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Bat poop & fish scales

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My daughter's science class on Thursday was about bats (the flying "rodents", not baseball). The teacher brought in the "Batman" who brings in live bats and teaches kids about them.

So that night she's showing me the pictures she took (no flash for the bats!) and telling me all the things she learned and she comes out with bat poop is used to make mascara.
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I said "What!?!"

She said, yep, it's true and that's why mascara smells bad. Upon further questioning she admitted she did NOT learn this from Batman but from a friend who heard it from a friend, etc. But it is definitely true! she said. Just look at the ingredients, she said.

So, having experienced a decade of e-mail chain mails promising the world will be saved or ended if only I do or do not forward these "truths" to 50 of my closest BFFs, I turned to my trusty Snopes.com.

Yes, it turns out there has been an e-mail chain for some time claiming bat poop is used to make mascara. Somehow that one has missed my Inbox.

But it is FALSE! WooHoo, no bat poop on my face! The confusion comes from some word similarity. Bat poop is called guano, the mascara ingredient is guanine.

However...guanine is made from...fish scales.
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Overall I suppose fish scales is better than bat poop, at least the scales are from the outside of the fish and not the inside LOL.

But now I have to go searching for a mascara without animal parts.


  
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DOGSTARDADDY 3/29/2011 11:27AM

    nice!

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JTAYLOR2X 3/27/2011 8:48AM

    I honestly thought this would be about garden additives... not face enhancement! But I'm glad I read it! I bought some make up recently -- just to have, since I only wear it about twice a year.... emoticon

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MCJULIEO 3/26/2011 11:34PM

    Your daughter needs to come to Austin to see the largest urban bat colony in the states (maybe the WORLD? How many urban bat colonies can there be?)

Over a million of them settle in under a huge downtown bridge and come out every night... so very cool!

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CRE8URHAPPY 3/26/2011 11:15PM

    Too funny!

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DIANEWITHASMILE 3/26/2011 8:14PM

    This was awesome! Makes me laugh...and now I have to go check my make-up...

: )

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TINKSMOM1 3/26/2011 4:43PM

    I've never been a fan of makeup....lol! Thanks for the great blog! Very informative too! emoticon emoticon

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RESULTS361AP09 3/26/2011 3:07PM

    Ick-no wonder I don't use much makeup!! emoticon

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MANTISGIRL 3/26/2011 10:29AM

    That is quite possibly the best blog ever.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/26/2011 9:34AM

    Great blog title! I'm not sure if bat poop or fish scales sound better in the mascara emoticon I hope you have a great day!

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THIN4_25 3/26/2011 9:32AM

    Wow...never heard that before. I learn something new everyday! Thanks for the laugh.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/26/2011 9:30AM

    Your blog totally cracked me UP! emoticon

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RIKKI572 3/26/2011 9:21AM

    I tell ya, at times like this, I'm some glad I don't wear mascara!!!
Have a great day!

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Scale War: The Charge of the Packzi Brigade

Friday, March 25, 2011

OK, Fat Tuesday was a couple of weeks ago but genius takes time LOL! I will also note that the forces of the ever-shrinking Empire of Fangfacekitty were victorius and consumed not a single Packzi. With apologies to Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade poem:

Fat Tuesday Fat Tuesday
Fat Tuesday comes now
All in the Valley of Fat
Calories of six hundred
‘Forward, the Packzi Brigade!
Eat me all up” he said
Into the Valley of Fat
Calories of six hundred.

‘Forward, the Packzi Brigade!’
Was there a Packzi untasty?
Not tho’ the baker knew
And not with calories eighty:
Theirs not to be low fat,
Roll out the Welcome Mat
Theirs to be eaten at
And in the Valley of Fat
Calories of six hundred.

Dieters to the right of them,
Dieters to the left of them,
Dieters in front of them
Lined up & noshed;
With anticipation,
Boldly they chewed and ate,
Outward their cheeks they puffed,
Into their jaws they stuffed
Calories of six hundred.

Raspberry and strawberry,
Chocolate and cream,
Lemon and blueberries,
Consumed by the thousands
All the word wonder’d:
Can we survive this onslaught?
All the calories we ought not
To Have consumed?
Reel’d from the sugar coma,
Stuffed and bloated.
Dieters’ remorse, but after
Calories of six hundred.

Dieters to the right of them,
Dieters to the left of them,
Dieters behind them
Lined up & noshed;
With anticipation,
Frosted and powdered,
They that tasted so good
Outward their cheeks were puffed,
Into jaws wide were stuffed,
Every last crumb of
Calories of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild treat they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Next year the doors blockade!
Resist the Packzi Brigade,
Calories six hundred!

  
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MANTISGIRL 3/25/2011 11:19PM

    English-Major-Powers Activate!!


Oh, lord. I needed a laugh and you have given me one... this was the best ever!!! Thank you!!

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Winners vs Losers

Friday, March 25, 2011

Makes you think a little.....

