Monday, February 1, 2016

Through the Keyhole - February 2016


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Through the Keyhole

Informative & Interesting... not your everyday company newsletter.
This month we welcome the Groundhog, the Primaries, The Super Bowl, and Valentine's Day.  For my money, I bet the silly groundhog sees his shadow and we have another 6 weeks of winter.  I also think that the primary elections will be surprising and that the Super Bowl halftime show will be more entertaining than the game.  Also, this month PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT and Spring Training will be underway.  Welcome boys of summer.

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Average Temps in February:
City                    Avg. High   Avg. Low
Chicago                 35               20
Dallas                    61               41
Phoenix                72               49
New York               42               29
Miami                    78               62
Puerto Vallarta     80               62
Melbourne, AUS    70               50
Anchorage             23              11
Havana, Cuba       82              62

Maybe it might be time for some sunshine and warm weather. 

Also this month you can attend NYC Fashion Week, Celebrate National Margarita Day (22nd), go to the Daytona 500 (21st), Carnivale in Rio (Feb. 5-9).

And now for a new keyhole picture above- Can you guess where it is?
"This city, founded in 1521 at an elevation of 7340 ft., has an average temperature of 64 F and has a metropolitan population north of 20 million people.  This place can be dangerous if you don't know where you are going, so cuidado!"
Last month, Russell Racean made the fastest guess of Disneyworld, Orlando, FL which is incorrect.  However, the picture is tricky and very misleading.  I feel bad about the tomfoolery so, Russell WINS! Congrats!

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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Disneyland Paris (formerly Euro Disney)- Keyhole Answer

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"Dubbed the Happiest Place on Earth, this place may surprise you. The secret network of underground tunnels make it easy to remove garbage. However, that doesn't stop the feral cat population from growing.  Many people actually live here on Main Street "

Good old Michael Eisner (remember him?) founded this place in April of 1992 and originally dubbed it Euro Disney.  Located just east of the center of Paris, this is the most visited theme park in all of Europe.  This place was fraught with problems when it first opened as many of the Parisians viewed it as an invasion of France by American ideology.  People were not happy about American traditions and there were labor disputes, walkouts and boycotts of the park.  Attendance did not really start picking up until Space Mountain opened up in 1995.  Then things generally picked up through 2002 when it was renamed Disneyland Resort Paris.

There are two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.  There are rides and attractions similar to what you would know from the US parks but also 7 hotels that all work together to provide a great experience.

9 things you did not know about Disneyland Paris:

1. The original location of the park wasn’t Paris at all

Disney originally wanted to locate close to the Mediterranean Sea to try to match the warm climate of the parks in Florida and California. Paris eventually won out because it’s estimated to be less than a four-hour drive for 70 million people, and a two-hour flight away from 300 million more!

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2. There’s a secret network of underground tunnels
Often characters need to dash from one land to another, and with crowds bustling around, they’d never get where they were going. A network of underground tunnels were built to solve this. Equipment is also hauled in these tunnels beneath your feet so as not to tarnish Disney’s image.

3. The park’s name changed because ‘Euro’ was too boring for Europeans
Disneyland Paris was originally called Euro Disney, but research into low visitor numbers found Europeans associated ‘Euro’ too much with finance and work. Americans on the other hand, thought it sounded glamorous!

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4. Hundreds of ‘Hidden Mickeys’ are scattered around the park

You may expect to see Mickey Mouse’s round-eared emblem everywhere, but look a little closer and you’ll find subtle, hidden Mickeys camouflaged in the architecture, or even in much smaller details like the rust marks on a treasure chest. No one knows how many there are!

5. It’s a Small World was supposed to be temporary

It’s a Small World is one of the most popular rides in Disneyland Paris, so popular in fact that it’s replicated at every park across the globe. Originally it was just created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and once the Fair ended, the ride was supposed to too.

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6. An Irish team installed the props on Big Thunder Mountain with tools that were too modern
The Imagineer involved in building Big Thunder Mountain bought old mining tools as props. The Irish team installing the props brought modern tools that didn’t match the machinery being used, which was from the last century. They had to borrow tools from the past!

7. Disneyland Paris has a population of feral cats
The upkeep on the 140 acre park is a colossal undertaking, but luckily a legion of feral cats help to keep the rodent population in check (look away Mickey!). Disney spays and neuters adults, brings kittens to shelters and provides food stations to keep the cats well looked after.

