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  3. Fact of the Day - WHISTLE Carved whalebone whistle dated 1821. 8 cm long. Did you know... that a whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means. Whistles vary in size from a small slide whistle or nose flute type to a large multi-piped church organ. (Wikipedia) Whistle History The whistle originated in ancient China around 5000 years ago. In cs. 200, TS' AI Yen, an Ancient Chinese Woman Poet refers to the Tatar Reed Whistle in her poem titled, "18 Verses Sung To a Tatar Reed Whistle." It appears that the whistle got it's name during a war torn time during the Han Dynasty when the soldiers and civilians were fleeing death and suffering. It was used as an alert for people to know when the barbarians where sited. By the 11th century, it had made it's way to Europe. Stone high crosses in Ireland have carvings of players blowing on bone pipes with narrow conical bones. With the 12th century, bird bone whistles were used. The High Street excavations in Dublin's old Norman quarter have yielded the oldest specimens of this Irish version of the whistle . In the 19th century, the "Feadan" was whistle made from from hollowed stalks of such plants as cane, elder, and wild reeds and grasses. As craftsmen became more proficient in bone carving and woodworking, new materials were used for the exterior, reeds and fipples or flageolets. The newer ones were made of clay. In 1843, the tin whistle was made by Robert Clarke after he modified the design of a wooden whistle he himself owned and played. The Clarke Tinwhistle Company is one of the largest manufacturers today. By 1870, the Boatswain's Pipe was used to give commands to the crew of ships. Even though the name has the word "pipe" in it, it's truly a unique whistle. The high pitched notes can be heard in the worst gales. Today it's used mostly for ceremonial purposes. Joseph Hudson, a Birmingham, England toolmaker, revolutionized the world of whistles in 1884. This was the world's first and leading pea whistle called the Acme Thunderer. In order to supplement the family income, Joseph had done everything from watch repair to cobbling shoes. It was his passion for whistles that prompted him to try numerous designs to perfect a whistle for the London Police One day while playing his violin, he dropped the violin, and the broken violin emitted a high-pitched sound, that he knew was unique and would carry a long way. He had the perfect sound for his police whistle! His whistle when tested, was heard over a mile away, and became the official whistle of the London Bobby, which is still used to this day. In 1995 Acme celebrated 125 years of whistle manufacturing. Plastic whistles were first manufactured in Britain in 1914, after earlier attempts to produce a satisfactory model from vulcanite (hardened rubber) had failed. This allowed design variations and colors that became popular with consumers. The components of modern plastic whistles may be either glued or ultrasonically welded together. Soccer games used to be refereed with white flags until 1878, when a whistle was used for the first time at the English Football Association Cup 2nd Round game between Nottingham Forest (2) vs Sheffield (0). Prior to this, games were refereed using a white flag. In 1930, the 'Pro-Soccer' whistle had a special mouthpiece and a barrel for even greater power and a higher pitch for use in a noisy stadium In 1935, the Acme Silent Dog Whistle became available. This is still the ultimate in training and commanding for sporting and domestic dogs. Ultra sonic adjustable frequencies features allow it to be heard for long distances. The first life-saving whistle was developed for use on life-jackets and flotation devices in 1949. By 2002, Whistle Away Crime was established in response to the communities' desire for safety in an unsafe world. We have searched and extensively tested many products on the market and have discovered that our product is far superior and unique. It's a 3 chamber whistle made of a durable plastic that is virtually indestructible. Combined with empowerment training, the Whistle Away Crime® safety training is even more unique and the perfect tool for a safer, more confident environment. 1860 In the 1860s, Joseph Hudson, who was a Birmingham trained toolmaker, converted his washroom at St. Marks Square, which he rented for one shilling and six pence per week, into a workshop. Here he did anything he could to supplement the family income from watch repairing to cobbling shoes. For reasons now lost in the mists of antiquity, whistles were his passion. 1870 The Boatswain Pipe was first designed in 1870. It was used to give commands to the crew of ships. The high-pitched notes can be heard in the worst gales. Today it is used mostly for ceremonial purposes. 1883 In 1883 the London Police were looking for an idea to replace the hand rattle. Inspired by a sound derived from his violin, Joseph Hudson created the perfect sounding whistle for police use. A slightly jarring, discordant trill, that would be unique and far-carrying. When tested by the Metropolitan Police in London, the whistle was heard over a mile away and immediately adopted as the official whistle of the London Bobby. It can still be seen on duty in the streets of London, and occasionally even heard. 1884 In 1884 the ACME Thunderer, the world's first pea whistle, was launched. Offering total reliability, control and power to the referee, it is now the world's biggest selling whistle. There is not a major league sport that has not been graced by this whistle. 1895 The ACME Siren, sometimes known as the cyclist's road clearer, was introduced in 1895. The unmistakable sound still finds numerous uses today. From tribal dances to marine signaling, this complex whistle made with watchmaker's precision, was the beginning of the ACME range of orchestral whistles and musical sound effects that remain popular to this day. 1935 Up until the 1930s, dog whistles had not been specialized. Almost anything that made a sound was used. In 1935 ACME invented the Silent Dog Whistle, another world first. Having a highly tuned and adjustable frequency range has made this the most effective whistle for trainers to communicate with their dogs, dolphins or whales. Source: Wikipedia - Whistle | Whistle Away Crime | ACME Whistles
  4. What's the Word? - SPREZZATURA pronunciation: [sprets-ə-TYOOR-ə] Part of speech: noun Origin: Italian, early 15th century Meaning: 1. Studied carelessness, especially as a characteristic quality or style of art or literature. Example: "Leo's artwork demonstrates enviable sprezzatura." "At first glance the mural seems unfinished, but it's actually a lovely example of sprezzatura." About Sprezzatura Nonchalance describes being (or feigning being) in a calm or relaxed state. Similarly, sprezzatura is studied carelessness — which often describes attempting to seem calm or relaxed when undertaking a particular action. Did You Know? While many people claim to work in a careless sprezzatura style, not everyone can be the next Picasso or Jackson Pollack. It takes hard work to imbue a childlike doodle with intention.
