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How To Test Any Alkaline Battery

How To Test Any Alkaline Battery

VAV!/February 17, 2014

Need to test those alkaline batteries for a charge and don't have a meter? Here's a tip on how to check them.

With the flat/negative end of battery facing downward, drop each battery from a height of a few inches. If the battery is charged, it will make a solid thud and likely remain upright upon landing. If the battery is dead, it will bounce and fall over immediately upon landing.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 February 2014 05:52 )

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Tainted Money

Tainted Money

VAV!/February 8, 2014

Did you know that currency contains traces of illegal drugs including cocaine? In fact, money is one of the world's most contaminated surfaces. What'...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:02 )

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Etiquette - Emily Post

Etiquette  -  Emily Post

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." [Page 373.]

VAV!/January 30, 2014

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New Heart Disease And Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released

New Heart Disease And Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released

VAV!/November 13, 2013

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association , in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and ot...

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 November 2013 06:22 )

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A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke, 1963

A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke, 1963

Pictured above:  Sam Cooke

VAV!/August 31, 2013/By Paco Malo

Fifty years ago today, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it his way. At that same event on the Mall...

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Librarian of Congress Names Billy Joel Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

VAV!/July 23, 2014 "A Storyteller of the Highest Order" Will Receive Gershwin Prize in November  Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. {play}images/audio/BillyJoel (2).mp3{/play} Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives take listeners into the relatable and deeply personal moments of life, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant something during the time in which I lived ... and transcended that time." "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant," "The Entertainer," "Piano Man," "Big Shot," "New York State of Mind," "You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Allentown," "Uptown Girl" and "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" are among many other classics in a rich and deep catalog of songs that have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people.

 

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

VAV!/July 23, 2014 The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library's Music Division, its American Folklife Center and its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. The Gershwin name is used in connection with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song courtesy of the families of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises.

 

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

VAV!/July 23, 2014 The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library's Music Division, its American Folklife Center and its Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. The Gershwin name is used in connection with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song courtesy of the families of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises.

 

Comic-Con International

Pictured above: Comic-Con, the Comic-Con logo, and the WonderCon logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic Convention VAV!/July 23, 2014/San Diego Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27.  2014 marks the 45th year for the show, making it the country's longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

 

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code/May 24, 1844/LOC VAV!/July 19, 2014 On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraphic message over an experimental line from the chamber of the Supreme Court, then in the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., to his assistant Albert Vail at the Mount Clair depot in Baltimore. Morse allowed Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend, to choose the words of the message, and she selected a verse from Numbers XXIII, 23: "What hath God wrought?"

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