• Plant a tree.
  • Bake cookies for the neighbors -- or your family..
  • Act out your child's favorite book.
  • Visit an interactive museum.
  • Have a catch in a local park or the backyard.
  • Build an indoor tent or fort with couches and some bed sheets.
  • Turn on the radio and dance.
  • Play Simon Says -- an oldie, but goodie.
  • Dress up in last year's Halloween costumes and have a have a costume parade.
  • Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Make homemade play dough.
  • String together macaroni for jewelry.
  • Host a picnic lunch -- indoors or outdoors.
  • Learn how to tie-dye T-shirts.
  • Pull out the dress box, put on funny clothes and have a photo shoot.
  • Head outdoors for bird watching.
  • Create a time capsule.
  • Write letters to soldiers.
  • Play balloon volleyball.
  • Have a potato-sack race..
  • Camp out in the backyard.
  • Make up a secret handshake.
  • Count how many times you can spin in a circle without getting dizzy.
  • Make fruit kabobs.
  • Play lily-pad leap with small rugs and towels strategically placed throughout the playroom or living room.
  • Construct an indoor obstacle course.
  • Choreograph a dance routine.
  • Host a movie night. Plan for it by drawing tickets, making popcorn and setting up the room like a theater.
  • Make bath fizzies by combining citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch.
  • Pull out some old socks and draw faces on them to make sock puppets -- then put on a show.
  • Make a friendship bracelet.
  • Exercise those finger-painting skills.
  • Pull out Twister.
  • Practice saying the 50 states in alphabetical order
  • Take silly pictures with a camera.
  • Make up your own mad-libs.
  • Host an at-home field day, complete with tug of war and team colors.
  • Explore small areas of nature with a magnifying glass.
  • Experiment with science. Make a papier mâché volcano and mix baking soda and vinegar for an explosive reaction!
  • Learn a new card game.
  • Host a tea party.
  • Partake in brainteasers, such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles and word searches.
  • Set up the basketball game of HORSE or just shoot hoops.
  • Teach kids to hula hoop.
  • Jump rope.
  • Go on a walk and let kids take pictures (with a disposable camera) of their favorite things around the neighborhood.
  • Break out the pots and pans and practice drumming skills (ear plugs required for parents!).
  • Rearrange your child's bedroom.
  • Find and write to a pen pal.
  • Mix homemade bubbles: 1 cup granulated soap or soap powder, 1 quart warm water, and liquid food coloring
  • Make sandwiches and deliver them to a homeless shelter or the local food pantry.
  • Set up a platter of new foods, maturing your tyke’s palette.
  • Sew a pillow. Just grab some fabric, scissors, stuffing and a needle and thread.
  • Play Hot Potato -- use anything from a bean bag to a bar of soap.
  • Explore the world with Google Maps -- find your home, your child's school, favorite spots, etc.
  • Name that tune.
  • Ask "what do you want to be when you grow up" and then plan your day around that career. What would a fireman wear? What would a teacher do?
  • Build an outdoor fort with tarps and bungees around trees.
  • Make up a secret language.
  • Phone a friend. Better yet, use Skype or FaceTime.
  • Set up a make-your-own-sundae station.
  • Host a watercolor night where everyone paints their favorite (fill-in-the-blank).
  • Construct a family tree.
  • Start a mini garden.
  • Run through the sprinklers.
  • Give the family pet a bath.
  • Reminisce about your favorite family vacation and draw pictures of everything you did to make a book.
  • Learn magic tricks.
  • Run relay races.
  • Make up a fun song about the family (My name is Jim and I like to swim, my sister’s name is Cate and she likes to skate…).
  • Write a letter to someone special (Grandma, Santa, the Tooth Fairy, your child's favorite athlete, etc.) then mail it.
  • Research popular constellations. At night, head outdoors to spot nature’s bountiful creations.
  • Try to replicate a famous painting.
  • Learn the alphabet in Sign language.
  • Pick flowers (from your own garden, of course) and create a flower arrangement for the dining room table.
  • Make an eye-spy scavenger hunt (something shiny and blue, something round that makes noise, something clear, etc.).

Clogged arteries or atherosclerosis is one of the prime reasons for heart attack in many. While sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits and lack of physical activity are often blamed for this condition, a lot can be done to reverse the outcome of these habits. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent blockage in your heart.

