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To Quench Your Thirst, Reach for Tea Instead of Water.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thirsty? You might want to consider a steaming cup of tea. In a survey of existing research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors report that not only does tea rehydrate and quench your thirst as well as water does, it comes with additional health benefits too.
“Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water,” Dr. Carrie Ruxton, a nutritionist and the lead author of the study told the BBC. “Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it's got two things going for it.” emoticon

Those antioxidants — specifically flavanoids — can reduce damage done to cells through everyday living, so researchers believe these same compounds may help to ward off heart attacks and some types of cancer. Reported the BBC:

They found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack.

Some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut.

Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening.

The researchers also addressed a myth about tea's dehydrating effects. Although caffeine does remove water from your system, even a strong cup of tea — or coffee, for that matter — is introducing more water to your body than it may remove. (More on Still Hungover? How To Tell if Your Drinking Is Really a Problem)

The British Nutrition Foundation recommends about 1.5 to 2 liters or about eight and a half cups of liquid a day, and the study showed that one to six tea drinks a day, including black tea, improved antioxidant intake. However, there is some evidence that tea can prevent the iron absorption from food, so those at risk for anemia should avoid a mug near mealtime.

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FLOWER1967 2/13/2011 5:59AM

    Yay for us tea lovers !!!!

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OPALMOON 2/13/2011 5:50AM


especially for all us tea lovers! Thanks for sharing this Ania!!

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

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SEYSARAH 2/11/2011 9:14PM

    This is super information and for a lover of tea like helps to know..for now I am drinking just water M-F and indulging in all the tea I want on the weekend..I drink it plain without anything else..this is a blog I needed to read..thanks for sharing!

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AMARILYNH 2/10/2011 7:46PM

    LOVE this blog - I love tea and am happy to know that it can count for some of my water!!

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RUFFESS47 2/10/2011 7:22PM

    I love my tea also but I do drink a few different varieties.

Ordinary tea for breakfast a pot full

Green tea for lunch

Roobios tea for the evening 2 pots full

Coffee for morning and pm breaks

Pear juice and water after my walk.

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SUSIEPH1 2/10/2011 5:33PM

    Great Blog Ania ! I love chilled tea! I keep it in the fridge and have it as well as water I still love my coffee have that morning and night!
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MILLISMA 2/10/2011 2:28PM

    Ania, I love to make a pot of tea with a mixture of green tea, black tea and white tea - figure I'm covering all basis.

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ESHTEMOA 2/10/2011 1:58PM

    My husband is a teaaholic! I just about tolerate a cup, but have been drinking ginger tea lately and loved it so far.Also tried some greentea and passionfruit.

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WAGTHEDOG 2/10/2011 12:49PM

    I love tea and I am glad to have an article to defend it. I think is is healthy as well. emoticon

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PHEBESS 2/10/2011 12:48PM

    I love tea! I probably have 36 oz every morning!

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GRATEFULADY 2/10/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks, Ania, for the good info about tea. I have been getting tired of water lately and found myself going to tea instead. Good to know the facts. emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 2/10/2011 9:27AM

    Very interesting.

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GOANNA2 2/10/2011 8:58AM

    I love my tea too! With this heat, I make a big pot and put it in the fridge.
When I need a cool drink, I add some lemon juice.
So it's good to find out the antioxidants are helpful, yea. emoticon

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INGMARIE 2/10/2011 8:20AM

    Thanks for the recap of the article, now I do not have to defend my coffee intake to DH emoticon
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I usually have 2 cups of Tea in the morning and later 1 or 2 cups of Coffee.The rest is water oh yes at least 1 to2 glasses of Almond milk,with lunch and dinner

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Just 2 more weeks and we fly out to South America!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

In 2 weeks we leave home for our holiday travelling to South America. We fly to Sydney on Tue 22nd and stay overnight and then take an 11am flight on Wed to Buenos Aires. After a very long 13 hour flight we arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina at 10am Wednesday, meaning we'll be there one hour before we left Sydney! emoticon

We will spend 2 nights in Buenos Aires and have a half day city tour. I am really looking forward to being there. On Friday 25th DH's birthday, we fly to Iguazu for another 2 days stay with a full day Iguazu Falls tour. We'll be celebrating Marek's birthday in Argentina!!!
That's one of the reasons we are taking this trip, the other one is our 47th wedding anniversary next week.

On Sun 27th we depart Iguazu and board Celebrity Cruises emoticon 'Infinity' for a 14 nights cruise down South American coast to Santiago, Chile.

