Saturday, April 28, 2018

Workers' Memorial Day April 28, 2018

Celebrate Workers' Memorial Day
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As we go through our day taking in the wonders around us with a disinterested eye, we often forget to take the time to remember that there were amazing people and lives that went into building the structure of the society we live in. It wasn’t that long ago that everything from the clothes we wear to the buildings we inhabit were built in highly dangerous conditions lacking the rules and regulations that serve to keep workers safe in modern industry. Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates the lives that have been given in the pursuit of modern comfort and convenience, and stands for the worldwide efforts to create safety in the workplace.
History of Workers’ Memorial Day
During the 1950’s an organization was established that stood to unite the Labor Unions in a single unified goal. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) was established in 1955, comprised of union organizations from many different nations. There were two organizations, the AFL and the CIO that came together to create this organization with the purpose of representing workers all over the world in creating a safe workplace.
In April of 1970 Workers’ Memorial Day was established to bring awareness to the hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who had died just trying to get through another workday. This holiday was established in the same year that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) came into effect in the United States, an event that helped to both standardize safety protocols and create an organization that would visit sites to enforce them. It didn’t take long before this same practice was picked up and implemented in multiple industrialized countries all over the world.
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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The act of following someone secretly.
Usage:The constant tailing of my husband by private eyes has caused him to become paranoid.

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Idiom of the Day

high muckety-muck

 — slang An especially important, influential, and authoritative person, especially someone who is overbearingly or arrogantly so. 

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Mutiny on the HMS Bounty (1789)

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The most famous mutiny in history, the setting adrift of Bounty captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal crew members in a longboat, has been much debated. Opponents of the captain claim his tyranny drove the crew to mutiny, but Bligh blamed their betrayal on their newfound love of Tahiti—where they had just spent five months—and its women. The captain and some of those with him survived the ordeal at sea, reaching Timor after a remarkable two-month voyage. 

Yi Sun-Sin (1545)

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Considered a Korean national hero, Yi was a naval commander who repelled the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 16th century. He is said to have been undefeated in any naval battle in which he was a commander. Part of his success in combat was due to his innovative "turtle ship," which was covered with iron spikes and plates to prevent enemies from boarding. The ship's bow featured a dragon head, through which a cannon could be fired.

Butter and Egg Days

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This is a promotional event in Petaluma, California, that recalls the historic days when Petaluma was the "World's Egg Basket," producing millions of eggs that were shipped all over the world. The first Butter and Egg Days was a modest affair in 1983; it now draws about 25,000 for a parade with floats, bands, bagpipers, and children dressed as such things as butter pats and fried eggs. There are also street fairs, an antiques show, an egg toss, a butter-churning contest, and the presentation of the Good Egg award to a Petaluma booster.

How Drinking Alcohol May Affect The Bacteria In Your Mouth

There may be another reason to watch your mouth when you drink alcohol. As you may have found out the hard way, alcohol can coax some embarrassing or inappropriate information out of your mouth. But, a study just published in the journal Microbiome ...

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1788 - Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. constitution. 

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1910 - First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England. 

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1914 - W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner. 

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This amazing sign, which blew perfect smoke rings, was displayed throughout my youth.
1937 - The first animated-cartoon electric sign was displayed on a building on Broadway in New York City. It was created by Douglas Leight. 

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1947 - Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean. 

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1957 - Mike Wallace was seen on TV for the first time. He was the host of "Mike Wallace Interviews." 

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1959 - Arthur Godfrey was seen for the last time in the final broadcast of "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" on CBS-TV. 

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1969 - In Santa Rosa, CA, Charles M. Schulz's Redwood Empire Ice Arena opened. 

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2000 - Jay Leno received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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If You Were Born Today, April 28
You are a practical, security-minded person who feels most comfortable in the world of the five senses. Gentle and intuitive, you form close relationships with others that last. Although you are considerate and concerned, you can also be quite stubborn and fixed in your ways. You are a very hard worker, often taking on more than your share. Famous people born today: 
5th US President James Monroe
1758 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia (d. 1831)

Actor Lionel Barrymore
1878 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor(Free Soul, Dr Kildare), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
1908 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Author Harper Lee
1926 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
1948 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Actress Penélope Cruz
1974 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

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1854 -
The first woman proposed for membership in the Royal Society, Hertha Ayrton (April 28, 1854 - August 26, 2923) created inventions from tools architects used for enlarging and reducing drawings to fans that could clear poison gas from mine shafts.

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Ayrton began working as a governess at age sixteen, but attended Girton College at Cambridge, where she founded both a mathematics club and a fire brigade. Since Cambridge wouldn’t give women degrees, Ayrton took exams at the University of London in 1881. 

After graduating, she earned money by embroidering, teaching math, and creating math problems for the Educational Times. In 1884 she applied for the first of her 26 patents, part of a lifelong struggle to ensure she and other female scientists like Marie Curie received credit for their work. 

