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  • NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY – September 18

    09/18/2023 7:26:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | September 18, 2023 | By Ben Hooper
    (Last Updated On: September 13, 2023) NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY | SEPTEMBER 18 National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th honors America’s favorite sandwich with a slice of cheese. #NationalCheeseburgerDay A few days ago, we celebrated National Double Cheeseburger Day. This food holiday is the lighter version. While only a single stack, this tasty burger still earns a celebration! There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot. During an experiment, he dropped...
  • Pastor Oden Fong [son of Hollywood actor Benson Fong] gives His Testimony [finding the Ultimate High in 1970 - not sensationalism, but astounding:grace - read or listen]

    09/17/2023 7:01:38 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 9 replies
    See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfYSB9z746o I was raised in Hollywood, although I looked Chinese, I'm really not. I'm actually a Hollywoodite. My parents were both motion picture actors. My father, you know, was a motion picture actor, and my mother, raised in a Hollywood family, grew up around Hollywood and Beverly Hills with all the movie stars. I sat on the knee of most of the biggest movie stars that have lived, people like Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, June Allyson, and Fred Astaire. Those are people that I grew up with at our house parties and hanging around my dad's restaurants. But I...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 16-22, 2023 [Successes, Failures & Lessons Learned in 2023 Edition]

    09/16/2023 5:53:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 64 replies
    September 16, 2023 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • NATIONAL LINGUINE DAY – September 15

    09/15/2023 9:19:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | September 15, 2023 | Staff
    (Last Updated On: September 7, 2023) NATIONAL LINGUINE DAY | SEPTEMBER 15 On September 15th, National Linguine Day fills the dinner menu at home and restaurants across the country. #NationalLinguineDay From the Liguria region of Italy, linguine means “little tongues” in Italian. Made from durum semolina flour, linguine is one of the world’s oldest kinds of pasta. Fettuccine and linguine both developed around 400 years ago. While both are thin, flat noodles, linguine is narrower and more elliptical in shape. As a result, linguine produces a more delicate pasta. To avoid breakage, pair linguine with thinner, lighter sauces. However, lighter...
  • Insects Are Disappearing From UK Farms. Why, and What Can Be Done?

    09/14/2023 1:04:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Genetic Literacy Prokect ^ | September 12, 2023 | Michael Garratt, Simon Potts, Tom Breeze
    Insects are disappearing from UK farms. Why, and what can be done? Michael Garratt, Simon Potts, Tom Breeze | September 12, 2023 Print Friendly, PDF & Email nature bees beekeeper honey Credit: Wallpaper Flare (Public Domain) Insect populations are declining worldwide at a rate of almost 1% per year. This decline is alarming. Insects play a crucial role in pollinating crops, controlling crop pests and maintaining soil fertility. In the UK alone, pollination provided by bees and other insects adds over £600 million to crop production every year. That’s about 10% of the country’s total annual crop value. Through pollination,...
  • Invasive red fire ant spotted in Europe for first time, researchers say

    09/12/2023 10:54:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | SEPT. 11, 2023 / 7:04 PM | By Don Jacobson
    The invasive red fire ant, or Solenopsis invicta, has been found in Europe for the first time and unless quickly halted could quickly alter the continent's ecosystems, researchers reported Monday. Photo by Insects Unlocked/Wikimedia Commons ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The red imported fire ant, classified as one of the worst and costliest invasive species in the world, has been spotted in Europe for the first time, researchers warned Monday. Although there have been several "interceptions" of the destructive and stinging South American ant species previously in Europe, an established, mature colony had never been found on the continent until...
  • Boston family says their 14-year-old son died after attempting the “One Chip Challenge” involving reaper and scorpion peppers

    09/11/2023 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    Not The Bee ^ | September 11, 2023 | Staff
    A nightmare scenario for any family here: A 14-year-old student from Worcester, Massachusetts, died on Friday, officials say, and his family says his death was caused by complications from eating an extremely spicy chip that's the subject of a viral challenge. Harris Wolobah's mother confirmed to NBC10 Boston that the family believes the teenager died of complications from the One Chip Challenge, though the results of an autopsy were pending. Here's the young man in question: The "One Chip Challenge" was launched by the chip manufacturer Paqui. It comes wrapped in its own individual coffin-shaped container replete with warnings about...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - Sept. 9-15, 2023 [How To Store and Preserve Your Garden Harvest Edition]

    09/09/2023 5:09:42 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 70 replies
    Septembet 9, 2023 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Homeowner Uses Genius ‘Trojan Horse’ Tactic to Infiltrate HOA for Their Own Benefit: ‘No One Is Complaining’

    09/08/2023 3:29:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri, September 8, 2023 | Kendall Burke
    Sometimes, to make change, you have to infiltrate the enemy’s domain, or at least that’s what the Greeks thought during the Trojan War. One homeowner used a similar technique to bring change to their neighborhood by joining the board of their homeowners association. The gardener posted on Reddit about how they became president of their HOA to convince people that natural gardens aren’t so bad after all. In their post are photos of their lawn filled to the brim with flowers, vegetables, trees, and clovers. The poster said: “I’ve convinced people that this kind of lawn is better than theirs!...
  • Researchers Discover That Bees Can Make Decisions Better and Faster Than We Do

    09/07/2023 12:23:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    Scitech Daily ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2023 | By MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
    A new study reveals how we could design robots to think like bees. Honey bees excel in weighing effort against reward and risk, quickly determining which flowers can provide sustenance for their colony. A study recently published in the journal eLife illustrates how eons of evolution have fine-tuned honey bees to make swift judgments while minimizing danger. This research sheds light on the workings of insect minds, the evolution of human cognition, and offers insights for improved robot design. The paper presents a model of decision-making in bees and outlines the paths in their brains that enable fast decision-making. The...
  • Overturned truck spills potatoes across Washington road

