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Showing posts from April 15, 2015


April Fool's Day is the one day of the year that serious minded people can go crazy without criticism.  Over the years there have been many great hoaxes that have occurred on or around this day of the year.  The Museum of Hoaxes put together a list of 100, this is a list of the top 15.

In 1982, the Daily Mail reported that a local manufacturer had sold 10,000 "rogue bras" that were causing a unique and unprecedented problem, not to the wearers but to the public at large.  Apparently the support wire in these bras had been made out of a kind of copper originally designed for use in fire alarms.  When this copper came into contact with nylon and body heat, it produced static electricity which, in turn, was interfering with local television and radio broadcasts.  The chief engineer of British Telecom, upon reading the article, immediately ordered that all his female laboratory employees disclose what type of bra they were wearing.

In 1974 residents of Sitka, Alaska were al…


In this East Coast-style breakfast treat, a tender sour cream coffee cake is topped with a thick layer of cinnamon-scented streusel.

Ingredients topping1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, warm2 1/2 cups all purpose flour cake2 1/2 cups all purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda3/4 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature1 1/2 cups sugar2 large eggs1 1/3 cups sour cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preparation topping Mix both sugars, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl and whisk to blend. Add warm melted butter and stir to blend. Add flour and toss with fork until moist clumps form (topping mixture will look slightly wet). Set aside. cake Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat room-temperature b…