Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chocolate Cupcake Day October 18, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Chocolate Cupcake Day

“I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix.”
― Sarah Ockler, Bittersweet
You know what’s better than a cake? Chocolate cake. You know what’s better than chocolate cake? A chocolate cupcake. That’s right, while we absolutely adore our cake, there’s a certain tug of delightful selfishness in a cake you can consume all to yourself, letting you revel in a little piece of gluttony. Chocolate Cupcake Day reminds us that sometimes it is more than acceptable to have a piece of confectionary delight that we simply don’t share with another, so find yourself a cupcake and make it disappear, just be sure it’s chocolate!
Chocolate Cupcake Day was established to celebrate that most perfect form of the Cupcake, the Chocolate Cupcake. Cupcakes are called by many names throughout the world, our personal favorite would have to be the term “Fairy Cake” from the British. The origin of the cupcake seems to go back as far as 1796, where cakes cooked in small cups were first mentioned, and the actual term cupcake was first seen in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook. hey, why not indulge yourself in this celebration cause there isnt anything on earth as delicious as chocolate! mmm

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The panel of prospective jurors from which a jury is selected.
Usage:Most of the people on the venire just wanted to go home, but I was hoping to be selected for the jury.

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Idiom of the Day

have it out (with someone)

 — To have an argument, verbal fight, or frank discussion (with someone), especially to settle something that has caused anger, frustration, or annoyance.

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Alaska Formally Transferred from Russia to US (1867)

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In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for $7,200,000. The purchase was accomplished solely through the determined efforts of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, and for many years afterward the land was derisively called "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" because of its supposed uselessness. It was not until after the discovery of gold in the Juneau region in 1880 that Alaska was given a governor and a local administration. 

Thomas Love Peacock (1785)

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Peacock was an English writer whose comic and satirical novels—which contain some of his best poems—parody the intellectual pretenses of his age. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey, satirizes the English romantic movement and contains characters based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and his close friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. After Shelley's death, Peacock became his literary executor.

A Google Maps for the Human Body

Earlier this year, Steve McCarroll announced that his team had discovered the gene that most powerfully drives our risk of schizophrenia. Known as C4, it was previously viewed as an immune-system gene, but clearly, it also does something in the brain

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1873 - The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities. 

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1892 - The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened

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1944 - "Forever Amber", written by Kathleen Windsor, was first published. 

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1958 - The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show. 

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1961 - Henri Matisse' "Le Bateau" went on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down. 

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1967 - "How I Won the War," starring John Lennon, premiered in London. this is only one of two films i ever walked out of after about a half an hour. i just couldn't understand the heavy accents.

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1969 - The Jackson 5 made their U.S. television debut on ABC-TV's "Hollywood Palace." 

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1971 - After 34 years, the final issue of "Look" magazine was published. 

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1997 - A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery. 


If You Were Born Today, October 18
You are a very fair person who is also determined and hard-working. Success usually doesn't come at a young age, but it does after some early setbacks--and from your own doing. You are a leader and a visionary. You have your feet on the ground, but you are willing to look beyond what is right in front of you. You may have some troubles with people who deceive you. Although you possess an unusually strong ability to understand human nature, when you are personally involved, you tend to believe what you want to believe. Your intellect is sharp. When an important decision has to be made, you listen to others, process the information, and then follow your intuition. Famous people born today: Pierre Trudeau, Martina Navratilova, Zac Efron, Tyler Posey, Chuck Berry, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Freida Pinto.
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ara's daughter, suze, was an artist-in-residence stay in Glacier National Park. go see how creative that made her!

Posts from September 2016 on suzeart

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Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Oct 13 - Nov 6, 2016 | Louisville, KY 

About This Festival

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Louisville, Kentucky, cranks up the Halloween fun. Featuring nearly 5,000 unique pumpkin lanterns and a variety of spooky and dazzling decorations in the great outdoors, the seasonal spectacular provides four nights of family-friendly fun. Whether you come to check out the kooky pumpkins bearing likenesses of Freddy Krueger or Jack Skellington, or to soak up some live music near a haunted ship, this illuminated art show is a frighteningly good time.

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Weems Artist Invitational

Oct 16-31, 2016 | Albuquerque, NM 

About This Festival

The Weems Artist Invitational in Albuquerque is a long-standing community tradition showcasing the work of almost 300 artists over the course of a weekend. The juried art event features works across a wide range of media and is committed to exhibiting new talent while offering educational activities for guests of all ages.

