Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wiggle Your Toes Day August 6, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day

Wiggle Your Toes Day is an excellent opportunity to let your tootsies see the daylight and indulge in some public wiggling adventures. With so many opportunities to let those ten little piggies get some action, Wiggle Your Toes Day means it’s time to plan something special to celebrate. Whether you chose to wiggle alone, or use the occasion as a chance to join with like-minded friends, family or colleagues in a glorious session of communal wiggling, no one can afford to let the day go by unmarked.
There are numerous ways to show your support for Wiggle Your Toes Day; sandals at the office are an obvious start, with some discreet toe flexing getting your digits limbered up for the rigours of later wiggling. Why not plan a group wiggle at a lake or beach? Simply dip those feet in the water and luxuriate in a fun-packed toe workout.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Usage:The husbandman will not make his own plough or mattock, or other implements of agriculture, if they are to be good for anything.

Idiom of the Day

a bit beyond (one's) ken

 — Advanced beyond one's ability to understand or make sense of the subject matter or task at hand. 


Cosmonaut Gherman Titov Becomes First Man to Spend a Day in Space (1961)

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Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut and the second man to orbit the Earth, preceded just months earlier by Yuri Gagarin, with whom he had trained. At 25 years old, Titov was selected to fly the Vostok 2 mission and spent 25 hours in space, completing 17 Earth orbits. The mission brought him several impressive designations: youngest person to fly in space, first person to experience space sickness, and first person to sleep in space.

Nicolas Malebranche (1638)

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Malebranche was a French priest, theologian, and philosopher who developed a synthesis of Cartesian and Augustinian thought with the purpose of reconciling the new science with Christian theology. Beginning with Descartes's dualism between mind and body, Malebranche developed his doctrine of occasionalism, which denies any interaction between the two realms

Feast of the Transfiguration

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As described in the first three Gospels, Jesus took his three closest disciples to a mountaintop to pray. While he was praying, his face shone like the sun and his garments became glistening white. Then a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from within the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." This feast is observed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans. The mountaintop on which the Transfiguration took place is traditionally believed to be Mount Tabor, a few miles east of Nazareth in Galilee. 

Scientists Have Just Seen Birds Sleep during Flight for the First Time Ever

Scientists have been able to observe birds falling asleep mid-flight for the first time - an ability that's long been suspected but never been proven. 

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1926 - Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14 1/2 hours. 

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1926 - Warner Brothers premiered its Vitaphone system in New York. The movie was "Don Juan," starring John Barrymore. 

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1960 - Chubby Checker performed "The Twist" on American TV for the first time on "American Bandstand." 

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1969 - The first fair ball to be hit completely out of Dodger Stadium occurred. Willie "Pops" Stargell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit the ball 506 feet from home plate. 

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1982 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" had its U.S. premiere in New York City. 

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1986 - William J. Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart. He was the world's longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart. 

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1995 - Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing. 


If You Were Born Today, August 6
You are gifted creatively, possessing a powerful imagination and a distinct spiritual side, but also make an excellent business person. Security conscious and savvy with practical matters, you have a knack for sales and promotion as well as the more factual side of business. You can be exceptionally gracious, diplomatic, and peace-loving. Others easily find the warmth and beauty in you. You love a good debate and solid conversation. Family means the world to you. In love, you easily make sacrifices and you are often drawn to people who are youthful in spirit (sometimes there can be a big age difference), playful, and creative. Famous people born today: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lucille Ball, Andy Warhol, Robert Mitchum, Catherine Hicks, Vera Farmiga



What's Your Superpower?

Pictures of the day

City of Bath

A panoramic view of Bath, Somerset, looking north from Alexandra Park. The English city, known for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture, had a population of 88,859 in 2011. It is home to software, publishing and service-oriented industries, and a bustling tourist industry which hosts more than 1 million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors annually.

Picture of birds taking flight over the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan

First Light

Photograph by Theerasak Saksritawee, National Geographic 
Photographer Theerasak Saksritawee submitted this photo of birds taking flight in a golden sky over Taiwan’s National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The memorial, dedicated to the former president of the Republic of China, includes gardens, ponds, and this sprawling plaza, a popular spot for national celebrations.


