Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Free Pancakes!

Mark your calendars for free pancakes...cuz February 20 is National Pancake Day!!! To celebrate this wonderful day, IHOP is giving a free short stack of pancakes (limit 1 short stack per guest) to everyone. All they ask is that you consider giving a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Food with Holes

Coffee and doughnuts - a classic breakfast combination. If you rely on this type of breakfast (especially the coffee part of it) to get you going, it could soon be cut in half! A scientist in North Carolina has developed a way to put caffeine (the equivalent of two cups of coffee) in doughnuts! He's talking to the big companies (like Krispy Kreme) in hopes that they'll carry his caffeinated doughnuts. Interested? Just keep an eye out at your fave doughnut shop :)

Oh, and he's working on caffeinated bagels too.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Attack of the Cloned

As you may know, the United State Food and Drug Administration announced back in December 2006 that they were giving approval for cloned animal meat and dairy products to be sold for human consumption. And the best part about it is that the manufacturers don't need to label the products as "CLONED." Kinda scary, huh? Especially since the cloned meat would make it cheaper for restaurants to purchase...and we wouldn't even know they were serving it to us!

This made me think... Yes, it's dangerous, I know. If I were to eat a piece of chicken (we'll call it Pollo Primero - "Pop" for short), and later ate another piece of chicken that happened to come from the clone of Pop (Mister Imitation - "Mismo" for short), would my body think that it already digested it? Would I start having digestive deja vu?

Well, my fears were calmed (and yours can be too, if you have the same issues as I do about eating cloned animals) after the WholeFoodsMarket.com Cloning FAQ. Looks like they're waiting for the USDA to define the word "organic" to also mean that the product did not come from a cloned animal. That would make my life a whole lot easier.

I guess I'd just have to stop eating meat at fast food restaurants to avoid the attack of the cloned...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Those Valuable Pennies

Due to a shortage in pennies, they might increase in value - to 5 cents apiece!
Start collecting those pennies!

"Polly want a ride across the border?"

The title pretty much sums this story up...read here.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Where's the Moon?

That's my favorite question to ask my nieces and nephews when they're first learning how to talk. Especially if I know it's a new moon! Then I know I'll be able to have a pretty long conversation with the kid...

Me: Where's the moon?
Kid: (Looks up and starts looking...) Moon?
Me: Can you see the moon?
Kid: (Looking back and forth in the sky) Moon?
Me: Is it over there?
Kid: (Still looking for the frickin' moon that Auntie's talking about!) Mmm??
Me: Do you see the moon?
Kid: (Looks at me for help) Moon?
Me: Where? Do you see it?
Kid: (Spotting the lights of a plane - it never fails!) Dere!!!!!!!!!
Me: That's not the moon - it's too small. That's an airplane...
Kid: Plane?
Me: Yep. Where's the moon?
(AND...we start again from the beginning...) You can read it as many times as you'd like...

Anyway, the subject is the moon...which is in the news today! But it's sad news :( Scientists believe that the moon will eventually disintegrate. If/When it does go away...I hope the kids don't catch on!!! Otherwise I'll have to find another topic of conversation....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fish Food Spa-tacular

Looking to add some variety to your regular spa routine? Check this out...and try it...maybe.

An old technique for treating disease in Turkey is to have the patient sit in water and have little fish nibble off the dead and/or diseased skin. Singapore has now integrated the same concept into their spas. Men and women have been flocking to spas to feed their feet to the fish!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Pluto In The News...Again!

But this time, it's kind of a good thing! The word "plutoed" has been chosen by the American Dialect Society as the 2006 Word of the Year! What an honor to follow the 2005 Word of the Year, won by Dr. Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A, "truthiness."

Plutoed - to demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.

So consider yourself warned, people! This word - plutoed - will be added to my vernacular. You can count on it! It would probably be best if you added it to yours too.

Want more info? Or want to read about the almost winners? Here ya go...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Clever as a Donkey

Ever thought about purchasing a donkey? If your answer is yes, GOOD FOR YOU! If your answer is no, maybe you should ask yourself a question - "Why not?" They're pretty calm animals...and very strong! Maybe this video can convince you of what a great pet a donkey could be...

Want a donkey now? Try looking here. The clever webmaster lists some clASSified (haha...get it?) ads for anyone interested. They're so cute!!

The New SAT...Japanese-style

A school in western Japan has added a new test to their admissions process...one that tests the ability of the student to use chopsticks. This 10 minute section requires the applicant to use chopsticks to move marbles, beans, etc. from one plate to another.

So if you intend to apply to this Japanese school, better brush up on your chopsticks skills! :) ...and your "nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills."

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Where Have All the Rhinos Gone...

Long time passing...
Where have all the rhinos gone
Long time ago...

Don't know the song? Brush up on your Peter, Paul & Mary!
Wondering where all the rhinos have gone? Me too! So are the conservationists over in Kathmandu.

Could they possibly be in China? Read up!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Table for Three, Please

Sounds like something you'd say at a restaurant, right? You might find yourself saying this phrase more often in a recreational setting...when you want to play ping-pong! An inventor has developed a ping-pong table/game for three, and he's predicting it will be the hottest seller next year! Jump ahead of the bandwagon and read a little more about it here!

New Year, Old News

Starting the year with old news! Just wanted to give you a glimpse of what my family Christmas party was all about...