29 October 2012

Interesting story of the Other Nuclear Weapons in Cuba

Contrary to popular belief, the Cuban missile crisis did not end with the
agreement between the US and Soviet Union in October, 1962.

Unknown to the US at the time, there were 100 other nuclear weapons also in
the hands of Cuba, sparking a frantic - and ingenious - Russian mission to
recover them.

Follow the link for the story

           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19930260

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Is English really easy?

I think a retired English teacher was bored.
THIS IS GREAT! Read all the way to the end..................
This took a lot of work to put together!
You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture..

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call
UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP,

for now my time is UP,
so........it is time to shut UP!
Now it's UP to you what you do with this email.

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Dealing with Hurricane #Sandy - Why Dad's Are Great

September 2003 we endured as similar Hurricane Isabel barreling across our home 

we had only lived in the area for about a year and were enjoying the company of my parents and my wife's mother. It was a challenging time and I was very grateful to have my dad around. He and I had some scary moments when our newly acquired trampoline took flight and everyone in the house had a great view of the two of us hanging on for dear life and dragging this to a shielded corner and staking it down. We also made emergency repairs to the siding that had started to strip off and between us managed to nail it back in place and save it from all being ripped away.

But it was the following five days without power that were most challenging - lack of knowledge and experience meant we had not filled our baths with water so had no water in the house once the power went out. We certainly had no generator back up and any generator available for purchase had long been snapped up for 100's of miles around. One of my work colleagues had one and kindly loaned me the unit as he had power so we did manage to scrape by. 

Following the experience I struggled with the investment in a generator - an expensive capital outlay for a device that might never be used again. My dad listened and with the wisdom that comes from the benefit of age and experience sagely suggested this was a necessary investment and offered to pay for it. This pushed me over the edge and we did buy a generator and got a power interconnect on the side of the house. For many years we never used it and power rained on aside from occasional power outages...but then we had a couple of major storms including SnowMageddon

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So here we are almost 10 years on - this time better prepared with a generator and a means to connect it to the house and Hurricane Sandy is heading for us

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So on behalf of all the sons and daughters out there - thanks (again) to my dad and all the Dad's put there. Miss you being around but never forgetting you.

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26 October 2012

To make for a better day...

Slideshow from YesterYear

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Deer crossing signs

Anyone know where I can get a deer x-ing sign? I'm done buying corn!

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Excellent Xmas WTF photo collection

This is laugh out loud funny!

 
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This puts a whole new spin to the phrase "family tree"! 

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Dad realizes that if the 40 pounds of tinsel catches fire on that tree, he has a better chance of survival without the flammable matching pj's. 


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I don't know who's more horrified, Santa or the "Death Becomes Me" kids. 


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Tragic. 


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Speechless (I just hope that they have money tucked away somewhere in those fig leaves for counseling for the kids). 


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I can see why they won't let you have children of your own. 


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WTF! 


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Seriously, that was the shirt you decided to wear for the family photo with Santa? 


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It probably seemed like a better idea in their heads. 


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Either Grandma is getting her sexy on, or Mom is looking for her youth - stop looking. 


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OMG - it's like Christmas "camo"! 


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What's with the Clown??? And the eyebrows and the surgical gloves???????? 


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Lil' Jo may be seeing the Baby Jesus sooner than he thinks. 


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What was the motivation behind this one - Merry Christmas from Mom, the kids and Dad the porn star? 


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Yeah, that'll keep him quiet for a while. 


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Get a room. On second thought, our hands are full, never mind. 


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Holy Christmas Batman, Batgirl, Batdog and Robin. 


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The annual Christmas picture of the "I'm never going to get to sleep with a man" club. 


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Is Santa being held hostage? 


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Why is it that people think it's okay to make a complete a#* of Grandma. 


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"Oh Joseph, he looks just like you!" 


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These guys are trying way too hard to be bad. It's painful. 


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Yikes! This is bizarre on so---- very---- many---- levels. 


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Merry Christmas from the Dork family, thank you, thank you very much. 


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This takes Christmas to a whole new level. 


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Okay.. 


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They have entirely too much time on their hands to dream this one up. 

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I don't know what's more horrifying - the family pj's or the hideous furry couch. 

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Get your snowman on! 


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To you, an your kin, we wish you peace and joy! 

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The first signs of little Jimmy's psychotic break. 

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This is just not right. 

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Hey kid, is that your balloon, or are you happy to see me?

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