Aug 6, 2010

Water Painting or Painting Water

Just came across this video of the Turkish art of painting water. It is a bit long, but you can skip a few parts if you want to see it in a hurry. The end is amazing. LINK

What's in a Name

Richard Gere's real middle name is Tiffany.


Chief Seattle (more correctly known as Seathl) was the leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes and was known for his daring courage and leadership. He gained control of six of the local tribes while maintaining a good relationship with the Europeans.

In 1852 out of respect, the early settlers at Duwamps renamed the town Seattle.

More Water Art

This has been around for a while, but you may not have seen it. It is a fountain in a Japan mall that actually paints pictures and letters in the spray. A bit long, but fantastic technology taken to a new level. LINK

Roy Rogers' Horse Trigger

The stuffed animal brought in $266,500 at a Christie's auction in July. Many fondly remember the movies or the TV shows featuring Roy Rogers (King of the Cowboys), Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Pat Brady, and the Sons of the Pioneers singing group. Dale Evans wrote the theme song used in the fifties TV series. 

Quick, what was the name of Dale Evans Horse? Do you remember the name of the jeep form the TV series? Hey, do you remember the Roy Rogers' fast food chain?

OK, Buttermilk, Nellybelle, and Roy Rogers, respectively. Roy's real name was Lenoard Slye. Somehow that just doesn't have the same ring to it. Happy trails to you.

Aug 3, 2010

Value of a College Degree

Unemployment percent as of June, 2010

Total, 25 years and over. . . . . . . . . . . 8.2

Less than a high school diploma. . . . 14.1
High school graduate, no college. . .  10.8
Some college or associate degree.  .  .8.2
Bachelor’s degree and higher. . . . . . . 4.4

Handy Uses for the Windows Key

Do you use that 'Windows Key' on the lower right of your keyboard? It has many uses.

For instance, if you just hit it, it brings up your programs from the start button. If you hold it down and hit m it takes you to your desktop. Hold it down and hit e and it opens up the computer screen. Hold it down and hit f and you go directly to the search screen.

Bacon Lettuce Tomato Monster

One pound of fried bacon on a toasted Italian bread, sans lettuce and tomato. Haven't tried it, but it is on my ToDo list.

Interesting Misnomers

Arabic numerals originated in India.

Tin cans and tin foil are constructed from aluminum, not tin.

Danish pastries were invented in Austria.

Dry cleaning is really liquid cleaning and uses naphtha to clean your clothes.

Pencil lead is really graphite, not lead.

Koala bears are marsupials, not bears.

Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not Panama.

Peanuts are legumes, not nuts.

Cataract Surgery

The earliest records of cataract surgery are from the Bible as well as early Hindu records. Cataract surgery was known to the Indian physician Sushruta, 6th century BC. In India, cataract surgery was performed with a special tool called the Jabamukhi Salaka, a curved needle used to loosen the lens and push the cataract out of the field of vision. The eye would later be soaked with warm butter and then bandaged. Though this method was successful, Susruta cautioned that cataract surgery should only be performed when absolutely necessary.