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Careful with the sun this weekend!

Careful with the sun this weekend!

More than 2 thousand cancers diagnosed annually in the US could have been prevented by protection from the sun’s rays and avoiding indoor tanning. Slip (on a shirt), Slop (some sunscreen), Slap (a hat)! This campaign started in Australia, were the UV rays are among the strongest in the world. Sun tips: Sunscreens that protect agaisnt cancer … Continue reading

Gas is actually smell-less

Gas is actually smell-less

Nothing! Natural gas has no smell. The odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify leaks and take measures to stop them. If you smell gas inside: Call your local gas company right away. Keep everyone away from the area of the odor. Don’t smoke or strike any matches. Don’t light … Continue reading

A donkey is 1 year pregnant! Plus more facts

A donkey is 1 year pregnant! Plus more facts

..  And they live up to 47 years max Gestation of a donkey is 365 days.. seems like a lot but an elephant takes +600 days and the smallest gestation period 13 days for a opossum. More about asses: Donkey (Equus asinus), also called burro or ass. Male donkey is called a jackass. The average donkey stands 101.6 cm (40 inches) … Continue reading

Dictionary update

Dictionary update

Language evolves and as new things come about, new words come out too. These words, among a couple others, have achieved enough currency in English to be added to the latest (2011) printing of the dictionary. Beer pong: a game in which a set of beer-containing cups is placed at two ends of a table … Continue reading

Icebergs are blue or green

Icebergs are blue or green

An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and is floating freely in open water Here are some facts about icebergs: The term “iceberg” refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) across. It is one word Smaller icebergs, known as bergy bitsand growlers The word “iceberg” is a partial loan translation from Dutch ijsberg, … Continue reading

The Yo-yo 1,2,3

The Yo-yo 1,2,3

1. The ball, kite, and yo-yo are assumed to be the oldest objects specifically designed as toys. 2. The earliest-known written historical mention of a toy comes from about 500 BC in a Greece.  It is believed, however, that the yo-yo originated in China at a much earlier date. 3. Yo-yos made from wood, metal, or painted terra-cotta. Believe it … Continue reading

United Nations Established

United Nations Established

UN the world’s premier international organization, established at the end of World War II to maintain world peace and friendly relations among nations—entered into force this day in 1945. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012). Scope: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,…to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations … Continue reading

Attention all architects.

Attention all architects.

57% of architects say people are requesting smaller houses.  Reasons why according to Heather Levin of U.S. News & World Report: 5. Small homes may be easier to sell 4. Smaller homes mean quality splurges. 3. Smaller homes make it easier to live simply 2. Small homes save time 1. Small homes cost less

Insects or Bugs

Insects or Bugs

A bug is a type of insect. Like lady-bug or stink bug. As a rule of thumb, 6 legs is an insect, 8 legs is a spider. Centipedes can have as “little” as 30 legs, not necessarily the whole 100 foot-set. Main characteristics of an insect: – Insects have segmented bodies (3 parts, head, body, … Continue reading

Stone fruit

Stone fruit

Stone fruit is the common name given to fruits with a “stone” inside as a seed. The correct name is “drupe”. Some drupes are coffee, jujube, mango, olive, most palms (including date, coconut and oil palms),pistachio, white sapote, and all members of the genus Prunus, including the almond,apricot, cherry, damson, nectarine, peach, and plum. Talking about fruit painters. Paul Cezanne, french post-impressionist painter, famous for his still life paintings of fruit, died … Continue reading