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Oct 19-23, 2016 | Ciudad de México, Mexico 

About This Festival

Originating in Montréal, MUTEK is a showcase of electronic music, art and media that has since expanded to include dates in cities around the world. MUTEK.MX is the name of the event in Mexico City, which acts as a platform for showcasing creativity in sound, music and audio-visual arts. The festival hosts several cutting-edge programs encouraging experimentation, innovation and discovery.

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Pictures of the day

The Fog Warning

The Fog Warning is an oil painting on canvas completed in 1885 by the American painter Winslow Homer (1836–1910). It depicts a lone fisherman in a dory who has caught several halibut, but must return to his ship despite a fog blowing up and threatening to cut him off. This painting is now held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland

Picture of the Day: Fjadrargljufur Canyon, Iceland
Believed to have formed at the end of the last Ice Age, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is 100 m deep (328 ft) and 2 km (1.24 m) long

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Garter Ridge Hoodie




DIY Free Pattern and YouTube video tutorial Pink Awareness Ribbon Tapestry Crochet Handbag Purse Tote Bolsa for Breast Cancer or other Causes by Donna Wolfe from Naztazia

Crochet Daisy Afghan

Crochet Blooming Flower Pillow

Jelly Fish Bath Scrubby Crochet Pattern | SimplyNotable.com

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Falafel Burgers with Hummus Recipe

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Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

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Paper stars


how to make a piggy bank from a water bottle

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Built in 1901, Macy’s Herald Square still transports customers from floor to floor using wooden escalators! Submitted by Richard Gibson, Lafayette, LA -------------------- An unused Walt Disney World runway plays “When You Wish Upon a Star” when driven over at 45 miles per hour! -------------------- Luca Iaconi-Stewart spent seven years building a replica Air India Boeing 777 using only manila folders!

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You’ve probably been placing toilet seat covers in the wrong direction.You've probably been placing toilet seat covers in the wrong direction.
The flap is meant to be placed toward the front. This prevents the agony of sitting down on a toilet seat, only to realize you’ve dragged the cover down into the bowl.
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25 Things You May Not Have Known About The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

From parachuting off its tower, to a cameo in Saturday Night Fever, to nearly 22 dozen light bulbs, here are 25 things you may not have know about the bridge. (as you all know, this is 'my' bridge as it was built in front of my eyes! however, remember how upset i was to hear that the name is actually MISSPELLED???? ouch!)

