Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Paws & Claws ~ April, 2013 ~ sometime between winter & summer


 
Some people go through life looking for excuses
why things cannot be done
 
Others find a way to overcome the obstacles.
 
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Teacher asks the kids in class, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Billy, "I wanna be a billionaire, go to the most expensive clubs, get me the finest bitch, give her a Ferrari worth over a million bucks, an apartment in Copacabana, a mansion in Paris, a jet to travel through Europe, an Infinite Visa Card, and bang her three times a day".

The teacher, shocked, and not knowing what to do with the horrible response of the child
decides not to give importance to what he said and then continues the lesson . . .
And you, Nancy?"

"I wanna be Billy's bitch.

Thanks, Cindy
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This is a well-known Buddhist story that has appeared in many different versions over the past century. There are even Catholic and Jewish retellings. After some digging (with help from reader, Wayne P) the original author of the fable seems to be a famous Japanese Zen master named Tanzan, who was the professor of philosophy during the Meiji period. This particular version of the story is taken from the great book Zen in the Martial Arts, by Joe Hyams, who was a student of Bruce Lee.
 
I think the lesson of the story is pretty simple. The younger monk has become so trapped by dogma and rules that he has forgotten the most important rule, which is to help those in need. How did you interpret it?
 
RELATED COMICS: Absorb what is useful. The Master. The Two Wolves.
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You can say a lot of things about Canadians, but you can't say they're not tough. Look at Billy McNeely of the Northwest Territories. 

In April 2010, McNeely got into a fight after an arm wrestling match and was stabbed five times. So far a pretty typical Saturday night in Canada. 

Doctors at the local accident and emergency room stitched him up but never took an x-ray. Seeking subsequent treatment for the lingering discomfort, he was told he had suffered nerve damage.

But this week, McNeely was scratching his back when his fingernail caught on something. His girlfriend took a look.

"I told Billy: 'There's a knife sticking out of your back.' I was scared. I was ready to pull it out with tweezers."

Upon going to the hospital a doctors removed 3 inches of knife blade from McNeely's back.

"I've done some jail time in the past," McNeely said. "The guards rub over you with a metal wand detector, and every time it hit my back... it went off."

McNeely is considering whether to file a lawsuit against the local health department.
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AE pranks fans with spray-on jeans
PITTSBURGH - American Eagle Outfitters, based in Pittsburgh, said a fake ad for spray-on skinny jeans was a way of having "fun with our fans." Bob Holobinko, vice president of brand marketing, said the company has been pleased with the response to the YouTube video for the fake "Skinny Skinny Jeans" product, KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, reported Friday. The video, which depicts young people wearing spray-painted jeans, had been viewed more than 420,000 times as of Friday afternoon. "We wanted to have fun with our fans," Holobinko told NBC's "Today" show. "And the response has been incredible." 

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Penguins take liking to iPad cat game
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Officials at a California aquarium said a couple of young penguins have taken a liking to a mouse-chasing iPad app designed to amuse cats. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach said penguins Jeremy and Newsom, who are still too young to get caught up in the excitement of the upcoming mating season, have found "enrichment" with the free "Game for Cats" iPad app, ABC News reported Friday. The game features a mouse running around the screen that lets out a squeak when tapped by a paw -- or in this case, a beak. "Newsom set the penguin high score of 1,600 for the game," the aquarium said on its website. A YouTube video of Newsom playing the game has been viewed more than 167,000 times. 
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 Why not make your bread at home!

You don't have to spend hours making dough and sitting next to an oven waiting for your bread to bake. A decent, automatic bread maker will cost you between $100 and $150. 
Being small enclosed units, modern bread makers are quite efficient in terms of electricity.
You can also buy ready-made bread mixes that even eliminate the need to prepare your own dough (unless you want to make it for fun). 
There is a wide range of organic bread mixes available for people who are cautious about both health and environmental concerns. 
One of the other great advantages of baking your own bread using pre-mixes is the shelf life of the mix; it will keep for months! 
You are even using less packaging, as you can reuse one bread bag over and over again. 
Plus, it's just plain fun!
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What word can be written forward backward or upside down and can still be read from left to right?

ANSWER: NOON.
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QUOTE: "Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."

HINT: (1709-1784), English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

ANSWER: Samuel Johnson.
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RANDOM TIDBITS

The English word "handcuff" is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon word handcops, an obsolete word meaning "to fetter".

In February 2008, an eight-year-old boy in New Hampshire had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck in a pair of handcuffs he found in his mother's bedroom.

For over 15 years TUFF-TIES, plastic disposable handcuffs, have been used and approved internationally by the Military and over 3,000 federal, state, county, local police agencies, and security forces in all types of arrest and restraint situations.

A standard pair of modern handcuffs weighs no more than 15 oz and the minimum opening of the bracelet is 2 inches. The maximum overall length of the handcuffs is 9.4 in (24 cm).

Jean Merola, a 75-year-old grandmother of eight, was arrested for disorderly conduct after she refused an officer's orders to move her car while she waited for the coffee and fries she ordered at the drive-through window. Merola was handcuffed behind her back and put in the cruiser.

In 1910, Houdini published the book Handcuff Secrets to discourage hack imitators. In the book, he wrote, "you can open the majority of the old-time cuffs with a shoestring. By simply making a loop in the string, you can lasso the end of the screw in the lock and yank the bolt back, and so open the cuff in as clean a manner as if opened with the original key."
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I was absolutely disgusted after I accidentally clicked on some gay porn last night. It was the worst half hour of my life! 
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A man walks into a cocktail lounge and approaches an attractive young woman sitting by herself and asks, "May I buy you a drink?"
"No thank you," the woman replies, "alcohol is bad for my legs." 
"Bad for your legs? Do they swell or something?"
"No, they spread."
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Nothing like being awoken suddenly by a blowjob.
I gotta start sleeping with my mouth closed. 
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Sabrina Rose K's photo.
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In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone went below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening 

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction "Stow High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T", (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. 

You probably did not know the true history of this word. 
Neither did I. 
I had always thought it was a golf term.
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"For many colleges, this is spring break. College kids will go to places like South Beach to make mistakes they will cherish for a lifetime." -Jimmy Kimmel
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"The U.S. Senate is now fighting to keep open the Senate barber shop. It loses $350,000 a year. Do you know what that makes it? The most successful government program ever. It's only losing $350,000 a year." -Jay Leno
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"The Pope has more than one designation. He's also the bishop of Rome. He's also known as the pontiff. And here's what I didn't know. He's also known as Diddy." -David Letterman
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Why A Ship Is Called "SHE"

A ship is called "she" because there is always a great deal of bustle around her; there is usually a gang of men about', she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her looking good; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly, and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys. 
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Ian Rankin on Iain Banks ...
"Typical of Iain to propose marriage to his partner Adele with the words 'Will you do me the honour of becoming my widow?"
typical of his humour indeed
 
Thanks Peter
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I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn't shake my sense of wonder and joy
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It used to be this way!

