YOU MAY NOT KNOW....
It takes glass one million years to
decompose, which means it never wears
out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried
ground for thousands of years .
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When
body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of
Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters
The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in
every English-speaking country in the world to bring in
the new year.
Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't
unless it's heated above 450F.
The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear
is not the
ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins
Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only
by the hand
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to
The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal
In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a
of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness
disease it was intended to prevent.
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers,
is why it is found in some medicines.
The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval
knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look
can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first
In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were
Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the
Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space
Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be
Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because
could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to
knock the bridge down.
Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of
are needed at lift-off.
The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of
Check it Out!
45 Uses for Vinegar
1. Freshen up the fridge. Clean the shelves and walls
with a solution of half water and half vinegar.
2. Brighten coffee cups and teacups. Gently scrub stains
with equal parts vinegar and salt (or baking soda).
3. Eliminate odors. Swab plastic containers with a cloth
dampened with vinegar.
4. Kill bathroom germs. Spray full-strength vinegar
around the sink and tub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
5. Save a garment. To remove light scorch marks on
fabrics, rub gently with vinegar. Wipe with a clean
cloth. This technique also works on antiperspirant
6. Tidy up a toilet. Pour a cup or more of diluted white
distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let sit several hours
or overnight. Scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.
7. Lose the carpet stain. Make a paste of 2 tablespoons
white distilled vinegar and ľ cup salt or baking soda.
Rub into the stain and let dry. Vacuum the residue the
next day. (Always test an out-of-sight part of the
8. Renew paint brushes. To remove old paint, place
brushes in a pot with vinegar. Soak for an hour, then
turn on the stove and bring the vinegar to a simmer.
Drain and rinse clean.
9. Wipe off a dirty faucet. To get rid of lime buildup,
make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons
salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
10. Stop static cling. Add Ĺ cup of white distilled
vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid reduces static and
keeps dryer lint from sticking to your clothes.
11. Make old socks look new. Get the stains out of old
socks and sweaty gym clothes by soaking them in a
vinegar solution. Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar
to a large pot of water, bring to a boil and drop in the
stained clothes. Let them soak overnight, and in the
morning stained clothes are fresh and bright.
12. Restore handbags and shoes. Wipe white distilled
vinegar on scuffed leather bags and shoes. It will
restore their shine and help hide the marks.
13. Banish weeds. Pour white distilled vinegar on the
weeds growing in the cracks of your walkway and
driveway. Saturate the plant so the vinegar reaches the
14. Liven droopy flowers. Donít throw out cut flowers
once they start to wilt. Instead, add two tablespoons of
white vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to a quart of
water. Pour the solution into your vase, and the flowers
will perk up.
15. Put an end to itching. Dab a cotton ball soaked in
white vinegar on mosquito bites and insect stings. It
will stop them from itching and help disinfect the area
so they heal faster.
16. Whiten your teeth. Brush your teeth once a week with
white distilled vinegar. Dip your toothbrush into the
vinegar and brush thoroughly. It will help prevent bad
17. Make nail polish last longer. Before you apply your
favorite polish, wipe your nails with a cotton ball
soaked in white distilled vinegar. The clean surface
will help your manicure last.
18. Keep car windows frost-free. Prevent windows from
frosting over in a storm by coating them with a solution
of three parts white distilled vinegar to one part
water. The acidity hinders ice, so you wonít have to
wake up early to scrape off your car.
19. Let your dog shine. Spray your dog with one cup
white distilled vinegar mixed with one quart water. The
solution is a cheap alternative to expensive pet-care
products, plus the vinegar will help repel pests like
fleas and ticks.
20. Battle litter-box odor. Cat litter can leave behind
an unwelcome smell. Eliminate it by pouring a half-inch
of white distilled vinegar into the empty litter box.
Let stand for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
21. Kill bacteria in meat. Marinating in vinegar knocks
out bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Create a marinade
by adding ľ cup balsamic vinegar for every 2 pounds of
meat to your own blend of herbs and spices. Let the meat
sit anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours, depending on
how strong you want the flavor, then cook it in the
morning without rinsing.
22. Prevent cracked eggs. Prevent eggs from cracking as
they hard-boil by adding two tablespoons of white
vinegar to the water. The eggs will stay intact, and the
shells will peel off more easily when youíre ready to
23. Steam away a microwave mess. Fill a small bowl with
equal parts hot water and vinegar, and place it in the
microwave on high for 5 minutes. As the steam fills the
microwave, it loosens the mess, making clean up a
24. Repair DVDs. If you have a worn DVD that skips or
freezes, wipe it down with white distilled vinegar
applied to a soft cloth. Make sure the DVD is completely
dry before reinserting it into the player.
25. Get those last drops. If you canít get that final
bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the jar,
dribble in a few drops of vinegar. Put the cap on
tightly and shake. The remaining condiments will slide
26. Rinse fruits and vegetables. Add 2 tablespoons white
distilled vinegar to one pint water. Use the mixture to
wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly.
The solution kills more pesticide residue than does pure
27. Brighter Easter eggs. Before your kids dye Easter
eggs, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with Ĺ cup of hot water,
then add food coloring. The vinegar keeps the dye bright
and prevents the color from streaking.
28. Loosen a rusted screw. Pour vinegar onto the screw,
and it will easily unstick.
29. Remove gum. To remove gum from fabric or hair, heat
a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave. Pour the warm
vinegar over the gum, saturating the area. The gum will
30. Keep cheese from molding. Wrap cheese in a
vinegar-soaked cloth, then place in an airtight
container and refrigerate.
