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Monday, October 31, 2016
Through the Keyhole - November 2016
NOVEMBER 2016 Through the Keyhole
Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
Hell Hath Frozen!
now for a new picture above- Can you
guess where it is by looking through the keyhole? "This gathering place
will be completed next year and will be a welcome addition to the city
and neighborhood. Think Cubdom as we are still in it for game 6." Can
you guess the location?
Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure
it out. The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent
issue. Good luck and have fun.
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Munich, Germany - Keyhole Answer
"This one is so easy,
I cannot give you a clue that would be more obvious. Think of the
month and look at the picture of this famous city..." No
one guessed this location correctly and that really disappoints me. Is
it the the location was too easy, or are my readers becoming
complacent. Guesses motivate me to continue putting this labor of love
together... SO KEEP GUESSING.
Munich is the capital city of
Bavaria. Within the city limits, Munich has a population of more than
1.4 million, making it the third-most populous city in Germany. The
Munich metropolitan region which extends to cities like Augsburg or
Ingolstadt had a population of more than 5.6 million in 2008.
located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is famous for its
beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration.
cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even
considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Many travelers to
Munich are absolutely stunned by the quality of the architecture.
Although it was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II,
many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt and the city center
appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s including its largest church,
the Frauenkirche, and the famous city hall (Neues Rathaus).
is a major international center of business, engineering, research and
medicine exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a
multitude of smaller colleges, headquarters of several multinational
companies and world-class technology and science museums like the
Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum. It is Germany's most prosperous city
and makes it repeatedly into the top 10 of global quality-of-life
rankings. Munich's ability to stay at the forefront of technological
developments and maintain its cultural heritage is often summarized in
the characterization as a city of "laptop and lederhosen".
Top 10 (fun) facts about Munich
1. Munich is located further North than any other major city in the United States
2. Beer is not considered an alcoholic beverage but food in Bavaria
3. The Bayerische Biergartenverordnung (former Bayerisches Biergartengesetz) allows you to bring your own food to a beer garden and of course also eat it there.
4. The world famous Oktoberfest actually
starts in mid-September, not in Oktober as it did until 1871.
The reason is easy: the weather is just better in September!
5. Europe’s biggest film studios, the Bavaria Filmstudios, are in Munich.
6. Munich is also called “Minga” instead of München – but mostly not by people who live in Munich but people from the villages and cities around.
7. The Underground of Munich was built for the Olympic Games 1972.
8. Never order anything but a Bavarian beer in Bavaria.
9. With over 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is the 3rd biggest city of Germany.
10. Bavaria is just the most beautiful German state.
Surface Studio, Surface Book and new Windows 10 features
is a direct attack on Apple's desktop offerings with its focus on
CREATIVE OUTPUT. Apple's products are aging and Microsoft is going to
Windows 10 Creator's Update While the Surface Studio emphasizes
creative output of PCs, the Windows 10 Creators Update is supposed to
bring creation capabilities to the masses. The update will be available
this spring for Windows 10 users everywhere and will bring a ton of new
One of the major emphases of the new release is a
focus on creating 3D content. MS Paint is getting a refresh that adds
support for creating and manipulating 3D models. Those models can be
shared with the world using Microsoft's new Remix 3D community, which
will host models shared from Paint 3D, Minecraft and Trimble's SketchUp.
top of that, the Creators Update also includes some new sharing
features that are designed to make it easier for people to share content
with people close to them. Portraits of users' close friends will show
up in the Windows taskbar. Dragging files onto those portraits will open
up a dialog that lets users quickly share those files.
In Greece, giving the thumbs up
sign is the same as giving the middle finger. So instead of saying
"great" or "a-okay" like you intended to, you might be saying something
much more insulting.
Tipping After Dinner
In Japan, tipping after dinner
insinuates people need an incentive to do a good job and wouldn't do
their best without the tip. Yikes.
Blowing Your Nose
In China, blowing your nose is
regarded as a repulsive act — yes, even if you're sick with a cold. So
if you're visiting this country, do this act in the bathroom and not in
Sitting in the Back
Going straight to the back seat
of a cab is considered egalitarian in counties like Australia, New
Zealand, parts of Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Instead you
should ride shot gun if it's available.
Eating Your Entire Meal
In Russia, eating your entire
meal signifies you're still hungry and the hosts didn't provide enough
food. Funnily enough, in the United States this act shows your host you
loved your meal.
Opening a Gift Immediately
If you don't want to look greedy
when you receive a gift in China or India, you should wait to open it
until you're not with the giver anymore.
Laughing With Your Mouth Open
In Japan, laughing to the point
of exposing your teeth is impolite. Instead, you should use your hand to
cover your mouth when you can't resist the urge to chuckle when you
Using Your Left Hand
Since some cultures in Africa,
India, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East don't use toilet paper, and use
their left hand instead, it's frowned upon to use those five fingers for
just about anything else.
Being on Time
Showing up to a party on time in
Latin American cultures is basically the equivalent of arriving an hour
early in the United States. In this case, being fashionably late is
Putting Your Hand in Your Pocket
In Turkey and South Korea, it's a
sign of arrogance if you put your hand in your pocket. So if you don't
want locals to think you have an attitude, keep your mitts out.
Salting Your Food
Sure, it might add a blast of
flavor to a bland dish, but in France adding salt to your meal is
considered rude to the chef. After all, in this person's mind, they
spiced the dish to perfection.
I Never Knew That
'A SHOT OF WHISKEY' In
the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a
glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the
bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as
a"shot" of whiskey.
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS American fighter
planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges.
