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Aug 27, 2009

Julia Child a spy?

Did you know...
Julia Child was not a natural born Frenchwoman?
The popular TV chef and author, Julia Child was born Julia McWilliams, on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California. The eldest of three children, Julia was educated at San Francisco's elite Katherine Branson School for Girls, where at a towering height of 6 feet, 2 inches—she was the tallest student in her class. In 1930, she enrolled at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Upon her graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked in the advertising department of the prestigious home furnishings company W&J Sloane.
In 1948 the Childs, Julia and husband Paul, moved to France. While there, Julia developed a penchant for French cuisine and attended the world-famous Cordon Bleu cooking school. Following her six-month training—which included private lessons with master chef Max Bugnard, Julia banded with fellow Cordon Bleu students Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle to form the cooking school L'Ecole de Trois Gourmandes (The School of the Three Gourmands). With a goal of adapting sophisticated French cuisine for mainstream Americans, the trio collaborated on a two-volume cookbook titled Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). Published in the U.S., the 800-page book was considered a groundbreaking work and has since become a standard guide for the culinary community. Then living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Julia promoted her book on the Boston public broadcasting station. Displaying her trademark forthright manner and hearty humor, she prepared an omelet on air. She got rave reviews and "The French Chef" TV series on WGBH in 1962 was born, like "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", it succeeded in changing the way Americans related to food, while also establishing Julia as a local celebrity. Shortly thereafter, The French Chef was syndicated to 96 stations throughout America. For her efforts, Julia received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 1964 followed by an Emmy Award in 1966.

But French cooking was not her only trade...
Several years ago it was also revealed that Julia Child was a spy in a secret organization formed by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Second World War.
She also helped work on a project to develop a shark repellent, to stop sharks from exploding underwater mines. A chef and a spy, as well as a chemist, Julia Child not only taught us to cook she helped save thousand of lives.

Aug 25, 2009

How to know when a person is telling a lie!

Did you know...
It's easier than you may think to become a human lie detector.
Everyone tells a lie ever now and then (politicians and car salesmen more often)
and most give themselves away with their eyes and/or body language.

Look for Suspicious Behaviors

By themselves, each of these behaviors can just be signs of stress, or even a person's natural mannerisms. One can occur by chance, but when two or more of these behaviors suddenly appear at a moment when lying could be expedient, you should be skeptical. For example, when you ask a salesman how reliable that used car is, it suggests he's lying. BUT look out Politicians and car salesmen, they have perfected lying and you may miss these little quirks.

Here's the top eight list of suspicious behaviors:

A change in the voice's pitch.
A change in the rate of speech.
A sudden increase in the number of "ums" and "ahs."
A change in eye contact. Normally, one makes eye contact one-quarter to one-half of the time. If suddenly, at the convenient moment to lie, he's staring at you or looking away, beware.
Turning his body away from you, even if just slightly.
Suddenly being able to see the white on the top and bottom of a person's eyes, not just the sides.
A hand reaching, even if momentarily, to cover part of the face, especially the mouth.
Nervous movement of feet or legs.
Of course, in order to notice a change, you need a baseline. So you must first watch the person when talking about innocuous issues.

A Mixed Signal

Also look for mixed signals. When someone's telling the truth, her words, her face and her body language are all congruent. For example, if a person is honestly saying that she likes you, her face is usually relaxed, offering a gentle smile and warm eyes. Her body is calm and open. But when she's lying, something is usually inconsistent. In the most obvious case, she may be saying she likes you, but she's not smiling. She may even have a clenched fist. Better liars can muster a smile, but it doesn't look natural. Even better liars can put on a convincing smile, but their eyes aren't smiling. Still better liars can control their entire face, but their bodies seem closed or cold. Look for mismatches between words and body language.

When you've gotten a signal -- a change in body language or a mixed signal that the person may be lying -- ask for more information about the same topic. Are those same lying signs apparent? That can confirm your suspicion.

Of course, there's no foolproof way to detect lying. Some people are terrific at covering themselves up, especially if they are naturally emotionally flat or have practiced their lying skills over many years -- certain political leaders come to mind. But if you look for behavior changes and mixed signals at lying-expedient moments, you will improve your BS detector.

Aug 4, 2009

Numbers on Stickers found on Fruit and Vegetables

Did you know...
Or have you ever even thought about what
those little stickers, that are so hard to remove, found on your fruit and vegetables in your supermarket tells you about that item?
As much as we may dislike them, these little stickers or labels attached to the fruit or vegetables do more than speed up the scanning process at the checkout stand. The PLU code, or price lookup number printed on the sticker, tells you how the fruit was grown.
It's something we all should know but were never told because most people don't know
what they mean. Well here is the information about them and it may surprise you to know that those stickers tells us more than just the price per item.

Any fruit or vegetable that has a sticker that starts with the number four (4) means it's commercially produced and NOT organic.

Any fruit or vegetable that has a sticker that starts with the number eight (8) means the fruit was GENETICALLY ALTERED

Any fruit or vegetable that has a sticker that starts with nine the number (9) means it's ORGANICALLY GROWN and instead of four numbers total on the label they have five numbers.

There you have it...Now you can purchase your fruits and vegetables knowing a little more about what you are putting in your body.

Aug 3, 2009

Short assortment of facts

Did you know...

Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off!
Some women still do that today, Then draw them on.

Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels
which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!
So wiping my hands on that pure white lining cloth is acceptable?

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
While leaving NO tip in a USA restaurant is an insult to all who work there.

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Another reason to recycle.

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!
And I thought they moved in the direction of which the wind blew!

Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada!
Does this mean we are hungry for the news or do Americans and Canadians just read more?

The Philadelphia mint produces 26 million pennies per day!
Sad fact is that it cost more to mint the penny than what it is worth.

A Play on Words

Did you know..
There are sayings and signs that actually mean what they say but
when you read them without punctuation they turn out to be funny.
With a simple use of the correct punctuation they would mean exactly
what the writer wanted us to read. But on signs we don't use these
much needed punctuation and it causes the sign to have a funny meaning.
Like the traffic sign we see on streets where children play the sign reads

at Play

Just how slow these children are is not stated so we have to drive carefully.

At a local Church it says
Thinking of committing Suicide
Let the Church Help

Sometimes what we mean to say just doesn't come out right!
But it's always good for a laugh...
Have you seen a funny sign in your town?
Leave it in the comment area for all to see...

Aug 1, 2009

Cannabis used for paper

Did you know...
The Constitution was written on paper made from Hemp?
What is hemp? The common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis, although the term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use.
NO! You can't get a high from this type of Cannabis.
Industrial hemp is produced in many countries around the world. Major producers include Canada, France, and China. While more hemp is exported to the United States than to any other country, the United States Government does not consistently distinguish between marijuana and the non-psychoactive Cannabis used for industrial and commercial purposes. So don't try growing it in the USA or you may get arrested.
Our drug control officials needs a little more education about this type of Cannabis.