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Opened on November 21, 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 
1. It could have been a tunnel, instead. The original discussion for crossing the Narrowsbegan in 1888 — but that was for a tunnel. After a bridge was proposed and the design nixed, they went back to the tunnel idea, and actually began digging. The abandoned tunnels, whichonly went 150 feet but still remain, were nicknamed “Hylan’s Holes” after then-Mayor John F. Hylan, who championed the failed project. It went back and forth between tunnel/bridge until talk about a bridge, under the recommendation of Robert Moses, became serious in 1946.
2. It was built in five years. It took 16 years to build the Brooklyn Bridge (completed 81 years before the Verrazano), and one year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building(completed 33 years before the Verrazano).
3. It weighs 1,265,000 tons, making it the world’s heaviest bridge at the time it opened. 
4. The cost to build the bridge, in 1964 dollars, was $320 million — which would be around$2.45 billion today.
Verrazano Bridge 1960 Brooklyn
Source: Matthew Proujansky via Wikimedia Commons
5. About 7,000 people were displaced in Bay Ridge to make room for the bridge, including dentist Henry Amen, whose office was leveled, but who found a new one nearby — he is still practicing there today at age 88.
6. The length of its central span, which made it the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened, is 4,260 feet, the equivalent of just over 14 football fields. It lost that title in 1981, and is currently the eleventh longest in the world; but it’s still the longest in the United States.
7. About 12,000 men worked on its construction, and three men died in falls. Workerswalked off the job for four days, demanding safety nets, which they got, and which, afterward, caught and saved three more workers who also fell. None of the workers were invited to the opening; instead they attended a mass for the three victims.
8. Nobody is buried in the structure’s foundation, like they claim in Saturday Night Fever. In the film, the bridge symbolizes freedom and a better life…in Staten Island. The film was released 20 years after the groundbreaking of the bridge — that year, 1959, the population of Staten Island was 220,000; by 1980, it was 352,000, so Tony wasn’t alone in these thoughts.
9. The first driver to cross the bridge wore a rented tuxedo and piloted a “pale blue Cadillac convertible with flags flapping from the fenders,” nabbing the distinction because he hadparked behind the Staten Island toll for a week, guaranteeing the position.
10. The toll to cross the bridge on the first day was 50 cents (which would be $3.84 today). The toll for cars today — which is only paid when crossing from Brooklyn to Staten Island — is $15 cash ($1.95 in 1964), or $10.66 using an E-ZPass.
11. Because large cruise ships must pass beneath it to get to the port of New York and New Jersey, they have to take clearance under the bridge into account when designing ships. The Queen Mary 2 was described as “a bit dumpy” because of that height consideration in its design.
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Source: A. Golden/Flickr
12. Chief architect Othmar Ammann designed a total of six New York City-area bridges: George Washington, Bayonne, Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano-Narrows.
13. The lower deck did not open at the same time as the upper deck. When traffic demand grew beyond projections, work to open the lower level accelerated, and instead of opening it in 1975, it opened in 1969.
14. The toll is only one-way largely because of air pollution. After the bridge opened, traffic began backing up on Staten Island, and residents complained about the air quality, leading to a change in the toll collection in 1986, which is also the same time Staten Island residents began getting a discount to cross the bridge.
Source: NYC Dept of Records
Source: NYC Dept of Records
15. Animals sometimes disrupt traffic on the bridge. A few examples: This year two deer shut down traffic on the bridge for about 10 minutes. In 2011, truck drivers coordinated to stop traffic after a jerk threw a kitten out of a moving car; the cat was okay, though, and is living the good life with Whoopie Goldberg. In 2009, an injured Canada goose that escaped from the nearby Poly Prep campus held up traffic for about half an hour.
16. But animals don’t always get in the way on the span — some make the bridge their home. Like these peregrine falcons.
17. The roadway of the bridge is 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter because of thermal expansion.
18. It takes about 11,530 gallons of paint to fancy-up and protect the bridge.
19. It has 262 lights, which, as of 2009, are all LED bulbs — those were installed four years before the city announced plans to use LED bulbs in all its street lights.
Source: edgie168/Flickr
Source: edgie168/Flickr
20. Despite efforts to discourage it, the bridge is often the site of suicides and suicide attempts — as of January of this year, it’s been the scene of at least eight suicides and six more attempts since December 2011. The MTA has installed signs and phones — with the idea they’ll be used to call suicide prevention hotlines — along the span in an attempt to stop potential jumpers, but they do not have plans to install fencing, which has been shown to be an effective deterrent on other bridges.
21. On June 28, 1976the world’s largest American flag was hung on the bridge to celebrate the country’s bicentennial. The designer of the flag neglected to account for how windy it’d be up on the bridge, and the 71,000-square-foot flag was shredded in just a few hours. The current largest American flag is apparently flying in North Korea.
22. The bridge was scorched after a fully-loaded oil tanker, the Esso Brussels, and a container ship, the Sea Witch, collided in the middle of the night on June 1, 1973. They became entangled, crude oil caught fire, and the two ships were propelled by the still-running engines of the Sea Witch through the Narrows, passing below the bridge — scorching the bridge 228 feet above, which managed to merely close the lower deck for two days — before running aground in Gravesend Bay. Tragically, 16 men lost their lives in the collision.
Marathon Verrazano Bridge
Source: Martineric via Wikimedia Commons
23. Sometimes because of the weather, runners in the New York City Marathon, which has started from the Staten Island side of the bridge since 1976, strip off so many pieces of clothing on the first stretch across the suspension that organizers have to “literally plow them into piles.”
24. In 1982 John Carta was charged with “illegal parachuting” and more after he made a 16,000-foot jump and landed on a tower of the bridge, where he switched parachutes and then jumped again, this time to the water below, where police were waiting for him.
25. Yes, the name of the bridge is missing a Z. The spelling of the name of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian navigator credited as the first European to explore New York Bay, was, at the time, advocated by some Italians as having two Zs, but apparently then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller preferred the single Z, sometimes called the American spelling of it. These days, many businesses in the area use the spelling with the single Z in their names.
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1 comment:

  1. A little chilly for earthing here today--but the earth is enjoying the rain:)