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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
In nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein. Flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose—regular table sugar—so it is very easy and inexpensive to make. Here’s the recipe we talked about recently on My Home Answer Man:
1 part sugar/4 parts water
Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.
Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
Do not add red food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value. If your feeder isn't red, tie a red ribbon on it.
You will need to clean your feeder periodically, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.
It’s important to select a feeder that is easy to clean and easy to fill. You must change the nectar frequently to avoid mold and contaminants. When temperatures are in the 80’s you should change the nectar every 3 to 4 days. For temperatures in the 90’s change the nectar at least every 2 days.
A man in La Crescenta, California who was texting and walking found himself face to face with a 400-pound black bear on Tuesday morning (April 10th). The bear wandered into Vaz Terdandenyan's front yard as he was texting his boss to say he'd be late to work. Terdandenyan said, "I was walking down the stairs, and I looked up and saw the bear coming up the stairs towards me. So I turned back and ran for my life." Fish and game authorities were already onto the bear and observing it from a helicopter. Wildlife officials tranquilized the bear with four darts and took it to the Angeles National Forest.
With Titanic being re-released in theaters in 3-D this week, the 1997 blockbuster's director, James Cameron, says he's made just one change to the film, and almost no-one will realize it. The change stems from celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson noticing in the original movie that when Kate Winslet's character, Rose, is clinging to a piece of debris in the ocean under the night sky, the left half of the starry heavens was a reflection of the right half. Tyson contacted Cameron about it, as the director recounted to Discovery: "Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at
that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on a piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen. And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in." Talking about the same issue to the British magazine Culture, Cameron said, "So I said, 'All right, you so and so, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I'll put it in the movie.' So that's the one shot that has been changed."
What was Mariah Carey named after?
A: Carey's name was derived from the song "They Call the Wind Mariah",
originally from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon.
Many workers spend hours a day in front of a QWERTY keyboard on a PC -- and now scientists have found that the keyboard itself is shaping how we react to words. People tend to react more positively to words filled with letters from the right-hand side of a QWERTY keyboard while words from the left side make people feel negative emotions. The cognitive scientists think that the effect might be caused by the fact that it's slightly easier to type with the right hand, as there are fewer letters for touch-typists on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Scientists tested how people reacted using a mix of real words, new words such as 'LOL' and even made-up words such as 'Pleek'. They found that their volunteers tended to rate ALL words more positively if they came from the right-hand side of the keyboard - but the effect was particularly pronounced with computer-era words such as 'LOL'. (Daily Mail)
A study has found that the number of people who have become dangerously overweight halved in the three years after the financial crisis of 2007. The results surprised researchers because they expected waistlines to expand as the economic downturn affected family incomes. Previous studies have found that people with less money tend to buy foods which are cheaper but higher in calories, like takeout and pre-packaged meals -- which is why poorer families are more likely to gain weight. Academics do not yet know why the most recent research appears to suggest that having less money reduces the number of people becoming fat. But the effect was seen regardless of family income, which suggests a general trend across the population and could be a sign that the healthy-eating message is having an impact at a time when people are being more careful about how they shop. (Daily Mail)
Men are more likely than women to marry someone they feel is not quite right for them, debunking the myth that women will do anything for a ring -- and that men avoid commitment. Of the Match.com survey's 5,000 respondents, 31 percent of men, compared to 23 percent of women, admitted they would consider marrying someone who 'has everything they are looking for in a partner' but with whom they weren't in love. 21 percent of men went even further, confessing that they would commit to someone they weren't sexually attracted to. Counter-intuitively, the urge to marry was even stronger for men in their twenties than for those in their thirties and rose again for men in their forties. One guy explained, 'People start looking at you and thinking, "You seem like a decent dude. Where's the woman? You'll go to these weddings, and you'll be at the increasingly declining table of the singles. There's, like, three guys and a girl. You're all kind of looking at each other like, "Wow, these odds are pretty bad." It's kind of like feminism on its head: for years, women were trying to get out of the house, and here are all these men dying to get back into [it].'
History of Mardi Gras King Cakes
* The Mardi Gras season begins on the Twelfth Night of Christmas, January 6th which is known as the Epiphany.
* The Epiphany has been observed as the day the three Wise Men finally found the infant Jesus.
* King Cakes were initiated to celebrate this holy day.
* A small plastic baby is placed in each cake as a symbol of “finding the baby Jesus”.
* King Cakes are decorated in the carnival colors of purple, green and gold. Purple symbolizes justice; green symbolizes faith; and gold symbolizes power.
* As the cake is cut, each person looks to see if his or her piece contains a small plastic baby.
* Many carnival clubs, or Krewes, choose the Queen of their carnival by this tradition.
* Some also believe that the person who gets the baby will have a year of good fortune.
* To continue the King Cake parties, the person who finds the baby is responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next celebration.