Tuesday, March 27, 2018

World Theater Day March 26, 2018

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Theater Day
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The theater has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment since the Greeks, and the acting industry today is a hard but potentially prosperous career. If you have ever been in theater or seen a live show, you know how fun theater can be. It may seem like a dying industry due to the movie industry taking its role, but for those who love the art of theater, then you should know about World Theater Day! Let’s find out about this special holiday and celebrate it!
History of World Theater Day
Initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), each year theaters across the world celebrate the value and importance of theater, and this holiday acts as a wake-up call for governments, politicians, and institutions to see its value to society and for economic growth. ITI also host a yearly message, spoken by a chosen famous theater performer, to share their reflections on the art of theater and its future. The first of those messages were spoken by Jean Cocteau in 1962.
This message is translated into over 50 languages, read for thousands of spectators, and printed in hundreds of newspapers. It also spreads the message by broadcast to all corners of the world through their institutions. Because ITI has over 90 centers throughout the world, the institute also encourages colleges, schools, and theater professionals to celebrate this holiday as well. The date of this holiday also corresponds with the opening of the Theater of Nations season in Paris. The goals of this holiday, according to ITI, is to promote theater in all corners of the world, bring awareness to the value of theater in all its forms, to help promote local theater communities on a broader scale, and to share the love of theater with others.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Expressed without speech.
Usage:Never a hearty breakfaster, he had found himself under the influence of her wordless disapproval physically unable to consume the fried egg that confronted him.

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Idiom of the Day

a woman of her word

 — A woman who can be expected to keep or follow through with her promises or intentions; a truthful, trustworthy, or reliable person. (Masculine: "man of his word.")

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The "Beeching Axe" Decimates British Railways (1963)

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In an effort to reduce the cost of running the nationalized railway system of the UK, the British government commissioned a report to find ways to save money. Authored by Dr. Richard Beeching, the report concluded that many of the railway's lines were costing more to operate than they earned and called for the elimination of unprofitable routes and closure of a large percentage of railway stations. More than 2,000 stations were closed as a result of the "Beeching Axe." 

Michael Jackson (1942)

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Not to be confused with the American musician of the same name, English journalist Michael Jackson was arguably the most influential beer and whiskey critic in modern history. He came to prominence after the publication of his influential 1977 book The World Guide to Beer and went on to host a TV show that featured him traveling around the globe sampling various brews. He played an enormous role in the popularization of brewing culture.

Myanmar Armed Forces Day

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Throughout most of the 1800s, the Union of Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, was ruled by the British. Aung San, an outspoken student leader, helped the Japanese oust the British, and the Japanese ruled Burma from 1942 until 1945. On March 27, 1945, he helped the World War II Allied forces remove the Japanese from power. Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on March 27 to commemorate the day that Aung San rebelled against the Japanese. The day is celebrated with a military parade and fireworks. Since 1989, the Tatmadaw has made it a tradition to pardon several prisoners on this day. 

What 'Mercury in retrograde' really means - and why it can't tell you anything about your life

As our world continues to orbit the star at the center of our solar system, we can gaze at the night sky — like people have for thousands of years — and watch the stars and the planets that rise and set around us. One of those planets — tiny, sun-scorched ...
milky way galaxy stargazing
What 'Mercury in retrograde' really means — and why it can't tell you anything about your life

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1794 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy. 

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1836 - The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH. 

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1860 - The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn. 

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1899 - The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi. 

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1912 - The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan. 

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1917 - The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup. 

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1931 - Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration. 

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1955 - Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on "Goodyear Playhouse." 

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1976 - Washington, DC, opened its subway system. 

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1985 - Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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1997 - In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides. 

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1998 - In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence. 

