Friday Fun Facts- Knives

October 6, 2017
  1. . A pen knife is so named because it was used for sharpening a quill to make a pen nib
  2.  French gangsters in the early 1900s used a weapon that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.outdoorhub-7-horrible-handgun-designs-that-made-it-into-production-2015-02-19_20-53-13
  3. In 2000, a Mexican woman successfully performed a C-section on herself with a kitchen knife and 3 glasses of hard liquor, while her husband was drinking at a bar.
  4. King Tutankhamun’s dagger was made of meteoric iron.download
  5. A sharp knife actually causes less cuts. Since you don’t have to push down as hard, there’s less of a chance you let the blade slip.
  6. There’s no such thing as true stainless steel.
  7. Over 34,000 Swiss Army knives are made everyday!8849449713694_celum_74896_320Wx280H
  8. There are many places that end with “sex” in their name. (Sussex, Middlesex etc.) It comes from the Old English word seax meaning knife. Sexsmith used to be a common last name- meaning one who made knives.
  9. The most expensive knife is called “The Gem of The Orient”. It sold for $2.1 Million!! In total, it has 153 emeralds (10 carats) and nine diamonds (5 carats). The weight of the gold in the knife is 28 ounces.  It took ten years to produce such knife.ReKvaKK
  10. The Russians make knives out of sapphires with bone handles. It doesn’t show up on any metal detectors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  11. There is a knife (the WASP knife) that once inside the victim, forces over 800 psi of CO2 inside the victim, creating a basketball sized air pocket and freezing the surrounding internal organs. WASP-Injection-Knife-500x478

Friday Fun Facts- Tea!

September 22, 2017

I love tea. I drink it hot and cold. My day is bookended by a hot, steaming mug of Tetley’s British Blend tea. Mmmmmm I’m sipping one right now.VictorianVioletsBoneChinaTeapot

But…did you know:

  1. Iced tea was invented at The 1904’s World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was so bloody hot, mugs of tea weren’t selling. Richard Blechynden decided to pour it over ice and BOOM, it was an instant success!
  2. Tea bags were invented by accident as well! In 1908, a salesman created small silk bags to give out samples of tea to customers. Some of them thought they were supposed to put the whole thing in the pot instead of emptying it out, like a metal diffuser. It worked so well, it became a thing.images (1)
  3. There are 4 major types of tea black, white, green, and oolong, but they all come from the same plant. It’s how the leaves are treated that make the difference.
  4. The art of reading tea leaves is called tasseography.
  5. There is a legend that tea was discovered, by accident again, by a chinese emperor. A leaf supposedly blew into his bowl of hot water and the rest is history. Hmm, urban legend?
  6. Another accident! Many people , like me, drink hot tea with milk. That practice was started because they used to pour milk into the delicate china cups to protect it from the boiling water. It’s no longer necessary, and they discovered it was yummy!
  7. For centuries, tea was only used as medicine. It took over 3000 years for it to become an everyday drink.pick-longjing-tea-768
  8. Black teas are made from fermented leaves that have been allowed to dry.
  9. Tea bags are good for about 6 months before they lose their flavor and quality.
  10. In Tibet, Butter Tea is served. It is made from black tea, yak butter, and salt.
  11. Tea is believed to have arrived in Europe, thanks to a Jesuit priest.He visited China in 1590 and was allowed to bring some of the plants home with him.
  12. The most expensive tea in the world is grown in the mountains of Ya’An in the Sichuan province of China. Workers fertilize the tea bushes using the waste from local pandas whose bodies take in only a small amount of nutrients from the food they eat. The tea costs the equivalent of around $200 for a small cup.ss-160826-twip-05_8cf6d4cb83758449fd400c7c3d71aa1f.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

Link Of The Week- Survival

September 19, 2017

wilderness-survival-fireI’ve watched a show called The 100 for the last two weeks on Netflix. It’s a good show, but the characters are forced to survive in the wild. Some of the characters in my book do too! This is a good link for basic survival skills. Make sure you read through the questions and answers at the end- there’s a lot of good information there.wilderness-survival-guide-6

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-in-the-Wild

That’s your basic set of skills. Do you want to be more like Macgyver? Well, here you go- these are sooooo cool!

http://www.skilledsurvival.com/survival-hacks/hqdefault


Link Of The Week- Weather Watch

September 5, 2017

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As writers, we often need to know things about the weather for our books. My first published one talked about an “Ice Tsunami”. I had never heard of that phenomena, but I knew I wanted to put it in.Dszpics1

This past week and a half has had weather on all of our minds with Hurricane Harvey. Jenn and I are both proud native Texans and are horrified at the loss our great state has incurred. Now, we have Hurricane Irma barreling down on islands in the Caribbean and will slam into Florida soon. After that? The models have conflicting reports.

Here’s a place for great research and current weather happenings! Stay safe.