Funny Feet pattern by Thelma Egberts












thanks, lyn
Blue/white/silver for winter; red/green/white for Christmas, etc.   Dixie Pearls: WINTER WREATH DIY:

Indigo Dyed Ombre Shoelaces

hot rocks

what you need: 
*  smooth, flat rocks
*  crayons (with papers peeled off)
*  pot holders

first step: heat rocks on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. 

second step: using pot holders... lay rocks on newspaper or towels. then decorate with crayons. rocks will be HOT, so be careful.  the crayons melt as they touch the hot rocks making the colors bright and fun.  trust us. the kids will love this craft!


thanks, lyn

We must act out passion before we can feel it. - Jean-Paul Sartre

If you yelled for eight years, seven months, and six days, you would produce enough sound energy to heat an 8-ounce cup of coffee. -------------------- Excavated ancient mummies were so common in late 19th-century Egypt that they were used as fuel for locomotives! -------------------- Mosquitoes prefer blonds.


thanks, stacy

5 Ways to Keep Cool When It’s Horribly Hot



Chill strategically.


There are pulse points you probably know about—on your inner wrists and near the carotid arteries in your neck—where the blood vessels are closer to the surface of the skin. Putting an ice pack or a cold, wet towel—anything cooler than the air temperature—on those points will lower your blood temperature. Then the blood circulates to the rest of your body and cools it down. Lesser-known pulse points are the tops of your feet. These might not be as accessible outside, when you have shoes on, but if you’re in bed on a hot summer night, kick off the covers to cool down. And skip the body lotion. It creates a barrier that traps body heat. Use gel or spray moisturizers instead. They evaporate quickly off the skin, removing heat. Even better if the gel is mentholated or made with peppermint oil, which makes your skin feel even cooler.
— Dendy Engelman, dermatologist and the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital, in New York


Eat watermelon...

It really might be the perfect fruit for when it’s hot out. All fruits and vegetables contain water, which helps to hydrate you, and fiber, which holds on to water as it travels through your colon, then releases water slowly as you need it. (It’s like an extra store of fluid that your body can use to stay cool.) But watermelon has a lot of fiber and a lot of water. There’s a good reason it's such a staple in the summertime.
—Ronald A. Primas, internist specializing in integrative and preventive medicine


...and salt it.

I train athletes as young as six years old in the heat all summer. They sweat out a lot of sodium. Low sodium can contribute to cramping, so they need to replace it. Any salty snack will do—pretzels, beef jerky, salty crackers, things that will put sodium into their bodies and also make them reach for the water bottle. Salting watermelon has become popular among sports dietitians—it's a unique, salty-sweet taste. Sports dietitians use salted melon as a recovery snack because it replaces fluid and sodium lost in sweat. I tell the kids that water and salt are like best friends: You need sodium to help water stay in your muscles. Always pair them together.
—Jackie Barcal, head of nutrition at the IMG Academy, a boarding school and sports training facility


Wear long sleeves.

Surprisingly, it can be cooler to wear long sleeves and long pants than shorts and a tank top. You want loose-fitting clothing in light colors to reflect the sun and keep it from heating your skin. Go with cotton or linen, which breathe well but also hold moisture (unlike a synthetic, quick-drying fabric). They will keep your sweat close to the body, and as it evaporates, it cools you. Evaporation is a very cheap and very effective way to cool off. Of course it makes the most sense in a dry heat, like in Death Valley, where I live. This might not work as well in South Florida.—Abby Wines, management assistant at Death Valley National Park and a resident of Death Valley, California, which holds the world record for the highest-recorded air temperature

Find a breeze—or make one.
Even on a 90-degree day in Miami Beach, it’s not that bad when you have an ocean breeze. You can also bring a battery-operated fan, something small and portable. And as someone who has seen a lot of heat exhaustion hit midday, I’ll say it’s not enough to start drinking fluids when you get to the beach or wherever you’re headed. You need to be hydrated before you go. Have lots of water with your breakfast—not coffee.—Vinny Canosa, chief of Miami Beach Ocean Rescue

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