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8. Many of the tenants in the Main Street USA Windows are real people
The upstairs windows of Main Street USA have the names of fictional tenants with comical names – like Dr Bitz, the dentist. However, most of the tenants contributed to the development of the Park. For example, Walt Disney and his brother Roy are named founders and partners, and one Imagineer, Martin Sklar, who produced a newspaper for guests, is credited as a newspaper editor.
9. A man in his 80s created the stained glass window in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Paul Chapman, a stained glass expert from England, who had previously worked on the restoration of Notre Dame, was in his 80s when he supervised the creation of the stained glass windows for Princess Aurora’s Castle.

Grand Opening from 1992 (video)

A day at the park (video)

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Your kid has something to hide (maybe)

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I am not a very good texter...  I do not know all of the acronyms and frankly would rather have a conversation on the telephone than text.  However, from the Millenials on down, texting is a way of life so people like me had better get a translator to find out what the kids are saying...

Here is some good ammunition:

Your kid has something to hide
CD9: Short for "Code 9," which means parents are around.
KPC: Keeping Parents Clueless
MOS: Mom Over Shoulder
P911: Parent Alert
PAL: Parents Are Listening
PAW: Parents Are Watching
PIR: Parent In Room
POS: Parent Over Shoulder

Your kid's personal information or safety is at risk
ASL: Age/Sex/Location
F2F: Face to Face. Asking for a meeting or video chat
LMIRL: Let's Meet In Real Life
NAZ: Name/Address/ZIP
MOOS: Member of the Opposite Sex
MOSS: Member of the Same Sex
MORF or RUMORF: Male or Female, or Are You Male or Female?
RU/18: Are You Over 18?
WUF: Where You From?
WYCM: Will You Call Me?
WYRN: What's Your Real Name?


Artist Blends Celebrity Faces

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Kevin Spacey and Robert DeNiro

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Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber

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Leo DiCaprio and Sean Penn

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Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher

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Guess Who?  Kind of Creepy....

See some more of these here.

The Dangers of TEXTING

Hey Bill ---- This is Alan next door. I’m sorry buddy, but I have a confession to make to you. I've been riddled with guilt these past few months and have been trying to get up the courage to tell you to your face, but I am at least now telling in text as I can’t live with myself a moment longer without you knowing.
The truth is, I have been sharing your wife, day and night, when you're not around.  In fact, probably more than you. I haven’t been getting it at home recently, but that's no excuse I know.  The temptation was just too much... I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies and forgive me.
I promise that it won't happen again.  Please come up with a fee for usage, and I'll pay you. 
Regards, Alan.
Bill, feeling insulted and betrayed, grabbed his gun, and shot his neighbor Alan dead .  He returned home where he poured himself a stiff drink and sat down on the sofa. 
He took out his phone where he saw he has a subsequent message from his neighbor.
Hey Bill --- This is Alan next door again.  Sorry about the slight typo on my last text.  I know you've figured it out anyway, but I’m sure you noticed that my autocorrect changed ‘WiFi’ To ‘Wife’.
Technology hey?!?  Hope you saw the funny side of that.  
Regards, Alan.

Packer's Win

Bad Slogan Translations...
Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: “Nothing Sucks like an Electrolux.”
Coors put its slogan, “Turn It Loose,” into Spanish, where it was read as “Suffer From Diarrhea.”
When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels of what’s inside, since many people can’t read.

Frank Perdue’s chicken slogan, “It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken,” was translated into Spanish as “it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate.”
When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, it translated its “Fly In Leather” campaign literally, which meant “Fly Naked” (vuela en cuero) in Spanish.

An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market which promoted the Pope’s visit. Instead of “I saw the Pope” (el Papa), the shirts read “I Saw the Potato” (la papa).

The Dairy Association’s huge success with the campaign “Got Milk?” prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention the Spanish translation read “Are You Lactating?”
General Motors had a very famous fiasco in trying to market the Nova car in Central and South America. “No va” in Spanish means, “It Doesn’t Go”.
The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as “Kekoukela”, meaning “Bite the Wax Tadpole” or “Female Horse Stuffed with Wax”, depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent “kokoukole”, translating into “Happiness in the Mouth.”

Chicago Temperature Conversion Chart

60° F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago are still sunbathing.

50° F: Californians try to turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens.

40° F: Italian sports cars won’t start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.

32° F: Distilled water freezes; Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

20° F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket.

15° F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0° F: All the people in Phoenix die. Chicagoans close the windows.

