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Dinner Tonight – Penne alla Vodka Recipe

Delicious – Pasquale Sciarappa

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Did You Know – 05/20/2013

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1. A former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specializing in statistics has won the lottery FOUR times.
Joan Ginther, 63, won almost $21 million since her winning spree began in 1993. At the time that she won the fourth jackpot, the AP wrote that her chances of winning the lottery was 1 in 18 septillion, (18 with 24 zeros after it) almost an impossibility.
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2. In exchange for Pepsi products, Russia gave Pepsi 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer. The countertrade arrangement where the rights to sell Russian vodka in the US in exchange for Pepsi (to be sold in Russia) was a huge story in the 1990’s.
With 17 submarines, this meant that, for a short period of time, Pepsi-Cola had the world’s seventh largest submarine fleet. Eventually the fleet of 20 naval vessels will be sold for scrap steel, thereby paying for Pepsi products being moved to the Soviet Union.

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3. The Iconic Wall street charging bull is an illegal piece of street art. The 7,100 pound bronze sculpture was originally created by Arturo Di Modica who spent about $360,000 to build and install the bull after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of “Strength, power and hope” for the American people. It was installed outside the New York Stock Exchange as a gift to the City on December 15 1989. The same day it was towed away by the NYPD and impounded. Because of public outcry it was brought back and placed “temporarily” back at the north end of Bowling Green Park where it stands today. The bull is still technically a “temporary installment. The city does not own the sculpture and it has been for sale By Di Modica since 2004 on the condition that the buyer does not move it from its current location
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4. One in 200 men are related to 13th century Mongolian leader Genghis Khan.
(that guy must have been very busy)
An international team of geneticists has made the astonishing discovery that more than 16 million men in central Asia have the same male Y chromosome as the great Mongol leader. His enthusiastic mating habits had created a lineage of more than 20,000 individuals,’ said team leader Dr Chris Tyler-Smith. ‘That now appears to account for around 8% of the men in central Asia.

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5. Einstein’s eyes are currently sitting in a safe deposit box in NYC. Dr. Thomas Harvey removed Einstein’s eyeballs and gave them to Einstein’s eye doctor, Henry Adams. To this day, they remain in a safe deposit box in New York City.
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Cool Idea For Hot Weather

Great idea for cool water drinks in the summer. I have seen the water replaced with Vodka, left to stand with the citrus for a week or so. Very tasty indeed.

Citrus Flavored Water

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Natural Air Fresheners – But weird!


1. Vodka – Ethyl alcohol, found in vodka and other spirits, is a main ingredient in most commercial air fresheners. Vodka will get rid of any smelly, musty odors and the good thing it contains no harmful ingredients like the commercial varieties of air fresheners. Plain vodka leaves no odor as it dries and you can spray it directly into the air. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a nice fragrance. [ I am not sure about this one as it seems a waste of good vodka but you can buy some real cheap vodka that will do the job and a bottle may not be as expensive as the commercial air freshener]


2. Cat Litter – If your closet, your basement, attic has a musty or smelly odor go get some cat litter. Look for the cat litter that has the main ingredient of diatomaceous earth. It is a naturally occurring mineral that among its many wonders absorbs odors, absorbs moisture and kill pests that come in contact with it. If you cannot find cat litter that contains the diatomaceous earth  then go buy then just go buy the earth from a garden supply store or online [Planet Natural].


3. Coffee – Is a natural odor remover.  You can use fresh or used grounds, but if going with used, let them dry out a bit first. You can place them in a bowl or in a coffee filter and put them in the area where there is the unpleasant odor. You can put them in an old stocking and hang them in your closet. Hey if you don’t drink coffee, most Starbucks will give you their ground coffee for free.


4. Palm Trees – Doing some renovating in the house and have those toxic smells going on? Palm trees used as houseplants are very effective air purifiers, known to remove formaldehyde, which lurks in paints, furniture finishes, and the glues used to hold pressed wood and particle board together. I believe Dwarf date, bamboo, areca, lady, or parlor palm varieties are the ones to look for.


5. Your very presence – Now this is a weird one to me, but researches say they have studied it and come up with positive results. Your skin – the oils in your skin, dead skin flakes act like natural air purifiers, say researchers from Denmark. in the most recent issue of Environmental Science & Technology, one of the most common oils in skin, squalene, reduces levels of the indoor pollutants that can cause asthma attacks. After comparing levels of ozone in a day-care center’s indoor air with the amount of squalene from skin flakes in its dust, the researchers determined that dead skin flakes can reduce ozone levels anywhere from 2 to 15 percent. Amazing but not appealing to me.


6. Make your own cleaning odor eaters – white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and borax, all of which are also natural odor removers. Recipes for making your own natural cleaning mixtures.


7. Cinnamon and Cloves  – If the house has not got that fresh odor about it when you walk inside at the end of the day then try boiling cinnamon sticks and cloves in a cheesecloth bag. Another idea if you have not got any cinnamon sticks or for that matter cloves try  spiced tea bags. Put several bags in a pot to make sure the smell permeates .

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