Archive for January, 2017

Some Puns Are Intended!

January 31, 2017

I’ve long used paronomasia as a form of humor which has elicited many a groan over the years.

paronomasia

\ par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh \, noun;

Rhetoric
1.  the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning
2.  a pun

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

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College Basketball 2017, Week Thirteen!

January 30, 2017

The Michigan State inconsistency continues losing to Purdue early in the week, but finding a way to win against the Wolverines yesterday.   The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#15), Purdue (#20),  and Maryland (#22).  Gonzaga (#3) is the only undefeated team remaining among the top-25 in a week that was fraught with upsets and close calls among the top-25.

Next up for the Spartans: on the road at Nebraska (Thursday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to unranked Marquette by two (2) points.
Kansas (#2) losing to West Virginia (#18).
Kentucky (#4) losing to unranked Tennessee by two (2) points.
Florida State (#6) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
Florida State (#6) losing to unranked Syracuse.
UCLA(#8) losing to unranked USC.
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Miami.
Oregon (#10) losing to unranked Colorado.
Butler (#11) losing to unranked Georgetown.
Notre Dame (#14) losing to unranked Georgia Tech two (2) points.
Creighton (#16) losing to unranked Georgetown
Duke (#17) losing to unranked NC State by two (2) points.
Purdue (#20) losing to unranked Nebraska by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Wisconsin (#15) defeating unranked Rutgers in overtime.
Duke (#17) defeating unranked Wake Forest by two (2) points.
West Virginia (#18) defeating unranked Texas A&M by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Virginia (#12) by two (2) points.
Kansas (#2) defeating Kentucky (#4) by six (6) points.
Baylor (#5) defeating unranked Texas Tech by four (4) points.
Baylor (#5) defeating unranked Ole Miss by three (3) points.
Oregon (#10) defeating unranked Utah by six (6) points.
Virginia (#12) defeating Notre Dame (#14).
Cincinnati (#19) defeating Xavier (#24).

Be The Bridge!

January 29, 2017

bethebridge_largeHappy Sunday! Learning to see the humor in everything is a talent that can sometimes take a while to develop.  I’d like to think that I have achieved the ability to not take the world too seriously (I certainly am always quick with a joke or humorous quip, almost to the point of being obnoxious [but not quite]).  And, I have long been a fan of despair.com‘s demotivator series (“demotivator” has been defined by thefreedictionary.com as the condition of being without motivation).  As luck would have it, late last year they unveiled several new ones. They never cease to amuse me and I think this would have been an awesome job to challenge my wit and creativity; and how much fun could I have with the opportunity to come up with these catchy phrases and captions (hmm, perhaps it is not too late to explore).  Priceless to say the least (and usually so tongue-in-cheek that they are more often quite accurate despite their poking fun at life).  Enjoy!

Glorious Rendition!

January 28, 2017

I have long been a fan of the singing group Il Divo, and have previously shared their rendition of Amazing Grace back in 2013.  Today I’m sharing their rendition of Hallelujah.  Enjoy!

Fun Fact(s) Friday, Number Six!

January 27, 2017

Can these fact possibly “bee” true?  According to the “Real Facts” (courtesy of www.snapple.com), yes.  Were you aware of the following truths about honeybees?

  • a honey bee can fly at 15 miles per hour (Real Fact #6)
  • a queen bee can lay between 800 and 1,500 eggs per day (Real Fact #7)
  • a bee has five eyelids  (Real Fact #8)
  • a honeybee is the only insect that creates a form of food for humans (Real Fact #118)
  • honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass (Real Fact #133)
  • bees’ wings beat about 11,400 times per minute (Real Fact #442)
  • honeybees have hair on their eyes (Real Fact #767)
  • bees are born fully grown (Real Fact #775)
  •  to make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers (Real Fact #989)

Source: www.snapple.com/real-facts

This Wasn’t Take Out!