  • Quit smoking: Smoking has always been linked to heart diseases. There are some 4,000 odd chemicals that are inhaled into the system when you smoke and they do no good to health. In fact, these chemicals constrict the arteries of the heart which leads to clogging. Second hand smoke is equally dangerous and increases one’s chances of blockage. Apart from this, environmental pollution is also responsible. The toxics inhaled from the environment are absorbed into the blood, causing inflammation in blood vessels, increased blood pressure, and clogged arteries.
  • Limit caffeine intake: Caffeine is present in sodas, colas, tea, coffee and other processed drinks. Excessive caffeine intake can lead to clogging of the arteries, other studies suggest that drinking coffee in moderation (without cream and artificial sweetener) can help lower blood pressure and boost heart health. However, soft drinks and colas come with no health benefits in disguise. Being high in sugar content and caffeine, they gradually damage your arteries and increase your chances of heart attack in future.
  • Limit your sugar intake: This just doesn’t mean limiting your intake of sweets and desserts, but also foods rich in carbohydrate that break down to simple sugar. High amount of sugar in the blood stream gives rise to diabetes and is also responsible for creating havoc on your heart.
  • Choose your cooking oil wisely: Most vegetable oils are high in PUFA or polyunsaturated fat content, which could lead to oxidative damage and raise cholesterol levels. This in turn can clog the arteries and lead to blockages. However, PUFA is also needed in the body for other functions though in minute amounts. So choose cooking oils that are low in PUFA content to be on the safer side.
  • Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: For a long time it has been suggested that eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty-acids help to boost heart health and reduce chances of heart diseases. Recent studies also suggest that these foods help to fight inflammation and keep the arteries clear from clogging. 
  • Eat saturated fats: ‘Fats are not good for your heart’ is an outright lie. In fact, fats are also essential for your heart health. When taken in moderation, saturated fats help to fight oxidative damage and keep the arteries of the heart healthy. 
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are in a way considered to be medicine for your body because of its various benefits. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, phytonutirents and other micronutrients, which do your heart a lot of good. Nitrate, found in lettuce, beet, spinach and other vegetables, restricts contraction of arteries, development of plaque and arrests blood coagulation, while the antioxidants in the fruits provide resistance from oxidative damage.
  • Make exercise a habit: Exercise boosts heart health, improves circulation and helps reduce incidence of artery clogging. Even 30 minutes of daily exercise can go a long way in preventing a blockage.

  • During strawberry production, every plant is picked every third day.
  • The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.
  • Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream.
  • California strawberry facts show that there are 24,500 acres of strawberries planted in the state.
  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • “Strawberry” is the second most popular natural flavor. It is second only to “chocolate”.
  • They are also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry’s red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.
  • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
  • In medieval times strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac and soup made of strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  • To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals
  • Strawberries are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.
  • The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
  • In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.
  • Over 53 percent of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  • Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.
  • The Latin name for the famous everyday strawberry is Fragaria Ananassa. 
  • Eight medium sized strawberries have more Vitamin C than an orange
  • In the sixteenth century strawberries were sold in cone-shaped straw baskets thus becoming one of the earliest packaged foods
  • Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC
  • The American colonists created strawberry shortcake.
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium
  • Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
  • A 100g serving of strawberries will serve you for just 50 calories
  • In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac. A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.
  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves.They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.
  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily.
  • The word strawberry comes from the Old English words “streowberie” or “streawbelige”. There are a few theories about how they got their name. The “straw” bit could come from the straw that was used to keep the strawberries fresh, or it could come from “strewed”, which means to spread wide.
  • Ninety-four percent of US households consume strawberries.
  • Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks.

The Botanical Name for the Neem Tree is Azadirachta indica belonging to the family Meliaceae (Mahoany Family). It is a tropical evergreen tree. The bark, leaves, fruits and flowers of the Neem Tree are used for medicinal purposes and to make many beauty products. In India the Neem Tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years. The Neem Tree grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates and is native to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

In India the Neem Tree has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years. The Neem Tree is respected and worshiped as a holy tree in India.
Neem trees 
The Neem tree grows well in places that have a tropical or sub-tropical climate. They thrive very well in hot weather conditions. The Neem Tree is very adaptable. It can grow in any type of soil. They grow very well in well-drained deep and sandy soils. They can also grow in shallow rocky slopes where there is not much soil or water in acidic soils in areas where there is poor rainfall.

The Neem Tree does not grow in water logged or clay based soils. This tree can tolerate very high temperatures but cannot withstand temperatures below 4 degree centigrade. The lifespan of the Neem Tree is about 150-200 years.
Description of Neem Tree
The Neem Tree is evergreen and can reach heights of about 15 -30 m. The trunk of the Neem Tree is straight. The texture of the trunk is hard and scaly. It has wide spreading branches with dense clusters of leaves. During extreme dry conditions the Neem Tree sheds all the leaves.

