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Did You Know – 01/24/2017

  1. When you should plant in your garden

2.  A giant Celtic cross design, only visible from the sky, has been discovered growing in an Irish forest. The 100-meter (330ft) long religious symbol remained undetected for years until airline passengers noticed it while flying overhead.

The cross in Killea forest in county Donegal caused much confusion until an investigation by UTV revealed it wasn’t aliens bored with crop circles but was instead planned by Liam Emmery, a very creative and talented forester.

Meticulously planting hundreds of trees over a period of years Emmery was able to plan out the design which would reveal itself every autumn to those flying overhead.

Unfortunately Emmery passed away in 2010 aged 51, before his creation became known to the public. His wife had forgotten about his elaborate plan until UTV approached her about it, telling them “I’d forgotten about the plantation, if he was here, we would have all heard about it because he would have been so proud.”


3. There is a “Hangover Bar” in Amsterdam .
It’s the first of its kind in the world – a mecca for anyone who partied a little too hard the night before.
Only open from Friday to Sunday, The Hangover Bar has everything a boozer needs to get back on track.
There’s no cheating your way in for a free bed either – there are ‘hangover inspectors’ guarding the doors.
They breathalyze  you on entry to make sure you still have alcohol in your system – the very opposite of a sobriety test.
Once inside, a green oasis awaits, ready to meet all your hangover needs.
There are beds laid out with accompanying televisions to play your favourite TV shows.
Green turf and towering pot plants weave their way around them, and there’s an oxygen bar to speed up the recovery process.
Foodora has created a special food menu featuring vitamin-boosting smoothies.

“To overcome a hangover there are a few things you need: a good mattress, good food, fun and lots of vitamins”
Joep Verbunt

4. Bob Marley’s youngest son, Damian is turning a former prison for non-violent drug offenders into a pot farm. The Coalinga, CA, prison will grow medical marijuana for state dispensaries is providing 100 new jobs, and its $4.1 million sale has already erased all of the towns debt



5.  Difficulty with eye contact may be a sign of a good conversationalist. A pair of researchers from Kyoto University studied this.  “The dual task of maintaining eye contact (and the inherent intimate connection it involves) while also racking the brain for a word to meet the request is just too demanding – to save itself, the brain pushes for breaking eye contact so it can focus exclusively on finding a word that will fulfill the obligation.”

Essentially, breaking eye contact allows us to better choose our words. Looking someone in the eye may help us better establish an emotional rapport, but looking elsewhere may actually stimulate better conversation.



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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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Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread


Serves: 16 Prep: 15min|Cook: 40min |Total: 55min

1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried currants
2 tablespoons apple juice or sherry
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups whole grain flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 egg white
1/4 cup packed brown sugar


1.Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a 9″ springform pan or a 9″ x 1″ cake pan with cooking spray. Combine the raisins, currants, apple juice or sherry, and butter in a microwaveable dish. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir and set aside to cool.

2.In a large bowl, toss together the whole grain flour, the 3/4 cup oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, caraway seeds (if using), and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, egg white, and sugar until blended. Stir the raisin mixture into the egg mixture and then stir into the flour mixture just until combined. Do not overmix.

3.Pour into the prepared pan and spread to mound slightly in the center. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oat flour over the top. Slash a large X on the top of the bread using a sharp, flour-dipped knife.

4.Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut into 16 wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Facts per serving


FAT 2.7 G










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