January 26, 2017

When I have a craving for Asian food, I usually just go out.  But recently I decided that I should try my hand at cooking one of my favorites (I have several) and found this seemingly easy recipe for orange chicken (courtesy of Harry Wetzel on allrecipes.com).  I also decided to try making my own egg rolls.  Wish me luck!

Asian Orange Chicken

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons of orange juice
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of rice vinegar
2-1/2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of orange zest
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger root
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 Tablespoons of water
2 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 tesaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Cooked white rice

Directions
1. Pour the water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan on medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit (10-15 minutes).

2. Place the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag.  Once the sauce mixture has cooled, pour 1 cup of the mixture over the chicken pieces in the bag (reserve the remaining sauce). Seal the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of two (2) hours.

3. In another resealable bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper.  Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken with the flour mixture.

4.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Place the marinated chicken into the skillet and brown on both sides.  Remove the chicken to a  plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

5.  Clean out the skillet and add the reserved sauce.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Mix together the cornstarch and the water and then stir this combination into the sauce.  Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer for about five (5) minutes (stir occasionally).

Some Mid-Week Humor!

January 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday! Now that we’ve reached the mid-point of the week, how about a bit of levity to get us through the rest of the week and into the weekend?

An elderly couple was just settled down for bed when the old man noticed that the lights were on in the greenhouse in the back yard.  He hadn’t remembered turning the lights on and went to investigate.

As he approached the greenhouse, the old man heard voices and discovered that someone had broken into the greenhouse.  Scared, he returned to the house and called the police.

The dispatcher replied, that no officers were currently available, but that an officer would be sent as soon as one became available.

The old man waited for a few minutes and called Dispatch again. He told Dispatch, “Don’t worry about sending an officer, I shot the robbers and now the dogs are eating their bodies!”

In no time at all, police were all over the place and captured the robbers red-handed!

One of the cops asked the old man, “I thought you said you shot the robber and your dogs were eating them.”

The old man replied, “I thought you said, there weren’t any officers available.”

Why Just Say ‘Evil’. . . ?!

January 24, 2017

. . . when there are so many other words that could be used instead (and for variety).

evil

\ ee-vuh l \, adjective;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, evil is defined as:

1.  morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked
2.  harmful; injurious 
3.  characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate;disastrous

4.  due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character
5.  marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.

noun
6.  that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct
7.  the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
8.  the wicked or immoral part of someone or something 
9.  harm; mischief; misfortune  
10.  anything causing injury or harm  
11.  a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence  
12.  a disease, as king’s evil

adverb
13.  in an evil manner; badly; ill  

Idioms
14. the evil one, the devil; Satan
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

College Basketball 2017, Week Twelve!

January 23, 2017

The Spartans traveled to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers of Indiana  . . . The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#17), Purdue (#21),  and Maryland (#25).  And, Gonzaga (#4) is the only undefeated team remaining among the top-25.

Next up for the Spartans: at home against Purdue (Tuesday) then on the road to Michigan (Sunday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
UCLA (#3) losing to Arizona (#14).
Creighton (#7) losing to unranked Marquette.
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Oklahoma by two (2) points in overtime.
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Kansas State by four (4) points.
Florida (#19) losing to South Carolina (#24) by four (4) points.
Florida (#19) losing to unranked Vanerbilt by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#2) defeating unranked Iowa State by four (4) points.
Butler (#13) defeating unranked DePaul by one (1) point in overtime.
Wisconsin (#17) defeating unranked Michigan by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#17) defeating unranked Minnesota by two (2) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating South Carolina (#23).
Creighton (#7) defeating Xavier (#22) by five (5) points.
Florida (#10) defeating Notre Dame (#15) by three (3) points.
Florida State (#10) defeating Louisville (#12) by five (5) points.

The Importance of Color!

January 22, 2017

Happy Sunday!  So, how important is the color of your “brand?”  Probably more important than you would imagine.   Here is an infographic that outlines some of the pros and cons of various colors and what they may be saying about your business.

true-colors-infographic