In 1885 she published a paper solving the flickering of electric lights, a discovery that led to her becoming the first female member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1899. She ran the physical sciences section of the 1899 International Congress of Women. In 1906 she won the Hughes medal for her work on sand and water ripples, and later used these discoveries about currents and motion to create fans that could combat mustard gas and other chemical agents in WWI.


Fort Worth Opera Festival 2018

Apr 27 - May 6, 2018 | Fort Worth, TX

Bass Performance Hall & Botanic Gardens Lecture Hall|525 Commerce St
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Opera singing is a thunderous talent that reduces many of us to a mousy whisper. The Fort Worth Opera Festival features a wealth of performances that will echo throughout the venue. Powerful vocals bellow from deep within, and you may not know exactly what they’re singing about, but you’ll probably shed a tear anyway.

further information: Fort Worth Opera Festival


Iron Thistle Scottish Festival 2018

Apr 27-29, 2018 | Yukon, OK 

Mollie Spencer Farm|1001 Garth Brooks Blvd
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Scottish blood will flow through your veins at the Iron Thistle Scottish Festival in Yukon, Oklahoma. Forget American sports, you’re going to witness real brute strength as kilted strangers compete in the caber toss, the stone put and other heavy events. Beyond athletics, families can get a taste of Scottish storytelling, learn how to speak Gaelic and see a bunch of lively Irish dances.

further information: Iron Thistle Scottish Festival

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Raising the Flag on the Three-Country Cairn
Finnish soldiers raising the flag at the three-country cairn between Norway, Sweden and Finland on 27 April 1945, following the end of the Lapland War and thus, the end of World War II in Finland. Taken by Colonel V.J. Oinonen, this photograph became an iconic symbol of the war in Finland and was compared to the American Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima and the Soviet Raising a Flag over the Reichstag.

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The city of Chefchaouen, in northwest Morocco, features many buildings painted blue. According to legend, the practice of blue buildings dates back to the 15th century, when Jews fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Chefchaouen. In the Jewish faith, blue reminds worshippers of the sky, and therefore, God.

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crochet, Mother's Day
Free Universal Yarn Pattern : Flowering Herb Scarf
Free Universal Yarn Pattern : Flowering Herb Scarf : part of the Universal Yarn online store and catalog.
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Bread Pudding with Peaches & Pecans

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ADULT COLORING ... Norman Rockwell

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jarfeeder (8K)You will need:
– a small glass jar with a lid that seals well
– a piece of cotton or other clean absorbent material
– homemade butterfly nectar (4 parts water to 1 part sugar, boiled and cooled)
– twine
– Optional decorations: yellow, orange or red plastic scouring pads; paint that will adhere to glass and sealer, or silk or plastic flowers
What You Do:
– Punch a small hole in the jar lid with an awl or a hammer and small nail.
– If you wish, insert a colored kitchen scouring pad to provide an alluring splash of color to attract the butterflies.

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– Alternatively, decorate the outside of the jar with waterproof paint (simple, bold flower shapes would be ideal) then finish with clear sealer.
– Another decorative idea is to glue plastic or silk flowers to the outside of your jar.
– Screw the lid firmly onto the jar.
– Plug the hole with sponge, cotton, a length of candlewicking or other absorbent material – you want this material to become saturated with nectar but not to drip, so make sure it plugs the hole tightly.
– Make a macrame style hanger from household twine.

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CHILDREN'S CORNER ... hidden picture game

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SUDOKU ... medium


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Video game giant Nintendo originally sold playing cards!-------------------- Dragonflies can travel up to 60 mph!-------------------- Mexico City is built on a lake!

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Reddit user AnGabhaDubhon just shared this random 
photo of what looks to be the cliff from the popular Clif Bar packaging.
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More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states.
The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. 
There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid.
There's a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street
In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre..
It would take you more than 400 years to spend a night in all of Las Vegas's hotel rooms.,c_limit/michigan-maze-courtesy.jpg

Western Michigan is home to a giant lavender labyrinth so big you can see it on Google Earth.



There’s an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it's not open to humans.



There's enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City.



Arizona and Hawaii are now the only states that don't observe daylight savings time.,c_limit/boston-traffic-GettyImages-538885784.jpg

Boston has the worst drivers out of the nation's 200 largest cities. Kansas City has the best drivers.



Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.



Oregon's Crater Lake is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other



The Empire State building has its own zip code.


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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed seeing the Redwood Ice Arena photo. Lived in Santa Rosa 30 years. When my 3 youngest were in grade school once a week they would be bussed to the ice arena for phys ed. My youngest daughter worked there for several years when in high school. There was a small eating cafe and if the kids were in there when Charles Schultz came in he would draw them a photo on the back of the menu. We have a few of them that we saved.