Sunday, March 13, 2016

Check Your Battery Day MARCH 13, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Check Your Battery Day

We all know that some days are silly or lighthearted, but there are others which serve an important purpose. Check Your Batteries Day is definitely highly recommended because it could actually save your life.
Created to raise awareness of the importance of testing and having working batteries in household appliances like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices help to warn you of a potentially life threatening situation, giving you vital time to get yourself and your family to safety. However, it’s important they are tested (usually you can do this by pushing a button) regularly to ensure they’re working correctly. Check Your Batteries Day is a reminder to do just that.
While you’re in the routine of checking, it’s a good idea to check other household appliances, such as remote controls, toys, clocks and other electrical items. If you don’t have spare batteries on hand, consider buying some.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A scoundrel.
Usage:Both Kuragin and Dolokhov were at that time notorious among the rakes and scapegraces of Petersburg.

Idiom of the Day

bring a knife to a gunfight

 — To come poorly prepared or equipped for some task, goal, competition, or confrontation. Often used in the negative as a forewarning or piece of advice


Percival Lowell (1855)

Lowell was an astronomer who built a private observatory in Arizona to study Mars and championed the idea that intelligent inhabitants of the Red Planet had constructed a planetwide system of irrigation there. He believed that the so-called canals of Mars were bands of cultivated vegetation dependent on this irrigation. His theory, long vigorously opposed, was finally put to rest by images taken by the US Mariner spacecrafts.

Omizutori Matsuri

Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conches echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil. On March 13, the ceremony of drawing water is observed to the accompaniment of ancient music. 

How Prehistoric Food Processing Helped Shape Our Faces

When our genus, Homo, diverged from other hominins at least 2.8 million years ago, human skeletons began to change in significant and puzzling ways. Homo erectus, for example, was much taller and had a much larger brain case than the Australopith ancestors.

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1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard. 

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1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.

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1852 - The New York "Lantern" newspaper published the first "Uncle Sam cartoon". It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew. 

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1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.

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1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S. 

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1908 - The people of Jerusalem saw an automobile for the first time. The owner was Charles Glidden of Boston.

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1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory. 

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1942 - Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army. 

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1951The comic strip “Dennis the Menace“ appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country.

Our Bodies, Ourselves Cover
1973 - The New York Times reviewed the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. In 1969, a group of women began meeting in the Boston area to discuss women's health issues. They began the research and writing of a 138 page newsprint booklet, combining first-person accounts and careful research.

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1988 - The board of trustees off Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, chose I. King Jordan to be its first deaf president. The college is a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired. 

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2003 ---  A report in the journal "Nature" reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano

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2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition. 

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If You Were Born Today, March 13

You have a reserved, respectable character with quiet charm. You have an unusually strong awareness and compassion for others' suffering. However, make no mistake about it, you have a strong character with plenty of determination, a mind of your own, and independence to boot. Security is important to you, and you'll work tirelessly for it. Even if you have a lot, you rarely take it for granted. Famous people born today: Neil Sedaka, Adam Clayton, William H. Macy, Charo, Emile Hirsch, Kaya Scodelario, Noel Fisher.

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Picture of the day
Wagner VI projection
Wagner VI is a pseudocylindrical whole Earth map projection. It is a compromise projection, not having any special attributes other than a low-distortion appearance similar to the more common Robinson projection. The 2:1 aspect ratio of the equator to the central meridian matches their actual ratio on the Earth.

Picture of cranes flying in Israel

Rest Stop

Photograph by Gal Gross, National Geographic
In the golden light of morning, cranes take flight in Israel’s Hula Valley nature reserve. Millions of migrating birds, including cranes, stop in the valley as they make their way between Europe and Africa.



thanks, helen
undeniable glitter
This blue scarf is so soft and squishy. This scarf was made for a man, but I think this pattern would be lovely with any yarn or color. 
I used one skein of Simply Soft in Country Blue with size 8 needles. 
Co 42 sts
Row 1: k1, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2: rep row 1
Row 3: k1, *k1, p2, k1; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4: k1, *p1, k2, p1; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 5: k1, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 6: rep row 5
Row 7: rep row 4
Row 8: rep row 3

Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length. 
BO on a row 8. 
Fasten off and weave in ends. 
Cut 12" pieces of yarn for fringe. Add one piece of yarn for each st. 
This stitch moves one to the left every 2 rows, forming a diagonal rib. 
The finished scarf is 7"x58", not including fringe. The fringe adds another 12", giving the scarf 70" total. 


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Here Kitty, Kitty - 12" Square pattern by Melinda Miller
This is a cute, whimsical, kitty block and will add lots of fun to your crochet projects. Make a pillow or an afghan. It will be purr-fect!
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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. - Sholom Aleichem

Astronauts can measure up to two inches taller in space! --------------------- Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark, illustrated the Danish edition of JRR Tolkien’s “the Lord of the Rings”. --------------------- Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, England, has 330 departments! --------------------- A tiger in Russia’s Primorsky Safari Park befriended a goat that was meant to be his supper—the two are now inseparable!

"what is your name?" in Bislama (Vanuatu) - Wanem nem blong yu?

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Fast Food - Turn on your seat warmer to keep pizza warm


The whimsical and historical world of knitting terms.



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