  5. Fact of the Day - BABY POWDER Did you know.... that baby powder is an astringent powder used for preventing diaper rash and for cosmetic uses. It may be composed of talcum or corn starch. Baby powder can also be used as a dry shampoo, cleaning agent, and freshener. Talcum powder, if inhaled, may cause aspiration pneumonia and granuloma. (Wikipedia) Facts You Didn't Know About Johnson & Johnson By Margaret Gurowitz | Jul 28, 2009 Strange But True: The Baby Powder that Helped Launch a Rocket 1. JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder was used by NASA to help insure the successful launch of the Apollo 8 spacecraft in 1968. The rocket had a rubber strip holding together a covering that protected a measuring instrument. NASA needed a means to insure that the rubber strip could slide off freely during the rocket’s launch. A NASA engineer used some JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder that he brought in from home. It did the job so well that he planned to use it on all subsequent Apollo launches. [The Bulletin, The J&J Employee Magazine, February/March 1969, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, p. 10] 2. In 1970, advice columnist Ann Landers noted in her nationally syndicated newspaper column that Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. had “the most immaculate and best laid out ladies room I’ve ever seen anywhere….” Ann Landers presumably travelled quite a bit, so that recognition was a singular honor. [The Bulletin, the Johnson & Johnson Employee Magazine, August 1970, Volume 28, No. 6] Some of the Company's Early Medicated Plasters 3. Medicated plasters, one of our earliest products in the 1800s, could not be manufactured on very humid days, because the humidity interfered with the manufacturing process. (Which must have been challenging in the pre-air conditioning days over 100 years ago in humid Central New Jersey, where the plasters were manufactured.) James Wood Johnson 4. In 1918 Company president James Wood Johnson was presented with an award by the Russian government for supplying something that helped the Russian army during World War I. (Russia and the U.S. were allies during World War I.) Was it sterile bandages or dressings? No: it was horseshoes. Johnson had bought an interest in the Neverslip Horseshoe Company in New Brunswick, which had filled the largest order in its history for the Russian cavalry. We still have one of the horseshoes in our archives today. McNeil family pharmacy: the origin of one of our operating companies 5. Company founder Robert Wood Johnson, Scientific Director Fred Kilmer, Revra DePuy (founder of our affiliate company DePuy, Inc.), and the McNeil family (founders of McNeil Laboratories, which became part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in 1959) all had one thing in common. What was it? They all started their careers in retail pharmacies. Philip B. Hofmann 6. Philip B. Hofmann, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson from 1963 to 1973, spent part of his early career here successfully selling the Company’s most notoriously hard to sell product: Lister’s Dog Soap. And by the way, Hofmann’s father -- who steered his son toward joining Johnson & Johnson -- was a retail pharmacist too. 7. When television became part of American life in the early 1950s, Johnson & Johnson became one of its first major sponsors with TV ads and sponsorship of specific shows. Some of the early shows the Company sponsored were The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Donna Reed Show, Cheyenne and Gunsmoke. Source: Wikipedia - Baby Powder | Facts You Didn't Know
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  7. What's the Word? - ESTAMINET pronunciation: [es-tam-ih-NAY] Part of speech: noun Origin: French, unknown Meaning: 1. A small cafe in France that sells alcoholic drinks. Example: "I plan to visit every estaminet I find on my trip to Paris" "The artist enjoyed visiting the estaminet for a glass of wine while sketching." About Estaminet An estaminet is a small French cafe, specifically one that serves alcoholic drinks. Did You Know? Plan a visit to an estaminet during a trip to France, and know that you're the latest in a long line of folks who love the atmosphere of a cozy French cafe. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Picasso were all patrons of estaminets in their day.
