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Issue 111, September 21, 2011 This collection of facts and trivia was gathered from various websites. It is provided as entertainment.

Did You Know?... There is a Starbucks in Myungdong, South Korea that is five stories

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Dark Chocolate Crumb Bars "These fudgy bars are rich with NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels." Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 35 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes Servings: 1 INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 3/ 4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 2/3 cups NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels, divided 1 (14 ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Beat butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 2 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan; reserve remaining mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Combine 1 cup morsels and sweetened condensed milk in small, heavy-duty saucepan. Warm over low heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread over hot crust. Stir nuts and remaining 2/3 cup morsels into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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delivery in Canada on Saturday for the last thirty five years.

Tanzanian parasitic wasp. It's smaller than the eye of a housefly.

The weight of air in a milk glass is about the same as the weight of an aspirin tablet.

As of January 1, 2004, the population of the United States increases by one person every 12 seconds. There is a birth every eight seconds, an immigrant is

The world's smallest winged insect is the

Did You Know? The United States Department of Transportation defines three main types of distracted driving: Visual, manual and cognitive. Texting is considered one of the more dangerous forms of distracted driving because it involves all three main types. To text, drivers must take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off of driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that distracted driving is a significant concern, as 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Eighteen percent of fatalities in distraction-related crashes involved reports of a cell phone as the distraction.


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added every 25 seconds, but a death every 13 seconds.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 There's no easing the tension between two people in the house, Aries. The constant bickering is leaving you weary, but the best you can do is vacate the premises.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you can't help but feel like you're on cloud nine this week. It's full of love and romance, and it's something you have been craving for a long time.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, just when you thought you had everything worked out, someone throws a monkey wrench in all of your plans. You will just have to quickly adjust.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Sometimes your patience is tested, Scorpio. But others don't realize your need to have some alone time, so let them know in a calm and respectful way.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, it's hard to fight through all the clutter and excess in your life, but now is the time to weed through what you have and start thinning out the unnecessary stuff.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Others don't understand your motives, Sagittarius, and you kind of like the air of mystery you impart. Just don't gloat too much about your interesting persona.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, discretion is advised when you are presented with a situation that is outside of your usual circle. Tread lightly on tricky ground for the time being. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you might find yourself in a pickle this week unless you act quickly and authoritatively. Swift action makes it possible to contain the potential damage. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you can only coast along for so long. Sooner or later you will have to put some real effort into your future plans. Start thinking about it.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Carpicorn, all of the struggles you've endured in the last few months will pay off with some just rewards soon enough. Hold on a little longer.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, sometimes you pick the most inopportune moment to get started on a project. It's foolhardy to expect others to share in your enthusiasm at these times. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, spend your time wisely because soon you won't have a minute to spare on anything. You will be allconsumed with work.

Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certi-

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How to Maintain Your Whirlpool Tub When remodeling bathrooms, some homeowners prefer to add special features that give the room a spa-like feel. A whirlpool tub is one such feature that can help transform an ordinary bathroom into a relaxing oasis. Whirlpool tubs have many benefits, which have helped the industry become a billion-dollar business. Massage and water therapy can be instrumental in reducing stress and easing tired muscles. Some people depend on a soaking bath with rejuvenating water jet propulsion as part of a sports rehab regiment or to alleviate pain associated with arthritis. Whirlpool baths come in different dimensions and shapes to fit just about every bathroom. The common shapes include corner size, recessed, platform, or freestanding. Whirlpools can also be sized to fit two people or just one person. Many people prefer a corner style or a platform bath because they are easier to fit than most. Although the installation of an all-in-one whirlpool tub may be similar to a standard bathtub, with the addition of electrical hookup, the maintenance of the tub is somewhat different. There are certain products that should be avoided when cleaning or using the whirlpool bath to prolong its life. * One of the plagues of any appliance that houses water is hard water. This can form scaling that may damage the internal components of the motor and water jets. Testing to see the hardness level of water may be a wise decision. This way a water softening system can be added to the home, which will also benefit when doing laundry or running the dishwasher. * Many whirlpool tubs list items that should not be used in the water while bathing. These may include sudsing bubble bath powders or scented oil additions, each of which may form a film inside of the system, causing it to malfunction. Be sure to read the users' manual prior to first use or before introducing anything foreign to the tub. * Tubs will require routine cleaning as well. Use a dampened sponge to rub off any grime and other deposits that can form an unsightly ring around the tub. Some whirlpool manufacturers will list recommended products for cleaning. In general, a mild, low-suds formula or a diluted bleach-and-water solution will be effective for routine cleaning.

