Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lindy Hop Day MAY 26, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Lindy Hop Day

If you’ve been thinking that there just aren’t enough reasons to cavort around a dance floor to the boisterous sounds of 1920s jazz, then you will no doubt become a fan of Lindy Hop Day. After a decline in popularity in the 1950s, this form of swing music is back and infecting more and more followers with its undeniable vitality.
It’s an energetic dance that originated in black communities in Harlem, in New York City. If you want a true experience, try to seek out a venue with live big-band jazz. It’s fun, frenetic, occasionally frenzied, and is likely to leave you exhausted, but don’t worry: you only need to do it once every year. Some say the name commemorates Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 ‘hop’ across the Atlantic in a plane – the first time that feat was accomplished alone – but let’s hope he wasn’t doing this dance when he was at the controls!

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.
Synonyms:rid ofeliminate
Usage:Her discovery of an old wedding dress in the attic obviated the need for her to buy a costume for the party.

A blonde man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts: "Did you find the shampoo?"
He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do; it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine."


John Wayne (1907)

An American actor and enduring icon of rugged masculinity, Wayne is best known for playing the archetypal Western hero in films like StagecoachThe Alamo, andRio Bravo. He appeared in some 250 films before his work in True Grit earned him his first—and only—Academy Award. An outspoken supporter of conservative political causes, notably America's role in Vietnam, Wayne also appeared in a number of war films, including The Green Berets.

Georgia Independence Day

Georgia Independence Day celebrates the republic's brief period of independencefrom Tsarist Russia from May 26, 1918, until its forced incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1922. Georgia declared its independence from the former Soviet Union on April 9, 1991, but the national holiday commemorates the country's original independence earlier in the century.

Brain Implants Gives New Life To a Paralyzed Man

A man who is paralyzed from the neck down has had a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to control a robotic arm with his thoughts. Erik Sorto, has been paralyzed for over 10 years and now he can lift his own drink to mouth using a brain-controlled robotic arm.

1896 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the "Wall Street Journal."

1959 - The word "Frisbee" became a registered trademark of Wham-O. 

1975 - American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car. 

1977 - George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours. 

1994Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996. 

1998 - The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.

Born, 1923

James King Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011)
Arness portrayed the role of Marshall Dillon on TV’s Gunsmoke for twenty years
(1955 to 1975). According to legend, his friend John Wayne declined the role 
and recommended Arness. He spent time as a courier for a jewelry wholesaler
while attending high school. 

Released, 1969

The film “Midnight Cowboy” won three Academy AwardsBest Picture,  Best
 and Best Adapted Screenplay. To date, it is the only X-rated film
ever to win Best Picture. It has since been placed 36th on the American
Film Institute’s
 list of the 100 greatest American films of all time.

Oldest Combat Vet.

Richard Arvine Overton
(AP) – Born in Bastrop County, Texas, in 1906, by the time Richard 
Overton celebrated his 109th birthday on May 11 of this year, he had
already gotten used to his celebrity as America’s oldest living combat
Having served in the Pacific theater during World War II from 1942 to
1945, Overton was part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation
Battalion, fighting in places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He says 
while he saw his share of enemy fire, “I didn’t get a scratch.” He
left the service after attaining the rank of Sergeant.  
As an ambassador for the memory of those who served, Overton has
proven himself exemplary. In that role, the Austin, Texas, native has
been regularly praised by politicians of both parties, many of whom
have come to pay tribute to him and listen to his stories of war. 

Died Yesterday at 85

Anne Meara (September 20, 1929 – May 23, 2015)
LOS ANGELES (AP) –  Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic
work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and
TV, has died.
Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday.  No other details
were provided.

70 Yesterday

Priscilla Ann Presley (Wagner) was born in Brooklyn, New York
Priscilla was the wife of singer Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973 and
played the role of Jenna Wade on the CBS television series Dallas (1978-1991). In 1988 she starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in The
Naked Gun
 film series.


If You Were Born Today, May 26

You are very insightful and often help others to better understand themselves. Artistically gifted, you have a real creative bent in addition to general "smarts". You are exceptionally hard working and quite ambitious as well--a combination that virtually guarantees success. Famous people born today: John Wayne, Peter Cushing, Helena Bonham Carter, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Stevie Nicks.

Picture of the day
Heddal stave church
The Heddal stave church is a stave church located at Heddal in NotoddenNorway. The largest church of its kind in Norway, this three-nave building dates to the 13th century; according to legend, it was built in three days.

Picture of meerkats looking into the distance

Staring at the Sun

Photograph by Clemens Capek, National Geographic
A meerkat family warms up at sunrise in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. “Shortly after waking up, a meerkat family—also called a gang or mob—will warm in the sun to harvest energy for the day,” writes Clemens Capek. The animals are normally shy, but one family in the area became accustomed to humans in close proximity, allowing Capek to capture them in their natural surroundings.

