Friday Fun Facts- Have A Cup Of Joe

October 24, 2014

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The iconic cup of joe. The coffee bean has been used around the world and enjoyed as a beverage of choice for centuries. One company took it to a whole new level. Starbucks is now a globally recognized symbol and has, at least, 16,850 shops in 40 countries. It has also made over $10.7 BILLION. That’s a lot of joe!

- It’s over 40 years old. (I was way off on this, I thought they were only 25-28 years old.)

- The name was changed from Pequod to Starbucks. Both names are taken from Moby Dick.

- The first store opened in Beijing in 1999- there are now over 1000. coffee

- A grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine. That’s 4 times the amount in one Red Bull.

- They use 93 million gallons of milk per year. That’s enough to fill 155 Olympic sized swimming pools.

- You can order 87,000 different drink combinations. COFFEE-2

- An average customer might visit 6 times a month while a big fan visits as many as 16 times a month. That’s a lot of cha-ching for that cup of joe!

- Their cinnamon chip scone, which is delicious by the way, has more calories than a McDonald’s quarter pounder with 480 calories… guess I won’t be having that for awhile. Funny

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Cloaked Edition

October 22, 2014

Song of the day: Nobody Praying for Me by Seether

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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Seriously dark and sexy. I’m on my way to whatever dark side he’s on.

Keeping with the month-long Halloween theme, who is today’s prompt? An assassin? Informant? A simple traveler? A harbinger?  Is he good or evil? Who is he looking at? His next victim? An ex-lover? An enemy? What is he thinking? A method of elimination? Seducing the bar wench? Sizing up his threat? The drink specials?

Let me hear your take!


Link of the Week – Historical Romance Network

October 21, 2014

Explore Historical Romance! I’m part of a movement to bring visibility to the historical romance genre, to show the stories are so much more than many believe, and to bust the stuffy misconceptions. There is excitement, adventure, and romance across the eras of all heat levels to be discovered. Check it out. Go on. I dare ya!

Stop by the new website. It’s a work in progress, but we’ve already got some great articles.

http://historicalromancenetwork.com/

Watch the short video. You might recognize a few people, including yours truly.


Friday Fun Facts- I Present The Oreo

October 17, 2014

The idea that kangaroos have 3 vaginas weirded me out so much last week, I wanted to stay on the sweet side of things this time. Here’s what you may not know about an iconic cookie:oreo

- Oreos are 102 years old. That’s right, they came on the market in 1912.

- They originally came in two flavors, regular and lemon meringue. The second one wasn’t a favorite and faded out in the 1920s.

- It is still the world’s most popular cookie selling in over 100 countries.

- When they first came out, they were sold by the pound and cost .30 per pound.

- There ARE other flavors of Oreos! In China, there is green tea ice cream Oreos. In Argentina, there are dulche de leche and bananna flavors.

- It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo.

- Even though it has a creamy filling, it’s on the list of being “accidentally vegan”.

- Oreos became Kosher in 1997. It took 3 years to convert over and was EXTREMELY pricey to do. Why was it not Kosher? It was made with pig lard at one point.

- Eating this cookie is also a personality test. Twisters are sensitive, artistic and trendy. Biters are easy-going and self confident. Dunkers tend to be adventurous and social. Who knew?

- The origin of the name has been lost. Some same it was derived from the french word or meaning gold. The were originally sold in a gold box.

- If you laid out all the Oreo cookies sold, it would go around the earth 381 times!

- Each cookie has 12 dashes, 12 flowers, and 12 dots on it.

- A study showed that rat’s brains respond to Oreos the same way they responded to drugs!oreo_Full1 oreo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Carry Me Edition

October 15, 2014

Song of the day: Enjoy the Silence by Breaking Benjamin

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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Oh my…What do we have here?

Sticking with the October theme of darkness, I present you a tantalizing prompt.

Who are they? What has happened? And why is he carrying her? Is he a vampire about to have his next meal? Or maybe he just ate. Is he a minion bringing a sacrificial lamb to his evil queen? On the flip side, could he be her savior? If so, from who or what? Perhaps he is a rock god, and his beauty caused her to faint. I mean, who could blame her, right? I feel a swoon coming on.

Love to hear your take.


Link of the Week – Down For Everyone or Just Me

October 14, 2014

eyes wide open - casual girlEver wonder if the website or page you are trying to view is down, or if there is something wrong on your end, you know…human error? Type in the problematic URL at this handy-dandy site to find out if the problem is for everyone or just you. Not that we are suggesting there is anything wrong with you…

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/


Friday Fun Facts- A Buffet Of Knowledge

October 10, 2014

No one particular topic today! I came across these gems and couldn’t resist slinging them together. Enjoy!

Did you know:

- A kangaroo has three vaginas. What?!?!?!?!!?kangaroo

- The longest time between twins being born is 87 days.SONY DSC

- The oldest condoms found date back to the 1640s. It was found in the cess pool of Dudley Castle in England.

**A really interesting side note- The castle has had a big increase in the number of tourists due to the fact that they keep snapping photos of a ghost! They’ve dubbed her The Grey Lady who was known as Dorothy Beaumont when she was alive. Dorothy died along with her baby shortly after childbirth. She had two requests. She wanted to be buried next to her daughter and for her husband to attend the funeral. Neither happened. Her spirit is condemned to wander the castle. If that’s not a story prompt, I don’t know what is!100_0166

- Everyone of us has a unique tongue print. It could be used to identify people as well as fingerprints.

-  A whale has been calling out for a mate for over two decades, sending his song throughout the ocean. His high pitched call is so different from the other whales, he’s shunned. This just breaks my heart.HumpbackWhale

- Kentucky had a family of people with blue skin! They lived there for many generations. I”M NOT LYING! The Fulgate family lived in Troublesome Creek and developed this very strange skin color through a combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition called methemoglobinemia. ……….well, you just knew inbreeding had to be a part of it somehow!download

There you go, folks. A whole cornucopia of strange and interesting tidbits just for you. Have one of your characters weave in the fact that kangaroos have three vaginas.

Go on.

I dare you.

 

 

 

 


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