  8. Ok I'll try to give as much detail as I can about this issue I'm having with one of my Mac Minis... So I have a Mid 2012 Mac Mini that I just installed OS X High Sierra via Internet Recovery Mode (Installed all necessary updates) then upgraded to macOS Mohave that I'm just using as a "Mojave" Server only to run 32bit apps on. Once that finished installing I (installed all required updates) went to System Preferences > Sharing pane and enabled Screen Sharing, File Sharing, and Remote Login just as I did when I setup my Late 2018 Mac Mini as my Emby Media Server that has macOS Catalina installed. Everything is on the same network in my bedroom and I use my Macbook Pro 13-Inch to connect to my Emby Server no problem in the Finder window, but for some reason my Mojave Server isn't listed in Finder at all. I have my Mid 2017 Macbook Pro 13-Inch connected via Wifi and both Mac Minis (Mid 2012 and Late 2018) connected via Ethernet and automatic login in enabled for quick access on both Mac Minis and two dummy HDMI adapters plugged in to each Mac Minis so I don't have to have them taking up HDMI ports on a HDMI splitter I have hooked up to my TCL 4KTV!! lol Thank you for all the help in helping me figuring out this issue I am having right now.
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  10. Fact of the Day - EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS Did you know... that Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American drama musical film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P. F. Kluge. A sequel, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!, followed in 1989. (Wikipedia) Soulful Facts About Eddie and the Cruisers BY JAKE ROSSEN | MARCH 28, 2016 A classic example of a movie finding its audience despite a weak theatrical run, 1983’s Eddie and the Cruisers gained a cult following for its original soundtrack and the convincing lip-syncing talents of star Michael Paré. Read on to find out why the story of a fictional '60s musician struck a chord with viewers, how Rick Springfield nearly starred, and whether we’ll ever see Eddie Wilson one more time. IT WAS BASED ON A MURDER MYSTERY. Eddie and the Cruisers was not originally conceived as a nostalgia trip for Jersey rock. Author P. F. Kluge wrote the 1980 novel it was based on as more of a thriller, with Eddie’s former bandmates reflecting on their heyday with the presumed-dead Wilson as a killer tries to find some “missing” recordings the singer made before his apparent death. While the movie stuck to the same basic structure, the killer angle was dropped. RICK SPRINGFIELD WANTED TO PLAY EDDIE. Itching to grow out of his scrubs on General Hospital, soap opera actor-slash-singer Rick Springfield lobbied for the title role in Eddie and the Cruisers. Unfortunately, director Martin Davidson—who bought the novel rights—didn’t think he could be convincing as anyone other than Rick Springfield. While he “might have been great” in the part, Davidson said, “he wouldn’t have spanned the history” of the missing musician. THE BAND GOT ADVICE FROM THE BOSS. When producers went looking for a group to supply original music that would be lip-synched by the cast, they found John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (named after a paint color) toiling in and around New Jersey. Their Bruce Springsteen-esque sound actually had some endorsement from Springsteen himself: Cafferty told People that the Boss was around for their early gigs and helped guide him through some songwriting challenges. “It was like getting batting tips from Mickey Mantle,” Cafferty said. ELLEN BARKIN HATED MAKING IT. Ellen Barkin, who played the latter-day investigative reporter looking into Eddie Wilson’s death, was not enthused about making the film. “That’s what we liked to call a 'pay the rent' job,” she told The A.V. Club in 2010. “It wasn’t a script I liked.” Barkin said her agent more or less talked her into it on the premise she’d only have to work on it for a couple of weeks. THE DIRECTOR WAS PRETTY MEAN TO MICHAEL PARÉ. Paré’s most notable acting gig up to that point was as a supporting cast member of NBC’s The Greatest American Hero. Davidson didn't have much confidence the young actor could pull off some of the more emotionally demanding scenes required: He essentially put him on acting probation. “If you f*ck up tomorrow, you’re fired,” he allegedly told Paré. The animosity was strong enough that Paré’s co-stars held a meeting and told Davidson that if he fired the actor, they’d walk off the shoot. SYLVESTER STALLONE MADE AN IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION. When Davidson had Cafferty’s master recording set, he needed a record label to distribute it. Having directed Sylvester Stallone in 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush, he approached the actor to put him in touch with Scotti Bros. Records, the label that had helped facilitate a meeting between Stallone and the group Survivor that eventually paved the way for “Eye of the Tiger.” Scotti Bros. agreed to distribute the soundtrack, giving Cafferty’s band its first real break after toiling in local clubs for over a decade. HBO AND MTV GAVE THE MOVIE A SECOND WIND. Dumped unceremoniously by its distributor in September 1983 after a chunk of its potential audience was back in school, Eddie and the Cruisers was a theatrical flop. But in 1984, when the film hit HBO in heavy rotation and one of Cafferty’s songs was featured in a music video, audiences who had missed it the first time around caught on. Buoyed by the television exposure, the soundtrack cracked Billboard’s top 10 before topping one million in sales to go platinum. (Through 1989, it sold an astounding three million copies.) THE PALACE OF DEPRESSION