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you find and pass on such wonderful stuff. Thanks, Donna

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All very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you so much for sharing. Very ineresting things!!

Edited by: CMINDYC at: 1/12/2008 (07:11)
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Here are some facts about the1500s:

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.


Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June.
However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat...

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave! When re-opening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the
inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !



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TRIVIA

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for approximately sixty-nine years.

1 out of every 4 kids in the USA is overweight.

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

75-90% of primary physician visits are due to stress.

A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.

A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds.

A ear trumpet was used before the hearing aid was invented by people who had difficulty hearing.

A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.

A fetus starts to develop fingerprints at the age of eight weeks.

A fetus that is four months old, will becomes startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother's stomach.

A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries.

A human embryo is smaller than a grain of rice at four weeks old.

A kiss for one minute can burn 26 calories.

A little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians.

A person infected with the SARS virus, has a 95-98% chance of recovery.


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BRAIN TEASER – ANSWER

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BRAIN TEASER

It's been around for millions of years, but it's no more than a month old. What is it?


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TODAY IN HISTORY

1935 - 1st woman to fly solo across Pacific left Honolulu AE Putnam
1642 - Isaac Newton is elected a member of Royal Society
1787 - Titania & Oberon moons of Uranus discovered by William Herschel
1805 - Michigan Territory organized
1813 - 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii
1861 - Alabama becomes 4th state to secede from US
1861 - Mexico City captured by Juarez
1892 - Hawaiian Historical Society founded
1915 - Jacob Ruppert & Huston purchase Yankees for $460 000
1923 - French & Belgian troops occupy Ruhr to collect reparations
1935 - Amelia Earhart flies from Hawaii to California (non-stop of course)
1963 - Beatles release Please Please Me & Ask Me Why
1975 - Soyuz 17 is launched
1978 - Gov. Askew dedicates the RCUC solar office building
1983 - Billy Martin named Yankee manager for 3rd time



Famous birthdays for this day ..

1755 - Alexander Hamilton, 1st Sec of US Treasury
1807 - Ezra Cornell, founded Western Union Telegraph & Cornell University
1815 - Sir John A. MacDonald, (C)--1st prime minister of Canada (1867-73)
1839 - Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican patriot and scholar
1842 - William James, American psychologist and philosopher
1850 - Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
1885 - Alice Paul, founder of National Woman's Party and ERA advocate
1896 - Eva Le Gallienne, actress
1896 - Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals and Bears)
1903 - Alan Paton, South African writer (Cry and the Beloved Country)
1906 - Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist and discoverer of LSD
1926 - Grant Tinker, broadcasting executive
1926 - Lev S. Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
1930 - Rod Taylor, actor
1948 - Madeline Manning, runner
1974 - Rosenkowitz sextuplets, (1st known to have survived infancy)


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THE FACT - The Star Of Apple Records

Apples have a long reputation as the love fruit, starting with Adam and Eve's naughty caper in the Garden of Eden. But in fact, the first evidence of apple cultivation comes from the Middle East, some 4,000 years ago. Fast forward to Ancient Greece, and you have a tossed apple serving as a marriage proposal, with the bride catching it only if she accepted.

Today, there are over 7,000 varieties of apples in the world, with some trees capable of yielding 800lbs. worth of fruit at harvest time. Those apples come in a wide variety of reds, greens and yellows, with the Delicious being the top grower in America, although many people prefer the sweet McIntosh, or the tart of a Granny Smith.

As a food, apples are great for the diet, having 5 grams of fiber, and the same number of calories as a potato. But you would need to eat 11lbs. of apples to gain a pound of weight. The key to their difference with potatoes, is those calories come from carbohydrates. Apples are more than 80% water, with only 4% vitamins and nutrients.

Once the apple reached America, it flourished beyond farmers' wildest dreams. So prolific were the crops that in the 18th century, Yale University was known to serve them at every meal. And in the lower echelons of education, one-room schoolhouse teachers were often paid in goods when a town had no funds, and the apple became a frequent part of their salary.

The green Granny Smith was chosen as the symbol for Apple Records, the recording company started by the Beatles. Coincidentally, Ringo Starr once made a commercial in Japan for applesauce, where his name when translated, literally means "apple sauce".


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January 12th is California Apple Day. A medium-sized apple has just 80 calories and packs in around 15% of your daily fiber. Apple-tastic!