The leaves of the Neem Tree are arranged in a comb like structure called as the “pinnate” arrangement. The pinnate leaves are arranged opposite to each other on a long stalk. The leaves of the Neem Tree are 20-30 cm long. 

The flowers are found in large clusters called “inflorescence”. Each inflorescence bears about 150 -250 flowers. The individual flower itself is very small. They are white in color and have a strong fragrance. 

The fruit of the Neem Tree is oval to round in shape and smooth just like the Olive fruit. This fruit is edible but bitter in taste. It has one elongated seed and rarely two to three seeds.

Uses of the Neem Tree

  • The bark, leaves and seeds are used to make medicines.
  • Neem leaves are used for intestinal worms, stomach upsets, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diabetes, gum disease, liver problems and eye disorders.They are also used to treat chicken pox and warts by directly applying a paste of the Neem leaves to the skin. 
  • Neem leaves have insecticidal properties and are used to store grains to prevent insects from eating the grains.
  • The anti-bacterial properties of Neem help to fight against skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, scabies, eczema etc. 
  • The bark is used for malaria, stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases pain and fever.
  • The flower is used to reduce bile secretion, controlling phlegm and treating intestinal worms.
  • The fruit is used for hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, diabetes and eye disorders.
  • The seed and seed oil is used for leprosy and intestinal worms.
  • The Neem oil extracted from trees is used in cosmetics and medicines.
  • Neem extracts are used to make soaps, bath powder, shampoos, lotion and creams, tooth pastes, skin purifiers, repellents and pet care products.
  • Neem leaves are used to make Neem leaf capsules to increase immunity.
  • The stem, root, bark and fruit of the Neem Tree are used to make astringents and tooth pastes.
  • Neem is used as an insecticide in agriculture.
  • Growing Neem Trees helps to bring back the acidic soil to the normal range. It also helps to improve the water holding capacity and nutrients of the soil.

§  The first German serviceman killed in the Second World War was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937).
§  The first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940).
§  80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive World War 2.
§  The highest ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.
§  Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs, an average of about 27,700 tons of bombs each month.
§  2 million German women aged 13-70 were allegedly raped by the Red Army on WWII.
§  Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and driver in World War II.
§  Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents
§  The swastika is an ancient religious symbol.
§  More Russians (military and civilians) lost their lives during the Siege of Leningrad than did American and British soldiers combined in all of WWII.
§  12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in World War 2.
§  U.S. Soldier John R. McKinney held off over 100 Japanese soldiers single headedly in WWII.
§  It is estimated that 20,000 Koreans were killed in Hiroshima and 2,000 died in Nagasaki.
§  2/3 of Allied bomber crews were lost for each plane destroyed.
§  84 German Generals were executed by Hitler
§  When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it.
§  On July 14, 1941, the Soviets introduced a new weapon, the Katyusha, which could fire 320 rockets in 25 seconds.
§  Either 3 or 4 ground men were wounded for each killed.
§  6 bomber crewmen were killed for each one wounded.
§  Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe.
§  There were 433 Medals of Honor awarded during World War 2, 219 of them were given after the receipiant’s death.
§  From 6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945 in Europe the Allies had 200,000 dead and 550,000 wounded.
§  The youngest US serviceman was 12 year old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded in combat and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lieing about his age. (His benefits were later restored by act of Congress).
§  Most members of the Waffen SS were not German.
§  Prisoners of war in Russian camps experienced an 85% mortality rate.
§  Germany lost 136 Generals, which averages out to be 1 dead General every 2 weeks
§  Germany lost 110 Division Commanders in combat.
§  The number of Chinese killed by the Japanese during WWII is greater than the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
§  40,000 men served on the U-Boats during World War 2; 30,000 of them didn’t survive.
§  12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in World War 2
§  More US servicemen died in the Air Corps that the Marine Corps.
§  40,000 men served on U-Boats during World War 2; 30,000 never returned
§  While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%. Not those bombers were helpless. A B-17 carried 4 tons of bombs and 1.5 tons of machine gun ammo. The US 8th Air Force shot down 6,098 fighter planes, 1 for every 12,700 shots fired.
§  Germany’s power grid was much more vulnerable than realized. One estimate is that if just 1% of the bombs dropped on German industry had instead been dropped on power plants, German industry would have collapsed.
§  There was no such thing as an average fighter pilot in the World War 2. Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes.
§  When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it.
§  German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City but it wasn’t worth the effort.
§  A number of air crewmen died of farts. (Ascending to 20,000 ft. in an un-pressurized aircraft causes intestinal gas to expand 300%!)
§  Germany lost 40-45% of their aircraft during World War 2 to accidents
§  The Russians destroyed over 500 German aircraft by ramming them in midair .
§  The average German officer slot had to be refilled 9.2 times.
§  German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.
§  The US Army had more ships than the US Navy.
§  The German Air Force had 22 infantry divisions, 2 armor divisions, and 11 paratroop divisions.
§  None of them were capable of airborne operations. The German Army had paratroops who WERE capable of airborne operations.
§  When the US Army landed in North Africa, among the equipment brought ashore were 3 complete Coca Cola bottling plants.
§  84 German Generals were executed by Hitler
§  Among the first “Germans” captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were capture by the US Army.
§  The Graf Spee never sank, The scuttling attempt failed and the ship was bought by the British. On board was Germany’s newest radar system.
§  That Nazi salute was modeled on the salute of Italian Fascists, the ancient Romans, as well as ancient Germans.
§  One of Japan’s methods of destroying tanks was to bury a very large artillery shell with on ly the nose exposed. When a tank came near the enough a soldier would whack the shell with a hammer.
§  Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 US and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska. 21 troops were killed in the fire-fight. It would have been worse if there had been Japanese on the island.
§  Most members of the Waffen SS were not German.
§  Air attacks caused 1/3 of German Generals’ deaths
§  By D-Day, the Germans had 1.5 million railway workers operating 988,000 freight cars and used 29,000 per day
§  The only nation that Germany declared war on was the USA.
§  During the Japanese attack on Hong Kong, British officers objected to Canadian infantrymen taking up positions in the officer’s mess. No enlisted men allowed!
§  By D-Day, 35% of all German soldiers had been wounded at least once, 11% twice, 6% three times, 2% four times and 2% more than 4 times
§  Nuclear physicist Niels Bohr was rescued in the nick of time from German occupied Denmark. While Danish resistance fighters provided covering fire he ran out the back door of his home stopping momentarily to grab a beer bottle full of precious “heavy water”

