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canada to rid of the penny

Friday, March 30, 2012

wonder if the states will do this.


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3016DEBRA 4/3/2012 12:48PM

  We collect pennies too...roll them up when we get around $50. It's always been a fun thing to watch the jug fill up! emoticon emoticon

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BUFFALOGAL1952 4/1/2012 9:20PM

    I love how they say prices will have to be rounded up or down...duh...like what store/manufacturer is going to round down. And oh by the way, this has the potential to increase sales tax so it is a win-win situation for everyone but the consumer.

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THINAGIN2 3/30/2012 3:54PM

    I heard about this on the radio this morning. I've got quite a few of them saved so if they do maybe they will be worth something one day!

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-SEVEN- 3/30/2012 3:34PM

    I think I would miss our little copper penny! emoticon

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

if you are interested in joining the 'biggest loser challenge - (BLC-19), here is the site.



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IRISHMUM3 3/28/2012 11:59AM

    Thanks for sharing this info. I know BLC has been very successful for a lot of Sparkers, but I know that I do not have the time to devote to challenges right now. Perhaps another time?!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012



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-COURT- 3/28/2012 12:47PM

    i didn't know that casey, it is very interesting to know. that would be very confusing. thanks for sharing.

that's why i like to do blogs on my interests, i learn from many of you.

Comment edited on: 3/28/2012 12:48:03 PM

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CASEYTALK 3/28/2012 12:42PM

    Interesting link. I've lived in many countries around the world and currently reside in Ecuador. I clicked on your link and looked up 'Bulgaria', where I lived in the mid-eighties. It didn't mention there that Bulgarians shake their heads to mean 'yes' and nod to say 'no', which is the opposite of most countries where I've been. It's particuarly awkward that the word for 'no' in Bulgarian is 'nay', while the word for 'yes' in Greek is 'nay'. Crossing the border, then, you have people nodding and saying 'nay' on both sides, but they mean exactly the opposite. I nearly broke my neck several times trying to figure out which I was supposed to do when!


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name.

The first climatological day of spring, as mandated by the World Meteorological Organization, is March 1 every year in the northern hemisphere and September 1 every year in the southern hemisphere.

Canada, the USA, and some European countries customarily observe the astronomical date (ca. March 20-21/ca. September 22-23) while Australia, New Zealand, and some other European countries follow the climatological date (March 1/September 1). Customary dates are often declared "official" by the mass media although no legal basis exists for this designation. Preferences for the astronomical or climatological dates vary in other countries. Lunar dates are used across much of east Asia to determine the beginning of spring.

The ecological beginning of spring (vernal season) has no fixed dates but is marked locally by the beginning of the growing season for most plants when the local mean daily temperature reaches 6 degrees C/42 degrees F. Many ecologists also recognize a pre-spring (prevernal) season that precedes spring. Pre-spring is a transitional time at the end of winter when only the hardiest plants like the crocus begin to bloom.

Tropical regions of the Earth do not have a spring season.

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3016DEBRA 4/3/2012 12:51PM

  WoW....didn't know that! Very interesting... emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2012 1:09AM

    Very interesting info!

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Vernal equinox

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012, is a date that most of us recognize as symbolic of changing seasons. As we welcome spring, people south of the equator are actually gearing up for the cooler temperatures of autumn.

What Happens at the Equinox?

Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2012, at precisely 1:14 A.M. EDT (March 20, 05:14 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.

Equinox Means "Equal Night"

Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the Sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. A second equinox occurs each year on Sept. 22 or 23; in 2012, it will be on Sept. 22 at 10:49 A.M. EDT. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern (vernal denotes "spring").

this is added by JCBURROW:

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JCBURROW 3/20/2012 12:17PM

    Thanks for the info. I was born on the Summer Solstice and never really paid attention to the significance of it other than having my birthday on the longest day of the year!

Unfortunately the comment boxes do not support links, but this is where I found some info on the Solstice


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DOOBRIE 3/20/2012 11:49AM

    That's interesting - I never knew that.

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