A blonde man goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy," he tells the vet.
The vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me."
The blonde man says, "Wait, I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet."


Picovoli pattern by Grumperina
This pattern is the same as the Tivoli pattern.
Preview by Yahoo



Two blonde men find three grenades and they decide to take them to a police station.
One asks: "What if one explodes before we get there?"
The other says: "We'll lie and say we only found two."




A woman phoned her blonde neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you & your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
To which the blonde man replied: "Well the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday."

Dijon mustard-roasted pork loin with green beans
today food
Dijon-mustard-roasted pork loin with green beansCasey Barber
Roasting green beans in the same pan as a tender pork roast infuses the vegetables with the rich flavor of the meat, tempered by a tangy touch of Dijon mustard for good measure.
Makes 4-6 servings
  • 1 2-to-3-pound boneless pork loin roast
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • 1 pound green beans, rinsed and trimmed
Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
Sprinkle the pork loin on all sides with salt and pepper.
Heat a large, high-sided skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the oil, swirling to cover the bottom of the pan.
Add the pork loin and brown on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Transfer the pork loin to a rimmed baking sheet and brush with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
Roast the pork loin for 15 minutes.
Toss the green beans with a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
After the pork has cooked for 15 minutes, add the green beans to the baking sheet, placing them evenly around the pork.
Roast for 15 minutes more, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork loin reads 145˚F and the green beans are roasted and crispy in spots.
Let the pork sit for five minutes before slicing and serving.

A blonde man spies a letter lying on his doormat.
It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ".
He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.

stephanie o'dea

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Apples in the CrockPot

We have fruit covered in chocolate. And that makes everything right with the world.

The Ingredients.

--chocolate chips (I didn't measure. A bunch.)
--crockpot (I used my big one. Any size would work just fine.)

The Directions.

Dump chocolate chips into the crockpot. I didn't spray cooking spray. I didn't add anything. I just put in the chocolate chips.

While the chocolate is melting, wash and prepare the fruit you're going to use, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cook on high for 30 min-1 hr. You will know that the chocolate is ready to stir when it gets really shiny and begins to break down. You can start stirring it when the chip forms are still visible.

Dip fruit pieces into the melted chocolate. I had lots of help with this, and although the chocolate was hot, nobody got burnt, and nobody seemed to mind. And somehow "nobody" got chocolate fingerprints all over the outside of the dishwasher and refrigerator. hmph.

Put the covered fruit onto the parchment-paper lined cookie sheets and place into the refrigerator to harden. This doesn't take long---I think we only waited about 20 minutes.

You can go totally fancy and have one crockpot for semi-sweet chocolate, one for white, and one for milk. You can make little swirls with the different chocolates and double-dip to create culinary masterpieces. I'd really like to do this one day. Alone.

The Verdict.

These are awesome. I can not wait to make them again. But I need to get Clorox wipes first.

A blonde man's dog goes missing and he is frantic. 
His wife says "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?"
He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy!" he replies.


A blonde man shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.
"No!" he shouts, "this is her husband!"


A blonde man is in jail. The guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"Just WHAT are you doing?" he asks.
"Hanging myself," the blonde replies.
"The rope should be around your neck" says the guard.
"I tried that," he replies, "but then I couldn't breathe."

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

An Italian tourist asks a blonde man: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"
To which the blonde man replies: "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. - A. A. Milne

This is a variation of a famous quote from Buffy. Funny thing... When my husband heard it the first time, even though we were only friends back then, he said it reminded him of me. :)

The Man Who Tastes Sounds

By Sumitra 
Meet James Wannerton, an Englishman with an incredibly rare ability to taste sound. That might seem absurd, but it is very much a reality for people with a condition called synaesthesia, which causes senses that are usually separate to intermingle.
Even as a young boy, James always experienced an involuntary taste on his tongue every time he heard a sound. Hearing the name Anne Boleyn in History class, for example, gave him a strong flavor of pear drops. He associated most of the British monarchs with a specific taste, making it easy for him to remember facts and events. His word-taste associations always helped him do better in school.
As he grew older, James found that his unique ability helped him in other aspects of life too. His relationships were all too delicious – he chose his companions not because of their looks or personality, but based on how their names felt on his taste buds. His schoolmates often had a strong essence of sliced potatoes and strawberry jam, while his dates’ names tasted like slices of rhubarb and melted wine gums.


You spend more time thinking about food than you’ve ever spent thinking about a person. | 24 Things Only Girls Who Are Constantly Hungry Will Understand

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