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Through the Keyhole - July 2022


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JULY 2022
Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
"One of the oldest cities in the world, this historic place has been the capital of its country for over 700 years.  Oddly enough, it is the second most populated city in the country."

Can you guess the location?

Happy 4th of July!
With all that is going on in the world and no matter what you think of our current state of affairs, we are still the United States of America.  This place is home to the greatest, most resilient, honest, hard-working people in the world.  We the People are good.  This month we celebrate our beginning and the brave people who led the revolution breaking us from Britain (and their unjust taxes and laws).

Some would argue that We The People must stand up again today...

In honor of bravery, here is some fun trivia for you to throw around at your BBQs on Monday...

1. Where was the first celebration of Independence Day held?


2. Every Independence Day, how many times does the Liberty Bell ring?


3. What was the name of the newspaper that published the Declaration of Independence?

The Pennsylvania Evening Post

4. The Fourth of July commemorates which document?

Declaration of Independence

5. What is the proper way to fold the American flag?

In a triangular shape

6. Which American president was born on July 4th?

Calvin Coolidge

7. Which president of the United States was the first to host a Fourth of July celebration at the White House?

Thomas Jefferson

8. How many Stars and Stripes does the US flag have?

50 Stars and 13 Stripes

9. What is the location of the nation’s oldest Fourth of July parade?

Bristol, Rhode Island

10. What was the total number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence?


11. Every July 4th, what food is most commonly consumed?

Hot Dogs

12. What is the name of the national anthem of the United States of America?

Star-Spangled Banner

13. Who gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?

French people

14. What was The Statue of Liberty’s official name?

Liberty Enlightening the World

15. Where is the Liberty Bell currently located?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

16. Every July 4th, how many hot dogs are consumed?

150 million

17. On the Declaration of Independence, who had the largest signature?

John Hancock

18. Which two presidents of the United States died on July 4th of the same year?

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

19. Why was the Boston Tea Party’s tea shipment ruined?

Due to Protest against British

20. What was the estimated population of the United States on July 4, 1776?

2.5 million people

21. On July 4th, which classic children’s book was published?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

22.: In what year were fireworks first used to celebrate the Fourth of July?


23. Who is the author of the Pledge of Allegiance?

Francis Bellamy

24. During World War II, where did the Declaration of Independence get stored?

Fort Knox

25. Which country declared independence from the United States on July 4, 1960?

Philippines (which was a country in exile)

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QuickBooks Online

This is becoming a better choice with better remote capabilities and the fact that Intuit now will require paying for a yearly license even for their desktop version.

 “Big changes are coming for QuickBooks desktop users. Starting in 2022, QuickBooks Desktop will only be sold as an annual subscription in either the Pro Plus, Premier Plus, or Mac Plus versions. That’s not all; once the subscription is activated, it must be renewed annually or the user will be locked out of their company files. Businesses that still use QuickBooks Desktop will need to make decisions about how they want to continue using the software – and soon.” - Changes Coming in 2022 for QuickBooks Desktop (


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Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Dean Argiris who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
ANSWER: Mount Conner, Australia 
"Located in the southern hemisphere, this "mountain" looks more like a stump vs. a mountain.  There are many of these types of "mountains" all over the world.  Since this is pretty obscure, guess one anywhere and you win."

Mount Conner (pictured in the clue above) is a flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped mountain. It is often confused with Uluru, since it can be seen from the road to Uluru and Kata Tjuta , when approaching from Alice Springs. The region’s Aborigines, who call the mountain Artilla, believe it to be the home of icemen who create cold weather.

Located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Brown Bluff is a ice-capped, flat topped 745 meter (2,444 ft) high volcano with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown color. The shores in front of Brown Bluff are home to thousands of Adelie and Gentoo penguins.
Kukenan is a 2,680 meter (8,793 ft) high and about 3 km (1.9 mi) long tepui. It is located near the more famous tepui Mount Roraima. Kukenan is more difficult to climb, so it is ascended much less frequently than Mount Roraima. Cuquenan Falls, the second tallest waterfall in the world, is located at the south end of the tepui.
Situated in the Highlands of Iceland, Herðubreið is a flat-topped, steep-sided volcano which was formed after lava erupted through a thick glacier. This kind of flat topped mountain is called a tuya. Due to the mountain’s steep and unstable sides, the first ascent was in 1908 despite centuries of knowledge of its existence.
Debre Damo in northern Ethiopia is the name of a flat-topped mountain and a 6th century monastery located on the top. The monastery, accessible only by rope up a sheer cliff, is known for its collection of manuscripts, and having the earliest existing church building in Ethiopia still in its original style. Tradition claims the monastery was founded in the sixth century by a Syrian monk.
Mount Roraima is the highest (2,772m/9094ft) and most famous tepui in Venezuela. Because the mountain is completely isolated from the ground forest almost one third of the species of plant life on Roraima evolved there and are unique to the plateau. Mount Roraima was made famous in 1912 when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his fictional novel entitled The Lost World. It describes the ascent of a Roraima-like mountain by an expedition in search of prehistoric plants and dinosaurs that were believed to live isolated and unchanged for millions of years on the mountains summit.

There are MANY of these types of mountains located all over the world.  It is interesting that some people insist that these resemble tree stumps rather than traditional mountains that were formed by glaciers or volcanic eruptions...

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Mount Roraima ~10 minutes
Hilarious filming of a commercial
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Fireworks FAILS

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AGT - Great Act.
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The Sweet Old Lady...

This letter was sent to the principal's office after the school had sponsored a luncheon for the elderly.

An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a prize and was writing to say thank you.
This story is a credit to all humankind ...especially if you are familiar with the elderly and their ways. Forward to anyone you know who might need a lift today.
Dear Lincoln Elementary,
God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens' luncheon. I am 85 years old and live at the Springer Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away. I am all alone now and it's nice to know that someone is thinking of me. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady.
My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping. The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. Her distress over the broken radio touched me and I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. She asked me if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass.
Thank you for that opportunity.

Family Fued
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I always wondered how the lunar rover fit in there...

More Stuff...

Watermelon Margaritas

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • ¾ cup white tequila
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 pinch salt or sugar for rimming glasses
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups crushed ice, or as needed


Step 1
Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.

Step 2
Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

Step 3
Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.

Step 4
Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

Step 5
Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Cook's Notes:
Fill sugar or salt rimmed glasses with crushed ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with a lime wedge.

To make a frozen version, crush 1.5 cups of ice in a high-quality blender. Add watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup and blend until smooth.
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