Make Your Own Candy Bars For Halloween

During my recent trip to the Supermarket, bags and bags of fun sized, mini-bars and combo packs of Halloween candy greeted me.  The do-it-yourselfer in me wondered would it be possible to skip all the added artificial ingredients and fillers. Could I make candy bars at home? The geniuses at Chowhound to the rescue. They […]

Onomatopoeia – Things Sound As They Are

on·o·mat·o·poe·ia – ˌänəˌmadəˈpēə,ˌänəˌmädəˈpēə/ noun.  the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. Examples are words such as cuckoo, sizzle. To make sure you fully grasp the concept, we invoke a song from Todd Rundgren’s 1978 Hermit of Mink Hollow album. It’s not everyone who can make a love song out of this concept, but Todd […]

There is NO PUMPKIN in pumpkin pie spice.

There is no pumpkin in pumpkin pie spice.  While the term brings up fond memories of Thanksgiving, the truth is that this concoction is the five spices that are added to pumpkin and other ingredients to make the pie. The five spices found in Pumpkin Pie Spice are: Cinnamon Ginger Nutmeg or Mace Cloves Allspice […]

BOTTOM LINE: What’s the smallest thing ever photographed?

What’s the smallest item ever photographed? An Australian University research team was been able to photograph the shadow of a single atom. Professor Dave Kielpinski, from Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, said his research team was curious what they could investigate with visible light. “We wanted to investigate how few atoms are required to cast […]

What does the movie Sideways have in common with Major League Baseball?

One of the most versatile and talented actors in motion pictures today is Paul Giamatti. His roll call of credits is vast and varied, including Straight Outta Compton, Private Parts, Saving Private Ryan, John Adams, Big Fat Liar, Cinderella Man and many others. He is a prolific chameleon who segues from comedy to drama with […]

How do you tell the difference between a Baby Boomer and a Millennial?

How do you tell the difference between a Baby Boomer and a Millennial? We’d like to settle it once and for all … but we can’t.  While many people have an idea of what era is what, researchers like to use standardized generational cohorts to explain behaviors and perceptions of generations. Even between researchers, there […]

Back To School Shopping List – Circa 1990

Before the era of smartphones, tablets, laptops; each fall brought with it the extensive list of items to travel to the local office supply store, discount department store and grocery store to buy.  The La Douceur Family looked at their electronics and came up with the following list of items that one would have to […]

BOTTOM LINE: The Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever Produced

BOTTOM LINE: The 2015 Dodge Challenger HEMI Hellcat is the most powerful The Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever Produced. With the Hellcat HEMI engine and the incredible amounts of power it produces, the Challenger moves it into some the ranks of the supercar territory. This engine’s produces an unbelievable 707 horsepower and 650 ft/lbs of […]