Wednesday, April 20, 2011

National Grilled Cheese Month



April is National Grilled Cheese Month. My favorite cheese company, Sargento offers some really delicious recipes.


Mark E. Smith once said, "Blue cheese contains natural amphetamines. Why are students not informed about this?"

According Dr Neal Barnard author of Breaking the Food Seduction, “Cheese holds … drug-like compounds … It contains an amphetamine-like chemical called phenylethylamine, or PEA, which is also found in chocolate and sausage.” (The spelling is more usually phenethylamine.)

My goodness... some people will believe anything.


At Language Log I recently read about a peculiar website called Unsuck It.

Unsuck It translates jargon words (words that suck) into simple English.

An example of jargon is: "Realize Negative Gains."

Unsuck it translates that into "Accept losses." As in "We want avoid the need to realize negative gains."

Yes, this is a funny, funny world we find ourselves living in.


Here are two words that sound alike but have different meanings.

complement: something added to complete or embellish or make perfect -- "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"

compliment: say something to someone that expresses praise -- "He complimented her on her last physics paper"

Now that's not hard to understand... is it?


Here is one of the latest NASA news bulletins:

April 19, 2011

RELEASE: 11-116


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates are scheduled to begin a 14-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 3:47 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 29, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-134 mission is shuttle Endeavour's final scheduled flight.

The launch date was announced Tuesday at the conclusion of a flight readiness review at Kennedy. During the meeting, senior NASA and contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the mission and determined the shuttle and station's equipment, support systems and personnel are ready.

The crew will deliver a particle physics detector, known as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) to the station. AMS is designed to measure cosmic rays to search for various types of unusual matter, such as dark matter and antimatter. The instrument's experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe. Endeavour also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired from service. The mission will feature the last four spacewalks by a shuttle crew. The spacewalkers will do maintenance work, install new components, and perform a complex series of tasks to top off the ammonia in one of the station's photovoltaic thermal control system cooling loops.

The crew consists of Commander Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, NASA Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Andrew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff and European Space Agency Mission Specialist Roberto Vittori. They are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy on Tuesday, April 26, for final launch preparations.

STS-134 is the 134th shuttle mission, Endeavour's 25th flight and the 36th shuttle mission to the station.

For more information about the STS-134 mission, visit:

For more information about the space station, visit:


"All my life I've had one dream: to achieve my many goals."
--Homer Simpson

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