We will stop off at Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay. Have a day at sea, then Puerto Madryn. One day at sea then Cape Horn on Sunday. On Monday we get to Ushuaia which is the port where all the Antarctic cruises start from.

Then it's Punta Arenas, Chile. On Wednesday we go through Straits of Magelan and on Thursday we will admire the awesome Chilean Fjords!
Friday visiting Puerto Montt and Saturday spent sailing. On Sunday we arrive at the port of Valparaiso and get a transfer to our hotel in Santiago for the next 2 days.

We are staying at Radisson Plaza Hotel. It looks like a 4* hotel. Will fly out on Tue 15th March, lose 16th March completely because of crossing the date line over the Pacific, just before we land in Auckland, New Zealand on Thur 17th March. It's another very long flight of over 13 hours. After a stop over of a couple of hours it's back in the air for the last 4 hours flight to Sydney. We will then change planes, after going through customs and immigration and board a domestic flight to Melbourne!

Home sweet home!

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ANNEMARGO 2/11/2011 9:26PM

    Wow, sounds like major fun! Have a lovely time!

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SEYSARAH 2/11/2011 9:12PM

    I love this trip itinery and know you will have the time of your life..everything sounds wonderful..the cruise sounds absolutely fact I'm emailing mom..she was looking at the Infinity and hopefully she will look closer now..can't wait to hear all about it upon your return!

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-COURT- 2/11/2011 9:29AM

    Envy sets in. Hope you have a safe and fun trip. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Marek.

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ESHTEMOA 2/10/2011 2:00PM

    Do have a safe and enjoyable trip!

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GRATEFULADY 2/10/2011 1:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. ENJOY!!! as if I need to say it! emoticon

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PEGGYO 2/10/2011 9:29AM

    Wow that's some schedule. Have a great time.

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OPALMOON 2/8/2011 9:18PM


Bet you are getting excited!!

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PATJ7084 2/8/2011 6:51PM

    have a wonderful holiday, love to you both emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/8/2011 5:54PM

    How absolutely delightful Ania ..
Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Marek

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GOANNA2 2/8/2011 4:53PM

    What a wonderful trip.
Can I come too? Pretty please. emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/8/2011 3:25PM

    Do you need someone to carry your bags???? Sounds like a wonderful trip and a beautiful way to celebrate Marek's birthday and you anniversary!

Enjoy.....Mary Anne

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DANCINGNYSSA 2/8/2011 9:36AM

    Wow!!! That sounds like such an AWESOME trip! I hope you will share of few of your photos once you return. I hope you have a wonderful time.
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INGMARIE 2/8/2011 8:26AM

    Wow, sounds great, have a wonderful trip emoticon

And ....Happy Anniversary. emoticon emoticon

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LIZZYP609 2/8/2011 7:22AM

    I am so excited for you! It sounds like a wonderful trip! emoticon

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Add some Spice to your Life!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Cinnamon, the ancient spice admired for its flavour and aroma, is becoming popular around the world for its healing and health-promoting properties. Here are some reasons why you should eat more of it.

Researchers have found cinnamon is effective for lowering blood-sugar levels, making it a healthy addition to the diets of diabetics.

Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines have used cinnamon for centuries as a remedy for digestive problems and diabetes.

Other studies have shown cinnamon can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides.

Cinnamon is a good source of the trace mineral manganese, which is needed for healthy bones, nerves and thyroid function. It is also a source of iron, calcium and fibre.

To reap the health benefits of cinnamon, try adding a half to one teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your daily diet. For a tasty warm drink, try simmering cinnamon with soymilk and a little honey. emoticon

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ZBMORGAN 2/10/2011 1:14PM

    Love it tossed with roasted butternut squash!

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GRATEFULADY 2/7/2011 1:36PM

    Thanks Ania, for the info. I too add cinnamon to my oatmeal. I like the other suggestions too. Will be sure to check them out. emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 2/7/2011 8:11AM

    Love cinnamon - it's great with all sorts of things!

Have a great week!

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SUSIEPH1 2/6/2011 4:51PM

    Thanks Ania, I have been adding it to my coffee.
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GOANNA2 2/6/2011 3:51PM

    Thanks Ania. I love cinnamon and use it to flavour my coffee
instead of sugar. Try adding it in a spaghetti sauce. Love it.
AHave a great week. emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/6/2011 2:20PM

    I always put cinnamon on my oatmeal and cream of wheat! One of my favorite spices.

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PEGGYO 2/6/2011 12:25PM

    Good idea with the soymilk

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PHEBESS 2/6/2011 7:19AM

    I love oatmeal with cinnamon and a diced apple!

