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Beetle Celebrates its 82nd Year

VW Beetle Celebrates its 82nd Year
The VW Beetle was once the world’s bestselling car.

Eighty-two years. Yup, that’s how long the VW Beetle has been around. It’s one of the most iconic cars in automotive history – recognized and loved by many for its distinct shape, which really hasn’t changed much in eight decades, and rich heritage.

Important Moments in Volkswagen History?
We can’t believe that Volkswagen is celebrating 80 years! Wow! In those eight decades, Volkswagen has enjoyed a colorful history with many important milestones. To celebrate Volkswagen’s 80th birthday, we are going to share a timeline that highlights some of the most important moments in VW history!
May 28, 1937 – Volkswagen (which literally translates to “the people’s car”) is created.
1938 – The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany is completed and the first Type 1 (the Beetle) rolls off the assembly line.
WWII – During the war, Volkswagen primarily focused on military vehicles. The Volkswagen factory sustained heavy damage from Allied air attacks.
1945 – After the Allied victory, the British helped rebuild the Volkswagen factory and mass produce new cars.
1949 – Volkswagen vehicles become available in the United States, and within a few years, became a favorite worldwide brand. The Type 2 (known as the VW Bus) was also introduced and would become a popular vehicle choice (along with the Beetle) during the Hippie movement of the 1960s.
1955 – Volkswagen Group of America is established to better serve the growing US market. The millionth Type 1 Beetle also rolled off the assembly line that year.
1968 – Moviegoers are introduced to Herbie, a headstrong Volkswagen Beetle with #53 decals in the Disney film, The Love Bug.
1972 – The Volkswagen Beetle surpasses the Ford Model T in production numbers (15,007,034) on February 17. This made it history’s most produced single model at the time.
1974 – Volkswagen begins to produce its Golf hatchback model, which would arrive in the US in 1978 as the Rabbit. A new factory in New Stanton, PA would produce the models for the American market.
1979 – The Volkswagen Jetta is introduced and enjoyed excellent sales in Europe. It would not arrive in the US until 1993 and experienced dismal sales for the first year.
1998 – The Volkswagen New Beetle is produced and would remain in production until 2011.
2002 – Volkswagen’s first modern SUV, the Touareg, is introduced.
2003 – The last Type 1 Beetle (production number 21,529,464) is made on July 30.
2008 – Chattanooga, TN becomes the home of a new Volkswagen production plant.
2009 – Volkswagen merges with Porsche
VW History:
The system of autobahns would bring the people of Germany together, and affordable cars populating them would give the impression of an affluent nation that had been ushered into the modern age.
Hitler chose Ferdinand Porsche as its chief designer. Hitler laid the foundation stone for the new Volkswagen factory on May 26, 1938.
Once the war began, the factory Volkswagenwerk at Wolfsburg created vehicles for the army, supported by slave labor.
The Beetle was the product of Ferdinand Porsche and the consulting specialists Porsche hired, such as Austrian Erwin Komenda and Hungarian Béla Barényi, who published a design identical to the Beetle in the mid-1920s and is considered the true “father of the people’s car.”

Women’s Life in the Viking Age

Women’s life in the Viking Age
 
Viking Women enjoyed more freedom and held more power in their society than many other women of their day.
 
Women in Viking Age Scandinavia did enjoy an unusual degree of freedom for their day. They could own property, request a divorce and reclaim their dowries if their marriages ended. Women tended to marry between the ages of 12 and 15, and families negotiated to arrange those marriages, but the woman usually had a say in the arrangement. If a woman wanted a divorce, she had to call witnesses to her home and marriage bed, and declare in front of them that she had divorced her husband. The marriage contract usually stated how family property would be divided up in case of a divorce.
 
Woman played an active role in managing her husband, as well as the household. Norse women had full authority in the domestic sphere, especially when their husbands were absent. If the man of the household died, his wife would adopt his role on a permanent basis, singlehandedly running the family farm or trading business. Many women in Viking Age Scandinavia were buried with rings of keys, which symbolized their roles and power as household managers.
 
If further information is needed please visit:
https://www.history.com/news/what-was-life-like-for-women-in-the-viking-age
 
summer skin protection

Protect Your Skin This Summer

Summer Skin Protection

Summer skin protection can be as easy as wearing a hat and keeping your arms covered. Especially for young children, though, SPF sunscreen is essential  when you will be outdoors in the sun. SPF sunscreens with with a strength of S30-50 are recommended for children over 6 months. Before 6 months of age, doctors recommend using physical barriers, such as clothing or umbrellas, rather than sunscreen. 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. with an estimated 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, it develops as an abnormal or uncontrolled growth of mutated cells of skin, typically in the top layer known as the epidermis. Skin cancer may initially appear as a bump or irregular patch on the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It’s critical that you protect yourself

Source: Protect Your Skin as Summer Heats Up – Memphis Daily News

The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) 2020

In 2020, Summer Solstice in Northen Hemisphere will be 3:07 AM PST on Saturday, June 20

All times are in Pacific Time.

Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

Schools and universities typically have a summer break to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days. In almost all countries, children are out of school during this time of year for summer break, although dates vary. In the United States, public schools usually end in early June while colleges get out in early May.

Changes (Work in Progress) in Airport Travel:

UK Researchers in trail tests are using specially trained airport dogs at key entry points at airports to sniff out the coronavirus in humans. The basic idea is to detect those people infected and isolate them from the rest of the community.

The US Transportation Security Administration is working on plans to check temperatures at some American airports.

The Las Vegas airport announced that it had installed vending machines loaded with personal protective equipment.

TSA working on plan to check temperatures at some American airports.

At the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), officials are trialing a live operation of CLeanTech, a full-body disinfection booth.

Beverly Hills Dog Show, May 17 on NBC from 8-10 p.m. ET on NBC

The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina is an annual, star-studded AKC-sanctioned dog show. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, the show has attracted the likes of Superstore‘s Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner from The Office, Doug the Pug, Olympian Shaun White, Mario Lopez and more.

When is the Beverly Hills Dog Show? The Beverly Hills Dog Show was held on February 29, 2020. It was set to air on April 5 but was postponed to May 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where is the Beverly Hills Dog Show? The Beverly Hills Dog Show is held annually at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

How can I watch the the Beverly Hills Dog Show? Watch the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show on NBC in primetime on May 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. The Beverly Hills Dog Show can also be streamed here on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app. The NBC Sports app is available on mobile and connected devices, including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

See the full list of breeds at the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show

Who hosts the Beverly Hills Dog Show? The 2020 edition of the Beverly Hills Dog Show is hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, who also host the National Dog Show. Maria Menounos serves as the red carpet reporter, and Mary Carillo reprises her role as reporter.

How does the Beverly Hills Dog Show work? The American Kennel Club recognizes 205 breeds and varieties of dog (though every single one may not be represented at the Beverly Hills Dog Show from year to year).

In the first round of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, dogs of the same breed will compete against each other based on how the dog fits the breed standards. The winner, named “Best in Breed,” will represent their breed at the next level: the group.

The American Kennel Club categorizes every breed into seven groups (sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding). At the group level, dogs are not judged against each other, but rather against how well they fit their breed standards. Each group winner, named “First in Breed,” will go on to compete in the final round for the coveted Best in Show.

Meet new breeds debuting at 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show

Who won the 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show? Last year, Bono the Havanese claimed Best in Show. The Havanese is named for Havana, Cuba and is the only dog native to the country. Havanese dogs sport a curled tail and a silky coat, which comes in a variety of colors. With their small size and cheerful disposition, they are an ideal dog for city life. The Havanese competes in the Toy Group.

Who else has won Best in Show at the Beverly Hills Dog Show? 

2018: King (Wire Fox Terrier)
2017: Rip (Doberman Pinscher)

Watch NBC’s coverage of the Beverly Hills Dog Show on May 17 on NBC from 8-10 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Frugal Spring Family Activities

Frugal Spring Family Activities

With Spring will upon us depending on where you live, it’s likely been a fairly cold winter and possibly filled with snow. While spring is a popular time of the year to clean things up and air out the house from the long winter, you can also consider some outdoor activities that weren’t possible during the cold months.
Many of these activities can be frugal while also creating memories or traditions for years to come.
1. Visit the farmers’ market.
2. Go to a nearby park.
3. Give geocaching a try.
4. Start a garden.
5. Visit a zoo
7.Go fly a kite

From: money.usnews.com

Beautiful Spring Recipe

Beautiful Spring Recipe

Chopped ramps add crunch, bite and attitude to pristine, fluffy ricotta which is smeared over crostini and topped with a jumble of sweet pea shoots. This simple recipe highlights the freshest ingredients and the contrasting nice and naughty flavors of springtime. If you can’t locate ramps in your market, then try substituting spring onions.

