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October 31 On This Day In History

October 31 On This Day In History

Pictured above: October's "Bright Blue Weather"/Chicago, Illinois.Albert M. Bender, artist (Date stamped on verso),August 30, 1940/By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943/LOC

VAV!/October 31, 2014/With contributions by Charles K...

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Ho...

America's Castles, Mansions, Estates, And Palatial Homes

America's Castles, Mansions, Estates, And Palatial Homes

Pictured above:  Bannerman's Castle

VAV!/October 11, 2013

From the earliest days of our...

'Dracula'

'Dracula'

VAV!/November 8, 2012

"I never drink...wine." -  Dracula 

Irish Author, Abraham "Br...

Halloween

Halloween

Pictured above: The Haunted Lane/ c1889/LOC

VAV!/October 22, 2014

The black as night ho...

 

Etsy - Smooth

Etsy - Smooth

Pictured above:  Etsy's Home Office

VAV!/March 14, 2014

Etsy is intent on bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more durable, and more fun! 

E...

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The November Man

The November Man

Pictured above:  Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, "The November Man"/ The November Man

VAV!/July 31, 2014

Code named 'The November Man'; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosn...

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National Broadcasting Company - NBC

National Broadcasting Company - NBC

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Dennis Nyhagen

The Network from Which All Others Were Spawned --and Against Which All Others Were Measured

Begun by the giants of virtua...

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Famous Last Words Throughout History

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring.

"The art of living well and the art ...

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Famous Last Words Throughout History

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring.

"The art of living well and the art ...

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Giants Win 2014 World Series

VAV!/October 30, 2014

The Giants are World Series champs for the third time in the last five years.The battling Kansas City Royals yielded the World Series championship to...

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BLACK MAGIC CAKE RECIPE

BLACK MAGIC CAKE RECIPE

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of The Blog Chef

Here is the perfect cake for Halloween, black magic cake. This rich and delicious dark chocolate cake is super m...

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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

 

Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab©

"I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - ...

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Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

VAV!/October 14, 2014

Looking into history, as far back as ancient civilizations, eyeliner, makeup applied to enhance the eyes and give definition, is applied around the c...

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How To Create A Fairy Garden

How To Create A Fairy Garden

Pictured above:  Fairy Garden created by Ashcombes

VAV!/August 25, 2014

It's time to create a magical, mystical, miniature fairy garden. Make it a place where Fairies ...

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Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands

Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands

VAV!/September 18, 2014

The responsibility of dog ownership includes proper training and socialization of your pet.   Mastering basic obedience commands is vital. &nbs...

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Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales, Moving Sales

Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales,  Moving Sales

VAV!/May 14, 2014

The place to find  bargains or snag one of a kind treasures may be found at Yard Sales, aka Garage Sales, Tag Sales, or Moving Sales!  The...

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FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

Pictured above: "The radiance of a truly happy bride is so beautifying that even a plain girl is made pretty, and a pretty one, divine." / ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY, IN BUS...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King

VAV!/March 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who f...

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National Broadcasting Company - NBC

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Dennis Nyhagen The Network from Which All Others Were Spawned --and Against Which All Others Were Measured Begun by the giants of virtually every facet of the 'non-Marconi' wireless radio transmission industry, NBC was officially formed September 9th, 1926, by The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and it's partners, Westinghouse and General Electric Corporation. As was the practice of the era, AT&T had established a practical monopoly on radio transmissions over telephone lines, and RCA had to buy out AT&T's entire broadcasting business through it's station, WEAF, to gain the ability to transmit radio over AT&T's infrastructure. AT&T agreed not to compete with RCA (NBC) in the 'network broadcasting' field for a period of seven years.

 

BLACK MAGIC CAKE RECIPE

VAV!/October 31, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of The Blog Chef Here is the perfect cake for Halloween, black magic cake. This rich and delicious dark chocolate cake is super moist and will keep you coming back for more and more. This cake gets a lot of its flavor from strong brewed coffee, cocoa, and buttermilk. There is a little work needed to make this cake but no more than you would expect from any average layer cake. If you prefer not to make a layer cake you can use a 9×13" baking pan instead of two 9" round baking pans. The batter will be thin but it will bake well. For the frosting, I went with a delicious cream cheese frosting but you could also use chocolate frosting or whatever you like. I also used orange food coloring to kind of give a Halloween feel to the cake but unfortunately it didn't quite get the color I was hoping for. If you are looking for a great dessert for Halloween, give this one a try! Enjoy.

 

Giants Win 2014 World Series

VAV!/October 30, 2014 The Giants are World Series champs for the third time in the last five years.The battling Kansas City Royals yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, before a crowd of 40,535 at Kauffman Stadium. "Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced. - Dick Kaegel / MLB.com http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/99997362/royals-world-series-dream-denied-by-giants-in-thrilling-game-7

 

ARIANA GRANDE, MAROON 5, TIM MCGRAW, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS SET TO PERFORM ON "A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" DEC. 5 ON CBS

VAV!/October 29, 2014/Santa Monica, CA New One-Hour Special Will Feature Performances of Holiday Songs and Current Pop Hits, as well as Artists Sharing Favorite Holiday Memories and GRAMMY Moments Nominations for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Will Be Announced the Morning of Dec. 5, with Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed on the Broadcast "A Very GRAMMY® Christmas," a new one-hour entertainment special, will feature singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. The special will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

 

NASA-contracted Rocket Explodes

Pictured above: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky VAV!/October 28, 2014/NASA/Wallops Flight Facility, VA On Tuesday October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, a catastrophic mishap ocurred.  The spacecraft had been carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.  Emergency responders were on the scene and preliminary reports indicate no reports of injury and damage was contained to the South end of Wallops.  An Orbital led team will take on an investigation of the scene.  

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