Video of The Day November 17 2008


Birthday Lore of The Day November 17

You have good judgment and are a careful manager and shrewd manipulator. Your ideas are practical, and you consider all detail before entering into any undertaking. You are affectionate, tender, and dependable. Your friends rely on your judgment and have absolute faith in you.

Mr & Mrs Smith

Advice of The Day November 17

It’s good luck to spill wine on a tablecloth.

Question of The Day November 17

When did we begin calling American soldiers “doughboys,” and why?

Though mostly associated with World War I, this term was in standard usage by the 1840s as a reference to any American soldier. It is thought to come from a “dough cake” baked for sailors by those waiting for them at home, and that the large brass buttons on a soldier’s uniform resembled these dough cakes. By World War II, this word was mostly replaced with the term “GI.”

Gardening Question of the Day November 17

Can you suggest some suet recipes, for this winter’s birds?

You can use almost any seed or grain, mixed with bacon fat, lard, or peanut butter. A basic suet combines equal parts of bacon fat and assorted birdseed. Put it in a tuna or cat food can to chill (or freeze) until it’s hard enough to hold its shape, then release it into a wire suet cage or sturdy mesh bag. For a fancier suet, add peanut butter to the mix. You can also bind cornmeal or oatmeal with straight peanut butter and spread it into holes drilled in a post or log. Birds also like dried fruits, so consider adding raisins, currants, apricots, or citron. Most birds also like cornmeal or cracked corn, so consider making them their own cornbread, when you’re baking one for yourself. For the birds, skip the eggs, milk, or sweeteners. Instead, use 3 cups of cornmeal with a 1/2 cup of bacon fat or lard. Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder (just to give it some height), and then add water until you get the right consistency — about 3 cups, more or less. After baking, hang it in a mesh bag or suet cage, or crumble it into a tray feeder.

Puzzle of The Day November 17

The Granite State.

New Hampshire.

Word of The Day November 15

Cirrostratus cloud.

Thin white cloud that resembles veils.

Today in History November 17

Died: Immanuel Velikovsky (author), 1979. Remarkable aurora borealis shows were seen throughout the United States, 1835.


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