Mother’s Day 2017

When is Mother’s Day in 2017?

Mother’s Day in 2017 is on Sunday, the 14th of May.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries it was changed to dates that were significant to historical dates.

Mother’s Day is a holiday commemorated each year as a tribute to all mothers and motherhood. It is celebrated on different dates in many parts of the world. Although the origins of this holiday date back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the modern-day form of the event of started in the early 20th century in the United States.

It was very first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mom Ann Reeves Jarvis who, in turn, lots of years previously had established Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in five cities. Anna Jarvis started a campaign to make the Mothers Day a legal holiday and she succeeded in 1914 when the United States President Woodrow Wilson announced the 2nd Sunday in May a Mother’s Day.

Daylight Saving 2017

Daylight Saving 2017

Daylight Saving 2017Daylight Saving Time (DST) is frequently incorrectly referred to as “daylight savings time”. In some countries, it is also called “summer time”. It is called standard time, typical time or winter season time when DST is not observed.

Clock Changes in New York, USA in 2017

12 Mar 2017 – Daylight Saving Time Starts

When regional standard time is about to reach

  • Sunday, 12 March 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
  • Sunday, 12 March 2017, 03:00:00 regional daylight time instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 12 Mar 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

Called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

5 Nov 2017 – Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach

  • Sunday, 5 November 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
  • Sunday, 5 November 2017, 01:00:00 local standard time instead

Dawn and sundown will be 1 hour earlier on 5 Nov 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Called Fall Back and Winter Time.



Autumn Equinox 2017

2017 Autumnal Equinox

2017 Autumnal Equinox, September Equinox

Equinoxes happen on 21st or 20th March and 22nd or 23rd September both days and each year has equivalent length of the day and the night.

Throughout September it is autumn time in the Northern hemisphere and September Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox and Fall Equinox while it is spring time in the Southern hemisphere and September Equinox is called Vernal Equinox and Spring Equinox. Simply put on September Equinox it is autumn time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China while it is spring time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

To avoid any confusion Equinoxes are ideally referred as March Equinox (Northern Equinox) and September Equinox (Southern Equinox).

Throughout March it is spring time in the Northern hemisphere and March Equinox is called Vernal Equinox and Spring Equinox while it is autumn time in the Southern hemisphere and March Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox and Fall Equinox. Simply put on March Equinox it is spring time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China while it is autumn time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

An Equinox is an astronomical occasion that occurs twice, once in spring and once in autumn, each year when the tilt of the Earth’s axis tends neither far from nor to the Sun. Throughout Equinoxes the tilt of the Earth (with regard to the Sun) is 0 ° and since of it duration of the night and the day are nearly equal on Equinox day i.e. 12 hours.

When is Easter 2017

When is Easter 2017

When is Easter 2017

When is Easter?

Need to know the precise date of Easter this year?

Easter 2017 is on Sunday, April 16

Why Are There Two Easters?

Easter Sunday changes based upon the calendars of various Christian churches. Due to these various methods of calculation, various Christian denominations might celebrate the holiday on different days. Many Western Christian churches follow the Gregorian calendar, and numerous Eastern Orthodox churches follow the Julian calendar.

Easter or Pascha is the earliest and most essential Christian holiday, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion, as explained in the New Testament. Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting and penance.

Why Does Easter Change Every Year?

Sometimes Easter Sunday falls in late March and at some point in April! The reason Easter falls on various dates yearly is due to the fact that Easter is a “movable” holiday based on the lunar calendar. Specifically, Easter’s timing is connected to the complete Moon and the vernal equinox (not the civil calendar).

Maundy Thursday

Easter in the UK begins with the Thursday prior to Easter. Maundy Thursday is commemorated as the last day of Jesus’ life and the day of the Last Supper. It is said that Jesus cleaned the feet of his faithful disciples in the “Eucharist” event. The day is called after the French word “mande”, which approximately equates to the terms command or mandate. It is said that this name came about from Jesus’ last command offered to his followers, “love one another as I have loved you.”


