Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pluto Demoted Day August 24, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pluto Demoted Day

Many of us are fascinated by outer space and its many mysteries. Our own solar system went through a change in classification on 2006, when Pluto was demoted from a planet to a dwarf planet. Pluto Demoted Day now takes place every year to mark that very occasion. While sad for fans of the former ninth planet of the solar system, Pluto Demoted Day is an important day for our scientific history and is important to remember.
Pluto Demoted Day is a great opportunity for study into space and our solar system in general, as well as the history of Pluto itself. Children will be interested to learn about the composition and nature of planets, and Pluto is a fascinating subject for science projects. Marking the day itself is a good way to remember Pluto’s former status as a planet, from its discovery in 1930 to its demotion in 2006.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) Pathological obsession with one idea or subject.
Usage:He thought of it constantly, so that it became a monomania.

Idiom of the Day

a ground ball with eyes

 — In baseball, a ball that is hit onto the ground and narrowly eludes two or more infielders, allowing the batter to take a base. It is said to have "eyes" because it seems to "see" its way between the two defensive players.


Pluto Gets Demoted (2006)

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Although it was recognized as a planet for decades, Pluto is much smaller than the other planets in our solar system and more closely resembles a giant comet nucleus. Consequently, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to the category of dwarf planet, which reflected astronomers' conclusion that it is a member of the Kuiper belt, a strip of billions of icy bodies orbiting the Sun beyond the orbit of Neptune. 

Lavinia Fontana (1552)

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One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects.

Eat Your Food Packaging, Don't Bin It

Scientists are developing an edible form of packaging which they hope will preserve food more effectively and more sustainably than plastic film, helping to cut both food and plastic waste. 

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1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed. 

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1869 - A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout.  

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1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours. 

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1959 - Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative. 

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1989 - Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball. 

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1989 - The U.S. space probe, Voyager 2, sent back photographs of Neptune. 

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1995 - Microsoft's "Windows 95" went on sale. 

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1998 - A donation of 24 beads was made, from three parties, to the Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial. The beads are said to be those that were used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the Indians. 

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2006 - The planet Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto's status was changed due to the IAU's new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet. 

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If You Were Born Today, August 24
You are a natural psychologist, with a special interest in, and insight into, personal relationships. You enjoy bouncing your ideas off other people. You don’t always follow others' advice, but you love to ask, if only to stimulate conversation. Your needs for communication and mental stimulation are strong, and you are at your best when you are one-on-one. Partnerships are important to you - you seem to need company. You are somewhat fearful of change, as security appeals most to you. You are highly intelligent, and although you tend to come up with the best ideas through conversation with others, your ideas are nevertheless your own - you simply seem to come alive through your interactions. There may be immature or premature themes in your earlier relationships - some with this birthday partner up early, possibly due to a fear of being alone, and others might attract immature partners. Still others simply attract youthful, playful people into their experience. Famous people born today: Marlee Matlin, Stephen Fry, Dave Chappelle, Steve Guttenburg, Rupert Grint, Jared Harris, Chad Michael Murray.

Pictures of the day

William I of the Netherlands

William I (1772–1843) was a Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. William implemented controversial language policies, founded many trade institutions and universities, and adopted a new constitution. However, the southern Netherlands became increasingly marginalized, and in 1830 the Belgian Revolution broke out. The war against the newly-declared Belgium caused considerable economic distress for the Netherlands, and in 1839 William signed the Treaty of London, which recognized Belgium and dissolved the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. William abdicated the following year.

Picture of the Day: Snorkelling Between Two Tectonic Plates

These divers are literally swimming between continental plates at ├×ingvellir National Park in Iceland








crochet, must register



thanks, denna
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she adds," I made a 2nd one with 4 cups of sliced apricots,  1t cinnamon, 
1/4 t nutmeg.  Half the crust on the bottom and the rest on top."


corn syrup paintings

what you need:

*  glossy art paper
*  corn syrup
*  food coloring
*  crayons
*  paint brushes

step one: pour some corn syrup into a bowl and add about 10 drops of food coloring. stir well.

step two: with your crayons, draw a picture on the paper.

step three: paint your picture.

step four: let it dry. (it takes awhile)


These little grey cells. It is up to them. - Agatha Christie

thanks for the next two knitting pics, sally

While on horseback, Oregon rancher Robert Borba lassoed a thief who was trying to steal a bicycle in June 2016. -------------------- Chalk bass, tiny fish found in the reefs of Panama, change sex at least 20 times a day! -------------------- An epidemic of laughing broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962 and lasted nearly a year!

Food Preparation - Wrap Bread in a Moist Paper Towel Before Microwaving to Reheat


Weird And Hilarious Products That People Actually Used In The Past - part 2

In the decades before Amazon reviews, people used to buy some crazy things.

The Poker Face Mask

The Dog Squeezer (a restraint), 1940

The Dimple Maker, 1936

The Baby Cage let city kids get fresh air... by hanging out of a window

Robot answering machine

The flying bicycle

The personal submarine

The Japanese "war tuba" which was used to locate enemy aircraft by sound prior to the invention of radar.

The motorbike powered boat.

The 1961 Buick "Flamingo" with a rotating front seat. Who needs seat belts?

One of the first bullet proof vests, 1917.

The lay-down side car.

The Viophonograph

Amphibious bicycle

The family bicycle equipped with a sewing machine for mom

An icemask which promised to beat hangovers, 1947

Portable sauna

A vibrating rubber finger that massaged your gums

The Isolater which helped writers focus by blocking out all sights and sounds, 1925

A toilet mask that bleached skin to remove "imperfections"

A terrifying swim mask from the 1920s

The Cone Face which protected makeup from the elements

This "beauty micrometer" let users know where makeup needed to be applied, 1937

The Baby Dangler

Scrumptious bacon that cooked in a toaster

The People Scooper - an attachment for your car

The Scalp Molester - a massager made up of 480 articifical fingers

The Pack Smoker, 1955

The Egg Cuber for turning regular eggs into square eggs

Clamps that helped to teach your kid to walk

The Orgy Shower

A box that blasted your head with ultraviolet rays in hopes of curing diseases

Bikes for your feet

Motorized roller skates, 1961

A depressing hair growth hat that supposedly cured baldness

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