Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Int'l Restless Legs Awareness Day SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate International Restless Legs Awareness Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day aims to promote awareness of this medical condition or syndrome. It is held on the same day each year to coincide with the birth date of Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn (born 23rd September 1907, died 1977). This eminent Swedish neurologist first wrote and described the disease in 1945. Since then, a lot has been learned about its symptoms although (to date) there is no known primary cause. It may be associated with dopamine or blood iron levels.
Characterized by urges to move the legs even when at rest, it can also sometimes occur in the arms. Secondary causes include some medication or other pre-disposing medical conditions.
International Restless Legs Awareness Day aims to increase understanding of RLS and the jerky movements and in some cases distress caused. A cure is still being sought. In 2013, the North Carolina (USA) proclaimed that this day should be observed by all citizens.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A stout lever with a sharp spike; used for handling logs.
Synonyms:cant dog
Usage:The lumberjack rammed the peavey's spike into the log and rolled it toward the pile.


Typhoid Mary (1869)

Mary Mallon was the first person in the US to be identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever. In 1904, a typhoid epidemic was traced to homes where she had been a cook. She fled but was located by authorities and forcibly quarantined for several years. In 1910, she was released on the condition that she not take another food-handling job. Discovered cooking again in 1914, she was quarantined for life. Though she herself never had the disease, she infected about 50 people.

Constitution Week (Mesa, Arizona)

Mesa, Arizona, has consistently celebrated the Congressionally established Constitution Week for over 30 years. Held at the Mesa Amphitheater, the celebration includes a school band concert, a Constitution Quiz, a Boy Scouts parade of flags, the high school color guard ROTC, and live music. Educational activities include information about the lives and activities of America's Founding Fathers and an in-depth examination of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Mesa students at all grade levels learn about the U.S. Constitution during the week.

Ancient Squirrel's Nest Leads to Discovery of Giant Virus

Thank an ancient squirrel, climate change, and French scientists for the new discovery of an ancient virus, Mollivirus sibericum, that sounds like it could launch a creepy movie. 

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1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.

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1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.

1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency. 

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1845 - The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America

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1846 - Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune. 

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1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier. 

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1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The hall was later renamed the Avery Fisher Hall. 

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1962 - "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

1998 - Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

1999 - Siegfried & Roy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, September 23

You are very engaging, quick-witted, personable, and magnetic. You have a mischievous quality that is generally good-natured and likeable, and that keeps you youthful no matter your age! You are what might be described as a gentle leader, as people naturally gravitate to you, but you are not aggressive or showy by nature. Even so, you make things happen and bring change. You are quite articulate and make an engaging conversationalist - people enjoy your company. You are always curious and often a little mischievous. You can be very idealistic in love. Famous people born today: Mickey Rooney, Jason Alexander, Julio Iglesias, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco.

Picture of the day
Birmingham Quran manuscript
Folio 2 recto (left) and folio 1 verso (right) of the Birmingham Quran manuscript, preserving parts of Surahs 18 to 20. These two leaves of this early Quranic manuscript, held in the Mingana Collection, were discovered in 2015 as being dated between 568 and 645, making it among the oldest Quran manuscripts to date.

Picture of a woman selling fish in Indonesia

Red Arranging

Photograph by Victor Djaja, National Geographic 
In order to compose this image of a woman arranging fish to dry in the coastal village of Sawah Luhur, Indonesia,  Victor Djaja took a physical approach to capturing the shock of red from above—raising the camera as high above his head as possible.


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CrockPot Barbecue Beef and Bean Sandwiches

This is super easy---you probably already have all the ingredients in the house already!

The Ingredients.

--3 pound chuck roast (mine was frozen solid)
--1 yellow onion, sliced in rings
--3 cloves chopped garlic
--1 can (16.5 oz) barbecue baked beans
--2 T water
--1/4 cup prepared barbecue sauce (this wasn't in the picture, because I needed to go get some, and wanted the meat to start cooking)
--cheese, optional
--jalapeno slices, optional

The Directions.

You will need at least a 4 quart crockpot for this meal.

All I did was run the meat under hot water to separate it from the plastic bag. I plopped it into the crockpot, and turned it on low to begin to warm while I cut the onion and garlic. After I added them, I poured the contents of the bean can over the meat. Although Becky didn't, I added about 2 T of water to the bean can and squished it around with a fork to get the remaining beans and bbq slime.

Add barbecue sauce.

Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork. I plugged our meat in at 5 am (I know. I was up early.) and we ate it 12 hours later. 

Serve on rolls, buns, rice cakes, or over rice. Add slices of your favorite cheese and sliced jalapenos.

The Verdict.

We all really liked this meal. The kids ate their meat right off the plate with a fork, and Adam and I did the rice cakes. I loved the sliced jalapenos on top---there was a perfect mix of spicy tang and sweetness from the barbecue sauce. The meat was very tender and fell apart, just as I like it.


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I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse. - Florence Nightingale

in the generosity of your spirit, all people are lifted up by your offer of dignity from the heart. peace!




Ripley’s has always been a home to those deemed undesirable, freakish, or too shocking and strange to be part of “normal” society.
Unlike those who mistreated and ostracized these individuals, here at Ripley’s we have always embraced the unique, the peculiar and the shockingly different.
Feast your eyes on this group of utterly fascinating men and women with unique and startling physical attributes so unbelievable that you will question if they actually existed.


