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How About Garden Opoly as a Christmas Present i recently had a chance to check out Garden-Opoly. This very fun version of Monopoly uses different breeds of plants instead of properties, with POISON IVY replacing MEDITERRANEAN AVE, and Orchids replacing BOARDWALK. Each player buys garden favorites, collects Clay Pots and trades them in for Greenhouses. Sounds easy enough - but add aphid infestation, water bills and a dandelion outbreak and it becomes a little more difficult... and a lot more fun! Each deed back contains interesting facts such as the appropriate climate, soil and watering for each plant, as well as, fun facts about origin, popularity and varieties. A player may even be elected president of the garden club (always wanted to be famous)... or may be WEEDING, and out of the game for three turns! The custom pewter tokens are: a hand trowel, garden clog, garden gnome, wheel barrow and ladybug...i'm the clog...can't keep my shoes on!
Tags: Garden-Opoly  Board  Game 
Added: 19th November 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
Piggy Wiggy Flu the 2009 Swine Flu Outbreak This is intended only to shed light on the hysteria that the Swine Flu has brought about world wide. We went through this spoof back in 1976 and recently with the bird flu epidemic just a few years ago...remember?
Tags: Swine  Flu  Barack  Hussien  Obama  Porky  Pig  Pigs  Pink  Floyd  Kramer  Pigman  CDC  Mexico  Outbreak  Borders  Google  Maps  Michael  Jackson  Surgical  Masks  Dorah  Arnold  The  Pig  Gerald  Ford  Three  Pigs  Thermaflu  White  House  Pigs  In  Space  Miss  Piggy  Dirty  Jobs  Charolette 
Added: 30th April 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
USS Maine Baseball Team The American battleship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. About three-quarters of the ship's crew perished. Only 16 sailors onboard were completely uninjured. Accusations of sabotage led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. (Evidence from modern investigations of the wreck suggests that a spontaneous internal explosion of coal near the ship's magazine likely caused the explosion--not sabotage.) Be that as it may, here is a photo of the USS Maine's baseball team. The man standing at the top left, J.H. Bloomer, was the only team member to survive the explosion.
Tags: USS  Maine  baseball  team 
Added: 18th September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Polio Vaccine Campaign 1954 From 1916 through 1952 the United States and Canada experienced horrible outbreaks of polio every few years. At one point, one out of every 5000 children was diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Polio is a virus which can be contracted through contacting bodily fluids from someone already infected. Early symptoms might include headaches and a runny nose. However, once the virus moves to the central nervous system, it can cause paralysis and even death. Sneezing and coughing accelerate the spread of polio. Therefore there was justifiable panic in communities when outbreaks occurred. Public gathering places would be declared off limits. (Swimming pools were typically the first places to be closed.) Municipal parks would be eerily vacant. Researchers later determined, somewhat ironically, that young children were most susceptible to polio because most North American births in the 20th century occurred in the sterile environs of hospitals. These newborns did not naturally come in contact with small amounts of the disease as did their ancestors who were born at home. Accordingly, their immune systems did not develop sufficient resistance to the virus. Researchers Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin worked separately to find a cure. Both believed that by exposing children to minute traces of the virus through immunizations their immune systems would build up a lifetime immunity to polio. Salk favored vaccine containing the dead polio virus while Sabin favored live-virus vaccine. In 1954, two years after the terrible 1952 outbreak, more than 1.83 million children volunteered to be "polio pioneers" and serve as guinea pigs for Salk's virus. As a reward for their bravery, each was given a lollipop, plus a button and certificate acknowledging participation in the program. None of the volunteers contracted polio.
Tags: polio  research  vaccine  volunteers 
Added: 13th May 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tony Wilding - Tennis Champ Killed in WW1 Anthony (Tony) Wilding of New Zealand was the gentlemen's Wimbledon singles champion for four consecutive years (1910 to 1913). After coming through the ranks to win the championship in 1910, he only had to play one match each year to defend it, as the reigning champion was given a bye directly into the final. This system lasted until the early 1920s. Handsome and popular, Wilding is among his country's most successful international athletes ever. One newspaper account said Wilding's "dashing" style of "manly play" had female spectators "swooning." When Wilding lost the 1914 final to Australia's Norman Brookes, many of his female admirers in the stands openly wept. Because of the First World War, the 1914 Wimbledon was the last played until 1919. Wilding enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 and was made an officer of a motorized unit in France. On May 9, 1915, Wilding was killed when a German shell exploded on top of the dugout in which he was sitting. He was 31 years old.
Tags: tennis  Tony  Wilding 
Added: 13th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Polio Ward Photo This photo from the 1930s shows a hospital's polio ward where children were placed in iron lungs to assist their breathing. Polio epidemics were a frequent occurrence in the first half of the 20th century in industrialized countries. They were actually a strange bi-product of affluence. By the beginning of the 20th century, a significant amount of babies were being born in the antiseptic conditions of hospitals rather than at home. This meant that many infants were not exposed to the polio virus and thus did not build up an immunity to it. Therefore when they were exposed to it later in life, they were vulnerable. Although the disease mostly afflicted children, adults were not necessarily immune. (President Franklin Roosevelt was crippled by polio at age 39.) The polio virus moved from one person to the next via human bodily fluids. Children who sneezed and coughed were the main culprits. The first symptoms varied. Sometime people had runny noses, sore throats, or aches. However, the minor discomforts could quickly change to partial paralysis if it struck one's central nervous system. Whenever a major polio outbreak hit, many public facilities such as swimming pools and parks would shut down. The last major outbreak occurred in 1952. By the mid-1950s the Salk and Saban vaccines had done much to eradicate the virus from North America.
Tags: polio  ward  photo 
Added: 16th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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