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HUNGRY GIRL UPDATE - GIRL’S BITE OUT

Cornbread... mashed potatoes... tamale pie?! Ahhhhhhh! It seems too good to be true, but HG's got guilt-free versions of all THREE. Check it out...

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Cheesy-Good Cornbread Muffins --- Cheesy cornbread muffins for only 85 calories each?! How can it be???

PER SERVING (1 muffin): 85 calories, 1.5g fat, 240mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 4g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

Ingredients:
1 cup canned cream-style corn
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Optional: 1/4 tsp. hot sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, cornmeal, Splenda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix together all other ingredients -- then add the contents of the small bowl to the large one, and stir until well mixed.
Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray or line it with baking cups. Evenly distribute muffin batter among the cups. Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes (until muffins are firm and a light golden brown). Allow to cool and then enjoy!
MAKES 12 SERVINGS

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HG's Miracle Mashies --- Mixing cauliflower and potato is a GREAT way to get true mashed potato taste and texture, with a healthier, lower calorie spin. Woohoo!

PER SERVING (1/5th of recipe, about 2/3 cup): 82 calories, 1g fat, 168mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein -- POINTS® value 1*

Ingredients:
1 large (about 13-oz.) potato
3 cups cauliflower florets
3 tbsp. fat-free half & half
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1/4 tsp. salt
pepper and additional salt, to taste
Optional: 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, peel and cube the potato.
Once water is boiling, a dd peeled potato cubes and cauliflower. Wait for the water to return to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes (until potatoes and cauliflower are very tender).
Remove the pot from heat and strain out all of the water. Transfer contents to a large bowl, and add half & half, butter/buttery spread, salt, and (if you like) crushed garlic. Mash it all together with a potato masher, until completely blended. Season to taste with pepper and additional salt. Enjoy!
MAKES 5 SERVINGS

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HG's Hot Tamale Pie --- This tamale pie is AWESOME. Make it NOW. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

PER SERVING (1/6th of pie): 220 calories, 2.75g fat, 630mg sodium, 37g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 16g protein -- POINTS® value 4*

Ingredients:

For Topping
1 pouch Betty Crocker Authentic Cornbread & Muffin Mix
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
3 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce

For Pie
One 12-oz. package frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles or Boca Meatless Ground Burger**)
1/2 cup canned sweet corn kernels, drained
1/2 cup canned black beans
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. taco sauce
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together cornbread mix, egg substitute and applesauce. Set aside.
In a large pan sprayed lightly with nonstick spray, begin to cook onions and soy crumbles over medium heat. Once crumbles have thawed, add in taco seasoning, cumin, and 1/4 cup of water. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook until the water has absorbed. Then add the taco sauce, corn, and black beans, and mix well.
Pour mixture into a large round casserole dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray, and then evenly cover with the cornbread topping mixture.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and firm.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS



**Nutritionals calculated based on an average of these products. Exact nutritionals may vary slightly, but POINTS® value will remain the same.



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REAL AGE TIP OF THE DAY

All About YOU: A Major Brain Boost --- It’s no surprise that exercise is good for your heart as well as your modeling career, but it’s also an elixir for your mind.

Exercise has also been correlated with increased telomere length. That’s something you should covet mightily, because the length of your telomeres (the narrow caps at the ends of your chromosomes) pretty much determines how long you’ll stay healthy.

Brain-Boosting Workout
You don’t need to overdo it to give your brain -- and body -- a boost. Just 30 minutes of walking each day plus our YOU2 Workout a couple times a week will help you burn the 2,000?3,500 calories a week you need in order to increase telomere length.

RealAge Benefit: Exercising regularly enough to burn up at least 3,500 calories of energy a week can make your RealAge 3.4 years younger.

TRY IT!

You could contemplate the weather -- again -- on your walk, or you could learn how to extend the warranty on the most fascinating machine ever created: your body. How? Just load the YOU: Staying Young audiobook into your MP3 player and take Drs. Roizen and Oz with you. They’ll make it fun as well as fascinating.

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WORD OF THE DAY

imprimatur \im-prih-MAH-tur; -MAY-\, noun:

1. Official license or approval to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; especially, such a license issued by the Roman Catholic episcopal authority.
2. Approval; sanction.
3. A mark of approval or distinction.