The History Of The Slogan “WWJD?”

The History Of The Slogan “WWJD?”

From the BBC article “What Would Jesus Do? The Rise of a Slogan”…

The History Of The Slogan “WWJD?”

The question has a long history. In 1896 the Kansas Congregational minister Charles Sheldon published a novel called In His Steps: What would Jesus do? in which a town is revolutionised when Christians “pledge themselves, earnestly and honestly for an entire year, not to do anything without first asking the question, ‘What would Jesus do?’”.…

One of its readers was Janie Tinklenberg, a youth leader at Calvary Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. After re-reading it in 1989, she talked to her youth group about it.

She considered printing T-shirts for them bearing the slogan, but at the time friendship bracelets were all the rage, so she got a local company to print 300. She opted for the abbreviation WWJD. Tinklenberg asked the group to wear them for 30 days, they caught on locally, and more were needed.

Others with more of a commercial eye than Tinklenberg spotted the trend, made their own and took the marketing to the national level. By the time she attempted to register her trademark it was too late.


This Math Problem Is a Limerick When Said Out Loud

Here’s a little something for the nerds (of both the mathematical and literary variety)…

In 1948, wordplay master and recreational mathematician Leigh Mercer published this equation in Notes and Queries…

what is a limerick

Read in the right way, it follows almost all the rules of a limerick — an AABBA rhyme scheme with the third and fourth lines shorter than the others. I say almost all the rules, because the foremost limerick scholar maintained that the true limerick is always obscene, which this one is not. Sorry.

So, can you read it?

If not, here’s the written translation…

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.


15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on Earth

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on Earth

A place is haunted when ghosts reside in it. Nevertheless, one can’t tell if there are any concrete proofs of the existence of ghosts or if they actually haunt certain places. A large number of people believe ghosts do exist. The below 15 terrifying ghost haunted places on earth will make it hard not to believe ghosts don’t exists.

1. Jeruk Purut Cemetery

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThe Jeruk Purut Cemetery found in Jakarta is said to be haunted by the ghost of a headless pastor who carries his head in its hands moving around with a black dog following behind. According to locals, he is looking for his grave which unfortunately is in another cemetery, Tanah Kusir. This ghost-haunted story was an inspiration to the 2006 Indonesian horror film Ghost of Jeruk Purut directed by Koya Pagayo, starring Angie, Sheila Marcia and Samuel Z Heckenbucker.

2. Cinco Saltos

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthIt was reported in 2009 that the corpse of a girl aged 8-12 who had been dead since the 1930s was found intact at the Ossuary cemetery in Rio Negro, Argentina. Reports of ghosts due to witchcraft have been widespread.

3. Dreamworld

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthProduction staff for the reality TV series, Big Brother Australia have claimed of witnessing the presence of a young girl in a building at the Dreamworld park, Coomera, Queensland Australia. Some have claimed the presence of the voice of a child and fog appearing late in the night and early morning. Employees of the park have also talked of sighting the ghost of Jack Darke, who is believed to have been named after a gold prospector and was killed in 1897 by a buzz-saw.

4. Chase Vault

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThere is a vault in the Christ Church Parish Church cemetery in Oistus, Barbados that is believed to have “mysterious moving coffins”. It is said each time the heavily sealed vault is opened for burial of a family member, they realize all the lead coffins have changed position. This happened in the early 19th century, though the facts are yet to be verified and skeptics call it “historically dubious”.

5. The Joelma Building

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on Earth

On February 1, 1974, a fire incident occurred in São Paulo caused by an air-conditioning unit on the twelfth floor that let to the death of thirteen persons. It is alleged that the building is haunted by the ghost of the victims. It is labeled “Mystery of the Thirteen Souls” because of the individuals who died trying to escape from the fire.

6. The Reichstag building

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThe Reichtag building in Berlin, Germany has been reported to be haunted by numerous ghosts of famous German politicians.