Francesco is one of the few sideshow circus workers who actually garnered a ton of respect and praise … well, that’s after getting bullied for years, of course.
He technically is a pair of conjoined twins, but his “brother” (who is made up of one leg and genitals) got attached to his spine.
After learning to cope with his disability by seeing that other kids had it much worse than he did, Lentini decided to tour with a variety of circuses including Barnum’s and Coney Island.
After touring with different circuses, he was so well-respected and loved that people dubbed him as “The King.”


Also known as a “pinhead,” Schlitzie was born with microcephalus; a condition that causes a sloped forehead and an abnormally smaller head and brain.
He was always known to be a ray of sunshine and a man who had unconditional love for everyone around him.
No one really knows for sure about Schlitzie’s history, but it is believed that his parents sold him to a showman to be put on display shortly after his birth. Even though he never truly retired, he spent 71 years of his life entertaining all of those around him before he passed away.


Also known as “Camel Girl,” Ella was born with a condition that caused her knees to bend backwards.  She performed in circuses in the late 1800s.
Newspapers everywhere would describe her as “the most wonderful freak of nature since the creation of the world.”
She quit after she saved up enough money to go to school, but after 1886, there really is no trace of Ella except for a marriage certificate in 1905.


Also known as the Ohio Big Foot Girl, Fanny was born with Milroy disease, causing extreme swelling of the legs and feet.
Her feet got to be 17 inches long before she died at the age of 39.
Fanny Mills
via tumblr / 50shadesofkinzie


Joseph, also known as the Elephant Man, is an interesting case. He was born normal and only started noticing deformities when he was three years old in the form of bumps forming on the left side of his body. By the time he was 12, his deformities were severe and his father ended up kicking him out of the house, leaving Joseph homeless, hungry and alone.
Merrick had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome.
He became a door-to-door salesman who hid his face behind a burlap mask, but obviously was unsuccessful. He ended up becoming a sort of celebrity among the elite in Victorian society.


The “Two Boys, One Head” is actually Ernie Defort born with a parasitic twin attached to his sternum. He didn’t tour for long because his health started to deteriorate as his twin brother grew.
At 12 years old, they decided to surgically remove his twin, but Ernie was emotionally attached to him and didn’t want to undergo the surgery.
According to the doctor, Ernie had the intelligence of a 19-year-old. After surviving the surgery, Ernie suffered from depression and a few psychological issues, but ended up living a well-balanced life. He even got married!


The eldest of 20 children, Edouard was the only one to grow abnormally large. He stood over 7 feet tall by the young age of 17 and still continued to grow. Instead of using his height to sell himself as a “giant freak of nature,” he decided to become a strongman.
He toured with Barnum and Bailey Circus, but in 1904, while on tour with them, he collapsed due to a pulmonary hemorrhage and died at 23.
At the time of his death, he measured 8 feet 3 inches tall.
Even after his death, however, his preserved corpse was kept on display for profit. Finally, after 85 years of his body traveling from place to place, he was laid to rest respectfully.


Nicodemus, born John Doogs, was born with truncated limbs. He was, however, remarkably strong and extremely talented in acrobatics.


Mignon was born with phocomelia which typically stunts the limbs and fuses fingers, but her fingers were fused in such a manner that they resembled flippers, hence her stage name.
She married twice and had a healthy son with her first husband.
Her second husband was the crippled former acrobat called “Hoppy the Frog Boy” who performed with her for many years.


Born with hypertrichosis, she had two rows of teeth and a face full of hair. Her father decided to make the most of a seemingly awful situation and approached Karl L. Lauther, a well-known show promoter, for help. He immediately hired Percilla and even got emotionally attached to her. So much so, that he hated it when the public would call her “Monkey Girl.”
While performing, she met Emmitt Bejano, the Alligator-Skinned Man. They fell in love and got married in 1938.
Eventually, they both retired in Florida and lived happily until Emmitt passed away in 1995. Percilla was even a guest on Jerry Springer (clean-shaven, however) and peacefully died in her sleep in 2001.

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Spectacular Views of Earth From Above

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aerial view tulips

These breathtaking photos show a slightly different perspective of our planet’s landscapes, with spectacular views of earth from above, providing a glimpse as to what a bird might see while soaring over the land below.
Pictured above, tulips are lovely to look at up close, but their real beauty emerges when you see the total picture of the fields in Netherlands from high above as a stunning rainbow patchwork.

Dragon Falls, Venezuela

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Churun-meru, or Dragon, Falls are part of Angel Falls in Venezuela, the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, at a height of more than 3,200 feet.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

iceland falls
While on a trip to Iceland, photographer Sarah Martinet had the opportunity to shoot this spectacular waterfall photo from a plane with open windows.

Maze at Longleat, England

england above
Photo Credit: 4plebs
The maze at Longleat in England is made up of more than 16,000 English yews and is the longest, but not the largest, hedge maze in the world, covering 1.48 acres, and 1.69 miles of pathway. The full-scale maze has several dead ends and multiple paths punctuated by six raised bridges, all of which surrounds a central tower.

Niagra Falls, New York and Ontario

niagra falls above
Ron Snider was the first place winner in the Niagara Falls Live 2012 Photo Contest with this stunning photo from above the falls.

Seattle, Washington

Photo Credit: Flickr: Thatcher Kelly
This jaw-dropping photo reveals a view of Seattle with all its major features: Lake Union, Elliot Bay, Lake Washington, downtown Seattle, the I-90 floating bridge, Aurora Bridge, Boeing Field, Seatac Airport, Mount Rainier and even Mount St. Helens.

1 comment:

  1. Falling for the falls and baking beans! Autumn has arrived.