Spot a problem, think of a solution, and before you know it you’re innovating! Innovation Day is all about imagining new, better ways of doing things. How will you be innovative?
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Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic.|
|Usage:||He was of august lineage, and was widely admired for his family connections.|
Idiom of the Day
Of lower quality than or inferior to someone or something else, especially that of the expected norm.
|Bono was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician. He began his music career working with legendary producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s and went on to write, arrange, and produce a number of hit singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," which he performed with his then-wife Cher. The duo also hosted a popular television variety show in the 1970s. Later, Bono became involved in politics and served as a member of the US House of Representatives.|
|On Feb. 11, scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by the collision of two black holes about 30 times more massive than the sun.|
1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
1883 - "Ladies Home Journal" began publication.
1923 - Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.
1937 - Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.
1948 - NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
1968 - In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
1999 - "Rolling Stones Day" was declared in Minnesota.
2005 - The NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute
If You Were Born Today, February 16
Passionate and loving yet independent, you are not always easily understood. Your life is changeful in part because of a deep inner need to reinvent yourself from time to time. You possess inner vision and can be quite spiritual. Learning to believe in yourself but also to put faith in the universe rather than attempting to over-control your life are keys to your success. When inspired, you are hard-working and determined. Famous people born today: John McEnroe, Sonny Bono, LeVar Burton, Margaux Hemingway.
SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II was the second ship of the Kaiser Friedrich III class of pre-dreadnought battleships. Commissioned into the German fleet in 1902, she was armed with a main battery of four 24-centimeter (9.4 in) guns and powered by triple expansion engines. Initially the flagship, she was replaced by the SMS Deutschland in 1906 and decommissioned. With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II was brought back into active duty as a coastal defense ship, but was withdrawn in February 1915. The ship was stricken from the navy list in 1918 and sold for scrap in the early 1920s.
The Devil's Gold
Photograph by Maciej Dakowicz, National Geographic
Maciej Dakowicz had always wanted to see Kawah Ijen in Indonesia and made sure to find his way to the crater on his first visit to the country, despite the arduous path to get there: a two-hour uphill hike, followed by 45 minutes of trekking down into the crater. Although only at the crater on Java Island for a few hours, Dakowicz had "a very memorable day." He watched miners go up and down the crater, doing the dangerous job of carrying heavy baskets of sulfur, sometimes called devil's gold. Every day, 300 or so miners make the two-mile climb to the top of the volcano and haul out 150 to 200 pounds of sulfur at a time.
Crochet book mark with DROPS flower in ”Safran”. ~ DROPS Design
Crochet Piano Wrap
Skill Level Easy
GAUGE: Square measures approximately 5″ across.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.
Throw measures 45” x 49”.
NOTE: Beginning chain-3 counts as first double crochet. Join with a slip stitch unless otherwise stated.
Beg CL = Ch 2, *YO, insert hook in sp indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
CL (uses one st) = *YO, insert hook in st indicated, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 2 times more, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
SQUARE: (make 72)
NOTE: Make 14 each using CA, CB, and CC; 15 each using CD and CE.
Ch 4, slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring, slip st in first sc. 6 sc
Rnd 2: Ch 4, (counts as first dc plus 1 ch) dc in same st, ch 1. (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) in each sc around. Slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4. 12 dcs, 12 ch-1 sps
Rnd 3: slip st in first ch-1 sp. Work beginning cluster. (Ch 2, sk 1 dc, cluster in next ch-1 sp) 11 times. Ch 2. Slip st in top of beg cluster. 12 clusters, 12 ch-2 sps
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc in ch-2 sp.Fpdc around the post of the dc two rows below on Rnd 2. Sc in same ch-2 sp, sc in top of next cluster) 11 times. Slip st in first sc. Fasten off. 48 sts
Rnd 5: Join CF with sc in any fpdc. Sc in next st. (Fpdc around the top of the entire cluster of Rnd 3, two rows below. Sc in next 3 sts) 11 times. Fpdc around top of next cluster, sc, sc in next sc. Slip st to join the rnd. 48 sts
Rnd 6: Slip st in next 3 sc. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in next 7 sts. *Ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts* 3 times. Ch 5, sk 3 sts. Sc in last st. Slip st in first sc. 36 scs and 4 ch-5 corners
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 7 sts. *At corner, (2 sc, fptr around post of fpdc two rows below, 2 sc in ch-5 sp), Sc in next 9 sc.* three times. Repeat from ( to ) one time. Sc in last sc. Slip st in first sc. Fasten off. 56 sc and 4 fptr
Arrange motifs in 8 columns of 9 squares each. Whipstitch together with right sides facing each other.