Serves 8

  • 8 – 1/2″ thick slices baguette
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/cup fresh whole milk ricotta
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/cup finely chopped ramps or green garlic, bulbs and stems only (or substitute with the bulb and pale green parts of spring onions)
  • tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • generous handful pea shoots
  • 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly brush baguette slices with olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake in oven until golden brown on both sides, turning once, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove.
  2. Combine ricotta, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoons salt and black pepper in a bowl; mix well until light and fluffy. Stir in ramps, mint and lemon zest. Spread ricotta on baguette slices.
  3. Top crostini with a generous pinch of pea shoots. Drizzle a little olive oil over crostini, followed by a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with a few grains of sea salt and black pepper.

 

 

From: food52.com

SPRING has SPRUNG

SPRING has SPRUNG

During early spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt relative to the Sun, and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to “spring forth,” giving the season its name.

At the spring, or vernal, equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.

Swedish meteorologists define the beginning of spring as the first occasion on which the average daytime temperature exceeds zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days, thus the date varies with latitude and elevation.

 

Spring Break

The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers

Meanwhile, the spring break scene and its lusty young demographic was getting noticed. In 1986, MTV launched its first spring break special from Daytona Beach, Fla., a program which has continued from varying locales ever since. The images it broadcast only reinforced spring break’s reputation for alcoholic and sexual excess. The American Medical Association began warning of the dangers of binge-drinking and risky sexual behavior; fingers have also been wagged at young women for prebreak “anorexic challenges” and documented promiscuity. Many universities have taken to distributing “safe break bags” to students — including sunscreen, condoms and a sexual-assault manual. 

1935—Sam Ingram, swim coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, fears that his team might get out of shape during Christmas break. A student’s father, living in Fort Lauderdale at the time, suggests the team train at the Casino Pool—the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in Florida. The swim team, the first group of northerners to swim at the pool, receives a warm welcome from the locals and a new American ritual is born.

1938— City officials and business owners in Fort Lauderdale sense a marketing opportunity in the making, and decide to host the first College Coaches’ Swim Forum at the Casino Pool. Over 300 swimmers attend this event.

1950’s— By 1954, an estimated crowd of 20,000 college students make their way down to Fort Lauderdale Beach. In April 1959, Time Magazine highlights spring break in an article titled, “Beer & the Beach,” and Fort Lauderdale quickly becomes the unofficial Spring Break Capital of the World.

1960’s— In 1960, the hit film Where the Boys Are debuts, and further spreads Fort Lauderdale’s spring break appeal. In 1961, 50,000 students were in attendance, and as the destination’s popularity grows, so does Daytona Beach’s interest in spring break. Daytona’s marketing efforts targeted to spring breakers is successful, bringing over 100,000 students to Daytona in the late 1960s.

1970’s— A significant shift in the tradition occurs, and the partying becomes raucous enough to cause damage to beaches, hotels, and other public property—communities are outraged and local residents question the desirability of living in a spring break tourist trap.

1985— After a rowdy spring break with at least 350,000 people in attendance, the city of Fort Lauderdale passes a series of restrictive laws in an effort to reduce the mayhem. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act is also enacted, requiring Florida to raise the minimum drinking age to 21.

1989— Dissatisfied with the new rules and regulations, the number of vacationers traveling to Fort Lauderdale drops to 20,000. Fort Lauderdale officially relinquishes its role of Spring Break Capital of the World to Daytona Beach.

1990’s— The Daytona spring break empire reaches its height in the early 90’s, but by the middle of the decade, the city cracks down. As a result, a new trend emerges—travelers start flocking to more southern destinations where the rules are looser, the drinking ages are lower and the sun is even hotter.

2000’s—With MTV’s help, Panama City, Florida builds its reputation as the undisputed Spring Break Capital of the World. Today, Panama City is still one of the top-booked Spring Break destinations along with Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Miami (South Beach), and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Green Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Healthy Green Recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of these healthier green foods. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about beer and bread!

1. Green Smoothie
Spinach and kale give this delicious beverage its beautiful green hue. Plus, they offer tons of antioxidants and vitamins (namely iron and vitamins A and C). The addition of banana, mango, and ginger create a distinct, crave-able flavor (and add even more nutritional power).

2. Green Egg Casserole
 This breakfast dish is perfect for feeding a crowd. Simply throw together some eggs, frozen spinach, milk, whole-grain bread, and cheese and bake until cooked through! Add any other green veggies you like, too (pepper or jalapeno would be especially tasty).

3. Matcha Green Tea and Almond Flour Mini Muffins
Green tea and almonds — two of our favorite super foods! Better yet, that match a powder is a great (natural) way to turn just about anything green. Is this the new St. Patrick’s Day celebration staple? We think so.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of these healthier green foods. (No artificially colored green beer on this list!) (St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about beer and bread; you can celebrate with these healthy green recipes!

