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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 05/17/12

Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY ORIGAMI BATS IN THE BELFRY!

   This diy comes from www.goorigami.com .  Make a few of these and put them in unsuspecting places people wouldn't think of running into your paper bats!


Origami Bat




I’ve been looking for a nice and simple origami bat to fold this Halloween and found plenty of various designs – from really simple to just way too much complicated (well, at least for me!). This one, designed by Nick Robinson, is my favorite so far. It looks great, doesn’t involve cutting or gluing and very easy to fold.
I made it from a square sheet of origami paper, black on both sides, but one-sided paper will do too!

Description

Name:Origami Bat
Designer:Nick Robinson
Paper ratio:square
Paper size:7.5 cm
Model size:~ 8 cm
Paper:Kami (mono color), JONG IE NARA
Diagram:Origami Bat by Nick Robinson

THE GHOST'S OF THE WHITEHOUSE-DEAD PRESIDENT'S AND FIRST LADIES HAUNTING ITS HALLWAYS!!!

    There is no shortage of haunted houses in America, but perhaps America's most famous house, the one that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House. The White House was built near the end of the 18th Century, and today it's composed of 6 stories of 132 rooms and 412 doors. With so many rooms, is it any wonder that some of them are haunted by past presidents and first ladies alike? The more doors in a house, the more of a chance some of them might open and close on their own. But who is haunting the executive mansion and playing havoc on our senses of reality? Most obvious of all, past presidents and their wives are the most frequent haunters of the White House and for some of them their haunting are more memorable than their tenures in office.


William Henry Harrison

    William Henry Harrison's presidency lasted less than 32 days back in 1841, yet his ghost can still be heard, rummaging through the White House attic, 168 years later. Harrison was the first President to die while in office, of pneumonia on April 4, 1841. Had he known his presidency would've been so short, William Henry Harrison probably wouldn't have spent two precious hours of it reading his 8,000 word inaugural address. But then again, maybe that's what he's been spending the last 168 years rummaging through the White House attic looking for.

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was an abrasive fellow, and he was elected the 7th President of the United States in 1828. His toughness earned him the nickname "Old Hickory", so it should come as no surprise to most that death alone couldn't drive him from the White House. In the Rose Bedroom where he used to sleep, White House staff have heard a hearty laughter like Jackson was said to have. Mary Todd Lincoln used to hear cursing from Old Hickory's ghost, and an aid to Lyndon Johnson heard the same sort of yelling in the Rose Bedroom in 1964. Others have heard Jackson stomping around the White House floors in his heavy boots down the halls. Clearly Mr. Jackson was never a quiet fellow, not even in death.


Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln served the people during the country's most threatening time to the Union-The Civil War. But America's turmoils were not the only thing haunting Mr. Lincoln in his life. In 1862, Lincoln lost his 11 year old son, Willie, to typhoid fever. Abe and his wife Mary often held se'ances in the Green Room to contact Willie's spirit, successfully. Willie Lincoln is also said to have communicated directly with the Ulysses Grant administration. But Willie's father has been a much more active spirit within the walls of the White House.
    Abe Lincoln is said to have dreamed of his own death. He told Mary Todd that he saw his own assassination three days before he was shot by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. Since that fateful day, the ghost of Lincoln has been seen at the White House more frequently than some of our more recent vacation loving presidents.
    Calvin Coolidge's wife, Grace, was the first person to spot Lincoln's ghost standing in a window in the Oval Office, and he reappeared to her repeatedly. FDR's valet was so spooked by the ghost of Abe that he ran from the White House screaming. President Harrison's bodyguard once took matters into his own hands when he attended a se'ance to plead with Lincoln to quiet down and let him sleep at night. Ladybird Johnson, wife of Lyndon, saw Abe while she was watching television. Ronald Reagan's daughter and son-in-law both witnessed Lincoln standing next to the fireplace in the Lincoln bedroom. Lincoln's ghost has been blamed for cold and icy spots in various rooms, as well as turning back on chandelier light after they'd been shut off. Lincoln's ghost has appeared to both Winston Churchill and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. In Churchill's case, Lincoln was leaning against the mantle of the fireplace as the nude prime minister exited the bathroom. Lincoln slowly faded away, but Churchill's embarrassment did not. He refused to sleep there again. Queen Wilhemina, fortunately, was clothed when she spotted Lincoln's ghost. One night as she stayed in the Lincoln bedroom, she was awoken with a knock at the door. She opened the door to Lincoln's ghost and promptly fainted. With his many sightings, Lincoln's ghost, like Lincoln himself, seems an introspective and trouble soul.

