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Did Ya' Know: 020330 ------------------------------------ In which American city
is Independence Hall? Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The first Republican
Party Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1856.
Liberty Bell trivia...
The bell was originally cast by the Whitechapel
Foundry in London, England (1752). The bell cracked the first time it
was rung and was then recast by Pass & Stow Philadelphia
The bell weighed 2080 pounds when it was cast.
note of the Bell is E-flat. There are three known recordings of the Bell.
Two were made in the 1940s for radio stations to play; the third is
currently owned by Columbia Records.
On the bell, "Pennsylvania" is
From YOU The Reader's Dept.: On the ladybug
item, I think you mean 5,000,000 and in 5 Million; not 5,000. That would
make only 16 to 17 eggs laid. --Mad
*grin* It makes people
When the husband finally died, his wife put the usual death notice in the paper,
but added that he died of gonorrhea. No sooner were the papers delivered when
a good friend of the family phoned and complained bitterly, "You know very well
that James died of diarrhea, not gonorrhea." The widow replied, "I nursed him
night and day, so of course I know he died of diarrhea. But I thought it would
be better for people to remember him as a great lover rather than the big shit
he really was."
Education is what you get from reading the small print; experience is what you
get from not reading it.
You all remember that in the movie "The Wizard of Oz",
the wicked witch of the East was killed by the falling house, the witch of
the West stalked Dorothy and was killed by water, and Glenda, the Witch of
the North helped Dorothy get home. There is no mention of the witch of
the South. Here's what she would probably be like:
Black hat and cape North: Pink formal dress South: Tube top and
NOTABLE FEATURES West: Green Nose North: Flawless
Beauty South: Beehive Hairdo
DESIRES West: The ruby slippers North: For Dorothy to
learn her lesson South: A full mouth of teeth
FEARS West: Water, a
house falling on her North: She'll mess up her hair South:
WEAPONS West: Ball of fire North: Snow South: Shot
FAVORITE SAYINGS West: I'll get you, my pretty North: There's
no place like home South: Ya'll ain't from around here, are
DEALING WITH PROBLEMS West: Make Dorothy wait until the sand runs
out on the hourglass North: Make Dorothy run all over Oz looking for the
Emerald City South: Just click them heels, Darlin', and get yourself
Passover is approaching. At the sedar table, every Jewish child
will be retold the story of Moses and the Pharoah, and how God brought
boils, locusts, hail and the other plagues onto the Egyptians. Yet in spite
of this overwealming evidence of God's intensions, Pharoah refused to
let the Jews go, until a tenth plague, the death of the first-born
children was inflicted on every Egyptian home, passing over the Jewish
homes. Only after this tragedy did the Pharoah relent and let the Jews
leave slavery and Egypt to begin their journey to the promised
This has been known for generations. What has not been
known is why the Phaaroah, in the face of such overwealming evidence would
refuse to release the Jews after the first nine plagues. It took eight years
of research by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, the renouned psychologist and
nurse, to find the definative answer. Dr. Kubler-Ross spent those
years studying the Dead Sea Scrolls before discovering the answer. And
once found, it was obvious.....The Pharoah was still in de Nile. (By Stan
Know this feeling ?
An elderly couple are both lying in bed one morning, having just awakened
from a good night's sleep. He takes her hand & she responds, "Don't touch
"Why not," he asks. She answers back, "Because
The husband says to her, "What are you talking
about? We're both lying here in bed together & talking to one
The wife says, "No, I'm definitely dead."
insists, "You're not dead. What in the world makes you think you're
His wife answers, "I know I'm dead because I woke up this
morning & nothing hurts!"
While I'm not sure of the procedure now, when I was in the Navy, every so
often, you got umpteen shots, whether you needed them or not. The carrier
pilot in front of me as we passed thru the line asked for a drink of water
after receiving what seemed to be at least a dozen different
The Corpsman asked if he was dizzy.
"No, not at all." he
replied. "I just wantta see if I'm still water-tight."
Bill and Lynn had married under none too happy circumstances, and
their married life had not been anything to brag about either. But when,
after they had lived together for thirty five years, Bill went to the local
judge to ask for an annulment, the whole of Michigan gasped with
amazement. A date for the hearing was set, however, and when the time came
the judge demanded to know the grounds on which Bill based his demand
for an annulment. "It's like this, your Honor," answered Bill, "I've just
learned that Lynn's father never had a license to carry a gun."