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https://weather.com/


Link Of The Week- Self Publishing Authors Podcast

August 15, 2017

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They are called the SPA (Self Publishing Authors) Girls, and let me tell you, they know their stuff! The podcasts are free and informative with a ton of humor thrown in. This business can be overwhelming- they sift through the cacophony to find the true bits of guidance we all need. Enjoy listening and learning from interviews with Mark Dawson, Roxanne St. Claire, Brian Meeks and more!

http://www.selfpublishingauthorspodcast.com/

 

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They also have a book that is fantastic! Here’s the link for that as a bonus-

https://goo.gl/rB5ByH

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Friday Fun Facts- Route 66

August 11, 2017

By the time you get up and read this, I will be on the road somewhere between the mountains of New Mexico and the sheer vastness of the state of Texas. Part of the way will be on the historic Route 66. Bet you didn’t know some of these facts!download

  1. It is 2448 miles long and has been described as “The Mother of All Road Trips”. (8 states and 3 times zones)
  2. John Steinbeck used it as the inspiration of his novel The Grapes of Wrath. He left Chicago in 1937 heading west. He called it the great “concrete path” and in the book it was referred to as the “Mother Road”.download (3)
  3. The Great Depression paved Route 66. From 1933 to 1938 thousands of male youths looking for work became members of the “Road Gangs” and paved all the remaining dirt sections.
  4. Route 66 won’t be on any modern maps! It was decommissioned from the original 1926 grid. The route was considered irrelevant and was replaced by the interstate highway system.
  5. “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was sung by Nat King Cole. It almost wasn’t to be because when the composer arrived in LA to pitch it, the song was only half completed. Mr. Cole helped finish it and then recorded the song.download (4)
  6. It is also nicknamed “Will Rogers Highway”. The beloved writer spent many years travelling the Route and writing about the people along the way. When he died in a plane crash, radio stations from coast to coast on the road went silent for 30 minutes in honor of the man who wrote about them.
  7. The Kansas section is the shortest- only measuring 13 miles!
  8. The highest point is on the Continental Divide in Gallup, New Mexico at 7245 ft. high!!
  9. One of the most famous motel chains along the Route was The Wigwam Motels. The rooms were designed to look like an Indian teepee. There are only 2 left located in San Bernadino and the other in Holbrook, AZ.
  10. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon in Oatman, AZ along the Route.
  11. Phillips Petroleum chose a spot on the Route as the location for their first gas station in 1927. It’s still standing in McLean, Texas!download (1)
  12. The first EVER McDonalds opened on Route 66 in California in 1948.download (2)
  13. A WWII prisoner of war camp was set up 2 miles east of 66 in McLean, Texas. It operated from 1943-1945 and housed up to 3000 German prisoners.images (1)

Friday Fun Facts- It’s Summer!!

June 2, 2017

The weather has heated up. Schools are letting out. Life is a beach.summer-fun

But, do you really know summer? Check out these tid-bits-

  1. The phrase ‘the dog days of summer’ has to do with the stars and not about sweltering heat. The dog star Sirius begins its rise just before the sun towards the end of July. The Romans believed the extra light gave off more heat heat to the sun and was responsible for the super hot days.
  2. More thunderstorms occur during summer than at any other time. It’s all that extra heat and moisture! Believe it or not, the most occur in the south of England. Hmmmm
  3. New York has a cool thing going on! Owing to the city’s design on a grid rotated 29 ° clockwise from true east-west, twice a year the sun sets directly at the end of the many New York’s major streets to create a spectacular sunset. The sun is slightly above the horizon and nestled between the rows of buildings.170px-Manhattanhenge2_rotated+sharpened
  4. The first modern Olympic games were held in the summer of 1896 in Athens.
  5. The last day of summer is September 20th.
  6. The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris grows every summer. With the heat, the metal expands and it grows up to 6 inches!
  7. The Roman general, Marc Anthony, named the month July after Julius Caesar.0rxCw229
  8. August was named after Julius Caesar’s nephew. He had received the title of “Augustus” which means “reverend”.
  9. Ice pops were invented by an 11 year old boy in 1905! THANK YOU!
  10. The first women’s bathing suit was created in the 1800’s. It had a pair of bloomers with it! ACK!!!history-womens-swimwear-1800s
  11. Swimming nude used to be the norm. In ancient days, clothes were definitely pitched to the side. However, in the 17th century, laws were put into place about decent swimming attire…and nude wasn’t it!
  12. Watermelons are a vegetable! Who knew?!? It is a member of the squash, cucumber, and pumpkin family. Americans eat around 15 lbs. per year.
  13. In the United States, over 650 million long distance summer trips are made. Let’s hit the road!!
  14. Scientist argue that babies born in the summer will suffer from more mood swings than babies born at other times. Really?shutterstock_464300804-776x600
  15. Jenn and I hope you have a terrific summer filled with lots of laughter and fun…and that’s a fact!images (1)