Thursday, December 24, 2009
2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
4. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
6. There are more chickens than people in the world.
7. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
8. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
10. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
11. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
12. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
13. All 50 States are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
14. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
15. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
16. Maine is the only State whose name is just one syllable.
17. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
18. The characters "Bert" and "Ernie" on Sesame Street were named after "Bert the cop" and "Ernie the taxi driver" in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."
19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
20. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
23. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
24. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."
25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
28. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
35. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.36. On average, we spend 12 years of our life watching TV.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” -Samuel Johnson
"Look at those buns. Fresh from the bakery."
-The Wedding Date
"He's dead to me. But he's still my facebook friend."
"Just because you gave birth to me doesn't mean you can say things like that."
-Heidi to Moma
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Since there is going to be a whole lotta baking going on in this next week I thought it timely to sound a warning to those of you in towns and cities at higher altitudes.Beware the air pressure. Low air pressure will result in overly bubbly batter, coarse texture, or worse… collapsing cakes!
Not only that, baking near the mountains means you’re cookies will dry out faster, and be your squares more likely to stick in the pan. Really, it’s amazing that us mountain-folk manage to appease our collective sweet-teeth at all.
When you are standing there is a column of air above you that is stacked on top of you. The weight of this air pushing down on your head is called air pressure. The higher up you go, the less air between you and the top of the atmosphere. When there is less weight to hold down the water, it will evaporate more quickly. There’s also less weight on your cake batter itself, so it can rise to greater heights.
The high altitude baker needs to compensate, and there are several options. You can give your cakes more structural stability by adding an extra egg or flour. Subtract a little bit of sugar or fat, not enough to make it healthy, but enough to change the chemistry. Add extra water to make up for the quicker evaporation, or simply take it out of the oven sooner."
(this post courtesy of http://lsned.com/)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
- John Keating (Robin Williams), Dead Poet's Society
Awesome movie. Very inspiring movie. This quote is also in my facebook quotes. Yay for Robin Williams!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Meet Heidi; a caring, loving sister of mine
That has a smile that practically shines
She is very artistic and loves to create
And she tries not to turn homework in late
She's pretty cool
That dancing fool
*shrugs* Well...not my best, but I have to get to bed soon! Anyway, hope you like it Heidi!!! 8D
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here's some fun facts about music:
The first recorded use of the flute, clarinet, oboe, and trumpet was in ancient Egypt.
Only one person walked with Mozart's coffin from the church to the cemetery where Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.
Mendelssohn left the score for his A Midsummer Night's Dream overture in a cab, and was able to rewrite every note from memory.
Yeeaaaahhh, that's all I got. Sorry this post is late, short, and sucks. Next week I'll be on the ball. Happy winter, guys.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
It's snowing! In Hartford! Yes indeed, it snowed two to three inches of snow last night, and it is still snowing! It's not packing snow; on the contrary the snow is the light powder kind, which is why it is not a Snow Day and Heidi, Kelly, and I still have school. Ah, well. I'm just glad that it finally snowed!
I thought the first snow in December is something to be happy about, and that it why I'm sharing it with you this morning! :D
Friday, December 4, 2009
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Is very popular this time of year
Indeed; over the years and years
People have made movies and plays of different versions
Of the popular book
With Barbies and Muppets and real people
I find the Muppets
To be the best.
This was written because today I watched half of the Muppet's Christmas Carol and also saw a play with Daddy, Heidi, and Kelly which was another version of A Christmas Carol. It was okay, but Muppets make everything so much better! ^^
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Fun Facts about Snow!
What Is Snow?
When water freezes inside clouds, ice crystals form. Ice crystals are crystals that have formed around tiny bits of dirt that have been carried up into the atmosphere by the wind. The ice crystals join together creating snow flakes. Once the flakes are heavy enough they fall to the ground as snow. Each snowflake is made up of from 2 to about 200 separate crystals. In addition to a normal snow fall, snow can drift to the ground lightly as flurries, fall heavily as a snowstorm, or pile up quickly by being blown by strong winds in a blizzard.
What Color Is Snow?
Believe it or not, snow is actually clear/transparent. Snow appears white because the crystals act as prisms, breaking up the light of the sun into the entire spectrum of color. The human eye is unable to handle that kind of sensory overload. Therefore, we see the snow as white or sometimes blue. The color of snow can depend on the environment in which you live. Some snowflakes look like they are pink. If you live in a place where your soil is red, snow is pink. The red dust blows into the clouds, discoloring the snow.
How Big Is A Snowflake?
Most snowflakes are less than one-half inch across. The largest snowflake recorded was fifteen inches in diameter. All snowflakes have six sides and no two snowflakes are alike.
How Many Snowflake Shapes Are There?
Scientists think that there are five different shapes of snow crystals. A long needle shape, hollow column that is shaped like a six-sided prism, thin and flat six-sided plates, six-pointed stars and intricate dendrites.
What Makes The Different Shapes?
The shape that a snow crystal will take depends on the temperature at which it was formed. When the temperature is around 32°F to 25°F thin six-sides plates are formed. At 25°F to 21°F long needle shapes are formed. At 21°F to 14°F hallow columns are formed. At 14°F to 10°F six-point stars are formed. At 10°F to 3°F dendrites are formed. The colder it is outside, the smaller the snowflakes that fall. The fluffiest snow falls at temperatures around 15°F. (from http://www.spfdbus.com/christmas/snow_facts.htm)
Other Random Factoids:
1. In the early 1900s, skiers created their own terminology to describe types of snow, including the terms "fluffy snow," "powder snow," and "sticky snow." Later, the terminology expanded to include descriptive terms such as "champagne powder," "corduroy," and "mashed potatoes."
2. Practically every location in the United States has seen snowfall. Even most portions of southern Florida have seen a few snow flurries.
3. Snow kills hundreds of people in the United States each year. The primary snow-related deaths are from traffic accidents, overexertion, and exposure, but deaths from avalanches have been steadily increasing. (from http://nsidc.org/snow)
(Hi Everyone! Sorry my post was late... but I hope that cute little kitties make up for it!!!!)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
"Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
"The argument goes something like this: 'I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'
"'But,' says Man, 'the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'
"'Oh dear,' says God, 'I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"'Oh, that was easy,' says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next pedestrian crossing."