Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Planning prudently for the future.|
|Synonyms:||foresighted, long, longsighted, prospicient|
|Usage:||The presidential candidate spoke about his farsighted policies that would stabilize the economy for years to come.|
Idiom of the Day
— It does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that has already come to pass and cannot be changed.
King Henry VIII of England Marries Sixth and Last Wife, Catherine Parr (1543)
By 1543, Henry VIII had had five marriages, which respectively ended in one divorce, one annulment, and three deaths—two by beheading. He then married Parr, his sixth and final wife. She had a good influence on the increasingly paranoid king—her third husband—and developed close friendships with his children, even acting as guardian of one of Henry's daughters after his death in 1547.
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895)
The grandson of an opera impresario of the same name, Hammerstein studied law before beginning the theater career that made him one of the foremost songwriters in the US. In the early 1940s, he began a prolific and successful collaboration with Richard Rodgers that resulted in plays like The King and I, The Sound of Music, and the Pulitzer Prize winners Oklahoma! and South Pacific.
Tomatoes Can Turn Plant-Eaters into Cannibals, Study ShowsPlants are often seen as taking a passive role in their environments, just hanging out and soaking up the sunlight. But that impression is wrong—plants have many sophisticated ways of influencing their environment...
Tomato plants can turn caterpillars into cannibals
1862 - The U.S. Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1870 - The first rotary can opener with a cutting wheel was patented by William W. Lyman.
1912 - The first foreign-made film to premiere in America, "Queen Elizabeth", was shown.
1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.
1957 - The U.S. surgeon general, Leroy E. Burney, reported that there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
1960 - Manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch®.
1982 - "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening.
1984 - Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017
Jul 6-16, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
Outfest Los Angeles showcases films from all over the world spotlighting the LGBT experience while celebrating the power of storytelling. Works shared at the festival are thematically diverse and range from feature-length films to shorts to documentaries and foreign flicks. There are also sneak previews, drag showcases and other special events. Screenings take place at multiple venues across the city, and there pre and post-screening receptions as well as official after parties.
further information: Outfest Los Angeles
Knysna Oyster Festival 2017
Jul 7-16, 2017 | Knysna, South Africanear the Oyster Festival Grounds|24B Saffron Ln
The Knysna Oyster Festival is a popular sport and lifestyle festival in South Africa with over a hundred events taking place over ten days. This family-friendly event has a whole host of athletic events including marathons, a one-mile swimming race, canoe races and golf. There are also cooking competitions, whisky tastings, live music, gourmet food and of course, oysters. The Wine Festival & Night Market showcases some of South Africa’s premier winemakers, and tastings are available as well as delectable food and wine pairings.
further information: Knysna Oyster Festival
Bartholomew County 4-H Fair 2017
Jul 7-15, 2017 | Columbus, INBartholomew County Fairgrounds|750 West 200 S
Held in Columbus, Indiana, the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair is a summer event, which emphasizes traditional 4-H ideals by including events focused on the agriculture, livestock and food industries. The nine-day fair showcases various animal shows, a pageant to crown the 4-H Fair Queen, food demonstrations and a tractor contest.
further information: Bartholomew County 4H Fair
Pictures of the day
The constellation Virgo ('the virgin') as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c. 1825. Virgo is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac, and the second largest of the 88 modern constellations. Aside from its brightest star, Spica, the constellation also contains the quasar 3C 273(the first quasar discovered) and several galaxy clusters.
Gaël Monfils of France dives for a forehand in his fourth round match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, during the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia, on January 25, 2016.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... paper dolls (ponies)
Quiz: What’s Your Ideal Spontaneous Travel Destination?
Having trouble choosing where to go next? Let us decide for you.
me (not bad for someone like me with travel phobias, eh?) ... you?
Writer Matt Gross initially fell in love with the food in Tunis, the capital of the North African country of Tunisia, but quickly explored the culture behind the plates of crispy roast chicken and lamb brains with French fries. You’re open to adventure, to trying something new, and want to dig beyond the stereotypes and expectations that come with a certain destination, which is why Tunis is perfect for you.
Unusual uses for baby oil
Weird and wacky things you never knew it could do…
1. Remove ear wax
Remove that build-up of ear wax by tipping your head to one side and dripping a few drops of baby oil into your ear canal. Repeat on the other side and place some cotton wool into your ears to stop any dripping.
Leave for an hour or so and the wax should have softened up allowing you to gently clean your ear out with a tissue. For really stubborn wax gently heat the oil up before use.
2. Shine your golf clubs
Forget about expensive cleaning kits, you can clean your chrome-plated carbon steel golf club heads with just a few drops of oil on a cloth and a good polish.
3. Silence noisy hinges
Who needs WD40 when a good dollop of baby oil on a cloth will do the same thing! Silence those squeaky door and bed hinges today.
4. Keep yourself warm
Before you head outside on a cold day, rub a generous amount of baby oil into your skin. The oil helps to close your pores and insulate your body so you’ll feel that bit more toasty under those layers.