§  Germany lost 136 Generals, which averages out to be 1 dead General every 2 weeks.

Constitution Day is a holiday meant to celebrate and commemorate September 17th, 1787, the day that the United States Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. It recognizes both the United States Constitution and all those who have become American citizens. Prior to 2004, it was called Citizenship Day. It was changed to Constitution Day after an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill was passed in 2004. Today, Constitution Day is mostly celebrated by educating people about the importance of the Constitution and what it has meant for American citizens.

Facts about Constitution Day are:
  • Constitution Day was originally known as Citizenship Day.
  • This bill also now mandates that there are educational programs on the history of the Constitution in all publicly funded schools on Constitution Day.
  • Colleges and universities in the United States created ‘U.S. Constitution and Citizen Week' to comply with the law.
  • In 1939, William Hearst began to advocate for a holiday that would celebrate citizenship. William Hearst owned a chain of newspapers and used these to build awareness for his idea.
  • Congress began calling the 3rd Sunday of May ‘I Am an American Day' in 1940. United States Immigration and Naturalization made a film in 1944 called I Am an American to promote I Am an American Day.
  • In 1949, 48 states made Constitution Day proclamations. In 1952 Congress changed ‘I Am an American Day' to Citizenship Day, to be celebrated every year on September 17th.
  • Senator Robert Byrd was responsible for having the amendment passed that changed the name in 2004 to Constitution Day.
  • In the major governments of the world, the United States Constitution is both the shortest and the oldest constitution, with only 4,543 words.
  • Jacob Shallus, a clerk for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, penned the Constitution for $30. Today that would equal $726.
  • Today the Constitution is on display in Washington, DC at the National Archives Building. It has been there since 1952. It is kept under special conditions to preserve the four pages.
  • Because the Constitution did not contain a bill of rights, three of the 42 delegates did not sign the document.
  • Benjamin Franklin, at 81, needed assistance to sign the Constitution because of his failing health. He's said to have had tears streaming down his face as he signed the document. He was also the oldest person to sign while Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey, at 26, was the youngest.
  • Not once in the Constitution does the word ‘democracy' appear.
  • The Constitution has been changed 17 times since it was created.
  • Although Constitution Day is a federal event (not holiday), federal employees do not get a holiday.
  • Many Americans post the American flag on poles on their front lawns and on their cars.
  • Many students are given copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day, distributed for free by their schools.
  • Many Americans use Constitution Day to clean up their neighborhood.
  • There often cleanliness drives organized on Constitution Day, used as a way to promote both sanitation and social involvement.
  • Many countries around the world also celebrate their own Constitution Day. They are celebrations to honor the signing of their own constitutions.


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