7. Pyramids of Giza

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthIt is alleged that a man in early 20th century clothing has been spotted by visitors at the Pyramid of Giza. Other rumors claim to have seen the ghost of Howard Carter. Employees have also reported seeing the apparition of an Egyptian Pharaoh floating towards the Valley of the Kings from the pyramids.

8. Baron Empain Palace

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthTourists who visit the Baron Empain Place have claimed to have heard voices throughout the palace late at night. The guards and police officers also claim to have seen ghostly apparitions of individuals who once lived in the palace wandering outside the lawn at midnight.

9. Würzburg’s Dead Nun Ghost

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThe ghost of a dead nun is believed to be walking through the halls of Praemonstratenser Abbey, in Germany. It is alleged to be the ghost of Maria Renata Von Mossau who was executed only three days after her trial for mixing herbs into people’s food to bewitch them. She was decapitated, burned and her ashes scattered around. To this day, reports still talk of her walking down the hallways with a bouquet of roses in her hand as she picks off the petals leaving a trail on the ground.

10. Tambun Inn in Malaysia

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthTambun Inn is in Malaysia, reported to have had many ghostly apparitions haunting it. Witnesses say lights turning on and off, whispers and eerie cries could be heard and also the ghost of an old woman has been seen besides of the inn.

11. The Beau-Séjour Palace

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on Earth

The Beau-Séjour Palace in Lisbon, Portugal is alleged to be haunted by the ghost of Baron of Glória who resided in the palace in the 19th century. Employees have reported moving and disappearing objects with windows closing and opening abruptly. Visitors also claim to hear the sound of non-existent bells ringing in the gardens.

12. The Quinta da Juncosa

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThe Quinta da Juncosa building is said to be haunted by the ghost of Baron of Lages and his family. It is alleged that he tied her wife to one of his horse’s legs and dragged her on the floor on suspicion of infidelity. She died and when he discovered that she was innocent, he killed his children and committed suicide. Locals say they have seen his ghost several times over the years.

13. The Ghost of a Little Girl in the Palace of Linares in Madrid

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThis palace is supposedly haunted by a small girl that appears in the mansion. It is claimed the Marquis fathered her with his sister. In order to hide their incestuous relationship, they murdered her.

14. Borgvattnets prästgård

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthThis rectory is found in a small village in Borgvattnet in Jämtland, Northern Sweden. Reports of hauntings started in the early 1920s. A Swedish TV Show, Det okända claimed to have visited the rectory and were unable to leave. They had to spend the night there. There is also the story of the infamous rocking chair which is claimed to have thrown a priest who lived there on the floor several times.

15. The Ghost of the Nottingham Road Hotel Barmaid

15 Terrifying Ghost Haunted Places on EarthIt is alleged that the ghost of a former barmaid is still wandering in the hotel moving pots, sheets, light fixtures as well as ringing the service bell. Others talk of switching on and off of the TV set and also dripping water. Nottingham Road Hotel is found in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Recommended: 15 Most Common Japanese Desserts

15 Most Common Japanese Desserts

15 Most Common Japanese Desserts

Wagashi is the name for traditional Japanese dessert (sweets). They are usually made with ingredients like the red bean paste and mochi (Japanese rice cake). Desserts have been part of Japanese lifestyle for centuries now even before sugar became widely available. Unique desserts were developed with basic ingredients being rice and sweet beans (anko [sweet paste of mashed azuki beans]).

With the increased affordability of sugar around the 1860s, Japanese desserts grew in number with many desserts being imported from western traditions. Below are some of Japan’s popular desserts. Their history can be traced back for hundreds of years.

1. Akumaki

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a non-sticky rice cake that has been soaked in lye and wrapped in a skin of bamboo also soaked in lye, usually left overnight. It has no taste and is usually blended sugar or soaked in honey with a little salt before eaten.

2. Gionbō

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a wagashi made by filling gyūhi (a soft form of mochi) with bean jam. Sugar is then sprinkled over it. It looks like dried persimmon.