Dolley Madison


    Dolley Madison, wife of 4th President James Madison, frequently showed herself during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, 100 years after she lived there. Dolley was first lady from 1809-1817. Dolley's favorite place to haunt is the Rose Garden, which she planted a century earlier. Perhaps she felt as if she were protecting the garden after Woodrow's wife ordered for the garden to be dug up. Workmen kept seeing Dolley, and orders to dig up the garden were buried. The Rose Garden exists unharmed to this day.

Abigail Adams

    Abigail Adams, wife of 2nd President (and 1st President to live in the White House) John Adams. Because the White House wasn't fully complete when the Adams family moved in, the inadequate heating created a problem for drying laundry in an age before washers and driers. Perhaps this is why the ghost of Abigail Adams can sometimes be seen in the East Room on the first floor, which was the warmest and driest room in the White House. There were numerous sightings of her during the Taft administration. Often she was seen with her arms outstretched, just as if she were carrying a load of laundry.


Frances Cleveland

    Her cries can be heard coming from a second floor bedroom. In 1891 Frances became the first First Lady to give birth in the White House, to a daughter named Ruth.
Whether or not these ex-presidents and first ladies still really roam the halls and haunt the rooms of the White House, it's clear that something about them remains. Perhaps they're just memories materializing into celestial visions of great leaders forever trapped in our subconscious. Or perhaps they really never leave office, one we elect them and trust them with the most important job on earth. Either way, the White House doesn't seem destined to ever rest in peace.






PENANG INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL FROM MALAYSIA!!




Dragon Boat Racing History

    On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month every year, Chinese communities worldwide celebrate the Duanwu Jie festival, which commemorates the death of the Chinese patriot/poet Qu Yuan.
    As a rival state conquered his home kingdom, Qu Yuan committed suicide, drowning himself in the Miluo river on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.





    His countrymen paddled swiftly out to the middle of the river to retrieve his body, while others threw packets of rice in the water to distract the fish from eating the poet's body.
    These two acts, it is said, are the origin of the festival's two main preoccupations - the glutinous rice dumplings known as zongzi, and the dragon boat races.





Dragon Boat Racing in Modern Times

    Dragon boat racing, despite its roots in ancient tradition, are as exciting a sport as they come. Two or more boats compete against each other in heats spanning distances of about 1 1/4 mile (2000 meters) or less.
    The boats conform to traditional designs, and are extremely eye-catching. Each boat is mounted with a dragon's head and tail, finely carved to meet the traditional Chinese dragon appearance (in case you didn't know, a Chinese dragon has an ox's head, a deer's antlers, a horse's mane, and a fish's tail).






    Each boat is crewed by up to twenty paddlers, facing the front of the boat (as opposed to Western rowing sports, where the rower faces the rear). A drummer sits in front of the boat, facing the rowers, dictating the rhythm for the row team. A sweep, or tiller, sits aft, steering the boat.
    Strength and endurance are necessary, but not sufficient, for success. Dragon boat racing, as a sport, demands the closest teamwork possible from teams that want to get through the finish line first.







Dragon Boat Racing in Penang, Malaysia

    In Penang, Malaysia, the dragon boat races are especially famous. The region's first dragon boat race was held here in 1956, on the occasion of the 100th founding anniversary of Georgetown.
    Initially, the races were open only to Malaysian teams. Overseas participation was allowed in 1979, attracting contestants from Hong Kong and Singapore.
    Today, the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival attracts contestants from around the globe, including teams from Europe and the USA. Any group affiliated with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) may join. 62 countries are represented in the IDBF.




A Safer, Controlled Environment
    The Penang International Dragon Boat Festival takes place at the Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang, from May 23 to 24. In two days, a number of races are staged, including races for men, women, and mixed teams.
    Teams come from all over, with some local teams representing government offices, fraternal associations, and corporations. The local teams bring along the most enthusiastic fans, cheering at the top of their voices for their favorites to win.
The reservoir at the Teluk Bahang Dam has served as the Dragon Boat Festival's venue since 2002, as it provides a safer, more controlled environment than the seafront venue used from the beginning of the race.
    The view, too, is top-notch, as punters get to see the race against the green hills of the Penang countryside.