Tuesday 29 September 2020
Well it's now Tuesday and that means it is indestructible stuff day today's stuff is spider silk.
If you have every walked into s spiderweb you will know it is super sticky and stretchy and of course strong.
All spiders make silk to do useful jobs such as spinning webs, wrapping up prey, dangling from ceilings and carrying eggs and it's one of the toughest natural material there is.
Because it is so tough, spider silk can be very useful to us as well, with it we can make things such as ropes, clothes and parachutes.
Spiders make silk as liquid inside their bodies, it forms strands as they push it ou from their abdomens.
This natural wonder has many cool properties, it's tough but light, some say weight for weight it's harder then steel.
It is incredibly elastic stretching up to four times it's original length without breaking.
It gets stronger when it is wet, helping spiderwebs hold up under heavy drops of dew.
It keep its strength and stretchiness even at extreme low and high temperatures.
The spiders with the strongest silk are Darwin's bark spider and the golden orb weaver, which spins a gold coloured silk.
Monday 28 September 2020
Good afternoon everyone, hope all is well with everyone, I am recovering nicely from my accident on Saturday. Well it's Monday so that means it is fact day. Today's facts are :
People who become hysterical when peanut butter becomes stuck to the root of their mouth are suffering from the condition “arachibutyrophobia”
In 1921 the commissioner of Ellis Island in New York made the decision to treat all incoming immigrants to a taste of something truly American by serving them ice cream as part of the first meal.
Queen Isabella of Castille, who sent Christopher Columbus to find the Americas, boasted that she had only bathed twice in her life. Once when she was born and once before she married.
The scientific name for a tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum which means wolf peach.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist
Sunday 27 September 2020
Thursday 24 September 2020
Tuesday 22 September 2020
Good morning here we are at the 22nd day of September, 36yrs ago on this day I went from being a Jenkins to a Meadows.
I meet Tim on the 9th June 1983 in my parents lounge-room this was because we met through a dating agency. I knew by our next date that he was the man for me.
In September that year he tells me ha had invited a few mates to our engagement party. I looked at him and said “what” you haven't even asked me to marry you., he laughed took my hands and said but you will won't you. My reply was not the point but of course I will.
Our engagement party was paired with m
y 21st and held at my parents place, it was a good night ending around 3 or 4am although Tim crashed in the back of his panel van around midnight, after he fell asleep on the toilet. The last to leave were Tim's mates and a couple of gatecrashes as in neighbours from up the road.
We married on the 22nd September 1984 in St Alban's church in front of around 100 guests. The reception was held in the church hall back then my mum was involved with the church so we got a good deal.
I wore a dress that had been my aunt's wedding dress, I was never thrilled with the dress but said nothing, I also had no say in the wedding care which was a traditional fruit cake, I do not eat fruit cake.
I have wanted to renew my vows for many years but Tim has no interest in doing so.
Monday 21 September 2020
Hello world, another lovely day here in Newie, being Monday means it's fact day so here are this weeks facts.
Los Angeles full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula”
Right handed people live on average 9 years longer than left handed people.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball
There are 701 types of pure breed dogs
Sunday 20 September 2020
Thursday 17 September 2020
Tuesday 15 September 2020
Well Tuesday is here and it's another nice warm day, which means I am dripping in sweat on and off all day.
Tuesday is now indestructible stuff day and today it is the well known Superbug, we have all heard talk about this or that superbug.
A superbug is actually a disease causing bacteria that is resistant to run of the mill antibiotics.
The first antibiotics were developed back in 1928 based on natural germ-killing chemicals found in mould. Since then these drugs have saved millions of lives. The ability to cure bacterial illnesses and infections such as tetanus, tuberculosis, and even the plague.
The problem is there is often just a few bacteria that are tough enough to survive the antibiotics. As the others are killed the extra tough survivors become superbugs, a kind of super strong bacteria that antibiotics can't kill.
This means they can kill us, just like before we had antibiotics.