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* Other small animals
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* Structures/fencing
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* Benefits of beekeeping
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What Does Your Writing Implement Say About You?
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How to make your own Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
A bread recipe below :)

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
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(This mix can be substituted for traditional recipes, cup for cup. Just remember to add xanthan gum to your mixture. The xanthan gum works as a gluten substitute, webbing the dough together, working as a binding agent. Traditionally, it's 2 teaspoons for bread recipes, 1 for cakes and 1 ½ for cookies.)

3 parts brown rice flour (or white, which has a more subtle taste).
3 parts cornstarch
2 parts soy flour (or sorghum if someone has a soy allergy)
1 part masa flour
Make Your Own Gluten Free Flour #2 :) ~Frisky

All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 Cup White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
... 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
Sift all ingredients several times through a sifter to make sure that they are well blended. Use this flour mix as you would regular all purpose flour.
 
Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Thanks to the gluten free cooking school for this recipe If you don't have a bread machine, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 ½ c. water (hot tap water, but not too hot, or the yeast will die)
2 ½ cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
2 tsp. xanthan gum
1tsp. salt
2 eggs (or 6 Tbsp. water and 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed)
1 ½ Tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1. Mix the yeast and the sugar in a small bowl. I use a fork to blend as I pour in the water. Let this sit while you mix the other ingredients. The yeast should foam and bubble if it's doing what it's supposed to do.

2. Combine the flour, xanthan gum and salt in a large bowl, making sure it's well blended. A note on the mixing, I've noticed the texture of the bread is greatly improved if you let the mixer go for a few extra minutes. The xanthan gum activates and webs out better.

3. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and vinegar until the eggs are a bit frothy.

4. The yeast should be bubbly by now, so you can add all of your wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed. You don't need to knead this dough. You'll notice with gluten-free mixes, it's more of a cake-like consistency.

5. If you have a bread machine, you can dump it in there at this point and cook on the 80 minute setting. You don't need the paddle. If you don't have a bread machine, place the bowl in a warm place with a towel over it. (I choose the inside oven with a bowl of hot water underneath it, or I place it on top of the oven while it's preheating.) Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes or until it doubles in size. Then place it in a loaf pan and cook until a toothpick comes out clean. (I have an oven from the 1920's, so my cooking time is a little off. It will probably take anywhere from 20 minutes to 45.)

Now you can have bread, sandwiches and (gasp) toast! I know. This gluten-free thing isn't so bad after all. This recipe is delicious, healthy and only pennies on the dollar compared to the store bought loaves. Enjoy responsibly.
 
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MUST SEE: 15-Year Old Girl Smokes Gun Control Arguments
 
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What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40?Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?
... No Cheating.....

WD-40 ~ Who knew!
I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.
I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news.
He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do....
probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.
It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!

"Water Displacement #40".
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.
WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound.
They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.
The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the 'shower door' part, try it.
It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.
If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.
It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stovetop.
It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.


WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

P.S.
As for that Basic, Main Ingredient.......
Well.... it's FISH OIL....

Now This Is Definitely Worth SHARING!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xaF3BZ8lq2g#!
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 I never knew this! Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.
I never knew this! Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.
Thanks cindy (I almost fainted ~ a clean post!)
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"Have you ever seen a twenty dollar bill all crumpled up?" asked the wife.
"No," said her husband.
She gave him a sexy little smile, slowly reached into her cleavage and pulled out a crumpled twenty dollar bill.
"Have you ever seen a fifty all crumpled up?" she asked.
"Uh, no," he said.
She gave him another sexy little smile, seductively reached into her panties and pulled out a crumpled fifty dollar bill.
"Now," she said, "Have you ever seen 40,000 dollars all crumpled up?"
"No," he said, now really intrigued.
"Well," she said, "go look in the garage..."
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Piperine may have a significant role against the formation of new fat cells. Piperine is an abundant compound in black pepper and is responsible for the special taste of black pepper. This may clear the way for the new anti-obesity drugs in near future ~ A new Korean study published last week in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry By: God's Garden of Eden Source: PositiveMed Dave Sommers Share✔ Tag✔ Like♥ Comment✔ Repost✔" src="https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/28156_10200362742085366_1091707475_n.jpg" width="320" height="320"
BLACK PEPPER could help with fat loss! > Piperine may have a significant role against the formation of new fat cells. Piperine is an abundant compound in black ...pepper and is responsible for the special taste of black pepper. This may clear the way for the new anti-obesity drugs in near future ~ A new Korean study published last week in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry
By:
God's Garden of Eden
Source: PositiveMed
Thanks, Dana
No wonder I am losing weight ~ I have those marvelous Chef'n 1-handed Salt & Pepper Mills (3 of each) filled with Black Peppercorns, White peppercorns & Szechuan Red Peppercorns, White Molokan Gourmet salt crystals, Sherpa Pink (from the Himalyas) crystals & Black Lava gourmet salt.
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Optical Illusion Dance
 
 
Photo
How To Make Mead (Honey Wine)
http://wellnesswithoils.org/2013/03/19/vikings-mead/

Here is another honey mead Recipe by Crafy Witch Ginger Honey
http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/index.htm
 
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control…..  Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!  Freedom and Jeff  Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.  When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.  This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.  We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.  In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.  Fast forward to November 2000  The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.  So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.  On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..  I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.  Hope you enjoyed this! Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it.  A SMALL REQUEST...  93% won't forward, but I'm Sure You Will.  A small request.....Just one line All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it's only to one more person. In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it Or just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control…..
Not many people get a picture of this proud birdsnuggled up next
to them!
Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and
rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.
We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.
Fast forward to November 2000
The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!
Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again.
If you ever have it you will never be free of it.
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TACO PIE!!!
TACO PIE!!!  If you want to
If you want to "SAVE" this recipe then be sure to click "SHARE" so it saves the recipe to your photo album on your page for future reference! Enjoy...
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Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk
1 package taco seasoning or homemade
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (you could also use left over mashed potatoes and omit the butter and milk)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add milk and 2 tablespoon taco seasoning.
Remove from heat and add potato flakes until incorporated. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown.

In a medium skillet, cook beef and onions until beef is browned and cooked through. Drain. Add Salsa and remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly. Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Top with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut and serve with sour cream.

Bon Appetit!
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Granola
 
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Here is the best heart-healthy recipe granola ever!
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Cooking Spray
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw, unsalted walnuts
1/2 cup chopped unsalted almonds
1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins, optional
Directions
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the oats, nuts, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and the raisins, if using. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Read more at:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/nutty-granola-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback
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I decrease the sugar in this and love it a lot- found it at a Bed and Breakfast in Taos, New Mexico: Grandma's Granola
10 c. organic old–fashioned oats
¾ c. canola oil
¾ c. maple syrup
¾ c. of water

2 fistfuls of brown sugar
4 tsps. maple flavoring
2 c. sliced almonds
Spread on 2 cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown, turning the mix frequently. Excellent for taking along on the nearby hiking trails or skiing.
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A customer walked into our insurance office looking for a quote. But first I had to lead her through a litany of questions, including: "Marital status?" 

