Sunday, March 20, 2011
All these pictures are from the book ' Microcosmos,' created by Brandon Brill from London. This book includes many scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of insects, human body parts and household items. These are the most amazing images of what is too small to see with the naked eye.
An ant, Formica fusca, holding a microchip
Surface of an Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory silicon microchip
Eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin
The surface of a strawberry
Bacteria on the surface of a human tongue
Human sperm (spermatozoa)
Nylon hooks and loops of Velcro
Household dust: includes long hairs of cat fur, twisted synthetic and woolen fibers, serrated insect scales, a pollen grain, and plant and insect remains
The weave of nylon stocking fibers
The head of a mosquito
Head louse clinging to a human hair
Eight eyes (two groups of four) on the head of a tarantula
Cut human hairs and shaving foam between two razor blades
Cigarette paper the tobacco is rolled in
Corroded surface of a rusty nail
Clutch of butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant
Calcium phosphate crystal
No wonder modern forensics solves so many crimes!
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an in definite period of time.
2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an a**h*le.
3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at receiving a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid..
7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido : All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
As I set out my fruit for today I was again so impressed by how beautiful blood oranges are. They are grown locally and have a very, very short season here in southeast Louisiana. They are so juicy and sweet. Can you get blood oranges where you live? I hope so! I did a little research on them for you.
The blood orange is a kind of orange with a deep scarlet color on the inside. The skin pigment on the outside is also darker. They usually mature mid-season and are deeply juicy and sweet flavoured. These kinds of oranges are typically smaller than an average orange.
Some people believe that blood oranges are crosses between pomegranates and oranges, but this is untrue. Blood oranges are simply oranges that at some point underwent a genetic mutation and turned into the noble, virile fruits that they are today.
Many delicious recipes can be created with these yummy fruits.
Why are Blood Oranges Red?
Blood oranges are a special variety of orange, and as such some people are surprised when they cut this orange and see the profound crimson color inside. Some people, when they see a blood orange, sometimes ask the question “How do you make oranges that color?”
I’ve actually heard of a man who bought blood oranges without telling his wife. When she cut the oranges and saw the inside, she was very disturbed. She thought the orange had a virus!
Of course it is nothing of the kind. Blood oranges are not artificial or anything like that. They exist in nature in many varieties. Blood oranges have this unique color because they carry anthocyanins, which are powerful flavonoid pigments that exist in red and purple fruits and vegetables that can protect the human body from many diseases and are very beneficial to human health. Anthocyanins are uncommon in citrus fruits, with the blood orange being one of the exceptions.
Health Benefits of Blood Oranges
Blood oranges contain vitamin C, folic acid, anthocyanins, calcium and Vitamin A, among other minerals and vitamins. They are rich in antioxidants and are a very good source of fiber. The levels of vitamin C are higher on these oranges compared to regular oranges. The blood orange is also known as the anti-aging orange.
In terms of nutrition, there are two main health benefits when consuming these oranges: Vitamin C and Folic Acid. One of these oranges packs around eighty calories.
Vitamin C is the main reason (apart from the fact that blood oranges are just so darn tasty!) that you will want to eat blood oranges. Since blood oranges are citrus fruits, they are a very good source of Vitamin C, also recognized as ascorbic acid. In the past, sailors who had the disease known as scurvy were cured by eating lots of oranges. In terms of health benefits, vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, and can aid in repairing tissues and ensuring healthy gums. Another one of the health benefits of Vitamin C is that it aids in healing wounds and shows benefits on the adrenal gland function. Vitamin C is not produced by the human body and therefore must be produced by our diet. Two blood oranges are more than enough to comply with the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
This is also known as Vitamin B9. Studies show that folic acid helps against some cancers and heart disease. It is generally recommended for pregnant women before conception as folic acid is vital for forming red blood cells in the body, and thus prevents birth defects. Experts also claim that it helps to lower blood vessels. Through blood oranges alone, eating just one or two will not be enough to reach the recommended daily amount of folic acid. Either eat other fruits, or you will need to eat around five to six blood oranges.
Blood oranges’ red pigmentation contains anthocyanins, which are basic natural compounds that give color to fruits, plants and vegetables. Nutrition experts believe that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties that affect the collagen, and are also good for preventing cancer, diabetes and bacterial infections, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies show that they also help against illnesses that come with age. Another one of the health benefits of blood oranges is that they help to defend blood vessels from oxidative damage. In addition, they help prevent LDL cholesterol accumulation. In general, the anthocyanin in blood oranges will help the body heal itself.
Calcium helps with bones and teeth. It gives bones strength. Since most of our bodies stand in place due to our bones, calcium is an absolutely vital mineral. Blood Oranges contain some calcium and are thus a good source of this mineral.
This is another absolutely necessary vitamin for the body. One of the main health benefits of Vitamin A is that it maintains health of certain tissues like the retina. It helps in growth and keeps the skin healthy and promotes regular development of skeletal tissue and teeth.
In short: It really is the crimson tint that really makes blood oranges healthy. Just think about it, these fruits are grown in the volcanic atmosphere of Mount Etna in Sicily. This is what has given them such high levels of antioxidants, which gives them these unique health benefits that are simply not found in normal oranges.
There are three main types of blood oranges and several lesser ones. The most common ones are:
* Moro Blood Orange
* Tarocco Blood Orange
* Sanguinello Blood Orange
A medium sized blood orange has around 80 calories.
Season & Availability
Blood oranges are not always available. This is a winter fruit, and their availability is usually limited to the months of late December, January, February, March, April and early May. The Moro blood orange is sold from December to March and the Tarocco blood orange is available from January to May.
Information taken from Information taken from www.blood-oranges.com/blood-orange/
Thursday, March 10, 2011
For those of you who have me on FaceBook, you can see the clip there. (If you're on FB and want to add me, please do!! Msg me and I'll give you my last name.) For the rest of you...
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Thank you so much to all of you who sent such sweet birthday messages and comments and Goodies. Bless you! (An extra special thank you to Scorpion1352. She was the first one to wish me happy birthday with a sweet, sweet phone call and sent to me in snail mail an exquisite birthday card that she made. What a talented and creative lady!!)
My dear friend Michelle, known here as GettinSkinny, went all out for me and made my day incredibly special. The week before my birthday, she gathered up my girls, photographed them, and had some of them beautifully matted and framed for me. She picked me up to take me to lunch, and when we arrived at a local Mexican restaurant, seated there were nine others, family and friends, with HUGE birthday (and New Orleans Saints!!) balloons. She treated me and my youngest to lunch and a MOST beautiful and delicious red velvet birthday cake from my favorite bakery. God bless you, Michelle!!! Big thanks to everyone who attended my birthday luncheon and made me feel so loved and blessed. I have the best family and friends in the world.
My only disappointment was that my honey (CaptainCookie for those of you who have not yet met him) could not be with me on this special day. He is out on his ship for ten weeks (instead of his customary four), working hard for our family, sacrificing so much to provide for us. I love you, honey, and it would have all been so much sweeter had you been at my side. Your card was over the top and melted my heart. Thank you.
Much love to you, dear SparkFriends. You make my life so rich!
P.S. PepperLeah, I hope this is the last birthday either of us will have to spend with miles between us!!
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