The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the
pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine
BUYING THE FARM This is synonymous with dying. During
WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was
about the price of an average farm, so if you died you "bought the farm"
for your survivors.
IRON CLAD CONTRACT This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE Most
men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife
company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck
knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it
was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to
the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the
buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck
RIFF RAFF The Mississippi River was the main
way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and
freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything
had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The
steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into
riff-raff, meaning low class.
COBWEB The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".
SHIP STATE ROOMS Traveling
by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on
the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To
this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.
SLEEP TIGHT Early
beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in
a crisscross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the
ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner
would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.
SHOWBOAT These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These
played small town along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown
in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy
and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life
of the party is "showboating".
OVER A BARREL In the days
before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and
the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the
lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you
are in deep trouble.
BARGE IN Heavy freight was moved along
the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard
to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People
would say they "barged in".
HOGWASH Steamboats carried both
people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad that they would be washed
before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off
was considered useless "hog wash".
CURFEW The word "curfew"
comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the
fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and
candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which
later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes
had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room.
In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the
night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be
covered with a clay pot called a "curfew".
BARRELS OF OIL When
the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing
the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we
speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.
HOT OFF THE PRESS As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it's hot. The expression means to get immediate information.
Joke of the Day
Nine you're Fine TEN YOU'RE MINE Driving School Taught By First Responders
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teenagers. Our curriculum is the same used in high schools throughout
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Dive with a Crocodile (Ugh.)
That's right. You can dive with a crocodile. That looks like Kyle Schwarber...
Top Earners with something in common 2016 1. Elizabeth Taylor - $8M 2. David Bowie - $10.8M 3. Albert Einstein - $11.5M 4. John Lennon - $12M 5. Dr. Seuss - $20M 6. Bob Marley - $21 M 7. Prince - $25M 8. Elvis - $27M 9. Arnold Palmer - $40M 10. Charles Shulz - $48M 11. Michael Jackson - $825M
handsome male dogs were walking down the street when they saw a
beautiful, enticing, female poodle. The three male dogs fell over
themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but ended up
arriving in front of her at the same time.
The males were
speechless before her beauty, slobbering all over themselves and hoping
for just a glance from her in return. Aware of her charms and her
obvious effect on the three suitors, she decided to be kind and tell
“The first one who can use the words “liver” and “cheese” together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.”
The sturdy, muscular black lab speaks up quickly and says “I love liver and cheese.”
“Oh, how childish,” said the poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.”
She turned to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and said “How well can you do?”
“Ummmm...I HATE liver and cheese,” blurted the Golden Retriever.
“My, my,” said the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the lab’s sentence.”
She then turned to the final dog and said, “How about you, little guy?”
last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, was the
Taco Bell chihuahua. He gave her a smile, a sly wink, turned to the
Golden Retriever and the lab and said....
“Liver alone, cheese mine."
Bruce is this you?
"Don't ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure."
- Joe Maddon
Kid vs. Barber
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his
customer. ‘This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it
you.’ The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the
other, then calls the boy over and asks, ‘Which do you want, son?’ The
boy takes the quarters and leaves. ‘What did I tell you?’ said the
barber. ‘That kid never learns!’ Later, when the customer leaves, he
sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ‘Hey, son!
May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the
dollar bill?’ The boy licked his cone and replied, ‘Because the day I
take the dollar, the game is over!
"It's Always Perfect" Chil
TURKEY / CHICKEN CHILI
1 Pkg. Ground Turkey 1 Pkg. Ground Chicken 1 Onion – chopped 1 Green Pepper – chopped 2 cans of Stewed Tomatoes (chili seasoned) 1 large can (28 oz.) Crushed Tomatoes 1 can Chili Beans (medium spicy) 1 pkg. Chili Seasoning Sugar Brown Sugar Cayenne Pepper (dried seasoning) Chipotle Chili Pepper (bottled) Garlic Salt
Brown ground turkey in skillet. While cooking, season with garlic
salt. Finish when turkey is “crumbly” and all pink color is gone. Drain
and put in chili pot. 2. Brown ground chicken in same skillet
(with the residue from the cooked turkey still in pan). While cooking,
season with the liquid Chipotle Chili Pepper flavor. Finish when
chicken is “crumbly” and all pink color is gone. Drain and add to chili
pot. 3. In same skillet, add some olive oil to the residue from the cooked chicken and turkey. 4.
Add 2/3 of the chopped onion and all of the chopped green pepper to
skillet. Saute the vegetables until the onions are clear and peppers a
little softened. While cooking, sprinkle the mixture with Cayenne
Pepper (seasoned to liking). 5. Once cooked, add to chili pot and mix. 6. Add all the cans of tomatoes and chili beans to chili pot (DO NOT DRAIN cans before adding them). 7. Mix well 8. Turn on heat low to medium 9. Add entire package of Chili Seasoning & mix well 10. Add about (I usually eye it, but approx.) ½ cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup of sugar 11. Season with additional Cayenne pepper and liquid Chipotle Chili Pepper to liking 12. Mix well and bring up to a slow boil. 13.
Once boiling, lower heat to low or extra low. I don’t totally cover
pot with lid, but leave the lid a little off-center so the pot can
“breathe”. 14. Cook super low and slow, mixing occasionally. I’ve
let this chili simmer for an hour up to 4 hours. Whatever fits your
“dining” schedule. 15. When ready to eat, use rest of chopped
onion for topping. Add shredded cheese, oyster crackers and sour cream
as desired. A nice addition to this meal is a double-box of cornbread cooked and served hot with some honey. A cold beer is also quite tasty as well!