31. Renew a loofah. Soak your loofah in equal parts
vinegar and water for 24 hours to dissolve soap residue,
then rinse in cold water.
32. Remove wax. If you get melted candle wax on your
wood furniture or floors, gently wipe it away with a
cloth soaked in a solution of equal parts white vinegar
33. Take a relaxing bath. Add Ĺ cup of vinegar to warm
bath water for a cheap spa session at home. The vinegar
removes dead skin, leaving you feeling soft and smooth.
34. Brighten your hair. Remove hair product buildup by
rinsing a tablespoon of vinegar through your hair once a
35. Freshen fabrics. Fill a spray bottle with white
vinegar and spritz your home to neutralize odors in
fabrics, carpets, shoes or any sprayable surface.
36. Erase crayon. If your kids get crayon marks on the
walls or floor, dip a toothbrush in white vinegar and
gently scrub. The vinegar breaks down the wax, making
for an inexpensive, nontoxic way to clean up after
37. Sticky stickers. Donít scratch at the residue left
by stickers or price tags. Instead, apply vinegar to the
gunk, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe the glue
38. Clean the dishwasher and coffee pot. Reduce soap
buildup and food residue by pouring a cup of vinegar
into your empty dishwasher or coffee pot once a month
and letting it run a full cycle.
39. Sanitize pet accidents. You can remove the stain―and
smell―of your petís accident by mixing ľ cup vinegar
with a quart of water and blotting the mixture onto the
mess with a washcloth. Continue dabbing until the spot
40. Prep for summer grilling. To remove charcoal buildup
from your grill, spray white distilled vinegar on balled
up aluminum foil and scrub the grate thoroughly.
41. Restore showerhead pressure. If your showerhead gets
clogged with mineral deposits, soak it for 15 minutes in
a mixture of Ĺ cup vinegar and 1 quart water.
42. Clean your scissors. When your scissor blades get
sticky, wipe them down with a cloth dipped in
full-strength white vinegar. Unlike soap and water,
vinegar wonít ruin the blades or rust the metal.
43. Unclog drains. For a natural, nontoxic way to clean
clogged pipes, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by
one cup of white vinegar, down the drain. Let the
products bubble and foam, then flush the pipes with a
pot of boiling water.
44. Eliminate dandruff. If your scalp is feeling dry or
flaky, vinegar can be a simple at-home remedy. Once a
week, pour one cup of apple cider vinegar over your
scalp, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly
with cool water.
45. Soften your feet. Summer sandals leaving you with
cracked heals and calluses? Soak your feet for 20
minutes a day in one part vinegar to two parts warm
water. The vinegar removes dead skin, leaving your feet
soft and smooth.
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Pin Drop Moments
At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our
country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former
patriots handled negative comments about our country.
These stories are good reminders of how proud and thankful we should always
be as Americans
JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"
DeGualle did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.
When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.
He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
You could have heard a pin drop.
There was an international engineering conference in France attended
by many French and American engineers.
During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying,
"Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?
He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.
What does he intend to do, bomb them?"
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"
You could have heard a pin drop.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., England, Canada, Australia and France.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."
You could have heard a pin drop.
AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."
You could have heard a pin drop.
If you are proud to be an American, pass this on!
There are weird similarities between
Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
* Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F.
Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. * Abraham Lincoln was
elected President in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected President
in 1960. * Both were shot in the back of the head in...
the presence of their wives. * Both wives lost their children
while living in the White House. *Both Presidents were shot on a
Friday. * Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy. * Both were
succeeded by Southerners named Johnson. * Andrew Johnson, who
succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, who
succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908. * Lincoln was shot at the
theater named 'Ford.' Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln'
made by 'Ford.' * Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin
ran and hid in a warehouse. Kennedy was shot from a warehouse
and his assassin ran and hid in a theater. * Booth and Oswald
were assassinated before their trials. - OMG Facts
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old
"To celebrate growing older, I
once wrote the 45 lessons life taught
me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. Here
the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your
friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up your
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what
journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't
worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the
second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life,
don't take NO for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy
lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is the
22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words
'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone
else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
THE BEARS AND I
Black bears typically have two cubs, rarely one or
three. In 2007, in northern New Hampshire , a black
bear sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were
two or three reports of sows with as many as four cubs
but five was, and is, extraordinary. I learned of them
shortly after they emerged from their den and set myself
a goal of photographing all five cubs with their mom, no
matter how much time and effort was involved. I knew the
trail they followed on a fairly regular basis, usually
shortly before dark. After spending nearly four hours a
day, seven days a week, for six weeks I had that once in
a lifetime opportunity and photographed them in the
shadows and dull lighting of the evening. Due to these
conditions the photograph is a bit noisy as I had to use
the equivalent of a very fast film speed on my digital
camera. The print is properly focused and well exposed
with all six bears posing as if they were in a studio
for a family portrait:I
stayed in touch with other people who saw the bears
during the summer and into the fall hunting season. All
six bears continued to thrive. As time for hibernation
approached, I found still more folks who had seen them
and everything remained OK.
I stayed away from the bears as I was concerned that
they might become habituated to me, or to people in
general, as approachable friends. This could be
dangerous for both man and animal. After Halloween I
received no further reports and could only hope the
bears survived until they hibernated.
This spring, before the
snow disappeared, all six bears came out of their den
and wandered the same familiar territory they trekked in
the spring of 2007. I saw them before mid April and
dreamed nightly of taking another family portrait, an
improbable second once in a lifetime photograph. On
April 25, 2008 I achieved my dream...