From: greatist.com

St. Patrick’s Day: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – or the luck of the Irish every day – with this slow-cooker corned beef and cabbage dinner. A perfectly seasone… …MORE+

Ingredients Beef and Vegetables

4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces SAVE $

1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges

1 corned beef brisket with seasoning packet (2 to 2 1/2 lb)

1 can (12 oz) beer or nonalcoholic beer

Water SAVE $

8 thin wedges cabbage

Sauce

1/4 cup applesauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

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Steps

  • Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, place potatoes, carrots and onion. Top with corned beef; sprinkle with contents of seasoning packet. Add beer and enough water to just cover corned beef. 
  • Cover; cook on Low heat setting 10 to 12 hours. 
  • Remove corned beef from cooker; place on serving platter and cover to keep warm. Add cabbage wedges to vegetables and broth in cooker. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 30 to 35 minutes longer or until cabbage is crisp-tender. 
  • Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix sauce ingredients. 
  • To serve, cut corned beef across grain into thin slices. With slotted spoon, remove vegetables from cooker. If desired, skim fat from juices in cooker. Serve vegetables with juices and corned beef with sauce.

slow cooker chicken recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe LOVE.

Unless you’re living in paradise, you are probably experiencing the first few cold snaps of Winter! With the memory of Thanksgiving dinner fresh in our minds and the anticipation of Christmas morning in store, evening dinners with family demand to be warm, comforting and EASY! This Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe fits the bill! With just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes invested, you can run your errands and come home to a house smelling of a delicious and nutritious home cooked meal! Enjoy!

It’s just mind blowing when so few ingredients thrown into a pot can come out tasting so good and so complex. Add to that the fact that you can serve this mixture a number of ways and you’ve got a real winner and a super practical answer to, “What’s for dinner?” I ate this saucy shredded chicken and peppers over my Garlic Parmesan Polenta, but you could totally spoon this over pasta or rice, OR my favorite idea: spoon the hot mixture into rolls or a loaf of Italian bread, top it with some mozzarella, and make yourself the most amazing slow cooked sandwich ever. EVER.

via Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Peppers – Budget Bytes.

Washington’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive. This year it is the 19th of February. 

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

First awarded: May 16, 1929; 90 years ago

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OSCAR STATUETTE FACTS

Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit

Height: 13½ inches

Weight: 8½ pounds

Number of Awards Presented: 3,140

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the “Oscar”. The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.

92nd Academy Awards

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in what would become known as the 1st Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony was first broadcast by radio in 1930 and was televised for the first time in 1953. It is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and is now televised live worldwide. It is also the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards; its other three equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, which honors the best films of 2019, will be held on February 9, 2020. The ceremony will again be broadcast on ABC. It will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, for the 18th consecutive year

77th Golden Globe Awards: Sun, Jan 5 • 5:00 PM PST

77th Golden Globe Awards

Date: Sun, Jan 5 • 5:00 PM PST 

Location: The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA

www.goldenglobes.com

Ricky Gervais will return to host the 2020 Golden Globes Awards, Sunday January 5th. The telecast will broadcast live from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on NBC.

The 2020 Golden Globes mark the fifth time Gervais will host the show, though he’s also said it will be his last. The comedian previously hosted from 2010 to 2012, then returned in 2016. While his previous stints haven’t been universally acclaimed, Gervais’ penchant for off-color jokes and celebrity roasts do have tendency to go viral.

The top film nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes are Marriage Story, which picked up six nominations, and The Irishman, which garnered five. For television, The Crown, Fleabag and Succession all picked up multiple nods.

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year Lyrics

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year Lyrics
 
A packful of toys means a sackful of joys
For millions of girls and for millions of boys
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year!
A jack in the box waits for children to shout,
“Wake up, don’t you know that it’s time to come out!”
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year!
Toys galore
Scattered on the floor
There’s no room for more
And it’s all because of Santa Claus!
A scooter for Jimmy, a dolly for Sue
The kind that will even say “How do you do.”
When Christmas Day is here
The most wonderful day of the year.

Watch “CMA Country Christmas” Tuesday, December 24th on ABC as Trisha Yearwood hosts!

WATCH THE ENCORE PERFORMANCE ON DEC. 24 AT 9|8C ON ABC

Watch “CMA Country Christmas” Tuesday, December 24th on ABC as Trisha Yearwood hosts!

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

“CMA Country Christmas” features artists, including Lady Antebellum, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Young, CeCe Winans, host Trisha Yearwood and more, who will take the stage to ring in the holiday season with a night full of festive classics and one-of-a-kind musical performances. Now in its 10th year, the concert is filmed for a two-hour television special that airs on ABC during the holiday season.