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Did You Know – 07/08/2013

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1. According to Zhou-Feng Chen, Ph.D., Director of the center for the study of itch at Washington University in St Louis, Scratching is sort of like a mini-orgasm. He says “it can activate your reward system”.
If scratching hurts your skin the pain can help quell the itch because the two sensations are competing.
Too much scratching can cause injury or infection and if that is the case and the itch is driving you crazy try firmly rubbing the area with a chilled cotton T-shirt instead

2. Humans and dogs.

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3. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because
in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters,
the upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that
stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
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4. In the 1500’s Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high-with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and
other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it
became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, thus
came the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” ?
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5. Cranberry Jello is only sold in November and December, and is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.
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6. In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes…when
you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep
on. That’s where the phrase, “good night, sleep tight” came from.

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Did You Know – 05/28/2012

Did You know


1. According to US Scientist, Dr Joe Vinson Popcorn has twice as many antioxidants as fruit. Dr Vinson found that one serving of PLAIN, AIR POPPED popcorn ( 3 cups) will provide 70% of your daily whole grain needs and a good amount of fibre. He is not recommending replacing fruit but I guess it takes away that guilty feeling when you eat it. Remember Plain not buttered.


2. In a new study results showed that 61% of the people in the study had an improved mental performance by eating breakfast.


3. 1 in 3 babies born in 2012 are expected to live to 100 according to a report by the UK office for National Statistics.


4. That people with deeper voices were more likely to be perceived as strong and trustworthy according to the University of Miami


5. Tomatoes added to a roast will help to tenderize the meat naturally. The tomatoes contain an acid that tenderizes the meat.


6. The correct response to the Irish greeting “Top of the morning to you” is “And the rest of the day to yourself”


7. Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel

8. Every known dog has a pink tongue except the ‘Chow’. The tongue of the Chow is jet black

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Helpful Hint To Remove Ticks

I know it is winter here but before we know it Spring will be here soon and the ticks will soon be showing their heads.
Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give
it a try.

This was sent to me from a friend in Australia.

This is a great hint, because it works in those places where it’s some
times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a
of dark hair on your pet, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the
soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will
come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

It sounds good to me as if I use tweezers I always seem to leave half the tick in the dog.

Its worth a try and saves a lot of drama.

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The Human-Animal Bond


This is my Grandson Jayden with “Basil” » Photography « Jon Jodvalkis

Over the years I have had several animals that I have interacted and cared for. I have had pigs, cows, bull (Ferdinand), ducks, hens, cockatoo’s,horses, dogs and cats. I could tell a story about all of them. A story of humor, tragedy, love, and the amazing instincts that all of them had. All of them great memories and bring a smile to my face.

I had a cat that used to bring me rabbits. I had Irish setters that used to round up Kangaroo’s. We had a cow that did not like the inconvenience of being milked and would put her foot in the bucket in protest. You needed to know the signs to get the bucket out of the way very quickly. All our animals had some sort of personality and the reason I believe is that they were part of our life and it was how we interacted with them.

The human and animal bond is such a dynamic relationship. The one thing I have observed with my dog is, it doesn’t matter how comfortable they are, asleep, relaxing, the minute you call them they jump up and are at your feet wagging their tails… just loving the attention you are giving them. They don’t care that you disturbed them from their sleep. It is the example of unconditional love.

I was reading an article from the Purdue University School of Veterinary medicine. The studies show that people in contact with animals experience, a decrease in blood pressure, anxiety and a feeling of well-being.

The relationship that children have with animals can be inspirational to watch sometimes. The animal’s sense that they need to be gentle with this human being especially babies. They chat away to the animals like they are expecting an answer.

Animals are used for therapeutic reasons in hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. They have found that an animal in the nursing homes provide great comfort and entertainment for those who live there and their mental health improves, especially those who are suffering from depression. People in the presence of animals are usually perceived to be more happy and healthy.

Not all storys are happy ones. An article written on Heathypet.com associates animal abuse with domestic violence. They say: For families suffering with domestic violence or abuse, the use or threat of abuse against companion animals is often used for leverage by the controlling/violent member of the family to keep others in line or silent.

This is a subject that I won’t go into because it is disturbing to me and I am sure it would be for any animal lover.

On the positive side: The following video below is a great example of what love and bond there is between baby and Dog.

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Did You Know … 4/26/2010

Earth in comparison to the sun

Earth’s distance from the sun varies between 91.4 million miles – in January – and 94.4 million miles – in July. The average distance of 92,955,887.6 miles (149, 597, 870.7 kilometers) is called 1 astronomical unit (AU), a measurement that is used to report distances to other planets and stars as well.

Soft drink inventions

The term “soda water” was coined in 1798. The soda fountain was patented by Samuel Fahnestock in 1819, with the first bottled soda water available in 1835.

The first diet soft drink, called the “No-Cal Beverage” is launched in 1952. Aluminum cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola went on sale.

Choosing a mate for life…

90% of bird species are monogamous. The most famously monogamous birds are penguins, parrots, pigeons, geese, swan and albatrosses. Lions, wolves, orangutans, gorillas, horses and beavers are monogamous mammals. But are they faithful? Not quite. About 10% of the monogamous birds sometimes fly off to mate with another.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing

The three largest land-owners in England are the Queen, the Church of England and Trinity College, Cambridge


Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

There are only three animals with blue tongues, the Black Bear, the Chow Chow dog and the blue-tongued lizard.

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