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2007 - NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

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If You Were Born Today, March 27
You are self-willed and sometimes forceful or blunt in your expression. In some ways, you are a go-getter and certainly ahead of your time. Your manner tends to command respect but also hides a sensitive and reflective nature. For the most part, you need to work under your own direction. As determined and independent as you are, you very often put loved ones’ needs first. Famous people born today: Mariah Carey, Gloria Swanson, Nathan Fillion, Stacey Ferguson, Quentin Tarantino.
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Awesome Con: Washington D.C. 2018

Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center|801 Mt Vernon Pl NW 
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Awesome Con is an annual comic con and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C. The convention features an exhibit hall with over 300 vendors and artists selling comics, toys, video games, collectibles, original artwork and all sorts of memorabilia and geeky merchandise. It hosts many engaging and fun events such as video game, board game and card game tournaments, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, Super Art Fight, costume contests and an array of activities in its special Kids Comic Con area. Celebrity guests that have participated in its interactive panels include actors Cary Elwes, Sean Astin and cast members of Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Firefly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and many more fan-favorite films and television series.

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Norwescon 2018

Mar 29 - Apr 1, 2018 | Seattle, WA 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport|18740 International Blvd
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Norwescon is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading sci-fi and fantasy conventions. Its annual programming is jam-packed with engaging and exciting events sure to enthrall even the hardest-to-please Trekkie or Whedonite. The festival hosts a variety of events and activities such as video and tabletop games, costume competitions, art exhibits, meet & greets, autograph sessions, panels featuring various movers and shakers in sci-fi and fantasy entertainment and much more.

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Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts 2018

Mar 26-28, 2018 | Richmond, VA

Camp Concert Hall, University of Richmond|28 50 Crenshaw Way
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You've taken a series of English classes throughout your entire schooling career, and that time will culminate in the Tucker-Boatwright Festival at the University of Richmond. This is an educational opportunity that transcends the classroom experience with riveting film screenings, student research projects, poetry readings, lectures from visiting speakers and much more.

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Tucker-Boatwright Festival - School of Arts & Sciences - University of Richmond

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Pictures of the day

Virgin of the Rocks
Virgin of the Rocks is a title given to two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, which depict the Madonna and Christ Child with the infant John the Baptist and an angel in a rocky setting. The version generally considered the prime version hangs in the Louvre in Paris; the other, shown here, is held by the National Gallery in London. Although the paintings are similar in many ways, they differ in the gaze and right hand of the angel. as well as the colors, the lighting, the flora, and the ways fumato is used.

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Window cleaners work 50, even 60 stories up in the air in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photographer Huynh Dung calls them "brave," pointing out that not only are they on minimalist swings way up in the air, they're doing their jobs underneath the hot sun.

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Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern




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free knitting patterns

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You're more likely to experience static electric shocks in cold weather!-------------------- You can use salami to make rocket fuel!-------------------- In February 2018, a tumor weighing more than four pounds was removed from Santlal Pal of India - it was so large it looked like a second head!

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How Well Do You Know 1960s Slang?

Me? I got 20 of 20 right
Far out! You did a neato job on this quiz. 


Money-Saving Uses for Mouthwash


Mouthwash is useful for so much more than just rinsing plaque away! When it was first invented, it hailed as a surgical antiseptic, and as such it has unique properties that can save you lots of money. So before you head to the store for an athlete’s foot treatment, sanitizer, or astringent (or over a dozen other things), check out this list to see how you can replace them with mouthwash

Note: For almost all the tips here, you want to use mouthwash that is alcohol-based (that’s one of the secret ingredients), and in most cases without sugar.

Health and Beauty

With its antiseptic properties, mouthwash is brilliant for cleaning and light medical uses. It's also great for travelers, since it's so multifunctional. Check out these creative uses for mouthwash that will keep you fresh — in more ways than one.

Nail Fungus Eradicator

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Nail fungus problems can make your toenails or fingernails thick and discolored, and once you’re infected it’s incredibly difficult to eradicate. Make up a 50/50 solution of alcohol-based mouthwash and vinegar, and apply to the affected area with a cotton ball (use a new one each time) two-to-three times per day. Be warned — nail fungus is stubborn….you won’t likely see results for at least a few weeks.

Bruise Treatment

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Did you go bump in the night? Waiting for a whopper of a bruise to appear? Rub some mouthwash on the affected area, and you can save yourself from a gaudy bruise (or at least reduce the appearance of it).