"Well," she began, "I guess you could say we're happy-as happy as most other couples nowadays."
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That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
--Steve Jobs, May 25, 1998
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You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
--Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
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Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?--Steve Jobs
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It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
--Steve Jobs, BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998
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No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent.

It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
--Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
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In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
~ Howard Zinn, historian 1922-2010
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The vernal equinox happens every March 20 or 21.

"Vernal" is Latin for "spring" and "equinox" is Latin for "equal night."

There are two equinoxes every year: vernal and autumnal. Those two days are the only times during the year when the sunrise is due east and the sunset is due west.

Ancient Egyptians built the Great Sphinx to point directly East toward the sunrise on the vernal equinox.
Stonehenge in England also marks the position of the rising sun on the vernal equinox.
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QUOTE: "If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."

HINT: (1926-2012), American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

ANSWER: Zig Ziglar.
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Weirwood Cake from Game of Thrones

 
Weirwood Cake from Game of Thrones http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/2011/10/29/weirwood-cake/ Kinda looks like Green man in a way    this could be modified with Celtic or Norse Runes for an Edible Tree of life cake  or make a cake for any Season  Great for my Austraillian and New Zealand brothers and Sisters who are approaching  Samhain/ Halloween.  Play around with this idea  maybe do small Wolf  Guardians  too
 
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RANDOM TIDBITS

Henry Ford called the Model T the "universal car," a low-cost, reliable vehicle that could be maintained easily and could successfully travel the poor roads of the era. By 1916, 55% of all cars were Ford Model T's.

Ford owned a controversial anti-Semitic newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, an offensive publication which damaged Ford's reputation. Hitler believed that Henry Ford was a perfect example for what all Germans should become.

As most people know, Ford produced the first assembly line for automobiles. He supposedly got the idea from a process that was used to slaughter pigs.

Though it owns a portfolio of British brands - Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo - UAW Ford does not consider them American cars.

Henry Ford was especially fond of Thomas Edison, and on Edison's deathbed, he demanded Edison's son catch his final breath in a test tube. The test tube can still be found today in Henry Ford Museum.

Mahatma Gandhi never visited the U.S., but he had many American fans and followers. One of his more unusual admirers was Henry Ford. Gandhi sent him an autographed charkha (spinning wheel) through a journalist emissary.
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Q and A Quickies 

Q: Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? 
A: He's all right now. 

Q: What happens when the smog lifts in Los Angeles? 
A: U.C.L.A. 

Q: Why did the blonde keep ice cubes in the freezer?
A: So she could keep the refrigerator cold.

Q: Why don't blondes like making KOOL-AID? 
A: Because they can't fit 8 cups of water in the little packet.
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A Pint of Less 

A guy walks into a bar and approaches the bartender, "Can I have a pint of Less, please?" 
"I'm sorry sir," the bartender replies, looking slightly puzzled, "I've not come across that one before. Is it a spirit?" 
"I've no idea," replies the guy, "The thing is, I went to see my doctor last week and he told me that I should drink less." 
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As the Proverb says, the guilty flee where one pursueth. This was certainly true for an thief who anonymously returned $800 he stole from a store in western Michigan. 
What is so bizarre about that? He stole the money 30 years ago. 

The thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County sheriff's department in Hastings. The writer admitted breaking into the Middle Mart about 30 years ago.
In a letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for 'help in locating a man' to whom the writer owes the money.
"I did a very bad thing that I am shamed of and have lived with this guilt," the writer said. "I can't begin to say how sorry iam but have lived with this guilt too long. If you do find him, please tell him that I was afoolish stupid man when I did that and iam sorrie."
The $1,200 includes some interest, although the stolen $800 would be worth about $1,800 today. But it's the thought that counts. 
Undersheriff Bob Baker said the letter and cash came as quite a surprise.
"This doesn't happen every day," Baker said.
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"Things are more like they are now than they have ever been." - Gerald R. Ford 
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"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." - Mark Twain 
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"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." - Steven Wright 
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The 32 Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes
http://screenrant.com/greatest-unscripted-movie-scenes/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_32529
Sometimes the best parts of movies were never in the script. These Happy Accidents are what stick with movie-goers long after the theater lights come up. Take a look at these 32 memorable movie moments. 
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Don't Mime Me
A young lady was a theater major applying for fall semester classes. At the end of the busy day she goes back to her dorm and enters in a huff of anger
"What's wrong, Shelly?" Asks her roommate
"Well, all the acting classes are filled. I couldn't even get into Mime class."
"Why not?
"How should I know? You can't get a word out of those people!" 
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"Cab drivers are now illegally overcharging you for made-up charges. I was in a cab today and I was charged $11 for shipping and handling." -David Letterman
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"Last night a woman in New York gave birth to a healthy baby girl inside a Walmart. Obviously it's a little embarrassing to give birth in a Walmart, which is why she plans on telling her daughter she was born in a Target." -Jimmy Fallon
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"You know what I liked best about the election of the new Pope? Just the fact that we don't have to see any more of those negative Pope campaign ads." -Jay Leno
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Once upon a time, there were four people; Their names were Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody.
Whenever there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realized that Nobody would do it.
So consequently Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I was preparing lunch for my granddaughter when the phone rang. "If you can answer one easy trivia question," a young man said, "you'll win ten free dance lessons!" 
Before I could tell him I was not interested he continued, "You'll be a lucky winner if you can tell me what Alexander Graham Bell invented."
"I don't know," I replied dryly, trying to discourage him.
"What are you holding in your hand right now?" he asked excitedly.
"A bologna sandwich."
"Congratulations!" he yelled. "And for having such a great sense of humor..."
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The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.--Robert Pirsig, "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.--Edmund Burke [Attributed, but not with 100% certainty]
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Mad are labeled those who do not take part in the common madness.--Roland, 8th Century French Military Governor
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A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. --Nelson Mandela
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It is the killing, it is the permanent war, it is our deranged national priorities. It is the system we live under which requires the serial deaths of all those innocents to maintain our economic health that should appall us. We sup upon the blood and bonemeal that is the byproduct of the idea that is America, and we sleep. And we sleep.
--Williams River Pitt, From "Waking From My Moral Coma"
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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.~ Nelson Mandela
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Geek test. Now, don't like or share this unless you
Geek test. Now, don't like or share this unless you "get it" within five seconds. No cheating--and don't write the answer in the comments...
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My wife told me to go to the doctors and get some of those tablets that 'help' you get an erection. 
You should have seen her face when I came back and tossed her some diet pills!
I'm still looking for a place to live. 
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There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black: 

1. He called everyone brother 
2. He liked Gospel 
3. He didn't get a fair trial 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish: 

1. He went into His Father's business 
2. He lived at home until he was 33 
3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God 

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian: 

1. He talked with His hands 
2. He had wine with His meals 
3. He used olive oil 
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Official Announcement 
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The government today announced that it is changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance. 

