Jun 30, 2017

Happy Friday

If you lust for trivial things, you become trivial. If you lust for happiness, you become happy.

Today I lust for sharing the joy of a Happy Friday!

Happy Canada Day

July 1 is Canada Day. This year, it celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Incidentally, The first Saturday in July is also International Cherry Pit Spitting Day. Past three year winning spits -
2014 Brian Krause Dimondale, MI 80' 8"
2015 Kevin Bartz Niles, MI 48' 8"
2016 Rick Krause Tuba City, AZ 48' 2 1/4"

Brian Krause is also holder of the US record cherry pit spit of 93' 6 1/2", set during 2003.

July 4th

Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, died the same day in 1826 as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. A few years later, fellow founding father, and fifth President of the United States, James Monroe passed away on July 4th, 1831. Interesting that three of the first five American presidents died on the 4th of July.

Incidentally, The people of France offered the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World to the people of the United States on July 4th, 1884.

Just Three American Cars Remain

Online car research site Cars.com, ranks the “most-American” cars and trucks and takes into account globalization of the supply chain. It found just three models qualified.
The definition of “Made in America” has been undergoing some changes, especially in the auto industry. Integrated supply chains and efforts to cut costs have made the auto industry’s globalization “irreversible.”
The criteria used: country of engine origin, country of transmission origin, U.S. factory employment relative to the company’s sales footprint, domestic parts content, and assembly location. The percentage of domestic parts that a car needs to be able to qualify is 60 percent.

The three "most-American" cars were Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee (made by Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Toledo, Ohio), and Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago-made Taurus.

Simpsons Names

Many of the characters on the Simpsons show were named by Matt Groening and are named after people in his family. He did refuse to name the grandfather after his own grandfather, Abraham, and asked the writers to choose a name. The writers, who had no knowledge of his grandfather's name, chose Abraham. The full name is Abraham Jedediah "Abe" Simpson II, but he is commonly called grampa. His parents were Orville J. Simpson and Yuma Hickman.

O.J. Simpson

No relation to the above. His full name is Orenthal James Simpson. His nickname from football days is The Juice. He is having a parole hearing July 20, 2017 in Nevada, and could be released during October. 2017.

Incidentally, Lawrence Tureaud it the full name of Mr. T.

Tomato Preservation Tips

Keep your tomatoes at room temperature, ideally in a single layer out of direct sunlight. To keep them fresher longer, store them stem side down. If they do not lay flat, peel more of the stem off, until they can lay flat on a counter or plate. Also, it is OK to store in the refrigerator if you will use them within a few days. Last, you do not need to keep them in a brown paper bag, unless there are flies in the area.

Wordology, Pizza Peel

You may think it is odd to peel a pizza, but that is not what this is.

It is the instrument that pizzerias and cooks around the world use to shove a pizza into the oven and to remove it from the oven. Kind of like peeling off the oven floor.

Myth Busted: Never Eat Before Bed

It does not matter what time you eat. What matters is the amount of calories you consume.

It has long been a false belief that if you eat before going to sleep you will not be active enough to burn off those calories. What really matters is the total amount of calories you eat and not the time of day you eat them. If you consume the same amount of calories whether you eat them earlier or later, your body will digest those calories the same.

The reason some suggest an eating schedule is to prevent overeating. For example, if you skip meals you can become over hungry, which might lead to overeating when you finally do eat. The reason late night eating has been associated with weight gain is because it is often a late night snack in addition to a full day's worth of calories. So, eat whenever you like, just do not overeat and you will not gain weight.

Another myth, if you exercise on an empty stomach, you burn fat faster. When you exercise, you burn calories, whether they are from recently consumed food or fat. If you burn fat, then eat, the food is converted into fat again. So, food calories or fat calories, they are the same - more in and you gain weight, more out and you lose weight.