3. Imagawayaki

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a Japanese dessert that is usually found during Japanese festivals. It is prepared of batter in a special pan that is filled with sweet azuki bean paste. Nowadays, other fillings could be vanilla custard, fruit custards vegetables, potato, meats and mayonnaise.

4. Kuzumochi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a mochi cake made of kuzuko (starched powder made from the root of kudzu plant). It is served chilled with kuromitsu (Japanese sugar syrup known as black honey) and kinako (roasted soybean flour).

5. Monaka

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a sweet made of azuki bean jam. It is sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers baked from mochi. It can also be made from sesame seed, rice cake or chestnuts.

6. Namagashi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a type of Wagashi that is used in Japanese tea ceremony. It contains fruit jellies and gelatines like Kanten (sweetened bean paste). It is designed using seasonal and natural motifs like leaves and flowers.

7. Red bean paste or Adzuki bean paste

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsThis is a dark red sweet bean paste made by boiling and mashing adzuki beans. The paste is then sweetened with sugar or honey.

8. Suama

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a Japanese sweet prepared from non-glutinous rice flour sugar and hot water. It is usually dyed red, kneaded and shaped by a sushi rolling mat.

9. Uirō or Uirō-mochi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a traditional steamed cake prepared from rice flour and sugar. It is chewy and subtly sweet. It is similar to mochi and flavors like azuki bean paste, matcha (green tea) strawberry, yuzu and chestnuts can be included.

10. Taiyaki

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a fish-shaped cake with red bean paste made from sweetened azuki beans as a common filling. Other fillings include custard, cheese, chocolate and sweet potato.

11. Warabimochi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a jelly-like confection prepared from bracken starch. It is usually covered or dipped in kinako. It is popular in summertime in the Kansai region and Okinawa.

12. Yatsuhashi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsThis is a confectionery sold as a souvenir sweet (miyagegashi). It is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and cinnamon. It is baked.

13. Yōkan

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a Japanese Dessert made from red bean paste, agar and sugar. It is thick and jelly-like, sold in a block form and sliced before eaten.

14. Daifukumochi or Daifuku

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a confection made of a small round mochi and stuffed with sweet filling like anko and sweetened red bean paste. It comes in many varieties with the most common being white, pale green or pale pink-colored mochi filled with anko.

15. Mochi

15 Most Common Japanese DessertsIt is a rice cake made of mochigome. Mochigome is a short-grain japonica glutonous rice. A paste is made from pounding rice and molded in various shapes. It is eaten year-round though very common during the Japanese New Year.

Blue Painted Canvas with a White Line Sells for $44 Million

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“Onement VI” made by abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman sold on May 14, 2013 at a Sotheby’s auction for a record-setting 43.8 million dollars.

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barnett newman
 Am I thougth I could not draw or paint…

Logical Fallacies (Bad Arguments) Explained with Funny Illustrations

Programmer Ali Almossawi and illustrator Alejandro Giraldo teamed up to create An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, with “the hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice”.

You can read the whole book online.

Slippery Slope

A slippery slope attempts to discredit a proposition by arguing that its acceptance will undoubtedly lead to a sequence of events, one or more of which are undesirable.

logical fallacies examples


Not a Cause for a Cause

Two events may occur one after the other or together because they are correlated, by accident or due to some other unknown event; one cannot conclude that they are causally connected without evidence.

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No True Scotsman

A general claim may sometimes be made about a category of things. When faced with evidence challenging that claim, rather than accepting or rejecting the evidence, such an argument counters the challenge by arbitrarily redefining the criteria for membership into that category.

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Guilty by Association

Guilt by association is discrediting an argument for proposing an idea that is shared by some socially demonized individual or group.

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Genetic Fallacy

An argument’s origins or the origins of the person making it have no effect whatsoever on the argument’s validity. A genetic fallacy is committed when an argument is either devalued or defended solely because of its history.

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Equivocation exploits the ambiguity of language by changing the meaning of a word during the course of an argument and using the different meanings to support some conclusion.