A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed. 
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What the Doctor says and what he really means.

Doctor: "This should be taken care of right away."
Translation: I'd planned a trip to Hawaii next month, but this is so easy and profitable that I want to fix it before it cures itself.

Doctor: "Let me check your medical history."
Translation: I want to see if you've paid your last bill before spending any more time with you."

Doctor: "We have some good news and some bad news."
Translation: The good news is, I'm going to buy that new BMW. The bad news is, you're going to pay for it.

Doctor: "Let me schedule you for some tests."
Translation: I have a forty percent interest in the lab.

Doctor: "I'd like to prescribe a new drug."
Translation: I'm writing a paper and would like to use you for a guinea pig.

Doctor: "If it doesn't clear up in a week, give me a call."
Translation: I don't know what it is. Maybe it will go away by itself.

Doctor: "I'd like to run some more tests."
Translation: I can't figure out what's wrong. Maybe the kid in the lab can solve it.
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"The day after daylight savings time is the groggiest day of the year because of monkeying with our clocks. But the biggest waste of time about resetting your clocks is trying to line up that little hole in the clock with the nail in your wall." -David Letterman
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"With Washington in the middle of a budget crisis, the White House is facing criticism for spending $250,000 a year on calligraphy. You can tell you're spending way too much money on calligraphy when you spend ANY money on calligraphy." -Jimmy Fallon
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"A Washington state mother is accused of letting her 22-month-old toddler smoke marijuana. When reached for comment the toddler said, 'Hey, man, everybody chill out!'" -Conan O'Brien
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Our six-year-old daughter, Terra, has a need to ask questions...lots of questions. One day my wife finally had it. 
"Have you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat?" my exasperated wife asked. 
"No," replied Terra. 
"Well, there was a cat, and he was very inquisitive. And one day, he looked into a big hole, fell in, and died!" 
Wide-eyed, Terra whispered: "What was in the hole?"
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A Baptist pastor was presenting a children's sermon.
During the sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the resurrection was.
Asking questions during children's sermons is crucial. Asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous.
After the pastor asked the children if they knew the meaning of the resurrection, a little boy raised his hand. The pastor called on him And the little boy said, "I'm not sure, but I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor."
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QUOTE: "Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."

HINT: (1942-), American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality.

ANSWER: Garrison Keillor.
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RANDOM TIDBITS

Irish soda bread gets its name and distinctive character from the use of baking soda rather than yeast as a leavening agent.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.

In Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

The harp is the symbol of Ireland. The color green is also commonly associated with Ireland, also known as "the Emerald Isle."

The name "lephrechaun" has several origins. It could be from the Irish Gaelic word "leipreachan," which means "a kind of aqueous sprite." Or, it could be from "leath bhrogan," which means "shoemaker." 

Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
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I went to a Yes concert with my father-in-law over the weekend. We had a blast! The music was awesome. And they played my favorite song "Starship Trooper". But, that wasn't all... 

After we were done rockin' out I bumped into a girl I knew from high school. It was a bit awkward to say the least. We hadn't seen each other since we graduated so we didn't really know what to say other than the generic, "How have you been?" and "Remember when Principle Davis cut that fart during the pep assembly?" You know, stuff like that. 

The real awkward part of this meeting was that she had a reputation for being dumber than a compulsive gambler vowing to win their money back. Let me put it this way - back in high school, she thought that knives could only be used to cut the foods that they were named after. Like a bread knife could only cut bread. A butter knife could only cut butter. A steak knife... you get the picture. 

During this brief encounter I hoped that she had smartened up a bit since last I saw her. She appeared to have added a few IQ points until she uttered this: "This is gonna be a great concert. You know, I always thought that concerts were breath mints for prisoners." 

Not to worry folks, she's a registered voter. 
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Die Hard
Die hard2
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The Toughest Time of My Life 

I had the toughest time of my life. 
First, I got angina pectoris and then arteriosclerosis. 
Just as I was recovering from these, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis. 
Then they gave me hypodermics. 
Appendicitis was followed by tonsillectomy. 
These gave way to aphasia and hypertrophic cirrhosis. 
I completely lost my memory for a while. 
I know I had diabetes and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis. 
I don't know how I pulled through it. It was the hardest spelling test I've ever had." 
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More Q and A Quickies

Q: Why do surgeons wear facemasks? 
A: So if they make a mistake, no one will know who did it. 

Q: How do you kill a circus troupe? 
A: Go for the juggler. 

Q: How does a lumberjack start his computer? 
A: By Logging On! 

Q: What do you call a piece of wood with nothing to do? 
A: Board! 
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What does spring break in Florida bring to mind? Drunk, sun burned college girls showing off their boobs? Drunk guys trying to jump into pools from fourth floor balconies and breaking their necks? 
How about a drunk, 21-year-old woman firing a handgun wildly inside her motel room? 
Police were dispatched to the Sun and Surf Motel after getting a report about a distraught and armed woman who had threatened suicide.
It wasn't exactly suicide on her mind since the report says the incident started with an argument she had with her boyfriend over another woman. 
Doesn't it always? 

The woman, Heather D. Beaver of Sylvania, GA., and her boyfriend had been out drinking most of the day when the argument happened. After the couple returned to their hotel room, Beaver reportedly continued to argue with her boyfriend, who decided to call the cops. 
That is when Beaver began throwing bullets. Apparently she is not very familiar with how handguns work. 
Despite the minimum risk from the low-velocity bullets he wisely decided to leave the room. When police arrived things started to escalate. Beaver barricaded herself inside the room and started to fire off rounds, occasionally opening the door to scream and threaten suicide.
Cops responded with four canisters of tear gas. Beaver then made the mistake of firing several more rounds in the direction of police. Finally, Beaver threw the gun down and gave up. She is now facing charges including Attempted Murder of Law Enforcement Officers.

Spring break 2013. Good times, man, good times.
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Have you ever read the ingredients on a bag of bread? The preservatives and chemicals that go into commercial bread-making (especially white bread) are not just hazardous to the environment but they are not very good or you either!
I looked up a great article which clearly explains what goes into white bread and what it does to you. 
Remember, the more ingredients, especially chemicals, in your food the worse it is for you, usually. Please scroll down for excerpts. 


In the manufacture of white flour, manufacturers first remove the wheat seed's bran and the germ which contains 76 percent of the vitamins and minerals and 97 percent of the dietary fiber. 

Then it gets worse. What little is left is then bleached, preserved and aged with chlorine dioxide. It is further whitened by adding chalk, alum and ammonium carbonate to make it look and feel more appealing to the consumer. An anti-salting agent called sorbitan mono-saturate is added in the final stage. 

A few synthetic nutrients are then added back into the white flour and it is then called 'enriched.' 

Laboratory rats usually die in a week to ten days when placed on a diet of white flour. All of the chemicals from white flour and other elements in our environment wreak havoc on the human body. Humans were not designed nor equipped to in- gest cumulative chemicals. A tremendous amount of strain is placed on the pancreas when it is forced to try to protect the body from chemicals. 

