Monday, October 3, 2016

Virus Appreciation Day October 3, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Virus Appreciation Day

Virii are a part of human existence, and have invaded every possible area of 
our lives from our living bodies to the silicon pathways of the World Wide Web. Thankfully, computer virii can’t actually infect humans, nor the other way around, but that doesn’t mean that virii are harmless. Virus Appreciation Day encourages us to enjoy and respect virii of all kinds, and the incredibly impact they’ve had on our lives and world. Make no mistake, we won’t just be appreciating virii as bad guys, but also in their helpful aspect!
Let’s start off with explaining the difference between bacteria, and a virus. First off, bacteria are classically alive, by which we mean they have all the metrics that define life, most importantly of all, cell-structure. Virii, on the other hand, are not quite alive, they’re more like randomly wandering bits of DNA with an attitude problem and a suit of protein based armor.
So why would we want to appreciate virii? They can’t possibly be helpful, can they? Think that, dear reader, and you would be sorely mistaken. Allow us to introduce one virus that isn’t just helpful, but by existing has actually managed to save millions of lives.
That virii is, of course, Cow Pox. Cox pox is a terrible and painful disease that was primarily the bane of milkmaids. How then, was this painful and disfiguring disease helpful? Well, as it turns out it is closely related to Small Pox, so closely in fact that doctors began to notice that milkmaids almost never came down with Small Pox.
Investigation revealed that it was the antibodies against the painful but harmless Cow Pox that protected them from Small Pox. So it was that the first vaccine was born, an inoculation against Small Pox all thanks to the Cow Pox virus.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Having turrets and battlements in the style of a castle.
Usage:He summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends...and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.

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Idiom of the Day

have a/the right to (something)

 — To have the just or legal permission, privilege, or authority to have or own something. 

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"The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (1951)

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Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three's ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. 

John Ross (1790)

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The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe's rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory.

The Most Murderous Mammal Is Probably Not What You Think It Is

Ape shall never kill ape. The primate society in the 1973 film "Battle for the Planet of the Apes," the fifth installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise, was governed by this central rule.

The most murderous mammal is probably not what you think it is

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1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day. 

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1893 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman. 

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1922 - Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy. 

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1954 - "Father Knows Best" began airing on CBS-TV. 

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1955 - "Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS-TV. 

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1955 - "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC-TV. 

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1961 - "The Dick Van Dyke Show" debuted on CBS-TV. 

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1974 - Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball

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1989 - Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders. 

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1990 - The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division. 

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2003 - Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show. 


If You Were Born Today, October 3
Others are drawn to your lighthearted, essentially happy and hopeful personality. However, you're not without an "edge", and when you want something, you have tremendous stamina to draw upon. Your relationships are extremely important to you, and you can be impulsive in love, following your heart rather than pure logic. You crave security and stability, however, and your family and home life are vital to your sense of peace and happiness. Balance is what you seek, and you strive to be as fair as possible in your dealings with others. Famous people born today: Thomas Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Chubby Checker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Lee, Gwen Stefani, Neve Campbell, Ashlee Simpson.

Pumpkin Lie

Just ahead of the fall holidays, a viral social media rumor suggested the pumpkin in pumpkin pie is secretly produced from other squash.

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Oct 7, 2016 | San Jose, CA 

About This Festival

On the first Friday of every month (except January and July), downtown San Jose sees the streets fill up with artists and art enthusiasts for South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk. The event is a collection of galleries, businesses and museums that are open for the public to enjoy with self-guided tours of all the local, national and international art on display. The event features a few dozen establishments, all within walking distance from each other, and maps to the various locations can be found on the event’s website.

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Paris Texas Antique Fair

Oct 7-8, 2016 | Paris, TX 

About This Festival

Paris Texas Antique Fair is a art festival that takes place at Historic Gibraltar Hotel.

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French Lick Art on the Green

Oct 7-9, 2016 | French Lick, IN |

About This Festival

French Lick Art on the Green is a art festival that takes place at French Lick Town Green.

thanks, susan, for showing us how to properly pose with statues!
Pictures of the day

Indonesian rupiah

A 1 rupiah banknote from the first issue of banknotes by newly formed Indonesia. Although dated 17 October 1945, the notes were not actually issued until late 1946. The legal tender obligation is arched across the front of the note, Tanda pembajaran jang sah("A valid/legal indication of payment"). The banknote is unevenly cut, and the top and bottom of the design are not completely parallel.

Pink Perfection

Picture of the Day: Pink Perfection
“Camellia japonica”, a winter blooming piece of perfection


knit, 12 - 24 yrs



Fall of Leaves pattern by Stephanie Hogendoorn






RECIPE, vegan
Teff and Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust

Sour Cream and Onion Chicken

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SWEETS, halloween


Asian Coloring Page 28


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This is for the birds! Cary Campbell of Whistler, British Columbia, designed a flower-and-cup-covered dress to feed hummingbirds! -------------------- Jean-Marie Sevrain had to get a letter from his doctor stating he was still alive because according to records, he had been dead for four years! -------------------- Randy Gardner went without sleep for 264 hours and 24 minutes in 1964. He slept for just 14 hours, 40 minutes to recharge.


Hot Chocolate - Nutella style!

Never waste a precious drop of your Nutella again. Instead, pour warm milk into the dregs of the jar to create Nutella hot chocolate and happiness
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