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, 9:15 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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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