REALLY EXISTED. Eddie’s existential crisis—to stay true to his music or placate record industry executives—comes during a scene shot at the “Palace of Depression,” a massive junkyard with parts and assorted junk artistically arranged. It wasn’t just set dressing: the Palace opened in 1932 in Vineland, New Jersey, after a man named George Daynor lost his savings in the stock market crash. Arriving in the state, he took to using trash to build out on a small patch of land. A restoration society is hoping to re-open the site in 2017. THE SEQUEL WENT THROUGH 14 DRAFTS. After the success of the album, Scotti Brothers purchased the sequel rights in 1985. That film wouldn’t see the light of day until 1989: It took 14 drafts for producers to be satisfied with a script for a follow-up that sees Eddie (Paré) living in anonymity in Canada as blue-collar worker “Joe West” before he gets the urge to start recording music again. Unfortunately, not everyone was interested in hearing it: Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! was an even bigger box office disappointment than the original, grossing just $536,508 in its opening weekend in roughly 400 theaters. THE SEQUEL WAS SHOT AT A BON JOVI CONCERT. To capture the atmosphere of a live arena crowd for Eddie’s climatic return to performing, the crew of Eddie II set up cameras at a Bon Jovi concert in April 1989 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. According to one concertgoer, the “fake” band lead by Paré was more well-received than the real warm-up band—Skid Row. PARÉ RECORDED AN ALBUM OF HIS OWN. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times in 1989, Paré revealed he had recently finished an album featuring his own vocals and planned on touring overseas to avoid any Michael/Eddie overlap. While there’s no evidence the album was ever released, you can still hear Paré sing (a little) on a track from the film Road to Hell. PARÉ HAS WRITTEN A SECOND SEQUEL. In 2015, Paré told The Washington Post that he’s been pecking away at a script for a third movie with a friend. “I’ve got up to page 78,” he said. Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), who is a fan of the original, said he would consider directing. In a time where Netflix and other venues are catering to some highly specific tastes, there might be more to Eddie Wilson’s story yet. After watching Eddie and cruisers I became a fan of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. On the Dark Side from the movie is my very favorite song. (DarkRavie) Source: Wikipedia - Eddie and the Cruisers | Soulful Facts About Eddie and the Cruisers
  11. What's the Word? - FELICITOUS pronunciation: [fə-LIS-ə-dis] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, 17th century Meaning: 1. Well-chosen or suited to the circumstances. 2. Pleasing and fortunate. Example: "It turned out to be a felicitous decision to bring an umbrella." "She discovered a number of felicitous finds with her trusty metal detector." About Felicitous One of the definitions of felicitous is something that is well-chosen or suited to the circumstances. Similarly, something that is opportune occurs at a well-chosen or appropriate time. Did You Know? A truly felicitous occurrence is winning the lottery. Only 1 in 14 million people ever draw the correct numbers to win the lottery, making it a real stroke of luck to actually win a huge amount of money.
  12. Fact of the Day - THE TARDIS Did you know... that the TARDIS is a time machine and spacecraft that appears in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. The TV show Doctor Who mainly features a single TARDIS used by the central character The Doctor. However, in the series other TARDISes are sometimes seen or used. (Wikipedia) Things Only Real Doctor Who Fans Know About The TARDIS A spaceship/time machine that's bigger on the inside is cool enough as it is, but here are 10 things that make the TARDIS even cooler. BY MICHELLE SANDERS | JAN 12, 2019 Nothing says Doctor Who quite like the TARDIS. This iconic time machine is such an integral part in the series, it's the only one featured in the opening theme! Even the Doctor isn't seen in the beginning credits in his (and now her) own show! That's how important this machine is. The fact is, the Doctor wouldn't be the Doctor without that blue police box. The TARDIS is the Doctor's constant companion, his trusty sidekick, the one who's always there to take care of him and to get him where he wants to go. It's high time the TARDIS gets her dues. Show that beautiful box some love and check out these 10 things only real Doctor Who fans know about the TARDIS. There's More Than One TARDIS As it turns out, the TARDIS isn't the one and only. There are loads of TARDISes out there, as we see in the episode titled "The Name of the Doctor." The Doctor is shown stealing his TARDIS, which appears as a silver cylinder, not unlike one of those stainless steel trash cans sitting in a row of other TARDISes. The SIDRAT, or the Space and Interdimensional Robot All-Purpose Transporter, was an earlier version of the TARDIS, and it was also bigger on the inside. But, alas, even with a catchy name like SIDRAT, this predecessor of the Doctor's time machine simply couldn't compete with the TARDIS. It's Designed To Have Six Pilots Most of the time, The Doctor flies the TARDIS all by himself. If he's lucky, he'll have a few companions to help him out. But, as it happens, the TARDIS is actually supposed to be piloted by six Time Lords. Six! Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, that's a lot of people (or aliens). Of course, it's no surprise that it takes so many Time Lords to fly one of these things. Just look at how big the console is! All those buttons, all those levers, all those dials! There's so much high tech-ness with just one guy to keep track, the fact that the Doctor can fly solo is mighty impressive. It's A Sentient Being The Doctor's TARDIS is special. Most Time Lords don't bond with their time machines to the extent that the Doctor has with his. In the episode "The Doctor's Wife," an asteroid called The House traps the Doctor and places the matrix of the TARDIS in a woman, who calls herself Idris. Idris reveals to the Doctor that even though she doesn't always take him where he wants to go, she always takes him where he needs to go. The TARDIS is more than a "Time and Relative Dimension in Space" machine; it's a sentient being that thinks and feels and, above all else, protects the Doctor — a lot like Baby does for Sam and Dean in Supernatural. The TARDIS Is Picky About The Doctor's Companions The TARDIS loves the Doctor, but the TARDIS doesn't always love The Doctor's companions. Now, the TARDIS doesn't really object to any of the Doctor's companions until Clara Oswin Oswald comes along. Then, for whatever reason, the Doctor's beloved spaceship takes on a whole new personality, making Clara concerned. It could be that the TARDIS disliked competing with Clara for the Doctor's attention. Or, more likely, it could be because the TARDIS is highly sensitive to temporal anomalies. As the "impossible girl," born to save the Doctor at various points throughout his timeline, it's no wonder the TARDIS picked up on some red flags when it came to Clara. The TARDIS Is An Asteroid Well, okay, you caught us. That's not quite right. The Doctor's TARDIS isn't an asteroid, it's a time machine and a spaceship. But the TARDIS is so iconic that in 1984, when American astronomer Brian Skiff discovered a new Alauda asteroid at the Anderson Mesa unit of Lowell Observatory in Arizona, it was named after that beautiful blue police box. Everyone, say hello to 3325 TARDIS, which is up there in the sky, somewhere... We're sure it's there, but we still don't even know where the Big Dipper is, so when it comes to finding it with your telescope, it looks like you're on your own. In any case, the Doctor would be so proud! It's Bigger On The Inside — A LOT Bigger We all know the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Heck, that one-liner has been said so often, you don't even have to watch Doctor Who to know it! But just how much "bigger on the inside" is the TARDIS? We don't know the exact square footage of the Doctor's spaceship, but we do know it's got plenty of space —and presumably time. There's a library, an art gallery, a wardrobe, an observatory... The TARDIS also has a room where the Doctor stores keepsakes from his past companions, and another one called the Zero Room, which is a healing chamber that assists the Doctor during regeneration. The TARDIS Isn't The Doctor's Only Form Of Transportation Obviously, the TARDIS is the Doctor's main method of transport. Whether he's hopping from one planet to the next, fighting off the baddies, or he's trekking to the past and back to the future, the TARDIS is his favorite way of getting around, but it's not the only way. We've seen the Doctor ride mopeds, horses, and even a dinosaur, but for a while back in season seven of the original Who, the Doctor was spending some time in exile here on earth. It's there that he worked closely with UNIT. During that time, the Doctor relied on an adorable little yellow car named Bessie to get from point A to point B. The TARDIS Is Broken, That's Why It's A Police Box Originally, the writers of Doctor Who thought it would be fun if the TARDIS changed its appearance in every episode to blend in with its surroundings. But, when they discovered this idea proved to be too much for their budget, they decided to keep the TARDIS permanently stuck as a police box, and explained that the spaceship's chameleon circuit was broken. "It's not that we can't afford to change the TARDIS's appearance, it's that the chameleon circuit broke!" Man, when it comes to getting themselves out of a jam, the Doctor Who writers are more than up to the task. There's A Reason The TARDIS Makes *That Sound* What exactly is *that sound* you ask? Well, if you're a bonafide Whovian, then chances are you can hear it in your head right now! But to anyone who doesn't know the sound of the Doctor's TARDIS materializing and/or dematerializing, it sounds like someone scraping piano strings with a key. Funnily enough, that's exactly how *that sound* is made. Of course, according to River Song, the TARDIS isn't actually supposed to make that high-pitched screeching sound. The reason it does is because the Doctor doesn't fly it correctly. Turns out, he leaves the brakes on. That's probably not too good for the TARDIS's brake pads, eh Doctor? The Doctor And The TARDIS Are Connected The Doctor has had dozens of companions over the centuries, but no companion has been more constant than the TARDIS. The bond that these two have is unshakeable. They look out for each other and they take care of each other. They're more than good buddies or travel partners — they're connected. As Idris reveals in "The Doctor's Wife," the fact that The Doctor chose her was no coincidence. In fact, it was actually the other way around. The TARDIS chose the Doctor. She wanted the Doctor to steal her away from Gallifrey, and after spending so much time with each other, the TARDIS has developed a psychic link with the Doctor. Source: Wikipedia - TARDIS | Doctor Who Tardis Fact Trivia
  13. Considering Big Mom and Kaido are Emperors, of course it won't be an easy fight. Though some good hits did impact Kaido some more. I did get a laugh at the 3 panels of funny faces that Luffy, Law, & Kidd made when dealing with Linlin's fireballs.
