A great New Year’s resolution might be to reduce your energy consumption, and to save money in the process. Cut Your Energy Costs Day is all about using less electricity (and hopefully paying less money as a result).
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A large number or amount or extent.|
|Synonyms:||hatful, lot, mint, muckle, peck, slew, spate, tidy sum, wad, stack, raft, pile, plenty,mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight|
|Usage:||It was only when he found a mickle of old letters in the basement that he learned his grandmother had been a prolific and talented writer.|
|In 1892, a company was formed in Texas to investigate long-held suspicions that oil might be under an area known as Spindletop Hill. After nine years of exploratory drilling, oil was struck at a depth of 1,139 ft (347 m), resulting in the "Lucas Gusher," which blew oil more than 150 ft (46 m) in the air. The well produced an estimated 100,000 barrels per day, marking what many consider the birth of the modern petroleum industry.|
|Vodoun is an ancient African pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor.|
|Chameleons shoot their long, sticky tongues out at high speeds to snag an unsuspecting snack. Scientists have long known about the color-changing animals' tricky prey capture.|
1863 - Prime Minister Gladstone opened the first section of the London Underground Railway system, from Paddington to Farringdon Street.
1911 - Major Jimmie Erickson took the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, CA.
1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.
1951 - Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a trip from Chicago to New York City.
1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was "The First Churchills."
1994 - In Manassas, VA, Lorena Bobbitt went on trial. She had been charged with maliciously wounding her husband John. She was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. (the first time i ever sat in a barnes and nobles and read a magazine article for free. of course, they knew what they were doing as i bought two books while i was there! lol)
1997 - James Brown got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
If You Were Born Today, January 10
You are exceptionally hard working, organized, intelligent, and efficient. Some of you can be accused of being workaholics, and sometimes this comes from a fear of being poor or needy. You are a friendly person and you carry yourself especially well so that others easily respect you. Others generally appreciate your straightforward approach to life, as well as your practical and sound mind. Famous people born today: Rod Stewart, Linda Lovelace, Pat Benatar, Ronnie Hawkins, George Foreman.
A male Scelophysa trimeni feeding on Arctotis decurrens in Port Nolloth, South Africa. This species of scarab beetle is found exclusively in South Africa. Males are covered in minute sky-blue scales while the scales of the females are sienna brown. Both are important pollinators in the region, especially for Mesembryanthemum and some daisy species.
Above the Boardwalk
Photograph by Robert Klaric, National Geographic
People stroll on a wooden walkway through Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Robert Klaric writes that, with its crystal-clear waters, cascades, and waterfalls throughout the area, the park “will take your breath away.” He noticed the people walking below and stopped to make this image. “The light and the view were perfect,” Klaric says.
Bird Feeder Wreath
A circular mold, wide ribbon, some birdseed, and some melted suet are all you need to help feed our feathery friends over the winter months.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game
Are you a color wizard? Try your hand at COLOR where you need to quickly find certain types of colors that match certain attributes.
"what is your name?" in Afrikaans (South Africa) - Wat is jou naam?
An Old Farmer's Advice
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
* You cannot unsay a cruel word.
* Every path has a few puddles.
* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
* The best sermons are lived, not preached.
* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen, anyway.
* Don't judge folks by their relatives.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.
* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin''
* Always drink upstream from the herd.
* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
* Live simply Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.