10° below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico . The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

25° below zero: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.

40° below zero: Washington, DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the dogs sleep indoors.

100° below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start ‘da car.’

460° below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, ‘cold ’nuff for ya?’

500° below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series. LET'S GO!

Profound Historic Photos
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Selfies 1920s
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Models of "American Gothic" stand next to the painting.
New York City 1903
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Eiffel Tower Under Construction, 1887
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Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy
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Frank Sinatra mug shot at 23 in 1938

New Words (kind of)

One hundred and fifty new words were added to as part of the online dictionary's quarterly update.  A handful of the new words were first used on social media, and the update "continues to show how social media and digital culture, in particular, affect our communication and ever-evolving language," according to

Here are 10:
Drunk text: Typically a huge oops moment. Sending a text message to someone while intoxicated. 
Feels: Informal. Means "strong, often positive feelings," according to the  
Internet of Things (IoT): You've probably heard "Internet of Things" a million times on commercials. The Internet of Things means the everyday devices that collect and transmit data through the Internet.  
Yaaas: Slang. Means "yes" with a little more excitement. 
Matchy-matchyInformal.  Matchy-matchy can relate to clothing or decor and references patterns or colors that are excessively coordinated. 
FleekSlang. Fleek first started swirling around the Internet in 2014, according to The reference means "flawlessly styled" or "groomed," and is typically used as "on fleek."
Bestie: Informal. Everyone has one! Bestie is "a person's best friend," according to
Sapiosexual: defines a sapiosexual as "a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others." 
Mx.:  Defined as a title of respect prefixed to someone's surname. It does not indicate a gender and may be used by a person with any or no specific gender identity, according to
Facepalm: We've all been there. The moment you place the palm of your hand across your face to show just how embarrassed or frustrated you are.

1000 words...

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This is Israel’s memorial to 9/11 ...

It is called the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza.


Completed in 2009 for $2 million, it sits on 5 acres of hillside, 20 miles from the center of Jerusalem.  
The memorial is a 30-foot, bronze American flag. That forms the shape of a flame to commemorate the flames of the Twin Towers.

The base of the monument is made of melted steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. And includes this engraving in Hebrew and English.

“This metal remnant was taken from the remains of the Twin Towers, that imploded on  September 11th disaster. It was sent over to Israel by the City of New York to be
incorporated in this memorial. This metal piece, like the entire monument, is a manifestation of the special relationship between New York and Jerusalem.”
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Surrounding the monument are plaques with the names of the victims of 9/11.  It is the only memorial outside the U.S. that includes the names of all who perished in the terrorist attacks.  Including 5 Israeli citizens.  The site solemnly overlooks Jerusalem’s largest cemetery, Har HaMenuchot. The monument is often used for memorial and commemoration services. 

A powerful memorial from a powerful ally.

OHIO Boy's $20 gift to soldier multiplies - (this will make you cry) - VIDEO

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Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.
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Funny words to describe someone who has been
graciously "over-served"

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boiled as an owl
boozed up
feeling no pain
full of loud mouth soup
got yer wobbly boots on
got your beer goggles on
half in the bag
having the whirlygigs
jober as a sudge
liquidly exuberant
lit like a Christmas tree
Merle Haggard
Moulin Rouged
nicely irrigated with horizontal lubricant
off yer face
off yer pickle
off yer trolley
on a bender
on a campaign
one over the eight
sewed up
well lubricated

Computer Advertisement from 1979



“If you believe passionately in what you are doing and whom you are doing it with, success is bound to follow. "

Golden Retrievers Could be Part HumanAn unusual family of animals is winning hearts on Instagram. This has attracted over 77,000 followers so far by regularly sharing snapshots from the life of one man’s pets: an eccentric but tight-knit group that consists of one golden retriever, one hamster, and eight birds.

31-year-old Luiz Higa Junior of São Paulo, Brazil, tells PetaPixel that his golden retriever, Bob, is a little less than two years old.  In the beginning, he just had Bob, a cockatiel and a parakeet.
“Since the beginning I put them together to see their behavior,” he tells us. “It was nice, so I decided to have them play together sometimes during my free time.”
He then added more birds and a hamster to the group, and his Instagram account has been steadily growing in popularity since. Higa’s photos show the group posing, playing, exploring, and resting together.
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Spicy Cheeseburger Dip

 1 pound VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
 1 (10 ounce) can RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, undrained 
 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese 
 1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained 
 4 green onions, sliced

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