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  15. SSSS.Gridman started airing on Toonami last night. I've heard a lot about it so I watched ep. 1. I can't really say much yet. I mean... it seems okay...? I guess...?
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  17. Fact of the Day - STRAWBERRY Did you know.... that the garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberries, which are cultivated worldwide for their fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as jam, juice, pies, ice cream, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also widely used in products such as candy, soap, lip gloss, perfume, and many others. (Wikipedia) About Strawberries ROBINTIDE Farms | June 2019 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW Fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries are one of the best treats to enjoy during the summer. They’re great on their own, or baked in a pie, or made into jam, or served with vanilla ice cream—really, they are great no matter how you serve them. There are so many different ways to enjoy strawberries and so many benefits to eating them. To celebrate strawberry picking season, here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about strawberries! 1: STRAWBERRIES ARE ONE OF THE ONLY FRUITS WITH ITS SEEDS OUTSIDE Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? Some say that because of this, it cannot be considered a real berry (thus, see Fact #10 below), since all other berries have their seeds on the inside. The average strawberry has about 200 seeds on it! 2: ANCIENT ROMANS BELIEVED THEY HAD MEDICINAL POWERS Since ancient days, strawberries have been used for medical purposes. They were used by the Romans to alleviate symptoms of kidney stones, fainting, inflammation, melancholy, fever, gout, bad breath, throat infections, and diseases of the blood, liver, and spleen. 3: STRAWBERRIES MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE & CERTAIN CANCERS It wasn’t only the Romans who believed in the healing abilities of strawberries—today, there is research suggesting that they may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, fiber, folic acid, amino acids, and potassium. 4: STRAWBERRIES CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATE Nitrate is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that helps oxygen move throughout the body. Oxygen is essential for the body to function properly. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate, which can have a role in increasing blood and oxygen flow to the muscles in the body. This makes them the perfect snack before exercising, as they may increase endurance and help you burn more calories. 5: STRAWBERRIES HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS Strawberries may aid in weight loss for the following reasons: They are an anti-inflammatory, helping the body effectively produce the hormones that keep you lean and regulate body weight They increase the body’s production of adiponectin (hormone), which can stimulate your metabolism and suppresses your appetite They contain substances that control the rise of blood sugar that occurs as a result of eating a starchy meal 6: STRAWBERRIES ARE A SYMBOL OF PERFECTION & LOVE According to folklore, if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone of the opposite sex, you will fall in love. Medieval stone masons used to carve strawberry designs on altars, around the tops of church pillars, and other sacred places as a symbol of perfection. 7: STRAWBERRIES CAN BE PICKLED It may sound unusual, but strawberries can also be pickled, especially when they are green or unripe. When they are overripe, however, they are perfect for making jam. Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberries Yield: 1 pound pickled berries These vanilla bean pickled strawberries are super simple to make and are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Serve with yogurt or ice cream or even throw them on a salad. You’ll love this easy springtime recipe! Ingredients: 1 pound strawberries, small berries halved and large berries quartered 2 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, cut down the middle 1-1/2 teaspoons peppercorns 3/4 cup (180 ml) apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup (180 ml) water 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Directions: In a large jar add berries, vanilla beans, and peppercorns. For a more intense vanilla bean flavor scrape out 1 of the halved beans. In a medium-sized saucepan add apple cider vinegar, water, honey and kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and pour over the berries. Put the lid on the berries and cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator and let sit overnight. 8: THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRAWBERRIES There are three different types of strawberries, and depending on the type you choose, each has its own distinct flavour and benefits. The three types of strawberries are determined based on the time of year they are produced. June bearing: These plants have a huge crop of strawberries each year. Generally, they are grown in June, but they can sprout earlier or later, depending on your zone. Everbearing: These plants have smaller sized crops but start producing as soon as there are 12 hours of daylight. They will continue to bear thereafter until the end of summer. Day-neutral: These strawberry plants have three peak times for fruiting—early June, mid-July, and late August. This provides a steady crop that spreads through the summer. There are also many different types of strawberry plants, called varietals, including at Robintide Farms, Cabot, Cavendish, Honeyoye, Brunswick, AC Valley Sunset, St. Laurent, Sable and Malwina. 9: THERE IS A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO STRAWBERRIES IN BELGIUM In Belgium, there is a gift shop called Le Musée de la Fraise, or The Strawberry Museum in English. At this museum, you can buy everything strawberry-related, from jam to beer. 10: STRAWBERRIES AREN’T TECHNICALLY BERRIES The most surprising fact of all is that strawberries (and raspberries), despite their appearance and name, are not actually berries. This is because their seeds are on the outside, whereas all berries are characterized by their seeds on the inside. Since they are a flowering plant, they belong to the rose family. Their botanical name is Fragaria ananassa. Click here to learn what the University of Vermont has found on the History of the Strawberry. Source: Wikipedia - Strawberry | Facts About the Strawberry
  18. What's the Word? - MANSUETUDE pronunciation: [man-SOO-ə-tood] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, unknown Meaning: 1. Meekness; gentleness. Example: "Grant handled the difficult situation with the utmost mansuetude." "It's important to approach the shelter animals with mansuetude." About Mansuetude Mansuetude developed through Late Middle English and Old French, but originated from the Latin words "mansuetudo" (gentle, tame) and the combination of the words "manus" (hand) + "suetus" (accustomed). Did You Know? Adopting a pet is exciting, and you might want to spend a lot of time playing with your adoptee immediately. However, experts advise mansuetude; give your new pet some room to explore and be gentle. As they get used to their surroundings, they'll warm up to you.
