Cool stuff: Mini jokes; winter in the states, summer in Australia; yummy ginger treats and why stars form


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Posted Online: Dec. 28, 2012, 9:14 am
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Mini ha-has
Q:Phil played the harmonica so well he now plays with what symphony orchestra?
A: The Philharmonica.

Q: If a band plays music in a thunderstorm, who most likely is to get hit by lightening?
A: The conductor.

Q: What kind of band doesn't make music?
A: A rubber band.

-- Source: "The Biggest Riddle Book in the World"


Why is it winter in Detroit, Mich., while it's summer in Sydney, Australia?
Detroit is in the Northern Hemisphere, and Sydney is in the Southern Hemisphere. The seasons are reversed because the Earth tilts on its axis as it moves around the sun. When it's wintertime in Detroit, or anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, Earth is tilted away from the sun. So the sun's rays indirectly strike the Northern Hemisphere, causing winter conditions. At the same time, Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere are tilted more toward the sun. The sun's rays strike the Southern Hemisphere more directly, resulting in summer conditions.

-- Source: TIME Book of Why

Make some marshmallow gingerkids
Here's a tasty idea from FamilyFun Magazine:
These plump marshmallow pals are adorned with sugar, spice and everything nice.
To make four of them, combine1/2 cup sugar with two teaspoons cinnamon and1/2 teaspoon ginger in a medium bowl and set it aside. Fill another medium bowl with water.
Melt 1/4 cup white chocolate chips according to the package directions, then transfer the chocolate to a Ziplock bag and snip off a corner. To form each pop, slide two marshmallows onto a lollipop stick. Use the melted chocolate to adhere mini marshmallow arms and legs as shown. Let the chocolate set. Dip the pop in the water, then roll it in the sugar mixture until coated.
Pipe on a chocolate face, then use more chocolate to attach heart and confetti sprinkle buttons, bows and bow ties.
-- Idea by Lindsay Ann of http://blog.dollhousebakeshoppe.com.

Why do stars form?
Stars are born in giant clouds of dust. Such clouds are scattered throughout the galaxy. Inside these clouds, gravity causes gas and dust to collapse. As that happens, the stuff in the center of the cloud heats up. The hot core at the heart of the collapsing cloud — known as a protostar — will one day become a star.

-- Source: TIME Book of Why

















 



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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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