Thursday, October 22, 2015

Smart is Cool Day OCTOBER 22, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Smart is Cool Day

If there’s ever a time to show off your IQ test results, Smart is Cool Day is probably it. Though it’s not clear where the tradition started, the eggheaded individual’s idea was absolutely brilliant.
Schools typically put together shows for their pupils and students and invite both street-smart youngsters and successful degree holders to speak to them about the importance of staying in school. But there’s really no need for that, because all it takes to see smart people are cool is to Google Mayim Bialik, Zach Braff or Matthew McConaughey and to check out their background.
To celebrate Smart is Cool Day, put on your vintage T-shirt and your corduroys and check out Sheldon Cooper’s latest adventures. Then test your wits at the and tell all your friends that you decided to become a doctor. Then download the Mensa app and enroll to become a Mensa member. Don’t forget to wear a cap saying ‘I make smart cool’ and to post your selfie for all to see, because it’s always nice to share your gifts with your friends, intellectual or otherwise.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
Synonyms:spontaneous generationautogenesisautogeny
Usage:Early notions of abiogenesis, now considered incorrect, held that living organisms generate from decaying organic substances, like maggots from meat.


Jean-Paul Sartre Refuses the Nobel Prize (1964)

A French philosopher, playwright, and novelist, Sartre was a leading exponent of 20th-century existentialism. His works examine man as a responsible but lonely being, burdened with a terrifying freedom to choose, adrift in a meaningless universe. He served in the army during World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the resistance, writing his first plays during the occupation. 

Robert Rauschenberg (1925)

One of contemporary American art's most prolific and influential figures, Rauschenberg was a painter whose three-dimensional collages, known as "combines," incorporated objects—such as soda bottles and stuffed birds—and anticipated the emerging pop art movement, of which he became a pivotal figure. He later used silk-screening to transfer images from print media to canvas.

Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the founding of the city as capital in the year 794. A procession of more than 2,000 costumed people depict the epochs or ages in Kyoto's history. They parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine, which was built in the 18th century as a dedication to the emperors who established Kyoto as the capital. The capital was moved in 1868 to Tokyo, and the festival stems from that time. Among the paraders is one representing Gen. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a patron of the arts under whom Kyoto flourished.

Study: First-Born Child Usually The Smartest

A new study finds that the first-born child is usually the smartest. Researchers from the University of Leipzig reveal that every successive child has a lower IQ than the last, according to The Telegragh.

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1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University. 

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1797 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He made the jump from about 3,000 feet

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1811 - Composer Franz Liszt was born. 

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1883 - The Metropolitan Opera House held its grand opening in New York

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1939 - The first televised pro football game was telecast from New York. Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14. 

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1961 - Chubby Checker appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and performed "The Twist." 

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1995 - The 50th anniversary of the United Nations was marked by a record number of world leaders gathering. 

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If You Were Born Today, October 22

Although you are personally magnetic, you have a manner that is slightly intimidating to others, making you a little hard to get close to. You give off the subtle impression that perhaps you don't really need new people in your life. You do, although you tend to be somewhat selective when it comes to your social life, simply because your work is extremely important to you and you value your time. There is a no-nonsense directness about you that inspires trust in others. You give the impression of solidity, strength of character, dependability and honesty. Although you are an idealist and visionary, you still manage to keep your feet on the ground. You don't seem capable of doing things halfway, and that includes your relationships. You are quite focused on achieving in life. Famous people born today: Jeff Goldblum, Catherine Deneuve, Deepak Chopra, Christopher Lloyd, Franz Liszt, Annette Funicello, Carlos Mencia, Bob Odenkirk.

Picture of the day

Sunset view from the back of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Suðurland, Iceland. The waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline.

Picture of Victoria Falls from the air

Go Over Big

Photograph by J. Philip Nix
In this aerial shot, J. Philip Nix manages to capture the staggering expanse of Victoria Falls plummeting from the Zambezi River. It’s not a stretch to understand why it’s known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” The waterfall’s thunderous roar and rising mist can be heard and seen, respectively, from miles away.

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Retro crocheted mittens
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Coral Snake pattern by Deb Richey
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Flower Hot Pad


I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me today, and we all could probably use more calm in our lives.
Some doctor on television this morning said that the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started.
So I looked around my house to see things I’d started and hadn’t finished and, before leaving the house this morning,
I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, a pockage of Prunglies, tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valum scriptins, the res of the Chesescke an a box a choclets.

Yu haf no idr how bludy guod I feel rite now.

stephanie o'dea

CrockPot Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Skip the coffee house today and make pumpkin spice lattes at home. This recipe really does taste like the real thing----even though it doesn't leave a fluorescent orange stain when you dribble it down your sweater.
The Ingredients.
adapted from Taste of Home's Halloween 2008 edition

--2 cups milk (I used 1%)
--2 T canned pumpkin
--2 T white sugar
--2 T vanilla (not a typo. it asks for tablespoons)
--1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
OR: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
--1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee

--garnish with whipped cream (optional)

The Directions.

This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly. I used a 4-quart crockpot, but as small as a 1.5 quart will work with these amounts.

Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again.

Ladle into mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon. I added a cinnamon stick to be fancy.
(if I rinse it off, can I re-use it? It seems wasteful to toss.)

The Verdict.

Adam and I really enjoyed these. We had them for breakfast yesterday, and the kids were jealous.It would be fun to put this out for the adults at a Halloween party, holiday gift-wrapping party, or to serve guests while you're waiting for the turkey to cook.


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Friends are born, not made. - Henry Adams


The new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks an older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears a couple confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions. The old priest suggests, “Cross you arms over your chest and rub your chin with one hand.” 
The new priest tries this. 
The old priest suggests, “Try saying things like, ‘I see,’ ‘yes,’ ‘go on,’ ‘I understand,’ and ‘how did you feel about that?’”
The new priest says those things, trying them out. 
The old priest says, “Now, don’t you think that’s a little better than slapping your knee and saying ‘No way! What happened next?’”

"Welcome" in Fuuta Jalon (Guinea) - Toolii

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