Poison Ivy Treatment

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Stop scratching! Instead, apply some mouthwash, and not only will it relieve the itchiness and inflammation of a poison ivy attack, but it can also dry up the area and begin the healing process.

Hand Sanitizer

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I once had a hand sanitizer that came in a small spray bottle, which I treasured for its convenience and sanitary properties. I’ve been searching (unsuccessfully) for a replacement ever since. Now I just use mouthwash, and I can freshen up any time. It’s also great for cleaning the kids’ hands in a pinch. (Again, make sure it’s alcohol-based and sugar-free, otherwise you’ll be a sticky mess).


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Mouthwash makes an easy substitute deodorant in a pinch, with its bacteria-killing properties. Be warned though — if you just shaved your armpits, applying an alcohol-based mouthwash will sting!

After-Piercing Care

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Part of the after-care process for tending to new piercings (or even caring for older ones that have become infected) is to apply a special disinfectant solution twice daily. Why not use mouthwash instead? Mouthwash is (obviously) especially handy in healing a tongue piercing.

Athlete’s Foot

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In the same way that mouthwash treats nail fungus, it acts as an antiseptic for athlete’s foot. Soak a cotton ball in mouthwash and apply twice a day. You know it’s working if it stings a bit, and you should see positive results in a few days.

Foot Bath

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Even if you don’t have athlete’s foot or some pesky fungus to tend to, soaking your tootsies in a mixture of mouthwash and water can refresh and soften them after a long day on your feet.

Garlic-Odor Killer

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It would be stating the obvious to suggest that mouthwash — in your mouth — eliminates garlic odor. But it can also take care of the smell of garlic on your hands after you’ve handled it. Just pour some on your hands, rub them together, and let them air-dry.

Facial Astringent

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Apply mouthwash (again, make sure it’s alcohol-based and sugar-free) to a cotton ball and wipe on your face after you’ve used your normal face wash. Rinse with water afterward, and you’ll have saved yourself the bulk — and cost — of a fancy facial astringent.

Clean Cuts and Scrapes

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Remember, mouthwash was first used as a surgical antiseptic before people figured out its mouth-washing properties. Apply some mouthwash to your boo-boo, dry, and dress it with a bandage as necessary.
Dandruff Treatment

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Not into expensive specialized dandruff shampoos? After shampooing, try rinsing your hair with a 50/50 mixture of mouthwash and water (1/2 a cup of each will do). You may have to repeat this process a few times to eradicate the dandruff completely. Bonus — your hair will smell minty fresh.

Around the House

Mouthwash cleans, sanitizes, and even revives. Here's how you can make good use of it around the house.

Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

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By mixing two tablespoons of mouthwash per gallon of water and filling your flower vase with this mixture, your cut flowers will last longer (by killing the bacteria that accelerates decomposition).

Glass Cleaner

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Apply mouthwash to a damp cloth and go to town on glass surfaces. Dry with a cotton cloth.

Computer Screen Cleaner

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As long as your computer screen is glass (DO NOT use this technique on LCD screens!), you’ll save mad money on specialty computer screen cleaners by simply using the technique above to remove smudges and computer dust.

Laundry Sanitizer

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In the same way that mouthwash removes bacteria from your mouth, you can remove it from your laundry as well. Add one cup to the regular cycle of a full load of laundry (make sure the mouthwash is sugar-free and alcohol-based).
This is especially handy for those stinky gym socks; mouthwash kills all the bacteria that is sometimes left behind in a regular wash.

Toothbrush Cleaner

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Mouthwash cleans your teeth; why not your toothbrush as well? A rinse with or dunk in a cup of mouthwash before brushing will ensure your toothbrush is clean and free of the bacteria hanging around your bathroom. Eeeww.

Toilet Cleaner

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Out of toilet bowl cleaner? No problem. Just pour a cup of mouthwash into the toilet, let it sit for half an hour, and give it a swish with the toilet brush.

Plant Rescue

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A mixture of 25% mouthwash and 75% water sprayed onto your plant leaves rescues them from mildew and fungus. Don’t do this more than once per week, though.

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