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If you have three quarters, four dimes and four cents, you have $1.19. But you cannot make exact change for a dollar.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton Look-

There are more plastic flamingoes in the United States than real ones. The chance that you will die on the way to buy your lottery ticket is greater than the chance of you winning the big prize in most

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Solutions & Substitutions By: Reena Nerbas I’m baack…Did you know? The average North American spends more than 30 percent of their monthly budget on food, according to the Economic Research Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tallied up, that's a national grocery bill of more than $2 trillion annually. · When possible consider heading to the grocery store, without the kids. Solo grocery store trips reduce impulse purchases. · If you do want to involve children in grocery shopping, put them in charge of clipping coupons and then give them a percentage of the savings as their allowance. · Keep a running list of needed grocery items on the front of your refrigerator. Even kids can help with this. They used the last of the pancake syrup. Have them write it on the list, this accomplishes two things. First, your grocery list is already made up (except for adding the sale items from flyers), and second, you won't be making a second trip to the store later to pick up forgotten items. · Consider buying frozen seafood such as tilapia, flounder, salmon and shrimp. The price is typically 20% to 30% less than the fish in the counter that may have come to the grocery on ice or been previously frozen anyway. Tip: Look to the top and bottoms of grocery store shelves, the most expensive items are positioned at eye level. · Cooking with certain ingredients can raise the cost of a recipe. If you know how to substitute expensive ingredients for less-expensive ones, you'll be better able to adapt your recipes to fit your budget. · Buy bulk when it makes sense. Foods like oats, rice, dry pasta, legumes, and dried fruits can be kept for a long time and are often cheaper when they are sold in bulk. But not all bulk or large-size foods offer huge savings. For example, if extra-large cans of vegetables or fish typically contain more than your family can eat, you may end up wasting unused portions. · Cut down on meat purchases. Does spaghetti really have to have all those meatballs? Does your pizza really have to have all of that meat on it? Many cultures use meat sparingly in their dishes. Check out Asian and Indian recipes in particular. Try to think of meat as an accent to the dinner rather than the main course. Or try cutting portion sizes of meats and adding more side dishes to compensate. · When scanning store sale circulars and manufacturer's coupons, most consumers glance at the pictures rather than read the words. What's binding is the wording and more often than not, it says 'good’ on any. So while you

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might not be a fan of say, Fruit Loops, read the fine print and you'll find that this coupon is good for any other Kellogg brand as well. Precut and premixed produce can cost more than double the usual price, so you’ll save a bundle by peeling, cutting, and mixing at home. And peruse the produce on clearance, for example, those slightly soft tomatoes might be perfect for the pasta sauce you’d planned to make later in the week. Tip: Pre-grated cheese can cost up to 70% more than a block of cheese. Don't go to the grocery store hungry. Eat a meal or snack before you go or you will end up buying more than you had planned. You can even keep snacks such as trail mix or crackers in your car so you can eat a snack on the run. Don't waste your money on juice boxes for kids. Invest a few dollars in refillable plastic juice bottles with built-in straws and fill them with juice yourself. Tip: Buying juice in concentrate form and mixing with water in a pitcher is always more economical than buying pre-mixed refrigerated juice. Watch out for signs labeled, “SPECIAL” this word does not necessarily mean that the food is on sale. Cut down on disposable purchases. Use dish clothes and cloth napkins rather than paper towels. Are paper plates really necessary for your BBQ? Why not use your regular dishes? When cleaning your floor, how about using a damp mop rather than a commercial mop that requires a refillable solution? Say so long to plastic bags. Canadians use approximately 10 billion plastic bags each year. Reducing that number means bringing reusable grocery bags or previously used plastic bags with you to the store. Another alternative is to use cardboard boxes or do what I do and bring a laundry basket to carry your groceries in. Tip: Purchasing food in jars rather than squeeze bottles will save money. Buy local. When food doesn't have to travel far, it requires less packaging materials, fewer preservatives and often costs less.