John Smith was the only Protestant to move into the large
Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling
a big juicy steak on his grill. Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were
eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday during lent. On
the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that
something just HAD to be done about John; he was just tempting them to eat
meat each Friday of Lent and they couldn't take it anymore. They decided
to try and convert him to Catholicism. They went over and talked with him
and were so happy that he decided to join all of his neighbors and become a
Catholic. They took him to Church and the Priest sprinkled some water
over him and told him "Your were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist,
and now you are a Catholic." The men of the neighborhood were SO relieved,
now their biggest lent temptation was resolved. The next year's lent
rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came and just at supper time when the
neighborhood was setting down to their fish dinners came the wafting smell of
steak cooking on a grill. The neighborhood men could not believe their
noses! What was going on??? They called each other up and decided to meet
over in John's yard to see if he had forgotten it was a Friday in
Lent. The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill
with a small pitcher of water. He was pouring small droplets over his steak
on the grill and saying "you were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and
now you are a fish"
Two robins were sitting in a tree. "I'm really hungry", said the
first one. "Me, too", said the second. "Let's fly down and find some
lunch." They flew to the ground and found a nice plot of plowed ground full
of worms. They ate and ate and ate 'til they could eat no more. "I'm
so full I don't think I can fly back up to the tree," said the first
one. "Me neither, let's just lay here and bask in the warm sun", said
the second. "OK" said the first. They plopped down, basking in the sun.
No sooner than they had fallen asleep, a big fat tomcat snuck up
and gobbled them up. As he sat washing his face after his meal, he
thought, "I just luvvvv baskin' robins."
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I am sure for most second generation Italian
American children who grew up in the 40's and 50's there was a definite
distinction between us and them. We were Italians, everybody else, the Irish
the Germans, the Poles, they were Americans.I was well into
adulthood before I realized I was an American. I had been born American
and lived here all my life but Americans were people who ate peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches on mushy white bread. I had no animosity towards
them, it's just I thought ours was the better way with our bread man, egg
man, vegetable man, the chicken man, ice man to name a few of the peddlers
who came to our neighborhoods. We knew them, they knew us.
went to the A&P. It amazed me that some friends and classmates on
Thanksgiving and Christmas ate only turkey with stuffing, potatoes, and
cranberry sauce! We had turkey, but after antipasto, soup, lasagna,
meatballs and salad. In case someone came in who didn't like turkey we also
had a roast of beef. Soon after we were eating fruits, nuts, pastries
and homemade cookies sprinkled with little colored things.
where you learned to eat a seven course meal between noon and four PM, how to
handle hot chestnuts and put peaches in wine.Italians live a romance with
Sundays we would wake up to the smell of garlic and onions
frying in olive oil. We always had macaroni and sauce. Sunday would not be
Sunday without going to mass. Of course you couldn't eat before mass
because you had to fast before receiving communion. We knew when we got
home we'd find meatballs frying and nothing tasted better than newly cooked
meatballs with crisp bread dipped into a pot of hot sauce.
difference between them and us was we had gardens! Not just with flowers, but
tomatoes, peppers, basil, lettuce and "cucuzza". Everybody had a
grapevine and fig tree. In the fall we drank homemade wine arguing over
who made the best. Those gardens thrived because we had something our
American friends didn't seem to have. We had grandparents.
that they didn't have grandparents. It's just they didn't live in the same
house or street. We ate with our grandparents and God forbid we didn't visit
them 5 times a week. I can still remember my grandmother telling us how
she came to America when she was young, on the "boat".
forget the holidays when the relatives would gather at my grandparents house,
the women in the kitchen, the men in the livingroom, the kids
everywhere. I must have a hundred cousins. My grandfather sat in the
middle of it all smoking his DiNobili cigar so proud of his family and how
well they had done.
When my grandparents died, things began to
change. Family gatherings were fewer and something seemed to be missing.
Although we did get together, usually at my mothers house, I always had the
feeling grandmom and grandpop were there.
It's understandable things
change. We all have families of our own and grandchildren of our own. Today
we visit once in a while or meet at wakes or weddings. Other things have
also changed. The old house my grandparents bought is now covered with
aluminum siding. A green lawn covers the soil that grew the tomatoes.
THERE WAS NO ONE TO COVER THE FIGTREE SO IT DIED.