So you are wondering what to do to protect yourself , really..............
Every man and his dog know you need to wash your hands, use hand gel, clean surfaces regularly
Monday 14 September 2020
hello Monday, the start of a new working week and life goes on as it
does with each and every one of us, hopefully...........
Monday is fact day, so here are this weeks facts you may or maynot know already.
The most populated city in the world, when major urban areas are included is Tokyo....
Swedish confectionery salesman Roland Ohisson was buried in a coffin made of chocolate in 1973
Mercedes Benz cars are named after a girl called Mercedes Jellinek
Coca Cola and Dr Pepper were both introduced in the same year 1886
One weird wedding present received by Queen Victoria was a giant wheel of Cheddar Cheese it weighed over 1,000 pounds.
Sunday 13 September 2020
Saturday 12 September 2020
I am having phone problems my cordless phones since yesterday around lunch time and it's so annoying. Our house phone aka land line now runs through the modem has none since we became connected to the NBN.
The NBN is a type of internet service here in Australia, which for so many of us suck with outages and dropouts
There is little to no point of complaining to Telstra as you get told to turn the modem off and on again and then you are told to disconnect the phone line and reconnect it, you also get told to disconnect the phone power line and then reconnect it. If that doesn't work you get told you may need new phones.
It is so frustrating
Thursday 10 September 2020
Tuesday 8 September 2020
Good morning all, anoteher nice warm day herre in Newie, today's indestructible stuff is the humble Flu Virus. Which I reckon haas been arround since the days of Adam & Eve.
Pretty much everyone has had the flu at some time but how many think about how tough the virus is. In fact the Flu Virus will probably be around forever, or as long as there's anything left to infect.
Viruses work by invading living cells and using them to make more copies of the virus. Whenever more copies of the flu virus are made, the virus changes slightly, this changing creates morer and more types or strains of flu.
Because the flue keeps changing scientists have to keep creating new vaccines to try and prevent the flu. Sometimes new and dangerous strains appear that can cause deadly epidemics in the world. Scientists are constantly keeping tabs on flu to see what it's getting up to, but nevere completely catch up with it.
Some affect animals instead of people.
Back in 1918-1920 a deadly flu strain ravaged the world killing around 50 million people.
A year ago we would have said that we now have better medicines so such a disaster would be unlikely to happen again.
Enter March 2020 and Covid 19 or Coronavirus in Australia we have had 26,322 cases wiyh 762 deaths mostly in Victoria. There has been 27.2 million cases worldwide with 890,000 deaths.
Monday 7 September 2020
Hello world, a new week isupon us and today is a lovelt day weather wise.
I have a headache but generaly I am doing ok not great just ok.
Here are this weeks facts.
Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails
Alaska has more bears than all the other states in America put together.
The name WENDY was first used in J.M.Barrie's book Peter Pan
You can get round playing cards in India
Pioneer aviator Orville Wright wrote numbers on all the eggs his chickens produced so he could eat them in the order they were laid
Tuesday 1 September 2020
Hello Tuesday, hope everyone is having a good day. Well it's indestructible stuff day and today's stuff is Deinococcus Radiodurans.
Back in 1956 scientists were testing radiation as a way to kill germs in food and make it last longer. They zapped tins of meat with high-energy gamma rays, which did kill pretty much all of the bugs except for a common bacterium often found in food, soil and poo named Deinococcus Radiodurans.
Since ten this bacterium has turned out to be resistant to about 1000 times as much radiation as humans can endure. It also scoffs at strong acid, freezing temperatures, being dried out and being in a vacuum.
It holds the title of “world's toughest bacterium” and has been nicknamed “Conan the Bacterium” after the legendary, unstoppable comic book warrior, Conan the Barbarian.
Radiation is dangerous because it damages DNA, the chemical that controls living cells. Radio-resistant bacteria can survive because they have amazing ability to rebuild their own DNA.
One day we may be able to build this ability into our own cells.
This would be handy for astronauts who face high levels of radiation in space.
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