Whole wheat four and other whole-grain flours retain their bran, germ and nutrients and the vitamin E present in whole- grain flours act as a natural preservative that keeps it from turning rancid for several months. 

Don't be deceived by products that are advertised as whole grain, but really are not. They may have some whole grains in them, but there may be a lot of other unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients.

If the ingredients on your bread says 'enriched' and is followed by a long list of chemicals, it has been processed. 
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It has plenty of backbone, but doesn't have a leg. It peels like an orange, but it comes from an egg.

What is it?

ANSWER: A snake.
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QUOTE: "We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are."

HINT: (1904-1974), American author and nutritionist who became well known as an advocate for specific nutritional stances such as unprocessed food and vitamin supplementation

ANSWER: Adelle Davis.
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The Original Computer!!!!





Memory was something you lost with age
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity

A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider's home
A virus was the flu
A CD was a bank account


A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived

And if you had a 3.5 inch floppy.


You just hoped nobody ever found out!?!
Ha, ha, ha!


TY Robin
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Stabilitees 'Stand Back I am Going to Try Science' Funny Geek T Shirts
 
Here's the real, legitimate shirt: http://store.xkcd.com/products/try-science
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A useful system of finger reckoning from the Middle Ages:
To multiply 6 x 9, hold up one finger, to represent the difference between the 5 fingers on that hand and the first number to be multiplied, 6.
On the other hand, hold up four fingers, the difference between 5 and 9.
Now add the number of extended fingers on each hand to get the first digit of the answer (1 + 4 = 5), and multiply the number of closed fingers on each hand to get the second (4 × 1 = 4). This gives the answer, 54.
In this way one can multiply numbers between 6 and 9 while knowing the multiplication table only up to 5 × 5.
A similar system could be used to multiply numbers between 10 and 15. To multiply 14 by 12, extend 4 fingers on one hand and 2 on the other. Add them to get 6; add 10 times that sum to 100, giving 160; and then add the product of the extended fingers, 4 × 2, to get 168.
This system reflects the fact that xy = 10 [(x - 10) + (y - 10)] + 100 + (x – 10)(y – 10).
(From J.T. Rogers, The Story of Mathematics, 1968.)
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Pun fans claim that Sir Francis Drake reported the defeat of the Spanish Armada with a single word: “Cantharides” (an aphrodisiac; hence “The Spanish fly”).
When Sir Charles Napier took the Indian province of Sindh in 1843, he supposedly sent a one-word report to the British war office: Peccavi (Latin for “I have sinned”).
And when Lord Dalhousie annexed Oudh in the 1850s, he’s said to have sent a dispatch of a single word: Vovi (I vowed, or “I’ve Oudh”).
A dinner guest once bet her friends that she could get Calvin Coolidge to say at least three words during the meal. He told her, “You lose.”
 
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Hadouken Meme Strikes Internet Like Lighting
 
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mould storks
From Richard F. Mould’s Introductory Medical Statistics — this graph plots the population of Oldenburg, Germany, at the end of each year 1930-1936 against the number of storks observed in that year.
Does this explain the storks’ presence? Not necessarily: In 1888 J.J. Sprenger noted, “In Oldenburg there is a curious theory that the autumnal gatherings of the storks are in reality Freemasons’ meetings.”
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 Ned Stark Cake Pops http://notyourmommascookie.com/2012/04/game-of-thrones-cake-pops/
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Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Augustenburg was unfortunate enough to lose an eye in a shooting accident. When conversation flagged at a dinner-party, as happened so often when he was the host, he would bid the footman bring him a tray containing his collection of glass eyes, which he would exhibit to his embarrassed guests, explaining at great length the peculiarities of each one — ‘and this one, you see, is blood-shot, I wear it when I have a cold.’
– Georgina Battiscombe, Queen Alexandra, 1969
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here's how to make your own Game of Thrones Dragon Egg with nothing but paper, glue and play-doh.  http://browse.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-a-Dragon-Egg-345552052  click the picture on the Tutorial to enlarge it       they also have written instructions too
 
Here's how to make your own Game of Thrones Dragon Egg with nothing but paper, glue and play-doh.http://browse.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-a-Dragon-Egg-345552052
click the picture on the Tutorial to enlarge it
they also have written instructions too
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  • The first child to be vaccinated in Russia was named Vaccinov.
  • Every treasurer of the United States since 1949 has been a woman.
  • 15642 = 1 + 56 + 42
  • up inverted is dn.
  • “Life well spent is long.” — Leonardo
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“You often ask me, Priscus, what sort of person I should be, if I were to become suddenly rich and powerful. Who can determine what would be his future conduct? Tell me, if you were to become a lion, what sort of a lion would you be?” — Martial
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To-day at 10 a.m. the Cardinal was buried in the church at the back of the Catinari. According to old custom, when he was put into the grave, his head-cook walked up to it and said, ‘At what time will your Eminence dine?’ For a minute there was no response, and then the major-domo replied, ‘His Eminence will not want dinner any more’ (non vuol altro). Then the head-footman came in and asked, ‘At what time will your Eminence want the carriage?’ and the major-domo replied, ‘His Eminence will not want the carriage any more.’
Upon which the footman went out to the door of the church, where the fat coachman sat on the box of the Cardinal’s state carriage, who said, ‘At what time will his Eminence be ready for the carriage?’ and when the footman replied, ‘La sua Eminenza non vuol altro,’ he broke his whip, and throwing down the two pieces on either side the carriage, flung up his hands with a gesture of despair, and drove off.
 
– From the journal of Augustus Hare, Rome, Dec. 21, 1865
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From what I have read, the Southwest tribes of the Arizona and New Mexico desert had tales of the Thunderbird, a huge flying animal that   A good reference can be found at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbird_(cryptozoology)    Many people who claim to have seen the Thunderbird describe it as a flying animal with smooth, scaly skin, and a head like an alligator, surely a clear comparison to the chinese flying dragons..
From what I have read, the Southwest tribes of the Arizona and New Mexico desert had tales of the Thunderbird, a huge flying animal that
A good reference can be found at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbird_(cryptozoology)

Many people who claim to have seen the Thunderbird describe it as a flying animal with smooth, scaly skin, and a head like an alligator, surely a clear comparison to the chinese flying dragons..
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“The perfect hostess will see to it that the works of male and female authors be properly separated on her bookshelves. Their proximity, unless they happen to be married, should not be tolerated.”
– Lady Gough, Etiquette, 1863
“No matter what the fashion may be, the gloves of a well-dressed woman are never so tight that her hands have the appearance of sausages.”
– Margery Wilson, The New Etiquette, 1947
“A beautiful eyelash is an important adjunct to the eye. The lashes may be lengthened by trimming them occasionally in childhood. Care should be taken that this trimming is done neatly and evenly, and especially that the points of the scissors do not penetrate the eye.”
– Eliza Bisbee Duffey, The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Etiquette, 1877
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Dragonflies – nature’s deadly drone – but beautiful
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Quite the video from Commander Chris Hadfield and the Barenaked ladies and choir (not naked)  lol
http://www.wimp.com/singscollaboration/
Astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the ISS sings a collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies. [VIDEO] (calling it the "International Milkway Station" :-) :-) :-)  This is really great - you gotta listen!
Thanks, SSK
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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-desalination-idUSBRE92C05720130313?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+reuters/environment+(News+/+US+/+Environment) (Reuters) - A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue.
Thanks, Ed
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Sort the numbers 0, 1, 2, …, 123456 into two sets. In one set put all the numbers who digits add to an even sum; in the other put those whose digits produce an odd sum. Which set is larger?
 