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Circular Reasoning

Circular reasoning is one of four types of arguments known as begging the question, where one implicitly or explicitly assumes the conclusion in one or more of the premises. In circular reasoning, a conclusion is either blatantly used as a premise, or more often, it is reworded to appear as though it is a different proposition when in fact it is not.

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Argument from Consequences

Arguing from consequences is speaking for or against the validity of a proposition by appealing to the consequences of accepting or rejecting it. Just because a proposition leads to some unfavorable result does not mean that it is false.

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Appeal to Irrelevant Authority

One may reasonably appeal to pertinent authority, as scientists and academics typically do. An argument becomes fallacious when the appeal is to an authority who is not an expert on the issue at hand.

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Appeal to Ignorance

Such an argument assumes a proposition to be true simply because there is no evidence proving that it is not.

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Appeal to Hypocrisy

[This] fallacy involves countering a charge with a charge, rather than addressing the issue being raised, with the intention of diverting attention away from the original argument.

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Appeal to Fear

The fallacy plays on the fears of an audience by imagining a scary future that would be of their making if some proposition were accepted. Rather than provide evidence to show that a conclusion follows from a set of premises, which may provide a legitimate cause for fear, such arguments rely on rhetoric, threats or outright lies

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The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

A seemingly meaningless set of letters and numbers, A113 keeps appearing in various Disney and Pixar movies.  Though it comes up in different formats (A1-13 and A-113), it has been subtly added to many movies.  You’ve probably seen it yourself and just haven’t noticed.

Many people have come up with theories about why this sequence is added.  Some claim that the Illuminati has taken over the making of children’s movies and add A113 as a secret code.  There are various videos online attempting to explain the meaning behind the mysterious code.

The meaning however, is not nearly as devious as some people try to make out.  A113 is the number of the classroom where many of the animators studied.  The room itself is in the California Institute of Arts and is the starting place of many successful animators.  These animators then go and join Disney or Pixar and want to pay homage to the where they began and so hide A113 somewhere in the movie.  This is also their way of recognizing others who are starting their now.  Next time you watch an animated film, see if you can’t find the code as well.

What do you think? Is A113 an inside joke, an Easter egg in media, or is it a subliminal message?

Andy’s mom’s license plate in 1995’s “Toy Story.”

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesIt was on a camera in 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesIn Pixar’s Up, A113 appeared as the number of the courtroom where Carl Fredricksen goes to after he hits a worker to protect his mailbox.

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesThe Incredibles

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies
The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies
Inside Out

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

The code for the Abandon Earth protocol in WALL-E

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

Cars 2

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

Engraved in Roman numerals above a doorway in Brave

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

It can also be found on a box that Flik walks by in 1998’s “A Bug’s Life.”

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesHere’s Sully from 2013’s “Monsters University” entering a classroom whose number is A113.

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesDisney / Pixar – However, Pixar films aren’t the only ones to hide the number in plain sight. Here’s Tiana from Disney’s 2009 “The Princess and the Frog” jumping on a trolley car marked A113.

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies“The Simpsons” used it for Bart Simpson’s mug shot.

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesIt even shows up on a door in 1987’s “The Brave Little Toaster.” Joe Ranft, who went on to work on Pixar movies including “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Monsters, Inc.,” and Dan Haskett, a character designer on “Toy Story,” worked on the film.

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

American Dad

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

Hyperion Pictures – You can also notice the number on a chewed-up vehicle in Warner Bros.’ 1999 movie “The Iron Giant.” The director, Brad Bird, later made Pixar hit “The Incredibles.”The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

It even shows up in non-Pixar films such as Lilo & Stitch

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies

The Iron Giant screencap– Even live-action films like 2012’s “The Avengers” had a file labeled A113.The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar MoviesHere’s a photo of Lasseter and Pixar animators Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter standing outside the famed classroom:

The story(s) behind A113 Hidden In Pixar Movies


How Many Cups in a Quart … (a Pint or a Gallon)

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What is a Cup? What is a Quart? What is a Gallon?