    09/07/2023 11:49:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    UPI ^ | SEPT. 6, 2023 / 3:43 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Washington State Patrol said a stretch of road was closed for several hours when an overturned truck covered the roadway in fuel -- and potatoes. WSP District 6 said on social media that the truck overturned on State Road 262 in the area of mile marker 17, near the O'Sullivan Dam in Grant County. No one was injured in the crash, but the truck spilled its load of potatoes onto the roadway. The WSP said the road was closed for several hours because the vehicle's fuel also leaked onto the road, causing a safety hazard....
  • Pick Tomatoes At Color Break [no taste benefit to fully ripening on the vine]

    09/05/2023 8:32:26 PM PDT · by Yardstick · 41 replies
    AgriLife Today ^ | June 10, 2022 | Adam Russell
    [snip] Home gardeners should pick tomatoes sooner than later. There is a common misconception among the public and home gardeners that vine-ripened tomatoes taste better. But picking tomatoes at color break does not hurt quality, reduces fruits’ exposure to damage and can extend their shelf-life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Larry Stein, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said tomatoes are fully mature when they begin to break color. Tomatoes ripen as they begin to produce ethylene gas, which promotes the process. “Breakers,” mature tomatoes starting to change colors, begin to turn a yellowish green and then...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 2-8, 2023 [I Scream, You Scream We All Scream for...Salsa? Edition]

    09/02/2023 5:31:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 125 replies
    September 2, 2023 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Biden urges HHS to lower penalties for weed possession, use ahead of presidential election

    09/01/2023 11:28:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Post Millennial ^ | Aug 31, 2023 | Sara Higdon
    Jean-Pierre claimed President Biden "has always supported the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes..." Almost 14 months out till the 2024 Presidential election, the Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substance Act at the request of President Biden. According to Bloomberg, a DEA spokesperson confirmed the department received a letter from HHS Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram with the request, and will now initiate its own review of the drug. When asked about the recommendation Wednesday, White...
  • NATIONAL LEMON JUICE DAY | August 29

    08/29/2023 11:22:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | AUGUST 29, 2023 | Staff
    (Last Updated On: August 14, 2023) NATIONAL LEMON JUICE DAY When the sun is blazing high in the sky, National Lemon Juice Day comes along just in time to bring a refreshing squeeze to just about anything. On August 29th, celebrate with a tart drop of lemon juice in your cooking, beverages, or freshen up the world around you. #NationalLemonJuiceDay These brightly colored sour fruits originated in the Himalayan Mountains millions of years ago. However, they have evolved since then, and today the citrus fruit is grown commercially in temperate climates. In the United States, California and Arizona produce more...
  • NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY | August 29

    08/29/2023 7:49:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | AUGUST 29, 2023 | Staff
    Last Updated On: August 29, 2023) NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY Get your chopsticks ready! National Chop Suey Day recognizes this American Chinese culinary cuisine each year on August 29. #NationalChopSueyDay Chop suey, which means assorted pieces, is a dish in American Chinese cuisine. The main ingredients include meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns, or pork) and eggs. As the meat cooks over high heat, add vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery). The dish is bound in a starch-thickened sauce. Typically, rice accompanies the flavorful dish, too. According to food historian Alan Davidson, chop suey is “A prime example of culinary...
  • Kamala Harris hosts 'grassroots' fundraiser on Martha’s Vineyard as high costs force workers, Natives to flee

    08/27/2023 8:22:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/14/23 | Kerry J. Byrne
    Vice President Kamala Harris greeted supporters on Martha’s Vineyard Saturday on behalf of the Biden-Harris campaign. Her arrival at the idyllic, high-priced Massachusetts resort was touted as a "grassroots reception." However, access to the VP, on an island in which 75% of voters pulled a lever for the Democrat ticket in 2020, cost as much as $10,000. "I guarantee you not one working-class Democrat (was) invited to the Kamala event," long-time Martha’s Vineyard homeowner, high-profile attorney and longtime Democrat supporter Alan Dershowitz told Fox News Digital. The big-ticket appearance underscored growing concerns, according to many long-time island residents, on an...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - August 26-Sept 1, 2023 [Potpourri Edition]

    08/27/2023 6:17:01 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 58 replies
    August 26, 2023 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY | August 25

    08/25/2023 5:43:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | August 25, 2023 | Staff
    (Last Updated On: August 14, 2023) NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th! #NationalBananaSplitDay How to Make a Banana Split Originally served in drug stores, soda fountains, and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. To make a banana split, cut the banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping;...
  • Meet the 82-YEAR-OLD man who has been dwelling in an isolated off-grid cabin in the forest for 46 YEARS - relying on wood fires for heat and a homemade waterwheel for electricity on 'dark winter nights'

    08/21/2023 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | | UPDATED: 07:11 EDT, 20 August 2023 | By SADIE WHITELOCKS
    *Outdoorsman Al stars in a short film made by YouTuber DiegoTriesHard *He first started generating his own power on December 13, 1996 A man has revealed how he has lived off grid for 46 years in an isolated cabin in the woods, where he uses a homemade waterwheel to power his gadgets. Simply referred to as 'Al,' the 82-year-old outdoorsman from the state of Washington stars in a short film made by YouTuber DiegoTriesHard. In the documentary, he shows viewers the eco-friendly home he has created on a 40-acre plot. He starts off explaining how his waterwheel works and how...