 
The digit sum of each even number differs by 1 from that of the odd number that follows it, so they have opposite parity. Thus the score remains tied until we reach the last number, 123456, whose digits total 21. So the second set is larger than the first by a single member.
(By Polish mathematician Paul Vaderlind.)
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In April 1817 a strange young woman appeared in Almondsbury in Gloucestershire. She was 5 foot 2, with black hair and eyes, and wore a black shawl twisted like a turban around her head and a black dress with a muslin frill. She presented herself at a cottage in the village and pointed to the couch. The cottager, struck that she did not seem to understand him, summoned help, and she was sent to the county magistrate.
The woman spoke an unfamiliar tongue and looked blankly at those who spoke English. At first she sought to sleep on the floor, apparently not understanding what beds were for. The next morning the parish clergyman showed her a series of books and divined that she had come from China aboard a ship. She seemed to call herself Caraboo.
In the weeks that followed she taught her new friends the strange language that she spoke and wrote, and through it gave her story: She was a princess from an island named Javasu, and had been captured by pirates while walking in her garden. The pirates had sold her to the captain of a brig in exchange for a sack of gold dust. After some ill treatment, she jumped overboard and swam to the nearest shore, which happened to be England.
Throughout this time Caraboo exhibited strange behavior, wandering abroad with a gong, a tambourine, and a bow and arrow. She climbed trees dextrously and swam like a fish; she fenced capably and danced a peculiar sort of waltz.
Eventually a local scientist named Wilkinson published several letters in the Bath Chronicle hoping that someone might recognize a description of the strange woman. A woman named Mrs. Neale responded, and the truth came out. Princess Caraboo was Mary Baker, the daughter of a cobbler in Devonshire. She had wanted five pounds to pay passage to Philadephia on an emigrant ship, and had decided to beg for it while posing as a foreigner.
The magistrate’s wife forgave her and paid for her passage. She returned seven years later and tried to earn a living by exhibiting herself in her old guise, but few people came. She ended her days selling leeches in Bristol drugstores.
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The ancient Native American technique of growing Corn, Beans, and Squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting and helps increase harvests, naturally.  Corn acts as a support for climbing bean vines, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the high feeding requirements of corn and squash, and the squash provides mulch and root protection for the corn and beans. After cooperating beautifully in the garden, corn and beans form a complete protein when eaten together! How's that for a mutually beneficial relationship?  The Three Sisters are all easy to direct sow in the garden and are a great project for children, teaching them about the beauty of natural harmony while providing a fast-growing reward for their efforts.  The Iroquois believe corn, beans and squash are precious gifts from the Great Spirit, each watched over by one of three sisters spirits, called the De-o-ha-ko, or “Our SustainersThe ancient Native American technique of growing Corn, Beans, and Squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting and helps increase harvests, naturally.

Corn acts as a support for climbing bean vines, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the high feeding requirements of corn and squash, and the squash provides mulch and root protection for the c...orn and beans. After cooperating beautifully in the garden, corn and beans form a complete protein when eaten together! How's that for a mutually beneficial relationship?

The Three Sisters are all easy to direct sow in the garden and are a great project for children, teaching
them about the beauty of natural harmony while providing a fast-growing reward for their efforts.

The Iroquois believe corn, beans and squash are precious gifts from the Great Spirit, each watched over by one of three sisters spirits, called the De-o-ha-ko, or “Our Sustainers". The planting season is marked by ceremonies to honor them, and a festival commemorates the first harvest of “green” corn on the cob. By retelling the stories and performing annual rituals, Native Americans passed down the knowledge of growing, using and preserving the Three Sisters through generations.

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On his 36th birthday, feeling that his most fertile years were behind him, mathematician Abram Besicovitch said, “I have had four-fifths of my life.”
At age 59 he was elected to the Rouse Ball Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge.
When J.C. Burkill reminded him of his earlier remark, he said, “Numerator was correct.”
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Make a Bunch of them in all Colors
 
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Outsmart a woman????......Are you kidding.....
 
A man calls home to his wife and says, "Honey, I have been asked to fly to Canada with my boss and several of his friends for fishing... We'll be gone for a long weekend. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting so could you please pack enough clothes for a 3 day weekend. And also would you get out my rod and tackle box from the attic ? We're leaving at 4:30 PM from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up..

'Oh! And please pack my new navy blue silk pajamas.'

The wife thinks this sounds a bit odd, but, being the good wife, she does exactly what her husband asked.

Following the long weekend, he came home a little tired, but, otherwise, looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish? He says, 'Yes! Lots of Walleyes, some Bass, and a few Pike.

He said, 'But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?'

{You'll love the answer}






The wife replies, "I did. They're in your tackle box."
 

Never, Never, Never try to outsmart a woman!!!
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Yoda (896 BBY – 4 ABY) was a celebrated member of the Jedi, a group of warriors who protected the galaxy over a thousand generations. He served as Grand Master of the Jedi Order during the final years of the Galactic Republic. Despite being only 66cm tall, Yoda was a fearsome warrior who possessed exceptional lightsaber skills that almost matched his legendary wisdom. After the evil Sith overthrew the Galactic Republic with the aid of former Jedi and traitor Anakin Skywalker, Yoda went into hiding on the planet Dagobah where he led a hermitic life and continued to train under the ways of the Force. Before his death, Yoda helped train Anakin’s son, Luke, who would eventually lead the rebels to victory against the Empire and restore order to the Force.
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nudiustertian
adj. of the day before yesterday
 