The holidays have
changed. We still make family "rounds" but somehow things have become
more formal. The great quantities of food we consumed, without any ill
effects, is not good for us anymore. Too much starch, too much cholesterol,
too may calories in the pastries. The difference between "us" and
"them" isn't so easily defined anymore, and I guess that's good. My
grandparents were Italian/Italians, my parents were Italian/Americans. I'm an
American and proud of it, just as my grandparents would want me to be. We are
all Americans now....the Irish, Germans, Poles, all US citizens. But
somehow I still feel a little bit Italian. Call it culture... call it
roots... I'm not sure what it is. All I do know is that my children, my
nieces and nephews, have been cheated out of a wonderful piece of our
heritage.. they never knew my grandparents...
Did Ya' Know: 020331 ------------------------------------ Paul McCartney is
responsible for 32 #1 hits on the Billboard charts; more #1's than any other
The democratic custom of shaking hands instead of bowing at
White House receptions was initiated in the Blue Room by Thomas Jefferson
early in his first term as U.S. president.
The muskellunge, a fierce
fighting fish that can weigh in at around 70 pounds, is the official state
fish of Wisconsin.
From crocodile farms, Australia exports about
5,000 crocodile skins a year. Most go to Paris, where a crocodile purse
can sell for more than $10,000.
*grin* It makes people
Laurene's Oatmeal Cookie Candy submitted by Laurene
Boil for 2 minutes
and cool for 6-7 minutes: 2 cups sugar ( you may use less, it's very
sweet). 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. butter Add: 2 c. oats 1/4 c
cocoa 1/4 c. malt ( or no malt and 1/2 c. cocoa total). 1/2 c. choppped
nuts 1/2 c. cocoanut Working quickly, drop on waxed paper, let harden,
Ice Cream Topping:
This is a recipe that I came up with long ago and we
just love it very much. It is very easy to make and taste wonderful over
a bowl of great vanilla icecream. Don't skimp on icecream with a topping
like this one. 1 cup of white sugar 1and 1/2 cups heavy whipping
cream ********************************************************* If you
have never melted sugar before be careful. It is so easy to get
burned--badly. DO NOT LET CHILDREN DO THIS.. I NEVER LET THEM NEAR THE
STOVE WHEN I DO THIS. Take the sugar and put it into a heavy dry skillet.
Heat this over medium heat stirring constantly. I use a wooden spoon to
do this also. Once the sugar has turned to a liquid golden syrup remove it
from the heat for a moment. Quickly add the cream to it all at the same
time. You are going to have this bubble up and think it is a ruined
mess. Put it back onto the heat. Now it will slowly turn to a rich creamy
golden caramel. Keep stirring this until all of the sugar has been
dissolved. If you wish you can serve this right away over the icecream of
your choice. You can use the next topping also and have two scoops covered
with two different and very good toppings.
12 ounces of very good
chocolate ( 3 bars of GHIRADELLI) chopped well (I use semi sweet chocolate
for this) 1/4 cup butter *********************************************
Melt the butter in a skillet and once it is very hot --almost burned
light brown add the chocolate and remove this from the heat. You can do this
with a double boiler if you wish. I just stir this until the chocolate is
melted. Pour this warm over the top of ice cream and you will have a
crispy chocolate topping that is going to be great.
If you want to
have a Banana Split take one banana and cut it right down the center
lenthwise and place in the bottom of a oblong dish. Place two scoops of
icecream in the middle between the two banana slices and cover with each of
the two toppings. Top with whipped cream and cherries and chopped nuts if
Sock it to me Cake by request
1 (18.5 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup white sugar 3/4 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1 cup chopped
pecans 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup packed
brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
**************************************************** Mix together the
cake mix, sugar, oil, eggs, pecans, and vanilla. Fold in the sour cream.
Put half the batter in a bundt cake pan. Mix the brown sugar and
cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter in the pan. Pour the remainder of the
batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes until cake tests done.
Did Ya' Know: 020401 ------------------------------------ Some lady beetle, or
lady bug, colonies have been reported to contain as many as 500 gallons of
beetles. A gallon of beetles contains from 72,000 to 80,000
The National Institute of Mental Health places fear of
flying (aerophobia), second only to fear of public speaking.
used in hurling is also known as a "sliotar" or "sliothar". The ball usually
has a cork center and is covered with horsehide. Hurling for women is
The female Victorian aristocracy in Britain would
change their clothes at least four times a day.
*grin* It makes people
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