Reena Nerbas is a highly popular professional speaker and the author of three national best sellers, “Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions”, “Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets” and “Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives”. To request Reena Nerbas as an entertaining and informative speaker for your next event contact her on-line or call: 204-320-2757. I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Check out my web site! www.householdsolutions.org


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Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

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Did You Know? New car owners often place a premium on protecting their cars from thieves, but thieves tend to prefer older vehicles. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most stolen car in 2010 was the 1994 Honda Accord. And that top spot was not an aberration. The 1995 Honda Civic was the second most stolen car in 2010, finishing one spot ahead of the 1991 Toyota Camry. The NICB notes improved antitheft technology as one of the main reasons for declining theft rates, which dropped 7.2 percent between 2009 and 2010. That improved technology is likely a big reason why thieves are targeting older vehicles that don't benefit from those improvements. One of the more influential technological advancements that's helped reduce auto theft is an electronic chip in newer cars. These chips prevent usable keys from being easily made at a hardware store, meaning a car thief won't be able to start the car even with a copied key.

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Banish Basement Dampness In a Single Weekend Water entering a home's basement is very unpredictable. One minute the basement could be dry and the next there could be a river running through it. For homeowners, ignoring a water problem could prove costly and rob its residents of an otherwise enjoyable place to spend their time. For concerned homeowners, protecting the basement from potential water damage is easier than you might think. Waterproofing a basement is a simple job that beautifies a space while protecting it against future damage from water. First, know what properties to look for in a waterproofer. The property that is the most important to look for in a masonry waterproofing paint is the ability to hold back hydrostatic pressure, which makes a waterproofer different than a water sealer and an ordinary house paint. Ordinary house paints merely adhere to the wall surface while masonry waterproofers penetrate the pores of the masonry to become part of the wall. Most waterproofing paints will go through pressure tests that will determine the Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) the coating will hold back. It is also important that the coating be tested to withstand wind-driven rain. The makers of DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer developed the specs for hydrostatic testing. They state the PSI

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low the label instructions. The experts at UGL recommend applying the first coat with a nylon or polyester bristle brush for best results. The second coat can be applied with a brush or masonry roller. Follow directions for application carefully. If the area covered is more than the recommendation on the label, you're spreading the paint too thin. Two coats are usually sufficient to stop seepage. However, if seepage is still present after several days, an additional coat may be Once you have selected your waternecessary. proofer, it is time for surface preparation. Examine the surface for loose or Whether your plans are for a basement broken mortar or any holes or cracks in pantry, woodshop, laundry room or even the surface. The surface should be clean a living room or play room, you have to and patched with a hydraulic cement, start with a dry space and the best start such as DRYLOK Fast Plug. Be sure there is with a reliable, reputable waterproofare no signs of efflorescence, which are ing paint. Simple step by step instrucnatural salts leaching from the masonry tions on waterproofing your basement surface. These salts should be cleaned can be found at www.ugl.com. with an etching solution or DRYLOK Etch, which is a safer alternative than Muriatic Acid. After cleansing, rinse the surface thoroughly. A waterproofing paint is thicker than house paint, so it will take longer to apply, but its application is just as simple. Most waterproofing paints can be applied with a stiff bristle brush or a roller. Simply work the product into the surface of the masonry, filling the texture with the coating. The thing to remember is that this coating needs to perform a task, so it is important to fol-

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