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Friday, October 26th, 2012
Doing a Give Away

I have some money to give away. Two Amazon Gift Cards, thanks to all of you who use my links to buy things. (And if you keep using my links, I’ll keep giving away money!!! So when you buy at Amazon, click on one of my links please and there will be money to win).

They aren’t big giveaways, but on card if for $10.92, and the other is for $19.59.

So here’s what we’re going to do. To win one of these cards, you need to respond to this post (on my website blog or the LJ blog) and you need to tell me something about something you know nothing about. Go ahead.

You have until Monday at 5:00 Pacific Time. (And yeah, it will be a random drawing.)

Go!!

14 comments to “Doing a Give Away”

  1. Paul (@princejvstin)
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     · October 26th, 2012 at 7:56 pm · Link

    Something about something I know nothing about.

    Well that suggests that I wikipedia something on the drop of a hat. Okay, Di, here goes:

    Surtsey (Icelandic, meaning “Surtr’s island”) is a volcanic island off the southern coast of Iceland. At 63.303°N 20.6047°WCoordinates: 63.303°N 20.6047°W Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland. It was formed in a volcanic eruption which began 130 metres (426 ft) below sea level, and reached the surface on 15 November 1963. The eruption lasted until 5 June 1967, when the island reached its maximum size of 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi). Since then, wind and wave erosion have caused the island to steadily diminish in size: as of 2002, its surface area was 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi). The new island was named after Surtr, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology



    • Di Francis
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       · October 30th, 2012 at 8:23 pm · Link

      Apparently a new eruption is i need to replenish the island.



  2. Erik
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     · October 27th, 2012 at 6:09 am · Link

    Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from 15 November 1966 to 15 December 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated 16 November 1966, entitled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something”.

    Mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970, later popularized by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, claiming that Mothman was related to a wide array of supernatural events in the area and the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel’s book.



  3. Tori
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     · October 27th, 2012 at 6:11 am · Link

    Something I know nothing about? That should be easy. lol

    How snails mate:

    Snails are hermaphrodites: have both male and female reproductive bits. Nonetheless, they still need a buddy to mate because snails, like Jesus, frown on self-love. When two of these get together to get their freak on, they engage in what scientists refer to as snail donkey punching.

    One snail will smack the other in the head with a “love dart,” a weird calcified spike that Snail A uses to stab Snail B with in order to convince it to trade “small packets of sperm.” Because they are both male and female, they fertilize each other then go about their merry way.



    • Di Francis
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       · October 30th, 2012 at 8:22 pm · Link

      Is that true? Because wow, that’s totally awesome if so.



  4. Kristy
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     · October 27th, 2012 at 11:56 pm · Link

    All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.



  5. Van P.
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     · October 28th, 2012 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp. Brine shrimp, to be exact. Rich swarms of tiny brine shrimp inhabit salty lakes in both of the world’s hemispheres, and it is to these lakes that flocks of flamingos travel in search of their meals. They scoop up shrimp in their strangely curved beaks, which they hold upside down in order to strain our mud and water. Then they swallow the shrimp.

    It is a nutritious natural chemical, or organic compound, called beta carotene in the brine shrimp that turns the flamingos’ feathers pink. Beta carotene is the same chemical that makes carrots orange—and it’s very important because it is a building block that the bodies of humans, birds and animals use to manufacture Vitamin



  6. L.S. Taylor
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     · October 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm · Link

    The Western Black Beaver, or “black biter” as it is more commonly known, regularly inhabits the air vents of apartment buildings along the Pacific coast of the northwest United States and southwest Canada. Stockpiling debris and dust motes to catch its prey, its typical diet is spiders, silverfish, and small rodents. If encountered, do not approach, as the creatures are habitually defensive of their habitat, and true to their nickname, will bite.



    • Di Francis
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       · October 30th, 2012 at 8:19 pm · Link

      I love it. That’s priceless.



  7. Melz Reupenny
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     · October 29th, 2012 at 10:52 am · Link

    I thought about what was the most common thing in everyday use but have no knowledge how it originated. This is what I found courtesy of wiki.answers.com:
    According to Roman legend, soap was named after Mount Sapo, an ancient site of animal sacrifices. After an animal sacrifice, rain would wash the animal fat and ash that collected under the ceremonial altars down the slopes to the banks of the Tiber River. Women washing clothes in the river noticed that if they washed their clothes in certain parts of the river after a heavy rain their clothes were much cleaner. Thus the emergence of the first soap – or at least the first use of soap.



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