Equal Pay Day is a day to show the difference between what men and women are paid in the US. This always falls on a Tuesday in April but official wage figures are not available until late August / September.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A jumble; a hodgepodge.|
|Synonyms:||patchwork, melange, ragbag|
|Usage:||Inside the chest, he found a gaudy gallimaufry of old dresses, feathers, and sequins.|
|The kinetoscope is an early motion picture exhibition device that creates the illusion of movement by conveying a filmstrip of sequential images over a light source with a high-speed shutter. The first public kinetoscope parlor was opened in New York City in 1894 and introduced the basic approach that would become the standard for all cinematic projection before the advent of video. The venue had 10 machines, each showing a different short movie.|
|Serpico is a retired New York City police officer who is most famous for being the first officer in US history to testify about widespread police corruption. Just months before he testified in 1971, he was shot in the face during a drug bust under suspicious circumstances, leading some to believe that corrupt officers had set him up. Shortly thereafter, Serpico, a film based on his life and starring Al Pacino, was released.|
|The International Union of American Republics (now called the Pan American Union)—general secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS)—designated April 14 as Pan American Day in 1930. Although each member country holds its own celebration, it is at the Pan American Union building in Washington, DC, that one of the largest observances takes place. Students from all over the Western Hemisphere travel to Washington where, against a backdrop of flags in the courtyard of the House of the Americas, they perform folk songs and dances.|
|As if being small in stature weren't already enough of an issue in today's world obsessed with seven-foot-tall basketball stars and leggy models, now scientists have found that your height appears to be inversely correlated with your risk of heart disease thanks to your genes.|
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language."
1860 - The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph,MO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1902 - James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.
1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1939 - The John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.
1981 - America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.
If You Were Born Today, April 14
You are spunky and vivacious, with a personal presence that is powerful indeed. Although you are assertive, you are also very gracious and poised. There is a restlessness to your nature that keeps you on the move. There is also a distinct spiritual side. Your love nature is playful, and you are capable of making big sacrifices for those you love. Famous people born today: Pete Rose, Loretta Lynn, Anthony Michael Hall, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Carlyle.
Lighting the Night
Photograph by Fabio Manca, National Geographic
“We arrived in Hoi An right after Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Vietnamese coast,” writes Fabio Manca. “The streets in the old part of the city were flooded for several days, and people were using small speed boats to move around. Others were simply trying to push the water out from their homes and shops. Eventually we could ‘walk’ to the city center, where life had started again and shops reopened. There was a full moon that night, and young girls in colorful pink traditional dresses were selling candles to honor their ancestors and bring good luck.”
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Color Bright Baby Blanket
a spicy perspective
Baked Zucchini Chips
These are amazing and wonderful and since our family has gone gluten free, nothing we could have had unless we made our own.
--1 1/2 pound hunk o' meat (I used top round. I bet you could use pork!)
--salt and pepper
--1/2 cup water
--1 T dried minced onion, or 1 diced fresh onion
to add later:
--1 can tomatoes and chiles--drained
--1 can diced tomatoes--drained
burrito-sized tortillas, and whatever toppings your family likes
You are going to have to be in the kitchen if you plan on making the meat mixture into chimichangas. It doesn't take long, but there is no way around this---you need to fry up the cute little tortilla packets.
If you are feeling cranky and aren't in the mood to cook, don't make this.
In the morning:
salt and pepper your meat on all sides. Plop it into the crockpot and cover with 1/2 cup of water. Cook on low all day---I cooked this for 8 hours.
Shop for fresh ingredients for toppings, tortillas. If you aren't gluten free, I'd pick the whole grain no-lard flour tortillas (because I'm mean).
After your meat has cooked all day, remove it carefully. Skim the fat out of the liquid at the bottom of your stoneware, and remove excess juice. You really only need about a cup of juice left in the crock.
Put your meat back inside, and shred it with two forks. The meat should come apart easily. If it doesn't, cut it in pieces and cook on low a few more hours.
Add the can of drained diced tomatoes and drained tomatoes and chiles.
Turn your crock to high to warm everything up.
Prepare your toppings.
When the meat is hot again, start making your little chimichanga packets. Steam a few tortillas at a time by stacking them on a plate and covering with a dampened paper towel. Microwave for 60 seconds.
Take a steamed tortilla and plop a spoonful of meat in the center. If you use too much meat, it won't fold correctly. Trust me.
Fold the bottom and top of the tortilla, then the sides. The sides need to overlap a bit, so the meat doesn't escape.
Heat up some oil in a big skillet. When it is super hot, carefully put the chimichanga into the oil, seam-side down. Fry until golden brown (about 1 min) then flip.
Top with cheese, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
Oh my. These were amazing. My children have never had anything like this, and were thrilled to try the "crunchy burritos." We all ate too much, and were so happy we had the opportunity to do so.
CHILDREN'S CORNER .. coloring
DOILY TOTE and SHARPIE!
30 MILLION LIVE IN CAVES IN CHINA
China is one of the fastest growing and technologically evolving nations in the world – with high-tech building industries flexing their ample construction muscles for the past decade in places like Beijing and Shanghai, it’s pretty unbelievable that tens of millions still live in underground homes just a few hundred miles away.
'where's the bathroom?' in Polish - Gdzie jest toaleta?
DIY Log Planter
This Guy is Plating Junk Food Like High End Cuisine and It’s Awesome
by twisted sifter