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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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