  19. What's the Word? - HOLUS-BOLUS pronunciation: [hol-əs-BOL-əs] Part of speech: adverb Origin: Unknown, mid 19th century Meaning: 1. All at once. Example: "Everything was happening holus-bolus, and I couldn't keep up." "After a lull in my business, holus-bolus, I have all sorts of great opportunities." About Holus-Bolus Holus-bolus possibly originated as a pseudo-Latin rhyme based on the phrase "whole bolus" (all at once), but might also come from the Greek word "hólos bôlos" (clump of earth). Did You Know? When it seems like everything is happening holus-bolus (all at once), it might seem bad to procrastinate. However, sometimes taking a step back from something overwhelming is exactly what you need to figure out a different approach.
  20. Fact of the Day - RAIN Did you know... that rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. Weird Facts About Rain Beth Dreher | Meghan Jones | Updated: Dec. 05, 2018 The least rainy place on earth isn’t in the desert It may be covered with ice, but Antarctica gets only 6.5 inches of rain or snow per year, making it the continent with the lowest annual rainfall by far. On the other end of the spectrum, Lloró, Colombia, absorbs more than 500 inches of rainfall per year. North America is relatively dry by comparison, collecting 256 inches of rain annually. Find out some old wives’ tales about weather that just aren’t true. Rain doesn’t always make the ground wet In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Environmentalist Edward Abbey describes “phantom rain” this way: “You see curtains of rain dangling in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalizing, hope without fulfillment. Then the clouds dissipate into nothingness.” Not all raindrops are made of water On Venus, and other moons and planets, rain is made of sulfuric acid or methane. Even stranger: On a planet 5,000 light years away, scientists found raindrops made of iron rather than water. For more watery wisdom, check out these facts you never knew about Earth’s oceans. There’s a scientifically proven way to get less wet in the rain Run! As Henry Reich, the brains behind the YouTube Channel MinutePhysics, explains, the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you’ll be, regardless of the additional raindrops you run into. The shape and color of clouds can help you predict rain Generally speaking, if you see a cumulonimbus cloud (a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat at the top), or a nimbostratus cloud (a flat low-level gray cloud), you can be fairly certain that rain is in the 24-hour forecast. Find out more ways to predict the weather just by looking at the clouds. There’s a reason you love the smell of rain Water doesn’t smell like anything, so why does rain produce a pleasant aroma after it falls? Well, it’s because of a molecule, called geosmin, created by soil-dwelling bacteria. When rain falls, it creates air pockets, which contain small amounts of geosmin. The rain traps and then releases these air pockets, dispersing geosmin into the air, where it’s free to travel to human sniffers. The smell of rain even has a name: “Petrichor.” Learn some surprising facts you never knew about lightning, too. It’s not actually “drop”-shaped The “raindrop” designation is actually a misnomer, since scientists have concluded that rain is not actually shaped like a teardrop. When water molecules condense and bind together in the atmosphere before falling, they form a more-or-less spherical shape. As they fall, they encounter air pressure, flattening the bottom of the drops, so that they end up taking on a shape more like a hamburger bun. The United States record for 24-hour rainfall was just broken In a single day in July 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette dropped a whopping 43 inches of rain on a small Texas town called Alvin. Alvin, which is just south of Houston, held the record for the most rainfall in the United States in 24 hours—until 2018. In April of that year, a rain gauge in the Hawaiian town of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches of rainfall in one day. Learn about some more unbelievable weather phenomena you never knew happened in America.\ Rain is money In the African nation of Botswana, the currency is the Botswanan pula. The word “pula,” though, also means “rain,” and its use as the name of the primary currency demonstrates just how rare and precious rain is in this sub-Saharan country. It’s been raining a long time Scientists have discovered fossils containing indentations of raindrops dating back as far as 2.7 billion years ago. According to Scientific American, the early liquid rain fell on layers of ash from volcanic eruptions, and then more ash fell on top, preserving the miniature craters from the raindrops. Interestingly, it was erosion created by more rain that exposed the rain fossils for modern study. Source: Wikipedia - Rain | Reader's Digest - Rain Facts
  21. What's the Word? - ANAGNORISIS pronunciation: [an-ag-NOR-ih-sis] Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, late 18th century Meaning: 1. The point in a play, novel, etc., in which a principal character recognizes or discovers another character's true identity or the true nature of their own circumstances. Example: "My favorite part of a story is the big reveal that happens at the anagnorisis." "The hallmark of Scooby Doo is the moment of anagnorisis when we finally get to see who is under the monster's mask." About Anagnorisis This word aims to make everything crystal clear: it originated from the Greek words "ana" (back) and "gnorisis" (to make known), which when combined literally means "recognition." Did You Know? The anagnorisis is important in many different stories — and some reveals are particularly surprising. One of the most famous examples was "The Empire Strikes Back," when audiences were shocked to find out that Darth Vader was actually Luke Skywalker's father.
