saved over 33,500 lives, an estimated 24,000 of these were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
In America, there are thousands of events nation-wide for you to get involved in and show your support. In the UK, although not directly associated with HM Coast Guard, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are a charity organisation with the sole aim of rescuing those in distress at sea. They launch over 6500 times a year, and have saved over 134,000 lives since their founding.
Pakistan Coast Guard Day is celebrated on September 8

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who is of equal standing with another in a group.
Usage:He was a motivated and slightly competitive student who worked hard to distinguish himself from his compeers.

Idiom of the Day

hard done-by

 — Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel.


Greenwich Foot Tunnel Opens (1902)

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The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs. Opened in 1902, the tunnel replaced an occasionally unreliable ferry service and was intended to allow workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards. The tunnel is made of cast-iron rings lined with concrete and covered with some 200,000 white tiles.

Louis Armstrong (1901)

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Armstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. 

Dog Days

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The Dog Days are known as the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and usually occur in July and early August. In ancient times, the sultry weather in Rome during these months often made people sick, which they blamed on the fact that this was when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at about the same time as the sun. There are many different ways of calculating which days in any given year are the dog days, but it is impossible to be precise; nowadays it is generally assumed that they fall between July 3 and August 11—slightly later than they occurred in ancient times.

As Trampoline Parks Jump in Popularity, So Do Injuries

Heather Bottoms' two sons had been asking to go to a local indoor trampoline park for a while, so last September she took them. Her older son, then age 13, was jumping up and down when he bounced off the wall, fell and broke both the bones in one arm.

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1735 - Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous." 

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1821 - "The Saturday Evening Post" was published for the first time as a weekly. 

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1922 - The death of Alexander Graham Bell, two days earlier, was recognized by AT&T and the Bell Systems by shutting down all of its switchboards and switching stations. The shutdown affected 13 million phones. 

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1944 - Nazi police raided a house in Amsterdam and arrested eight people. Anne Frank, a teenager at the time, was one of the people arrested. Her diary would be published after her death. 

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1956 - William Herz became the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles per hour. He was clocked at 210 mph.

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1958 - The first potato flake plant was completed in Grand Forks, ND. 

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1958 - Billboard Magazine introduced its "Hot 100" chart, which was part popularity and a barometer of the movement of potential hits. The first number one song was Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool." 

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1987 - The soundtrack "Dirty Dancing" was released. 

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If You Were Born Today, August 4
You are good at networking, considerate of others, and giving of yourself. You are very sensitive, and at times dramatic. You are at your best when you're generous and productive. Those who don't learn this may experience many ups and downs. While you feel things deeply, you also bounce back from setbacks, often with more power than you had previously. You can be charming and would do well in any position that involves promoting, selling, and connecting. Relationships tend to be long-term, responsible, and possibly traditional. While you are a progressive thinker, your family values are strong. Famous people born today: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Louis Armstrong, Barack Obama, Billy Bob Thornton, Abigail Spencer, Meghan Markle, Daniel Dae Kim.

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The SAI KZ IV was a light twin-engined aircraft first built in Denmark in 1944 for use as an air ambulance. A single machine was built during the war, and was used by Folke Bernadotte while negotiating for the release of Danish prisoners in German concentration camps. It is now held by the Danmarks Fly museum and has been restored to its original wartime configuration and markings. A second aircraft was built and flown in 1949, remaining actively operational until the mid 1960s.

