Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pistachio Day February 26, 2017

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pistachio Day
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Pistachio Day celebrates the popular nut, which are native to the Middle East. The largest producer of pistachio nuts today is Iran but they are also grown in other areas, including California and Mediterranean Europe. The Chinese are the greatest consumers of the nut. It is thought that pistachio nuts have been eaten by humans for at least 9000 years. Legend even has it that the Queen of Sheba restricted the eating of pistachios to the royal court and forbade commoners to grow them!
Pistachios are not just eaten as a snack – they are also used in cooking, while their sweet flavour sometimes finds them used in desserts, such as Lebanese dish baklava. You can sometimes find pistachio ice cream alongside more common flavours such as chocolate or strawberry.
Studies have even suggested that eating moderate amounts of pistachios can help keep your heart healthy!
by Olga Ziemska (Part 2)
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Word of the Day

banneret 


Definition:(noun) A knight honored for valor, entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command.
Synonyms:knight of the square flag
Usage:The banneret proudly led his troops into battle and pressed forward unafraid.


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Idiom of the Day

henpecked

 — Of a man, thoroughly and continually dominated, intimidated, bullied, or browbeaten by a woman, especially his wife or girlfriend.

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History

Grand Teton National Park Established (1929)

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Before US President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating Grand Teton National Park, the National Park Service and homesteaders around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, fought for decades about the best way to preserve the landscape there. Much of the steep Teton Range lies within the boundaries of the park. Its peaks rise above deep valleys, called "holes" by the first white trappers and traders in the area. 

Christopher Marlowe (1564)

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A shoemaker's son, Marlowe attended Cambridge University and then became an actor and dramatist in London. His plays, such as Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta, often center on a heroic personality ruined by his own ambition. Most critics hold that the poetic beauty of his language elevates his plays' violence to high art, and many believe that he influenced Shakespeare's work. At 29, he was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl.

Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges)

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The highlight of the annual pre-Lent carnival—held every year for generations in Ivrea, Italy—is the massive orange-throwing battle that involves thousands of combatants in the town's streets and squares. The battle evokes key insurrections that the townspeople launched against undesirable leaders. On the Sunday before Lent, the battle is pitted between throwers on foot, who represent the townspeople, and others on decorated horse-drawn wagons, who represent the tyrants' officers. The fight rages all over town, continuing through the Tuesday before Lent

Could a Bumblebee Learn to Play Fetch? Probably

Initially, Clint Perry wanted to make a vending machine for bumblebees. He wanted to understand how they solve problems. Perry, a cognitive biologist at Queen Mary University of London, is interested in testing the limits of animal intelligence.
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Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

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1870 - In New York City, the first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public. (Beach Pneumatic Transit) 

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1916 - Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. 

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1919 - In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress. 

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1930 - New York City installed traffic lights. 

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1955 - Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling the 78s for the first time. 

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1956 - Writers and poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge.

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1975 - First televised (The Today Show) kidney transplant 

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1983 - Michael Jackson's "thriller' album goes #1 for 37 weeks.

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1993 - 2nd tallest building in the world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die (One of the men accused of this bombing was my next door neighbor. We shared a living room wall in Brooklyn. Quite shocking!)

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2006 - 20th Winter Olympic Games close at Turin, Italy


DAILY SQU-EEK




If You Were Born Today, February 26
Your intuition rarely fails you, especially when it comes to quickly, fairly, and accurately sizing up someone you meet. This does not mean you are immune to wishful thinking, however, as you are a dreamer. However, you are also a dreamer who believes in hard work to achieve your goals. There are many times in your life that your personal life takes a backseat to your career, as you are ambitious and have something to prove, if only to yourself. You need a partner who can keep up with your varied tastes and talents. Famous people born today: Johnny Cash, Jackie Gleason, Levi Strauss, Teresa Palmer, Victor Hugo, Fats Domino, Ja Rule, Tony Randall.

READERS INFO
1. TONIGHT
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Feb 26: Annular Solar Eclipse

The typical ring of fire of an annular solar eclipse will be visible in a narrow belt stretching from southern and western Africa, much of South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica. In surrounding areas, a partial solar eclipse will be visible.


Where to See the Eclipse

 Area seeing the annular solar eclipse.
 More than 90% of the Sun is covered.
 Up to 90% of the Sun is covered.
 Up to 40% of the Sun is covered.
 Eclipse is not visible at all.

2. I bookmarked this site so i can click this every day. It's a fun word game which donates rice on your behalf.

thanks for the Reader's Digest comics, Mary
By Dan Reynolds

Pictures of the day

St James's, Spanish Place
The interior of St James's Church St James's, Spanish Place, a large English Gothic Roman Catholic church in MaryleboneLondon. Although currently situated in George Street, the church maintains its connection with Spanish Place, the road opposite the current church, because of its historic connection with the Spanish Embassy. It is grade II* listed with Historic England.

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A brown bear walks across an estuary. (Lake Clark National Park, Alaska)
By Mark Anderson
knit
thanks, Helen
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knit, 0 - 6 mths
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2-in-1 Easy Swaddler pattern by Corinne Fourcade

knit
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Tricolour Trio of Bath Mitts pattern by Corinne Fourcade

knit, vintage
Mohawk Valley Afghan Pattern
Mohawk Valley Afghan

knit


I Heart You Shawl Pattern

By Westmach
crochet
thanks, Bertha
BATHROOM SET

crochet

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Toreador pattern by Sol Rencoret

crochet

crochet
Nordic-crochet-super-scarf-free-pattern-18_small2

By Feggo
RECIPE
thanks, Joanne
Fast Creamy Tomato Penne
Fast Creamy Tomato Penne Recipe

By Dan Reynolds

CROCKPOT RECIPE

By Kim Warp

SWEETS, crockpot

By Mary Nadler
ADULT COLORING


Bird Coloring Page 18


By Mary Nadler
CRAFTS
Rolling Pin Stamp
Rolling Pin Stamp
You could add geometric designs to a rolling pin (sticky-back foam would work) to create a continuous stamp.
By Roy Delgado
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... art
CIRCLE ART

Circle art {Craft Camp}

By Dan Reynolds
PUZZLE
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Cactus Crowns Jigsaw Puzzle

Take The Lead
WORD SEARCH


battle

card
cargo
commercial
common
compact

determine
doll
drowsy
ensure
every

happy

important
indeed
integrity

knell
laser
league
lied
lilt

money

never
phone
position
proven

ready
rear
rein

shout
sport
there
think

victor

waver

yield
young

Uninvited Guest
QUOTE
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A Dog Job
Bangladesh, about the same size as Iowa, has more people than Russia, the world's largest country!-------------------- Victoria water lilies can support 70 pounds!-------------------- In Saskatchewan, Canada, a hoodie is called a "bunnyhug."-------------------- Michael Jackson's 1988 autobiography "Moon Walk" was edited by former first lady Jackie O.
Fetch Yourself
CLEVER
thanks, Shelley
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I know this is truth as I was born in May and, as everyone knows, I love traveling lol
Dog Date
EYE OPENER




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