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Set Clock Back 1 Hour

November 6th, 2016 2 comments

It is that time again!

Modern Daylight Savings Time was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, whose shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and made him aware of the value of after-hours daylight.

In 1895 he presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift, and after considerable interest was expressed in Christchurch, New Zealand he followed up in an 1898 paper.

Starting on 30 April 1916, Germany and its World War I allies were the first to use DST (ger.: Sommerzeit ) as a way to conserve coal during wartime.

Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. Russia and a few other countries waited until the next year and the United States adopted it in 1918. Since then, the world has seen many enactments, adjustments, and repeals.

Ask Myrna

October 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Myrna, how can I keep hamburger patties from shrinking?

That’s easy dahling, poke a hole in the middle of the patty, all the way through.  As it cooks the hole will shrink but the patty won’t.  Try it.

Happy Labor Day . . . Whatta ya gonna eat at your picnic?

September 5th, 2016 Comments off

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Americans eat 7 BILLION hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Laid end-to-end, the links would circle the earth about 21.5 times.

That’s a lot of mustard, onions, relish, and buns, too!

Pass the Pepcid, please. 

Civil War Question: Do You Know?

July 4th, 2016 Comments off

Which famous poet volunteered in Civil War hospitals?

*Emily Dickinson

* Walt Whitman

*Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Julia Ward Howe

 

He was forty-three-years-old when he rushed from Brooklyn to Fredericksburg, Va., to care for his brother after he saw his name listed among the wounded in the New York Herald. Seeing the suffering of the injured soldiers firsthand prompted him to volunteer for three years in war hospitals in Washington, D.C., an experience he chronicled for several New York newspapers. He was Walt Whitman.

 

 

April 27th, 2016 Comments off

Ignorance is bliss _ Homeless man sleeps outside a diner in Milwaukee

Water Water Everywhere, But Not All Fit to Drink

April 17th, 2016 Comments off

What is your guess as to the percentage of the Earth’s surface is covered by water?images

If you guessed 71% you would be correct.  Surprisingly, only about 2% is fresh water, yet it sustains life on this planet.  Just another way we see the hand of God in our daily lives.

A Brief History of the IRS

April 15th, 2016 Comments off

Origin
The roots of IRS go back to the Civil War when President Lincoln and Congress, in 1862, created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. The income tax was repealed 10 years later. Congress revived the income tax in 1894, but the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional the following year.

16th Amendment
In 1913, Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment, providing the three-quarter majority of states necessary to amend the Constitution. The 16th Amendment gave Congress the authority to enact an income tax. That same year, the first Form 1040 appeared after Congress levied a 1 percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000 with a 6 percent surtax on incomes of more than $500,000.

In 1918, during World War I, the top rate of the income tax rose to 77 percent to help finance the war effort. It dropped sharply in the post-war years, down to 24 percent in 1929, and rose again during the Depression. During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments.

A New Name
In the 50s, the agency was reorganized to replace a patronage system with career, professional employees. The Bureau of Internal Revenue name was changed to the Internal Revenue Service. Only the IRS commissioner and chief counsel are selected by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Today’s IRS Organization
The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 prompted the most comprehensive reorganization and modernization of IRS in nearly half a century. The IRS reorganized itself to closely resemble the private sector model of organizing around customers with similar needs.

source: irs.gov

 

Did You Know?

April 11th, 2016 Comments off

Honey is something of an oddity, in that, unlike most foods, it doesn’t spoil over time. In fact, the oldest known sample of honey, found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb and dated to approximately 3000 years ago, was still perfectly edible.

Honey is magic. Besides its delicious taste, it’s pretty much the only food that does not spoil while in an edible state. But why, exactly, doesn’t honey go bad?

Honey has a lot of pretty incredible properties. It’s been used and investigated for medicinal properties for a long time, especially as a treatment for open wounds. Herodotus reported that the Babylonians buried their dead in honey, and Alexander the Great may have been embalmed in a coffin full of honey.  QuizClub

 

A Long Colorful History – Crayola Crayons

January 28th, 2016 Comments off


Crayola Crayons, 1903 by Binney & Smith:

Inspired by her students who longed for color, 12523024_427596270764071_9052564707638741793_nAlice Binney and Harold Smith mixed small batches of hand-mixed pigments, paraffin, talc and other waxes.

Paper labels were rolled by hand and pasted onto each crayon which were then hand packed into individual boxes and shipped in wooden crates.

Eight Crayons sold for 5 cents: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet, black, and brown. ‘Crayon’ came from ‘craie’ (chalk ) and, oleaginous (oily).  source: vintage history

 

Do You See the Baby?

January 27th, 2016 Comments off

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