Cup is a volume unit and used mostly in cooking to measure liquid and bulk, dry foods. There is no international standard for the sizes but mostly united states customary and metric cups are used and they are different in sizes.

Quart is an imperial and U.S. customary unit. There is one type of quart in imperial system and 2 types (liquid and dry) in united states customary system. It is widely used in daily life and approximately it equals to a liter (litre). The abbreviation is “qt”.

Gallon is an imperial and U.S. customary unit. There is one type of gallon in imperial system and 2 types (liquid and dry) in united states customary system. It is widely used in daily life, such as measuring the fuel efficiency as miles per gallon, etc. The abbreviation is “gal”.

1 Cup [US] = 0.25 (1/4) Quart [Fluid, US]

1 Cup [US] = 0.21484175 Quart [Dry, US]
1 Cup [Metric] = 0.22 Quart [UK]

1 Gallon [Fluid, US] = 16 Cups [US]

1 Gallon [Dry, US] = 18.618355 Cups [US]
1 Gallon [UK] = 18.18436 Cups [Metric]

How many cups in a pint, a quart or a gallon?

Here is an easy way to remember how many cups are in a gallon, etc.

There are 2 Cups in a Pint
There are 2 Pints in a Quart
There are 4 Quarts in a Gallon

Two “C’s” fit inside a “P,” two “P’s” fit inside a “Q,” and four “Q’s” fit inside a “G.”

How many cups are in a quart of water?

When measuring the volume of liquids, 1 quart is equal to 4 cups. There are 32 fluid ounces in a quart, and each cup is 8 fluid ounces.

how many cups in a quart

with this diagram in mind, you can easily figure out that there are four cups in a quart, 16 cups in a gallon, and so on.






Facts About Mail Order Brides You Should Know

Women sometimes list themselves in catalogs or magazines in order to be chosen by foreign men to get married. The woman would have to initially state that she is advertising herself as a wife. Most of the men that go for this are generally from a slightly more developed country that the one the woman resides in. In most cases, the women and men were from different countries for example the European women going for American men during the 18th – 19th centuries.

Here we have ten facts about this crazy tradition known as Mail Order Brides.

Dangers involved in being a mail order bride

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Before you decide to become a mail-order bride or marry one, find out a bit more about why your future partner has chosen this way of finding their life partner. You could end up either being lucky and finding a man or woman that has to leave their home country for the reasons stated above or you might end up dead. There have been recent cases of American men killing off their brides as well as the brides killing off their husbands. One such case of murder by a husband who ordered his wife via mail-order, was the case of Anastasia King, who at 18 married a much older man and because they fought so often, he decided he wanted another bride and had her murdered by one of his tenants. Both of them were convicted in her case for murder.

How do the mail order bride and her future husband meet?

Mail order brides

Meeting your bride to be takes place using two different International Marriage Agencies. The second of the two offers group tours in which men are allowed to travel to the foreign country and meet the women at arranged events. The first agency provides a way that is preferred by many using this tradition as it stipulates and allows men and women who are interested in one another to communicate before they meet. When the man applies using this method, he has to be screened and prvide the agency with all his mental health information as well as any criminal history that he may have. If he is then given the all clear by the agency, him and his future bride will meet before she is allowed to apply for her US visa.

Big Profits in “Mail-Order Brides” Industry

Mail order brides

This industry has a large profitability where Taiwanese men spend up to $10 000 of which only $500-$1000 USD are given to the family of the bride. The rest is taken by the arrangers of the marriage on both the groom and the brides side. Most of the women sold in Taiwan come from Southeast Asia and especially Vietnam.

The promise of the sweet escape

Mail order brides

Although to many it may seem as if Russian women are the “desperate for foreign men to have a better life” type, they are forced to look towards the American men as Russia has approximately only 8 men to every 10 women. That means that in this country where marriage plays a big part, most women are unable to find a partner.

Mail Order Husbands

Mail order brides

Men in the Phillipines often advertise themselves on behalf of the women to contact men for marital puposes, instead of the woman doing it. They are particularly strict on this by creating the Anti-Mail-Order Bride law which protects the women after local news had reported stories of these wives being abused by their husbands.