ereyesterday
adv. on the day before yesterday
 
yestreen
n. yesterday evening
 
yester-afternoon
adv. yesterday afternoon
 
yesternoon
n. yesterday at noon
 
pridian
adj. of or relating to the previous day
 
yestern
adj. of yesterday
 
hesternal
adj. of yesterday
 
yesternight
adv. last night
 
hodiernal
adj. of or belonging to the present day
 
overmorrow
adv. on the day after tomorrow
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gorilla_2_(PSF).png
In 1993 Jacques Jouet wrote a love poem in the language of the great apes in the Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Zor hoden tanda
Kagoda bolgani
Rak gom tand-panda
Yato kalan mangani
Kreegh-ah yel greeh-ah
Kreegh-ah zu-vo bolgani
Greeh-ah tand-popo
Ubor zee kalan mangani.
Where are you going, gorilla,
In the dark forest?
You run without a sound
Seeking the female ape.
Beware of love
Watch out, gorilla
A lover dies of hunger
Of thirst, of hoping for the leg of the female great ape.
“The great-ape language has the peculiarity of being composed of a lexicon of less than 300 words,” Jouet notes. “In the absence of any information, it must be deemed that the syntax is according to the user’s preference, as are the pronunciation and prosody.”
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In 1989 a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution detected an unusually high-pitched whale call in the Pacific. Where most whales sing in the range 15–20 hertz, this one sang at 52 hertz, just above the lowest note of a tuba. The song has recurred most years since then, ranging between Alaska and California but not following the migration pattern of any known filter feeder. The whale seems to be healthy and maturing, but it remains the only one of its kind.
Because it sings and travels alone, the animal has been called “the loneliest whale in the world.” Whale biologists suspect that it may be malformed, or possibly a hybrid of two different species.
“He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’m out here,’” Kate Stafford of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory told the New York Times in 2004. “Well, nobody is phoning home.”
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In 1958 Winston Churchill broke his spine in a fall and was required to sleep with a bedrest, which he hated. He and nurse Roy Howells got into a heated argument in which the two swore at one another.
In making up afterward, Churchill said, “You were very rude to me, you know.”
Howells said, “Yes, but you were rude too.”
Churchill said, “Yes, but I am a great man.”
“There was no answer to that,” Howells remembered later. “He knew, as I and the rest of the world knew, that he was right.”
(From John Perry, Winston Churchill, 2010.)
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Bumper Sticker
 
Oh God, please protect me from your followers.
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"So, this is the exact value for the Universal Gravitational Constant. But more importantly this defines the exact shape of the Unit Flux. It's a particle and by simply altering its shape it becomes anything and everything in this Universe. It has 10 hypotenuse or diagonals joined at their centers, terminating on the vertices of the dodecahedron."
 You can read all about it here:
http://www.gootar.com/gravityboy/docs/fluxi.html


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Google it
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Someone send me a video of this hilarious photoset. EDIT: Made it clickthrough because it wouldn’t stop to autoplay. And everyone hates autoplay-porn, right!
Someone send me a video of this hilarious photoset.
EDIT: Made it clickthrough because it wouldn’t stop to autoplay. And everyone hates autoplay-porn, right!
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frogfail1
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My first lesson in the meticulous use of words occurred in connection with a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Just behind us on Exeter Street lived a well-known Boston spinster, Miss Ella Day by name. One moonlight night, when I was about ten years old, I was aroused by the noise of a watchman’s rattle and hurried to the window hoping to catch sight of the burglar leaping over the back-yard fences. Although I could see no burglar, I did see Miss Day’s attenuated right arm projecting from her window with the rattle, which she was vigorously whirling, at the end of it. Thoroughly thrilled, I called across to her:
‘Miss Day! Miss Day! What is it? Robbers?’
 
Even now I can hear her thin shaking voice with its slightly condescending acerbity: ‘No — burglars!’
– Arthur Train, Puritan’s Progress, 1931
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In 1969, as NASA was preparing to send the first men to the moon, it invited world leaders to compose goodwill messages to be recorded on a silicon disc and left on the Sea of Tranquility.
Most of them sent rather banal greetings, but Félix Houphouët-Boigny, president of Ivory Coast, sent this:
At the moment when man’s oldest dream is becoming a reality, I am very thankful for NASA’s kind attention in offering me the services of the first human messenger to set foot on the Moon and carry the words of the Ivory Coast. I would hope that when this passenger from the sky leaves man’s imprint on lunar soil, he will feel how proud we are to belong to the generation which has accomplished this feat.
 
I hope also that he would tell the Moon how beautiful it is when it illuminates the nights of the Ivory Coast. I especially wish that he would turn towards our planet Earth and cry out how insignificant the problems which torture men are, when viewed from up there.
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Confessions of Crafty Witches
blue dragon nudibranch
blue dragon nudibranch  Yes this is Real!!!  This is  a sea slug. More specifically, it’s a type of nudibranch. (Not all sea slugs are nudibranches, but all nudibranches are sea slugs.    A nudibranch is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranch     It spends its life floating on the surface of the ocean, much like the Violet Sea Snail. They feed on the poisonous Man of War Jellyfish, collecting the animal’s toxins and storing them in little sacs on the end of their feather-like “fingers.” The Blue Dragon can produce a much more powerful and deadly sting than the Man of War due to its ability to store the poison.    Dancing Glaucus Atlanticus (Blue Dragon) Nudibranch  Video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWztyHHIsFk
 
blue dragon nudibranch
Yes this is Real!!!
This is a sea slug. More specifically, it’s a type of nudibranch. (Not all sea slugs are nudibranches, but all nudibranches are sea slugs.

A nudibranch is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranch
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It spends its life floating on the surface of the ocean, much like the Violet Sea Snail. They feed on the poisonous Man of War Jellyfish, collecting the animal’s toxins and storing them in little sacs on the end of their feather-like “fingers.” The Blue Dragon can produce a much more powerful and deadly sting than the Man of War due to its ability to store the poison.

Dancing Glaucus Atlanticus (Blue Dragon) Nudibranch Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWztyHHIsFk
See More
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'Ogooglebar' ... and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately
Swedish has proven particularly adept at inventing new words for new tech.
 
11. Attitydinkontinens, n.
Definition: Literally meaning "attitude incontinence," the term describes the inability to keep one's opinions to oneself
Used in an English sentence: "Sorry for that long comment I left on your post just now. I guess I had a temporary case of attitydinkontinens."
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inwit
n. reason, intellect, understanding
 
outwit
n. the faculty of observing the world
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Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Choose any word in the first two lines, count its letters, and count forward that number of words. For example, if you choose STAR, which has four letters, you’d count ahead four words, beginning with HOW, to reach WHAT. Count the number of letters in that word and count ahead as before. Continue until you can’t go any further. You’ll always land on YOU in the last line.
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If this sentence is true, then Santa Claus exists.
If that sentence is true, then it’s the case that Santa Claus exists. But wait — in making this observation, we seem to have confirmed the truth of the original sentence. And if that sentence is true, then Santa Claus exists! Where is the error?
(By Raymond Smullyan.)
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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haberle_Leave_your_order.jpg
Trompe l’oeil master John Haberle’s 1895 work The Slate induced more than one viewer to reach for the chalk. But the whole image — slate, frame, pencil, string, and erasure — was painted in oils. Haberle intended it to be hung without a separate frame in order to complete the illusion.
Haberle specialized in such playful trickery. “The spectator is very apt to doubt the assertion that the work has been accomplished with brush and oil colors alone until he has been permitted to gaze at the production through a magnifying glass which brings out in bold relief the fact that the statement is indisputable,” wrote the Boston Post of a Haberle exhibition the following year. “[O]ne man who is known beyond the limits of Boston as an art critic was heard to say ‘If I had not seen it through a very powerful microscope, I should have refused to believe it to be a genuine painting without witnessing the artist actually at work on the subject.”
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At 1 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1910, West Virginia peach grower Charles Twigg called on his fiancee, Grace Elosser, at her home in Cumberland, Md. The two were to be married the following day. They closed themselves in the parlor and remained undisturbed until 2:30, when Grace’s mother looked in with a question. She found Charles sitting in a corner of the divan, with Grace leaning against him. Both were dead.
A post-mortem suggested traces of cyanide in their stomachs, but no container was found on the bodies or in the room. If it was not suicide, was it murder? The couple had led uneventful lives, and only Grace’s family had had access to the parlor. A jury returned a verdict of cyanide poisoning “at the hands of person or persons to us unknown.”
The matter remained at an impasse until Jan. 28, when, as an experiment, doctors J.R. Littlefield and A.H. Hawkins left two cats in baskets on the parlor divan, lighted the stove, and closed the door for an hour. Both cats died. The lovers’ bodies were exhumed, and an examination showed that they had died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The flue had been choked with soot, and the odorless gas had overwhelmed the couple.
 