5. Make a kids mosquito repellent
Make your own mosquito repellent that’s safe to use on the little ones (avoid face and hands). In an empty spray bottle, mix baby oil with a couple of drops of Dettol. It works a treat!
6. Remove plasters
Got a tough adhesive plaster on your skin? Rub some baby oil on and around it and it will gently lift off without any pain. It’s also fantastic for removing any annoying gummy residue.
7. Slip off a tight ring
Apply a small amount of baby oil around the ring and twist it gently until it comes off. FYI: this little trick works on most body parts that are stuck.
8. Keep leather bags and shoes supple
Add a few drops of baby oil to a dry cloth and gently buff your leather handbags and shoes. It’ll create a nice shine and inject some moisture.
9. Lubricate a keyhole
If you have a key that’s difficult to get into the keyhole, just wipe a bit of baby oil onto the key and turn it in back and forth a few times. It’ll be nice and smooth for years to come.
10. Remove chewing gum
If you’ve got chewing gum stuck in your hair or any surface come to think of it, saturate it with baby oil and leave for a few minutes. You’ll be able to wipe or comb away the gum easily.
Use baby oil as a beauty product
You’ll wonder how you lived without this multi-tasking wonder.
11. Bath oil
You can spend a fortune on fancy bath oils or your can just splash some baby oil into your bath for peachy soft skin. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in with it and you won’t notice the difference – promise.
Be careful coming out of the bath, it’ll be extremely slippy and you don’t want to hurt yourself.
12. Body oil
Did you know only oil and medicine can actually penetrate the layers of your skin? So it’s no surprise that body oils are the buzz of the beauty world. They can be ridiculously expensive though, especially when baby oil can perform just as well.
Apply a generous amount to your body and massage in from your toes to your neck working in large circular movements towards your heart. You’ll have deliciously soft and silky skin afterwards.
13. Cuticle oil
In my opinion, cuticle oil really is a waste of money. Massage some baby oil (you can also use olive oil as a cuticle oil) into your cuticles will soften them up nicely and add some moisture to dry skin. It’ll also make it easier to gently remove or push them in.
14. Remove make up
We’ve all heard the horror stories about face wipes stripping your skin of moisture so how about trying skin-loving baby oil instead? It can remove stubborn mascara, foundation and more while also loading your skin up on moisture.
Just squeeze some onto cotton wool pads and remove make up. Then give your face a good wash with cold water.
15. Boost your body cream
If your skin gets extremely dry during the Winter, don’t splash out on new skincare products promising false miracles. Just top up your body cream with a few drops of baby oil for an added moisture boost.
16. Moisturise your feet
Hard soles? I hear you. Get to work on hard skin with a pumice stone or foot file then give them a good scrub. Cover your feet with baby oil, pop some socks on overnight and in the morning you’ll wake up to super smooth skin.
17. Make a body scrub
Ditch expensive body scrubs and make one yourself! Mix either Epsom salts, salt flakes or brown sugar with a few teaspoons of baby oil and drops of your favorite essential oils et voilà – a beautiful scrub that will leave your skin baby soft.
18. Perfect your manicure
Keep nail polish from going anywhere but your nails. Apply a little around the edge of your nail using a cotton wool bud so when your nails are dry you can wipe away the oil and any excess nail polish with complete ease.
19. Soothe chapped lips
Can’t find your lip balm? Apply some baby oil to your lips for instant relief and a nice shiny finish.
Uses for baby oil around the home
…cheap and cheerful yet full of amazing cleaning properties.
20. Untangled jewelry
Add a tiny amount of baby oil to the knot and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. The oil should grease up the chain and untangle the knot in no time.
21. Release a stuck zip
Got a stuck zip that simply won’t budge? Apply a small amount of baby oil to a cloth and give it a rub on both sides of the zip and it’ll get moving in no time.
22. Use as a dusting aid
Get rid of dust on wooden furniture by applying a small amount of oil to a cleaning rag and wiping in circular motions. Go over with a second cloth for a dust-free, sparkling surface.
23. Loosen up a motor in a shredder
If your shredder is finding it tough to get through all that paper, the motor probably needs an oiling. Saturate a few sheets of paper with oil and leave to dry for a few minutes. Pop them through the shredder and it will be smooth shredding from here on in.
24. Clean chrome fittings
Make those grubby chrome appliances shiny and fingerprint free by applying some baby oil to a damp cloth and giving it a thorough clean. Finish with a clean cloth and they’ll soon look mirror-like.
25. Clean oil-based paint from your skin
Wash your hands with warm water and soap then saturate a cotton wool pad or face towel with baby oil. Rub the cotton wool pad or towel over the area of skin where the paint is and reapply until it’s all been removed.
26. Prevent soap scum
To avoid soap scum in the shower, apply a very light layer to the shower walls. This will prevent any scum build-up and cut down your cleaning time!
27. Make your own baby wipes
You’ll need some kitchen roll, baby wash, shampoo or soap shavings, and some baby oil.