FACTS 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 in the
 ground for thousands of years .



 Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one
 end .



 If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human
 body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.



 Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related
 diseases.



 Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.



 Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and
 newspapers.



 The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost
 every  English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.



 Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.



 Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke
 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 in the
 ear.



 Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.



 The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand
 of man.



 Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air
 density.



 The University of Alaska spans four time zones.



 The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.



 In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal
 of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.



 Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song
 Happy  Birthday.



 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 than the
 disease it was intended to prevent.



 Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that

 is why it is found in some medicines.



 The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when
 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 up, you
 can see stars, even in the middle of the day.



 When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost
 is sight.



 In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.



 Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.



 Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per
 hundred  grams.



 The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.



 The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.



 Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than
 15,000 meters.



 Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.



 Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they
 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 excess fuel
 are needed at lift-off.



 The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the
 element
s.

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Sail area: 56 sq.ft / 75 sq.ft
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ABOUT TIWAL: A FAMILY STORY
Founded by Marion Excoffon and Emmanuel Bertrand, TIWAL is a family company that designs and manufactures cheeky inflatable dinghies! These high-quality boats can be used on the sea or on mountain lakes.

TIWAL was invented by the bold industrial designer, Marion Excoffon. Her father refused to lend her his boat, she decided to build her own! Her determination and desire to allow everyone enjoy the pleasures of sailing led her to design the TIWAL dinghy. This new-generation sailing boat comes in two bags, can be assembled in 20 minutes, and transported in a small car. 

An outing on a Tiwal is much more than just a day on the water: itís an adventure! It is the pleasure of fun, sporting sailing, and special moments shared with family or friends. 

 

 

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KUTOA is a mission-based health food company dedicated to empowering change by spreading health. For every health bar purchased, KUTOA feeds a child in need, serving children both locally and around the world using micro- and macro-nutrient dense foods focused on preventing and curing malnutrition.

KUTOA offers delicious and nutritious bars that are Non-GMO verified, vegan, gluten, dairy, soy and wheat-free, and made with no preservatives or added sugar. These easy-to-go bites use only the best ingredient for your body, leaving you feeling your best.

Currently, the health bar comes in five flavors; Cherry Cashew, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Blueberry Almond, Chocolate Espresso Bean, and Chocolate Banana. Coming in a variety of flavors, there is a favorite flavor for everyone.

These tasty bars are easy to grab and go, keeping up with busy lifestyles and putting health at the forefront. These little bites pack in big flavor! Get energized, inspired and motivated for the holiday season,

KUTOA Health Bars are currently distributed nationwide in a variety of online and offline channels.

 
 
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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 stains.

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 carpet first.)

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 roots.

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 breath, too.

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 eat them.

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 breeze.

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 out.

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 water.

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 dissolve.

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 and water.

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 month.

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 children.

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 away.

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 is gone.

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
speaking French?"
 
 
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
sarcastically.
 
 
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! 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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 is
  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 present.
 
  12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
 
  13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
  journey is all about.
 
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
 
  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 joyful.
 
  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 special
  occasion.
 
  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.
 
  44. Yield.
 
  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... 
 
 

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