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Friday, February 04, 2011

I just got it from my friend. It's a bit long but very funny. emoticon

ABOUT THE WRITER Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humour columnist for the Miami Herald.

Colonoscopy Journal:
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a colour diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'
I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven.
I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of Australia's enemies.
I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavour.
Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-litre plastic jug, and then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a litre is about 32 gallons).
Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humour, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground. MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch?
This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another litre of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.
At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked..

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anaesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.
Andy had me roll over on my left side and the anaesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.
There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me.
'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like. I have no idea.
Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.
Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colours. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

On the subject of Colonoscopies...
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous.... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1.. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!'
2.. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3.. 'Can you hear me NOW?'
4.. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5.. 'You know, in Tasmania, we're now legally married.'
6.. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7.. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'
8.. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
9.. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!'
10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11. 'You used to be an executive at BHP, didn't you?'
12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.' And the best one of all:
13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'

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CARMEL466 2/6/2011 9:14PM

    Very funny. I had my first one last year and drinking that awful mixture was the worse. I can laugh about it now.. Thanks for posting this. Lol.

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SEYSARAH 2/5/2011 10:43PM

    Oh I so love this "laughter" and still have tears running down my face..funny stuff!

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AIDELADE27 2/5/2011 9:26PM

    My stomach is killing from laughing so hard. Thanks for the workout for my abs!

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MILLISMA 2/5/2011 7:27PM

    Ania, the first time I read this I laughed so hard I cried.....and am doing it again. Thanks for making my day!


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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 2/5/2011 5:58PM

    I need to have one, since it has been 15 years...after reading that...well...I can do this without laughing!!!

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GOANNA2 2/5/2011 5:40PM

    Having had 5 colonoscopies, in the last 10 years, I could
not stop laughing when aI read the blog again and again.
Thanks for the laughter therapy. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 2/5/2011 5:27PM

    Dvora, I am happy to offer 'laughter therapy' for free to all my spark friends. emoticon

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IMAOFSEVEN 2/5/2011 12:58PM

    I'm with Runningwild. I was laughing so loud that my kids kept saying "what are you reading, Mom" and I wouldn't answer them, and now they're ticked off. But it was worth it for that laugh. Ania- you should charge for your laughter "therapy"!

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MINNA72 2/5/2011 5:48AM

    This had me laughing out loud! Thanks Ania!

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F8CONE8 2/4/2011 11:44PM

    I had my first this year and the experience was not what I had dreaded. The prep the day before? Well, Dave had it right. LOL

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RUNNINGWILD 2/4/2011 11:29PM

    Ania, that was awesome. The kids kept asking me why I was laughing but I couldn't explain it to them.. they're still (thankfully) a little young to understand "colonoscopy". I, on the other hand, have battled the surgical prep laxative so it was completely relatable. emoticon I have to share this.

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RUFFESS47 2/4/2011 9:47PM

    In my previous life that procedure was a Monday morning job lot in one OR.

I did have a laugh at the idea of a 17 " Colonoscope no hospital could afford one.
I sure would not like to clean a 17" colonoscope by hand emoticon

Thank God machine was invented to do the whole cleaning sterilizing job

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2011 9:37PM

    Absolutely Hilarious!! .. Thank you so much Ania for the giggles!1
have had two of those procedures and I will never be able to go into the op theatre again without bursting out laughing ! emoticon emoticon

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How the Internet started!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

A revelation with an Incredibly Big Message (IBM):
Well, you might have thought that you knew how the Internet started,
but here's the TRUE story ....
In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her - as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"
And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.
And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP)
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted – for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.
They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.
And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE)
And that is how it all began.

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OPALMOON 2/4/2011 2:51AM

    Ha Ha!! TOO funny!

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MINNA72 2/4/2011 2:49AM

    OMG! This was hilarious!
Thanks for the laugh!

Have an awesome Friday, Ania and big hugs to you!

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MILLISMA 2/3/2011 7:50PM

    That is hysterical! emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/3/2011 4:07PM

    Love it, love it, love it!
Thanks Ania emoticon

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LINDA! 2/3/2011 3:17PM

    Very funny!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/3/2011 3:16PM

    Hillarious Ania great blog!
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SEYSARAH 2/3/2011 11:47AM

    This is by far the funniest thing I've read in ages...I hope everyone readin this will click on the like button so laughter can be spread to far more.

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MKKAYA 2/3/2011 10:08AM

    Thanks for the chuckle - you are so clever! Have a great day and thanks for sharing with us your creative juices!!!

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