A WINNER is always part of the Answer
A LOSER is always part of the Problem

A WINNER always has a Plan
A LOSER always has an excuse

A WINNER says "Let me do it for you"
A LOSER says "It's not my job"

A WINNER sees an answer for every problem
A LOSER sees a problem for every answer

A WINNER says "It may be difficult, but it's possible"
A LOSER says "It may be possible, but it's too difficult"

A WINNER listens
A LOSER just waits until it's his/her turn to talk

When a WINNER makes a mistake s/he says "I was wrong"
When a LOSER makes a mistake s/he says "It's not my fault"

A WINNER says "I'm good, but not as good as I could be"
A LOSER says "I'm not as bad as a lot of other people"

A WINNER feels responsible for more than just his/her job
A LOSER says "I just work here"

from Dale Carnegie

  
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4EVERFIT011 3/25/2011 9:50AM

    This does inspire some thought. I am working to be a winner. I have been a loser far too long. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Jury Duty Scam

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Got this in my In Box today, checked it out on Snopes & it appears real even if it is a chain mail that's been floating around for 5 years or more. I added the link to the Snopes page at the end.

JURY Duty Scam

Pass this on to your grown children. This has been verified by the FBI (their
link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email
address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call.
Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip
out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.
The caller claims to be a jury DUTY coordinator. If you protest that you
never received a summons for jury duty, the Scammer asks you for your Social
Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and
cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo, your
identity was just stolen.
The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma , Illinois
, and Colorado, AZ and more. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because
they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving
information by pretending they are with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web
sites, warning consumers about the fraud.
Check it out here:
www.snopes.com/fraud/identity/jurydu
ty.asp


  
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4EVERFIT011 3/24/2011 5:49PM

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Good thing to watch out for!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/24/2011 5:29PM

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DOGSTARDADDY 3/24/2011 4:55PM

    It's sad that these things happen.

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MSKITYOCAT 3/24/2011 3:36PM

  even your mother doesn't need to know your social security number. Keep that to yourself always.


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SCHAUJODY 3/24/2011 3:27PM

    A warning worth repeating.

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My sound machine channels the spirit world...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Or I am crazy. You decide.

Background - I am about 65% deaf in my left ear. I've been that way my whole life. Basically the small bones (remember the hammer, anvil & stirrup) are "melted" and partially gone. While I could get a "bionic" replacement for them I also have nerve damage so while I would be able to hear more sound I wouldn't necessarily be able to tell what the sound was. Kind of like the difference between "hearing" & "listening". If you have kids you know what I mean.

I don't wear a hearing aid and most of the time my hearing loss is not even noticeable. My right ear is actually a little better than normal to help compensate. The only things my hearing loss really prevents is being in the military (I tried several times) and having the phone against my left ear - all phone conversations are right ear only.

Being partially deaf on just the one side is actually a benefit when trying to sleep. If I sleep on my right side with my right ear pressed into the pillow I don't hear a lot of the extraneous noises that might be distracting.

About 2.5 yrs. ago I started having a continuous high pitched tone in my right ear, kind of like the sound of the emergency broadcast system they used to do on TV back in the day. So I went to the doc who determined I now have tinnitus, cause unknown (no tumours), and it is not curable. He recommended a sound machine.

I got a small one with sounds and for the last 2 years have fallen asleep to the sound of Rain. I also had an alarm clock with a very touchy alarm turn on/off button and woke up later numerous times because somehow I had offended it and the alarm failed to go off. Add in the lamp & my nightstand was getting pretty crowded. My 30 lb. weight loss award to myself was a new Sharper Image combination sound machine / alarm clock with 20 different sounds.

First, does anyone really fall asleep listening to Foghorns?

I tried Rain, but the next sound in order is Rainforest which has annoying little bird calls which I do not like. I swear the bird calls leak ahead into Rain, faint but I can hear them. So I had to find a new sound.

Last night I tried Brook. Very cool, no bird calls, very peaceful. Until I rolled on my right side. I swear I could hear voices. Back on my left side, listening hard....no voices. Back to the right, voices whispering. Just like in a ghost story where the spirits are trying to make contact with the main character and pass on messages from the "other side". Very freaky.

I'm pretty sure it's just my over-active imagination...but better safe than sorry LOL. So Brook is off the rotation.
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DAISY-HIBANA 3/28/2011 11:16PM

    The sound of falling water can sound like people talking, strangely enough. When my aquarium gets low on water, the excess splashing sounds like a conversation between several people. The tinnitus, it can take some getting used to.


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DOGSTARDADDY 3/23/2011 12:21PM

    When the voices start telling you what to do.. worry.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/23/2011 9:26AM

    emoticonI LOVED your BLOG! You sure make me smile! And then, KARLEW's comment made me laugh!

I go to sleep with my sound machine, but the only one that I like is the white noise! It seems to block out all the distracting, annoying sounds of the night, and I love it!

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KARLEW 3/23/2011 6:32AM

    I have the same problem with my toaster. But it's not just voices, there's also poltergeist activity. Every time I stand near it I can hear it humming to itself and then suddenly it will hurl hot hard pieces of bread at me. It's terrifying. I'm thinking of calling a priest but I'm waffling on the decision.

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VYVIENN 3/23/2011 6:27AM

    They don't call it a "babbling brook" for no reason... emoticon emoticon

Do you need white noise all night, or just to fall asleep? I can't stand regular alarm clocks, but I now have a radio into which I can plug my iPod. It lets me set a time to auto-turn off and I can fall asleep to my favorite music or whatever other sounds I may have on there. The alarm function also lets you choose a song to wake up to!

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