Rnd 1: Join CF with sc in middle tr of corner starting a short side. * Sc evenly across to corner, 2 sc in middle tr of corner. Repeat from * around, slip st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 4, (counts as first tr). * In middle sc of sc-3 corner work (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr). Tr in each st across to next corner. Repeat from * around, slip st in fourth ch of beg ch-4.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in ch 1 sp, 3 sc in tr, sc in next ch 1 sp, * sc in each st across. Sc in ch-1 sp. 3 sc in middle tr of corner, sc in ch-1 sp. Repeat from * around twice more. Sc in each st across, slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
approx = approximately; beg = begin(ning); CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF = Colors A, B, C, D, E, F ; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; dec = decrease(s)(d)(ing); fpdc = front post double crochet; fptr = front post treble inc = increase(s)(d)(ing); lp(s) = loop(s); mm = millimeters; pat(s) = pattern(s); rem = remaining; rep = repeat; rnd(s) = round(s); sc = single crochet; sl = slip; sl st = slip stitch; sp(s) = space(s); st(s) = stitch(es); tog = together; tr = treble crochet; yo = yarn over needle; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... craft
"what is your name?" in Bahnar (Vietnam) - Mat ih bu?
thanks, susie, west coast correspondent
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
#7 and 26 OUCH…………………….
1. The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China.
2. By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it.
3. Americans got the idea of using paper from the Japanese but packaged toilet paper wasn't sold in the United States until 1857.
4. Joseph Gayetty, the man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S., had his name printed on every sheet.
5. Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day.
6. That's 10 million trees a year.
7. It wasn't until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise Splinter-Free Toilet
8. Seven percent of Americans admit to stealing rolls of toilet paper in hotels.
9. Americans use an average of 8.6 sheets of toilet paper per trip to the bathroom…
10. The average roll has 333 sheets .
11. Historically, what you use to wipe depended on your income level.
12. In the middle ages they used something called a gompf stick which was just an actual stick used to scrape .
13. Wealthy Romans used wool soaked in rose water and French royalty used lace.
14. Other things that were used before toilet paper include: hay, corn cobs (see note at end), cotton rags, sticks, stones, sand, moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells, knotted ropes, and broken pottery
15. Roughly 70% of the world still doesn't use toilet paper because it is too expensive or there is not sufficient plumbing.
16. In many Western European countries, bidets are seen by women as more effective and preferable to toilet paper
17. Colored toilet paper was popular in the U.S. until the 1940s.
18. The reason toilet paper disintegrates so quickly when wet is that the fibers used to make it are very short .
19. On the International Space Station, they still use regular toilet paper but it has to be sealed in special containers and compressed.
20. During Desert Storm, the U.S. Army used toilet paper to camouflage their tanks.
21. In 1973 Johnny Carson caused a toilet paper shortage. He said as a joke that there was a shortage, which there wasn't, until everyone believed him and ran out to buy up the supply. It took three weeks for some stores to get more stock.
22. There is a contest sponsored by Charmin to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner gets $2,000.
23. There was a toilet paper museum in Wisconsin, The Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue, but it closed in 2000
24. The museum once had over 3,000 rolls of TP from places all over the world, including The Guggenheim, Ellis Island, and Graceland.
25. There is still a virtual toilet paper museum called Nobody's Perfect.
26. In 1996, President Clinton passed a Toilet Paper Tax of 6 cents per roll, which is still in effect today.
27. Many Muslims wipe their bums with their bare hand – but always the left hand. They eat with their right hand. If you are caught shop lifting, your right hand is cut off forcing you to eat with your poopy left hand which pretty much means you eat..……
28. The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova. It is three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green.
29. Beyonce uses only red Renova toilet paper .
30. When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food .
31. Queen Elizabeth II wipes her royal bum with silk
32. Koji Suzuki, a Japanese horror novelist best known for writing The Ring, had an entire novel printed on a single roll of toilet paper.
33. The novel takes place in a public bathroom and the entire story runs approximately one hundred and three feet long .
Note: Standard practice with corn cobs is to go to the outhouse with two red cobs and one white one. First you use a red one, then a white one (to see if you need another red one)!