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These lilies were gorgeous! We bought them completely closed and then they opened up beautifully and were magnificent for many days.

Did you know that only the pink and white lilies smell? The yellow and orange ones don’t have the distinct lily smell.

Fun fact of the day!!

lots of love and giggles

~sjjt

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did you know…

… that hummingbirds are one of the only birds that can fly backwards? and that they flap their wings faster than any other bird, allowing them to hover (like insects), while other birds cannot.

hooray for hummingbirds!!!!!!! ­čÖé

picture source:  creation facts

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did you know…

did you know that every year for st patrick’s day, the chicago river is dyed green!?

… I wonder how good that is for the environment :S

~sjjt

picture source: JShue’s Flickr

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Here are some Geographical Fun Facts! They’re in alphabetical order ­čÖé

GEOGRAPHY
FACTS

Alaska

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More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is
in Alaska .

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Amazon

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The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world’s oxygen
supply.

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The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean
that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can
dip fresh water out of the ocean.? The volume of water in the Amazon river is
greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three
times the flow of all rivers in the United States .

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Antarctica

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Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

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Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica . This ice
also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As
strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The
average yearly total precipitation is about two inches Although covered with
ice (all but 0.4% of it, ice.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet,
with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

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Brazil

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Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

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Canada

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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village .’

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Chicago

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Next to Warsaw , Chicago has the largest Polish population in
the world.

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Detroit

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Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation
M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.

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Damascus, Syria

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Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years
before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously
inhabited city in existence.

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two
continents (Asia and Europe).

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Los Angeles

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Los Angele’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina
de Los Angeles de Porciuncula — and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size:
L.A.

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New York City

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The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by touring jazz musicians of
the 1930’s who used the slang expression ‘apple’ for any town or city.
Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – The Big Apple.

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There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin , Ireland ;
more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy ; and more Jews in New
York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel .

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Ohio

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There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio , everyone is
manmade.

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Pitcairn Island

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The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia
, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

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Rome

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The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was
Rome , Italy in 133 B.C.  There is a city called Rome on every
continent.

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Siberia

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Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forests.

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S.M.O.M.

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The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M). It is located in the city of
Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a
population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican.? It is a sovereign entity
under international law, just as the Vatican is.

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Sahara Desert

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In the Sahara Desert , there is a town named Tidikelt , Algeria
, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

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Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys
of the Antarctic near Ross Island . There has been no rainfall there for two
million years.

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Spain

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Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits.’

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St. Paul, Minnesota

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St. Paul, Minnesota , was originally called Pig’s Eye after a
man named Pierre ‘Pig’s Eye’ Parrant who set up the first business there.

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Roads

Chances that a road is unpaved in the
U.S.A : 1%, in Canada : 75%

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Russia

The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia .
It reached a depth of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was
drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one
of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen – so massive that the mud coming from
the hole was boiling with it.

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United States

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The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every
five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in
times of war or other emergencies.

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Waterfalls

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The water of Angel Falls (the World’s highest) in Venezuela
drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls .

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I hope you enjoyed!!

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sorry…

hi friends,

I must apologize for my lack of posts lately. I’ve been busy figuring out what to do with my life… masters programs, volunteer programs, med schools, and all the applications involved. It’s overwhelming, tiring, and so darn exciting.

I spent the weekend with E in Ottawa celebrating my Uncle’s birthday and also our 3.5 year anniversary (even though it was a couple of weeks ago, this was our little excursion away together). ┬áIt was nice to get away for a day. The colors of autumn are warm and calming, and so beautiful. I really can say that one thing I am super grateful for in Canada is that we have 4 distinct seasons, each with their own characters, colors, smells… I look forward to the beginning of seasons whenever they come each year. The drive there and back was relaxing and tranquil. So nice to just catch a breath of the fresh air and enjoy al the colors.

I’ve also started noticing Halloween decorations popping up here and there, and boy oh boy am I excited!! I haven’t planned what I’ll be doing this year… nor have I planned any costume ideas. We shall see!

I also finished my book. I read “The Good Earth” by Pearl S Buck for the third time. I have to say, I really love this book, but for some reason I can never remember what the story is. So, I decided to read it (yet again). The story is so beautifully written… so descriptive of the early 20th century in rural China. The book has a sequel which I have yet to discover.

Have you ever heard of the foot binding craze in China? The book discusses it briefly, so I looked it up to learn more about it.

Basically young girls were urged to bind their feet (ie their mothers would wrap up the young girls feet as they were still growing in bandages that were so tight, they literally broke their feet and toes so that they would fold into themselves), in order to make their feet 3-3.5 inches long. Back in the day, this was considered desirable in girls to be wed. It was a sign that they came from affluent families, and that the girls didn’t have to work in the fields (seeing there was no need for their labor). So, because of this, they are solely for their man, making them desirable brides. ┬áThe craze stopped in the mid 1900s, seeing that the process of foot binding was excruciatingly painful and posed dangers later on in the girls’ lives… and might I say thank god! I don’t think any girl should suffer to simply be more desirable for men. Maybe this is more new age thinking, but geez, just the thought of breaking my feet, day after day, so that they can be 3 inches long seems ridiculous to me! Not many women have bound feet anymore in China- some of the elder ones do, and you can see here how tiny (and deformed) their feet are

Do you have any book recommendations?

Let me know!

xx, sjjt

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Did you know..

Check this out- it’s pretty amazing!

What do you think this all means?

~sjjt

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Fun Fact

Did you know that humans are the only animals that show their teeth as a sign of affection and happiness (ie a smile)? All other animals show their teeth as a sign of aggression.

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