Picture of a flock of pelicans seen from above on the Colorado River, Mexico

Pelican Party

Photograph by Stas Bartnikas, National Geographic 
Pelicans, seen from above in this aerial shot submitted by Stas Bartnikas, congregate on the Colorado River in Mexico. The social birds usually travel in flocks and are found on many of the world’s coastlines and along lakes and rivers.












the nosher
Grilled Cheese Latkes Nosher3
2-3 large potatoes, peeled (2 cups grated)
1 egg
3 Tbsp plain bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp light olive oil
5-10 slices cheddar cheese


Line a large bowl with a kitchen towel and line a baking sheet with two layers of paper towels.
Peel and grate the potatoes and place them in the towel then squeeze out all of the liquid from the potatoes. Discard the liquid then place the dried potatoes in the bowl.
Stir in the egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper until combined.
In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat. To test if the oil/butter mixture is hot enough, drop a small piece of the potato mixture into the pan and if bubbles form around the edges, the oil is ready.
Carefully place two ¼ cup-sized scoops of the potato mixture in the pan and cook for two minutes, until the latkes are browning on the bottom.
Flip the latkes over carefully with a spatula and place 1-2 slices of cheddar cheese on one latke. Cook for one more minute then place the second latke on top of the cheese and press down. Cook for 30 seconds then flip over the grilled cheese latke sandwich, press down and cook for 30 more seconds.
Place the hot grilled cheese latkes on the paper towels to drain then repeat this process to make 3-4 more sandwiches.
Once the latkes have drained, it’s time to eat!
If you want to take these grilled cheese latkes to the next level, you can add avocado or spinach to the cheese while cooking or switch it up with your favorite cheese.


Pinto Bean Brownies 

Amazing Things 
You Didn’t Know You Could Do 
With Balloons - SUMMER

Add visual interest to your plastic bottle vases with a colorful balloon.

Float water balloon in a pool.
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor pool, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not filling it with balloons for your next party.

Magazine Art


thanks for the following funnies, shelley

Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking. - Black Elk

In 1906, curators at the Bronx Zoo briefly exhibited a Congolese pygmy named Ota Benga. -------------------- Hawaii is the only state that does not permit the sport of falconry. -------------------- United States Presidents are allowed to borrow works of art from various Smithsonian museums to decorate the White House.

Beverages - Keep your Pop Bottle Fizzy For Longer in the Fridge


15 Extreme Houses That Aren't For The Faint Of Heart

"Home sweet home" doesn't mean the same thing for everyone. For some, their house is a modest A-frame, and for others, their house is situated in the middle of nowhere on the edge of a steep cliff. It all depends on just how extreme you want your living situation to be!
Here are a few homes that definitely fit the definition of "extreme." From tall, precarious tree-houses, to farm houses nestled under boulders, these abodes are anything but typical. 

And they're definitely not suited for the overly-cautious. 

1. This cavern house in Missouri.

That way, if anybody ever asks you, "What, do you live under a rock?" you could just say "Um, yes."

2. This hanging sphere house in Canada.

Could you sleep soundly, knowing that you were suspended between a few trees?

3. The supremely twisted Errante Guest House in Chile. 

Tripping and falling would be a definite inevitability in this house. 

4. This precariously-balanced home in Texas. 

No jumping up and down in this house, guys.

5. This mirrored treehouse in Sweden. 

How many birds fly into this house, do you think?

6. This squished farmhouse in Iceland.

Just living in constant fear of a rock slide, NBD.

7. This wobbly river house in Serbia. 

Tread very, very carefully in this humble abode. 

8. This tall, gangling tree house in Japan. 

One enthusiastic sneeze, and the WHOLE THING could go down ... probably. 

9. This carved stone dwelling in Bukovina. 

It's spooky as hell, but at least it's ... sturdy?

10. This elevated shack in Switzerland. 

The Solvay hut is 13,000 feet above ground level, situated on the edge of a cliff — so don't run out the door too enthusiastically. 

11. The Katskhi Pillar monastery in Chiatura, Georgia. 

For when you seriously want to discourage visitors. 

12. This wooden hive, suspended in the trees on Whistler's Mountain.

Definitely don't brave that little walkway while drunk. 

13. This home nestled between four giant boulders in Portugal.

Nothing more comforting than living under enormous rocks, am I right?

14. This mirrored tree house on Okinawa Island in Japan.

Hope your ladder-climbing skills are up to snuff. 

15. This isolated house on Elidaey Island in Iceland. 

Since this is the only house on the island, you'll definitely want to bring a board game — or two. 

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