Vatican officials have overruled a 1994 decision by a bishop in England, ordering him to withdraw his imprimatur from a popular religious education text that had come under attack from conservatives.
-- "Vatican orders bishop to remove imprimatur", National Catholic Reporter, February 27, 1998

His name was known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic; his imprimatur on a stock or bond offering could be worth millions to the firm doing the issue.
-- H. W. Brands, Masters of Enterprise

But neither controversial phenomena nor potentially illuminating but statistically insignificant research has had the imprimatur of a peer-reviewed journal -- until now.
-- Kaja Perina, "Probing folklore & fringe science", Psychology Today, July-August 2002
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Imprimatur is from New Latin imprimatur, "let it be printed," from imprimere, "to imprint," from Latin, from in- + premere, "to press."



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WOMAN’S DAY ARTICLE LINKS

Work Out Like The Biggest Loser - Kim Lyons, the trainer on the hit TV show, demonstrates an easy toning routine.
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20 Foods That Blast Fat - The key to losing weight without going hungry? Stock up on these tasty, healthy items.
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New Year, Healthier You - 52 simple steps you can take to feel and look your best.
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Lose 10 Pounds in 8 Weeks - Watch the weight melt off with this smart, no-starvation plan—including meal and snack suggestions!
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Rev Up Your Metabolism - This easy workout will build muscle and fire up your body to burn calories.
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Improve Your Posture Now - These stretches and strength exercises will have you standing up straight.
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Jump-Start Your Weight Loss - It takes just one month to start shedding pounds—and you'll keep them off all year long!

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40 Light & Easy Recipes - Try our fast, fabulous and healthy dishes, such as Cheddar Vegetable Quiche and Corn-Stuffed Poblanos.
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DAILY THOUGHTS

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
--Moliere

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
--Oscar Wilde


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JUST FOR GRINS

Single, Never Married
As a single, never married woman in my 40s, I have been questioned endlessly about my status by my friends, relatives and co-workers. Over the years, I've noticed a subtle change in the nature of their inquiries. In my teens, friends would ask, "Who are you going out with this weekend?" In my 20s, relatives would say, "Who are you dating?" In my 30s, co-workers might inquire, "So, are you dating anyone yet?" Now, people ask, "Where did you get that adorable purse?"

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Almost Ready
A man pacing back and forth glanced at his watch and yelled upstairs to his wife, "Honey, are you ready yet?" Shouting back, the woman replies, "For crying out loud, Ed. I've been telling you for the last half hour, I'll be ready in a minute!"

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Seems this elderly couple went to the clinic and asked
to be tested for HIV.
The counselor asked, "Both of you?"
"Yes," replied the husband.
When the counselor asked why they felt that they should
be tested at their age, the old man said, "Well, we heard
on TV that people should be tested after annual sex!"

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When a physician remarked on a new patient's extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, "High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family." "Your mother's side or your father's?" I asked. "Neither," he replied. "It's from my wife's family." "Oh, come now," I said. "How could your wife's family give you high blood pressure?" He sighed. " You oughta meet 'em sometime, Doc!"

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Baptizing A Drunk

A man is stumbling through the woods totally drunk when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. The drunk walks into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of booze. Whereupon he asks the drunk, 'Are you ready to find Jesus?' 'Yes I am' replies the drunk, so the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the river. He pulls him up and asks the drunk, ‘Brother have you found Jesus?' The drunk replies, 'No, I haven't.' The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again, but for a bit longer this time. He pulls him out of the water and asks again, 'Have you found Jesus, my brother?' The drunk again answers, 'No, I have not found Jesus.' By this time the preacher is at his wits end so he dunks the drunk in the water again, but this time he holds him down for about 30 seconds. When the drunk begins kicking his arms and legs, the preacher pulls him up. The preacher asks the drunk again, 'For the love of God, have you found Jesus?' The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and says to the preacher, 'Are you sure this is where he fell in?'

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Today's Stupid Quote

"I think that the film Clueless was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it's true lightness."
- Alicia Silverstone, Actress

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The World's Dumbest --- Too Dumb To Be A Criminal" Bonehead Award

Using a bright red car for a getaway vehicle, two California bank robbers wanted to get rid of the clothing they used in the bank robbery. They began tossing the clothes out the window while driving away on the highway, thus attracting attention and giving away their location. But wait! There's more! To disguise their license plate number, they used beige masking tape on their white plate which gave police an easier way to spot the car they were looking for - the bright red car with masking tape on the license plate.


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