Friday Fun Facts- Gobble Gobble

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Do you know everything there is to know about this holiday? I think not.thanksgiving_cornucopia

- The author of Mary Had A Little Lamb is responsible for us having a national day of thanks. She lobbied several presidents before finding a sympathetic ear with Abraham Lincoln. Sara Joespha Hale wrote a final letter to him on September 28, 1863 arguing that a day like this would be good for the country after the Civil War. He read her letter on October 3 and the first Thanksgiving happened the following month!

- Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the holiday from the last Thursday of the month to the second to last. He thought this might boost the economy by giving and extra week of holiday shopping. Many states went along with his decision, many didn’t. In 1941 Congress made a ruling (typical) that we would celebrate on the 4th Thursday so sometimes it’s the last and sometimes it’s not.

- Sara Hale’s contributions didn’t stop after she got the holiday. She wrote numerous articles to newspapers providing recipes to prepare for the feast. These items would not have been at the original celebration but they sure tasted good. She’s responsible for yummies such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Thank you, Ms. Hale!!

- About 280 million turkeys are sold at Thanksgiving. That’s about $3 billion in sales. Whew!Ttitle9

-There were 102 people on the Mayflower. Only about half of them were what we call Pilgrims. The others were called Strangers and were basically folks that hitched a ride on the ship to the New World.

- The term Turkey Shoot came from a practice in the late 19th century. They would tie a turkey’s leg to a log with only his head showing from behind and then hold competitions for marksmanship. (Ewwwwww- that’s not even sporting!)

- Did you know turkeys have heart attacks? When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fiels of turkeys would drop dead. (Whoa!)

- There’s fossil evidence that show turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

- The Guinness Book of Records records the heaviest turkey weighed in at 86 pounds!

- Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.Turkey3

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Fire and Rescue Edition

November 19, 2014

Song of the day: Burn it Down by Linkin Park

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

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I might need the jaws of life. Can you fellas help?

Today’s prompt: smoke, fire, muscle, and gas-powered tools.

What’s going on here? Riot? Fast spreading wildfire? Arson at the junkyard? An explosive accident at the demolition derby? Did the beautiful, lonely pyromaniac start another fire and the two local heroes have gladly come to the rescue again?

What’s your take on this prompt. Let me hear from you!


Link of the Week – Naughty Girls Writing Naughty NaNoWriMo Event

November 18, 2014

NGWN+Promo+November+2014+with+textYou may or may not know this, but I have an alter ego. I also write steamy, dangerous sexy stories under the name Harlowe Wilde. Harlowe belongs to a great group of saucy gals called the Nice Girls Writing Naughty. And, yes, we have a blog. This week’s link serves a dual purpose. One, to introduce you to the Nice Girls. Two, to offer you some awesome tips during the Nano season. Tips that can help you along any time of the year.

Nice Girls Writing Naughty is holding a NaNo Event, now through November 26th. Lots of great advice and encouragement for your writing pleasure, as well as daily prizes can be had. To sweeten the pot, there is also a grand prize up for grabs – a $25 gift card to ARe. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th is my, or rather, Harlowe’s day. Stop on by to see what awesomeness we can spread.

http://nicegirlswritingnaughty.wordpress.com/


Hump Day Kick Start – Close Shave Edition

November 12, 2014

Song of the day: Obsession by Animotion

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

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Sometimes I come across a photo and I’m just, oh, I don’t know, captivated.

What do you make of today’s prompt? Clearly there is passion and seduction at play. But what is there we don’t see? Infatuation? Fetishism? A test of trust? Clothed in a cocktail dress and suit, where have they been, or where are they going? Are they a couple? Business associates? White collar criminals? Are thy getting in a little foreplay before walking the red carpet or going to a black-tie fundraising gala? He doesn’t look like he needs a shave. Could they be werewolves pre-full moon outing?

What do you think? I’d love to hear your take. Go.


Link Of The Week- Sprints!

November 11, 2014

 

http://sprintshack.wordpress.com/

 

I know many of you are participating in NaNo and I thought this link would be useful for that. That’s not the end of the story! This site will help you sprint almost anytime, anywhere, and it’s all the time- NOT just during NaNo.

They also have guest bloggers and the current front page article is very good- How To Write in a Less-Than-Ideal Environment.

 

I hope you enjoy this link and may the Sprinting Fairies help you with huge word counts forever and ever. Amen

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Friday Fun Facts- Can You Feel My Pain?

November 7, 2014

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Your favorite character is in excruciating pain to the point she’s debilitated and can only lie there praying for it to pass…oh wait, that was me yesterday. My scientific, well educated conclusion on migraines? They suck.

This morning is a new day! Besides having that slight hangover feel, I’m back to my old self. Why do these things happen? Why do some people suffer from them frequently and others only have occasional bouts? I’m lucky- they only come to visit once a month.

Let’s see what we can find out:

- They are related to a higher incidence of suicide. This is true especially if the pain is accompanied with auras or flashes of light. Doctors aren’t sure why they are linked, but depression and migraines seem to be similar in biology. (OK, this does not cheer me up!)

- (Talk about a boomerang effect!) If you use migraine meds too often, it can result in “medication-overuse headaches” and twist down into a vicious cycle. This phenomenon includes over the counter drugs or prescription. Don’t use them more than twice a week.

- The risk of migraines go up if there’s lightning in your area. It also goes up if there’s changes in barometric pressure or humidity. What?!? The scientists can’t explain the humidity aspect, but they’ve concluded that electromagnetic waves or the increased production of ozone and fungus spores accounts for the migraines with lightning.( I think they still have a way to go on these conclusions.)

- Do you think stress brings on migraines? Nope. Apparently they’re more likely to be caused by a let down in stress levels, not by the ramping up. There’s a 20% increase in number when you mood changes from nervous and unhappy to calm and serene. (That just doesn’t seem fair!)headaches

- If you thought that was unfair- SEX can trigger migraines!!!! Noooooooooo…Sex, and sometimes just arousal, can trigger a mother of a headache. It’s more common in younger or mid-life men, but they seem to lessen with age. The obvious solution is to avoid sex…like that’s going to happen! It can be controlled by beta blockers, but you have to be alright with a daily dosage of medication.

- Some migraines come on suddenly and are severe. These are called “thunderclaps” and can warrant a visit to the E.R. Once there, they will give you a shot of some happy medicine and you won’t care about anything, but the pain will be gone!

- You are not alone if you suffer from these. John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll, Julius Caesar, and Thomas Jefferson are all there to keep you company as fellow sufferers.icon2-1

 

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Workbench Edition

November 5, 2014

Song of the day: Rolling in the Deep by Otherwise

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

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Wood, fur, nylon. What else does he feel?

Tell me about today’s prompt. Who are they? A blind sculpture and his generous subject? A scientist checking out his latest prototype? The contractor remodeling the schoolmaster’s classroom? Is she enticing him to build something? Maybe something to hide a valuable, stolen item? Is he victim to her seductions? Or vise versa? Perhaps he is a master woodworker about to give his new, wealthy employer a lesson in bits, chisels,and screwdrivers.

Love to hear your take!


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