Divorce Rates

Mail order brides

Based on findings by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), it is noted that these mail-order marriages, have a lower divorce rate than that of the US as a whole. 4000-6000 of the marriages in the United States, between American men and foreign women, come from methods such as the mail-order system or even via email correspondence.

Strange Education

Mail order brides

There are actually courses offered in this subject at universities in the US which is a curious occurrence and leads us to believe that this way of marriage has a bit of a following out in the world.

Unfriendly Attitudes

The resolution by the Australian Government to reduce the amount of women being brought into their country for all the wrong reasons, has been accepted widely by the public since the case of Jana Klintoukh, who was brought in via an internet marriage site to be held captive by her “husband” and used as his sex slave.

Dishonest Marketing

Mail order brides

There are some companies that arrange these marriages for the wrong reasons. One such company was found guilty of negligence to their clients, lying about their services and fraud amongst other charges, for arranging the marriage of Nataliya to an American man with a long history of violent abuse on women. He abused her throughout their marriage until she left and sought out refuge at a women’s abuse shelter. She had no knowledge given to her by the company, that she could leave the marriage should she face abuse and she would not be deported. This company lied to it’s clients saying that they did test the compatibility of the males and check their history when in actual fact they did not.

American Frontier

In the mid-1800s, this concept was used by men moving from their homes in the East to the West to find some form of success in farming and business establishment. Because of the lack of women in the West, these men wrote home to the churches, magazines and newspapers requesting knowledge of women who may be interested in becoming their wives. The interested women would then reply to these and send pictures of themselves.







Did you know about the Ludlow Massacre? Here’s what happened.

Ludlow Massacre

Ludlow Massacre: April 20, 1914

During the miners strike of the early 1900s, miners continued to search to better their lives. They began striking by organizing rallies and parades to get their voices noticed. Many died in the struggle. Most remember the most historical clash between capital power and the labor forces in the Ludlow Massacre.

The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company ordered the National Guard to attack a tented colony of miners and their families who were striking at Ludlow in Colorado. Approximately 24 men, women and children were killed in this ambush.

Ludlow Massacre

Striking family at Ludlow shortly before the April 20, 1914 massacre

The Southern Colorado strike which lasted over a year from 1913 to 1914, recognizes that Ludlow was the deadliest and tragic result of the strike which had been arranged by the United Mine Workers of America against the coal mines in Colorado.

Ludlow MassacreStriker family at Ludlow.

The strikers were under the impression that the National Guard had been sent to protect them while all the while it had been planned for them to end the strike by any means necessary. The largest tented colony which played home to over 1000 people, was the first to be hit by two companies of the guard. They fired bullets at the tents leaving many dead or injured while the miners attempted to hold off the attack by firing back using pistols and rifles.

Ludlow Massacre

The strikers then sent out a leader they hoped could arrange a truce between the two but once they realized that he had been killed, they began fearing the intensity with which the guard would attack. They dug out deep pits under the tents, which was where the woman and children were to hide to be safe from being shot. But by the evening, the guard had begun setting their camp alight and shooting anybody who tried to escape. Once the tyranny was over, it was only discovered the trued extent of the damage as one pit under a tent was discovered to be the final resting place of 11 burnt children and 2 women.

The Death Pit

The “Death Pit.”

Other miners then began attacks on other mines by destroying their property and fighting against the National Guard. Little did they know that these fights would cost them the lives of between 69-199 people. It became known in history as the deadliest strike known in the USA.

The Massacre at Ludlow became a monumental stepping stone in helping the American Labor Relations show just how violent the struggle between corporate businesses and laborers was back then. This then helped with the committee promoting their child labor laws and deducing that a reasonable working day consists of only 8 hours.

Ludlow MassacreRuins of Ludlow

The site where the miners lived, is now owned by the UMWA with a monument erected in the memory of the many miners and their families who aimlessly lost their lives that day. The tented site has been dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.

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