The Elossers cleaned the flue and moved out the house, but nearly the same tragedy befell the two women who succeeded them. On Feb. 21, 1913, a neighbor happened to call and found both women unconscious in their chairs. It was discovered that two bricks had been placed in the flue to reduce its draft, and soot had again choked the narrowed opening.
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In 1966, asked to describe the person least likely to develop atherosclerosis, Cambridge research fellow Alan N. Howard answered, “A hypotensive, bicycling, unemployed, hypo-beta-lipoproteinic, hyper-alpha-lipoproteinic, non-smoking, hypolipaemic, underweight, premenopausal female dwarf living in a crowded room on the island of Crete before 1925 and subsisting on a diet of uncoated cereals, safflower oil, and water.”
Oxford physician Alan Norton added that her male counterpart was an ectomorphic Bantu who worked as a London bus conductor, had spent the war in a Norwegian prison camp, never ate refined sugar, never drank coffee, always ate five or more small meals a day, and was taking large doses of estrogen to check the growth of his prostate cancer.
“All these phrases mark correlations established in the last few years in a field of medical research which, in volume at least, is unsurpassed,” noted Richard Mould in Mould’s Medical Anecdotes. “The conflict of evidence is unequalled as well.”
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On a voyage to England in 1757, Ben Franklin narrowly escaped shipwreck.
Afterward, he wrote to his wife, “The bell ringing for church, we went thither immediately, and with hearts full of gratitude, returned sincere thanks to God for the mercies we had received.
“Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house.”
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When British politician Michael Foot was put in charge of a nuclear disarmament committee in 1986, London Times subeditor Martyn Cornell came up with the headline FOOT HEADS ARMS BODY.
“I certainly wasn’t going to get ‘nuclear’ or ‘disarmament’ or ‘committee’ to fit,” he said. “To my astonishment, the headline was printed.”
Andrew Kyle later pointed out that if Foot had become prime minister and discovered that his defense secretary had approved the strongarm tactics of the National Front, the headline might have read FOOT KNOWS ARMS BODY HEAD BACKS FRONT MUSCLE.
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EDIBLE GLITTER
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of food coloring *
* You can buy organic Food Coloring
baking sheet
350 degrees 5- 10 mins
I just made this... a few tips if i may. If your oven has the option for 180 cook there for 10 mins if not like mine i cooked at 200 for 10 mins. I did the 350 it just melted and it was not sparkly at all. I used just plain ole food coloring (liquid of course) and it turned out great it reminds me of powder metalic eye shadow now!
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In June 1946, 44-year-old Fern Bowden filed for divorce from her husband James, charging him with “cruel and inhuman treatment” and asking $100 a month to support their two teenage daughters. James filed an answer denying the charges and accusing his wife of keeping company with other men while he had been in Alaska on war business.
In mid-July, James began working with a small trunk which he kept locked in the basement of their Oregon home. He refused to tell the family what it contained but warned them repeatedly not to try to open it; when the girls came upon their father working on it he shouted at them to get out. Only he and their mother, he said, had the padlock combination.
On July 27, alone at home, Fern opened the box. “The cellar of the Bowden residence was wrecked by the explosion,” reported the Associated Press. “Small pieces of flesh and bone found scattered throughout the shattered parts of the home have been identified by the police criminal laboratory as human.”
Detectives determined that the trunk had contained six sticks of dynamite rigged with tacks, wire, and a small battery.
James was charged with illegal possession of explosives and first-degree murder.
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New Jersey magician Karl Fulves invented this ESP trick. Hand a friend an ordinary die and turn your back. Ask her to place the die on a table. Now ask her to give the die a quarter turn: If the top number is even, she must turn it to the east (to her right), and if the top number is odd, she must turn it north (away from her). This exposes a new top number, and she can turn the die again according to the same rule, turning it east if the number is even and north if it’s odd. After she has continued in this way for several turns, you ask her to stop when the top number is 1, then to give the die one final turn and to concentrate on the top number. It would seem as though the final number might be any one of four possibilities, but you can name it correctly with your back turned. How?
 
After at most three moves, the die enters a recurring loop: 1 4 5 6 3 2. So after the first few turns, it’s safe to predict that 4 will follow 1. Because the whole cycle is predictable, the trick can be repeated a few times to produce various “final” numbers.
 
Easter said than done.
 
Good Medical Advice
 
On his 74th birthday, a man got a gift certificate from his wife. The certificate paid for a visit to a medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.
 
After being persuaded, he drove to the reservation, handed his ticket to the medicine man, and wondered what he was in for. The old man handed a potion to him, and, with a grip on his shoulder, warned, "This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say '1-2-3.'  When you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life and you can perform as long as you want.
 
The man was encouraged.  As he walked away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?"
 
"Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,'" the medicine man responded, "but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
 
He was very eager to see if it worked, so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, "1-2-3!"  Immediately, he was the manliest of men. His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes, and then she asked, "What was the 1-2-3 for?"
 
And that, boys and girls,
is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition,
because we could end up with a dangling participle.
 
Thanks, SSK
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RANDOM TIDBITS

Watermelon is thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings.

Watermelon is 92% water.

Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.

Southern food historian, John Egerton, believes watermelon made its way to the United States with African slaves as he states in his book, "Southern Food."
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50 Shades of Grey in reverse .  The expurgated version.
 
He was in ecstasy with a huge smile on his face as his wife moved forward,

then backwards, forward, then backwards again...... back and forth... 

back and forth..... in and out.......
 
She could feel the sweat on her forehead, between her breasts and trickling
down the small of her back.
 
She was getting near to the end.
 
Her heart was pounding..... her face was flushed.....
 
Then she moaned, softly at first, then began to groan louder.
 
Finally, totally exhausted, she let out an almighty scream and shouted....................
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
"Okay, Okay!  I can't park the car! You do it, you smug bastard!"
Thanks, SSK
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All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me...
You may not realize it when it happens,
but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
 
 

 

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