Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) To be full of things; abound or swarm.|
|Usage:||The street teemed with hundreds of policemen who questioned every potential witness.|
|Edward VIII became king of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, George V, in 1936. He enjoyed immense popularity until the announcement of his intention to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American in the midst of divorcing her second husband. The government opposed the marriage, and the two sides clashed until Edward executed a deed of abdication, ending a 325-day reign as the first English monarch to relinquish his throne voluntarily.|
|Often remembered as a cigar-puffing nightclub entertainer who continued performing into his late 90s, Burns began his career by forming a comedy team in 1925 with Gracie Allen, whom he married a year later. They performed on radio and television, usually with Allen playing a scatterbrained wife and Burns in the role of an infinitely patient husband. Burns continued to perform after his wife's retirement, winning an Academy Award.|
|The eve of St. Agnes's Day has long been associated with superstitions about how young girls might discover the identity of their future husbands. According to one such belief, a girl who went to bed without any supper on this night would dream of the man she was to marry. John Keats used this legend as the basis for his well-known poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes," in which a maiden dreams of her lover and wakes to find him at her bedside. St. Agnes was martyred because she had consecrated herself to Christ and refused to marry. She was later named the patron saint of young virgins.|
|The amount of fish taken from the world's oceans over the last 60 years has been underestimated by more than 50%, according to a new study|
1885 - The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson.
1891 - James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas.
1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.
1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.
1986 - New footage of the 1931 "Frankenstein" was found. The footage was originally deleted because it was considered to be too shocking.
1998 - American researchers announced that they had cloned calves that may produce medicinal milk.
If You Were Born Today, January 20
You are a responsible and reliable person who values security but doesn't always offer it! You have an unusual sense of humor, your own distinct style, and a real flair for handling money as well as for money-making ideas. In your life time, one of your biggest lessons is to develop faith in yourself and to trust in your intuition, which is strong and rarely steers you in the wrong direction. While it can take some time for your heart to be captured by another, once it is, you give a lot to the people you trust and love, and sometimes a little too much until you learn to ask that others meet you halfway. Famous people born today: George Burns, Bill Maher, Skeet Ulrich, David Lynch, Evan Peters.
Photograph by Thomas Major, National Geographic
Thomas Major saw the opportunity to create this image from above while in Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. “I wanted to get a shot looking down at the people watching the falls. When I got to the top of the observation platform and looked down I noticed this geometric shape ... When the person put their arms out I knew that this completed the composition.”
thanks for all the jokes, jane
I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. She turned to me and asked,
'Are you having it catered'?
And that, my friend is the definition of old!
knit VALENTINE'S DAY
knit VALENTINE'S DAY
Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
'And what do you think is the best thing
About being 104?' the reporter asked.
She simply replied,
'No peer pressure.'
crochet VALENTINE'S DAY
crochet VALENTINE'S DAY
An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and Told her preacher she had two final requests.
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second,
she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart.
'Wal-Mart?' the preacher exclaimed. 'Why Wal-Mart?'
'Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.'
Festive, budget friendly and simple to make are how I'd describe these newsprint paper flowers that I whipped up the other day as last minute centerpieces. And since newsprint is used rather than tissue paper or crepe paper, the bottom layers of the flower retain their petal shapes and make a nice sturdy base, enabling one to simply attach the flower to a plate or pedestal of any kind.
- newsprint paper
- crepe paper (the least expensive and flimsiest is what I used)
- masking tape (or packing tape)
- sharp scissors
- Each flower consists of four layers of newsprint and three layers of crepe paper. You can experiment with more layers, though I found this to be optimum.
- My rectangles of newsprint were a result of folding one huge piece of newsprint into four, and each rectangle measures about (will fill this in in a moment). The crepe paper can be the same size though since I was again conserving materials I simply divided the roll of crepe paper into four to determine my crepe paper size, which was slightly smaller than the newsprint.
- Lay your newsprint layers on the bottom and then the crepe paper.
- Start to accordion fold the entire bunch, making folds about 1 inch high (less will be too difficult), though accuracy is not important. Burnish each fold.
- Once you've folded the entire length into an accordion, simply run a piece of masking tape tightly around the center, as seen below.
- Cut half petal shapes, as seen below.
- Gently form the flower by starting to pull each individual layer up to the center. This will get more difficult with the newsprint, so patience is necessary.
- I left two layer of newsprint laying flat to form the base.
And that is it! So get to work and make yourself a garden of lovely flowers! These would look amazing as a photo backdrop, (namely taped to a wall) or just about anywhere. I just put one on my pedestal cake stand and it looks fantastic as a centerpiece. Enjoy!
My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... art
It's scary when you start making the same noises
as your coffee maker.
THE SENILITY PRAYER:
Grant me the senility to forget the people
I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and
The eyesight to tell the difference.
Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do -
or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.
-- Stanley Crawford
The kind owners of a cafe in Greece are making headlines for their extraordinary generosity towards dogs. ‘Hot Spot’, located in Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, serves as a coffee place during the day and doubles up as a shelter for dogs at night!
Kindness towards animals is apparently quite common among the Greeks, but the generosity displayed by the management of Hot Spot is being hailed as unprecedented, even by local standards. They began their practice of letting strays spend the night indoors in July, when a waiter took pity on a dog that was stranded outside at around 3 am. Since then, they’ve been opening their doors to the dogs every single night.
"what is your name?" in Altai (Russia) - Seniñ adïñ kem?
LAWS OF LIFE
Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and
you'll have to pee.
Law of Gravity - An tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least
accessible place in the universe.
Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the
stupidity of your act.
Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.
Variation Law - If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will
always move faster than the one you are in now.
Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.
Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically
when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!
Law of Biomechanics
- The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always
arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go
for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the
performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early,
never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.
The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.
Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.
Law of Public Speaking -- A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!
Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!
Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by
the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.