  22. Fact of the Day - RANDOM TRIVIA Did you know... that whether it's an interesting truth about blue whales or some mind-boggling facts about American food, it's always good to know some random trivia — and even more fun to quiz your friends and family with some crazy facts that are wildly unknown but still surprisingly true. The next time you're gathered around the table for some quality family dinner time, pull out one (or more) of these cool-but-unknown facts as an interesting conversation starter or a fun quizzing game — you'll even be sure to impress everyone with your knowledge and have tons of fun while you're at it, too! Celebrate National Trivia Day with these fun facts. BY CAROLINE PICARD | Dec 27, 2019 The hashtag symbol is technically called an octothorpe. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the "octo-" prefix refers to the eight points on the popular symbol, but the "thorpe" remains a mystery. One theory claims that it comes from the Old English word for "village," based on the idea that the symbol looks like a village surrounded by eight fields! The 100 folds in a chef's hat represent 100 ways to cook an egg. Yes, that tall, pleated white hat that chefs wear — technically called a toque — has 100 folds for a reason! According to Reluctant Gourmet, the pleats used to signify a chef's level of experience, like the number of ways he or she knew how to prepare eggs. The longest wedding veil was longer than 63 football fields. If you thought Meghan Markle's wedding veil was long, get this: there's a woman in Cyprus who set the Guinness World Record for the longest wedding veil. How long was it, you ask? Nearly 23,000 feet, which is the same length as about 63.5 football fields. Some cats are allergic to people. FYI for all you people allergic to cats: they might be allergic to you, too! It's pretty uncommon due to the fact that we bathe ourselves more often than other species and don't shed as much hair or dead skin, but yes, it does happen. Apple Pie isn't actually American at all. The next time you call something "as American as apple pie," you might want to consider the fact that neither apple pies nor apples originally came from America. Apples are in fact native to Asia, and the first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in England. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Yes, although it's a fabled creature, the national animal of Scotland is actually the mythical unicorn — chosen because of its association with dominance and chivalry as well as purity and innocence in Celtic mythology. BRB, moving to Scotland real quick. The largest known living organism is an aspen grove. Pando (Latin for "I spread out") is a group of genetically identical quaking aspens in Utah with an interconnected root system. It's an estimated 80,000 years old and takes up more than 100 acres. M&M stands for Mars and Murrie. Forrest Mars (son of the Mars Company founder) first spotted the British confection Smarties during the Spanish Civil War and noticed the candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting. He teamed up with Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey Chocolate's president) and the company later trademarked the "Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand" slogan. Neil Armstrong didn't say "That's one small step for man." The astronaut insists he actually stated, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." "That's the only way the statement makes any sense," Armstrong told biographer James Hansen. And for the record, no real astronaut ever uttered "Houston, we have a problem" — Tom Hanks only said that in the movie Apollo 13. You can hear a blue whale's heartbeat from more than 2 miles away. The world's largest animal's heart weighs about 400 pounds — approximately the size of a small piano. Click the link below to read more Random Trivia. Source: GoodHousekeeping - Random Trivia
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  27. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that I wasn't able to stream World of Final Fantasy a second time. Because I am. But unfortunately I have no control over when my stream breaks and when it doesn't and then I was literally at endgame and there would have been too many spoilers shown. So there was literally nothing I could do about it. Hopefully it doesn't happen again anytime soon. Otherwise I don't know what I'll do about my streams. Anyway... I finished World of Final Fantasy (Maxima) to my liking on Tuesday night. I didn't go for the Platinum even though it's listed as a 3/10 difficulty Platinum. Which, to me, is utterly wrong. The Platinum is too grindy, too ridiculous, and too dependent on RNG and luck and I wasn't going to put myself through that. So I just decided against it. I did what I could in the game and I'm satisfied with what I was able to do and accomplish. Anyway... here's what's up next... Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. a.k.a. The Studio Ghibli game. Which it literally is so far. lol. It also seems like a fusion between Yo Kai Watch (also Level 5) and Persona. Or just a Ghibli version of Persona I guess. It's very pretty graphically so far though. Even the anime cutscenes are very crisp and Ghibli-esque. Of course I knew this beforehand. Like always I'll be playing quite a bit of it on my own before attempting any streams. Possibly a large chunk of it. We'll see but I'll inform you all, as always, when I decide to attempt to do the first stream of it.
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