Daily Archives: May 23, 2012

Easy Way To Clean Your Drive-train – White Lightning EZ Clean (or Clean Streak)

It’s that easy. I use the same product and it couldn’t be easier to remove the hard build-up from drive-train. Plastic forks, I found to be  quite handy when one deals with too much gunk, and the chipper and thinner the better they can get into the tiny space between the drives. If you want to use a detergent, bottle  and bowl brushes can be handy, just about all around the bicycle. 

A clean drive-train will give you a more pleasant ride (considerably faster, and easier).

Quotation of the Day: P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

I always advise people never to give advice.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) Discuss

This day in history: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY DEDICATED (1911)

New York Public Library Dedicated (1911)

When former New York governor Samuel J. Tilden died in 1886, he left $2.4 million in his will for the creation of a grand public library. At that time, there were two other important libraries in New York City—the Astor and the Lenox—but they were struggling. With Tilden’s gift, they were merged in 1895. The new library’s cornerstone was laid in 1902 at the old Croton Reservoir on Fifth Avenue, and it finally opened to the public in 1911. By 1910, how many miles of shelves had been installed? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ROSEMARY CLOONEY (1928)

Rosemary Clooney (1928)

Clooney was an American singer popular in the 1950s with hits such as “Come On-a My House.” She also appeared in several movies, including White Christmas (1954), which co-starred Bing Crosby. In the 1960s, mental illness and drug addiction took a toll on her career, but she made a comeback in the mid-1970s and performed until her death in 2002. Her 1968 mental breakdown was precipitated by the assassination—as she stood nearby—of what personal friend? More… Discuss


73-Year-Old Woman Summits Everest for Second Time

Tamae Watanabe, who 10 years ago became the oldest woman in the world to summit Mount Everest, has broken her own record, reaching its 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak for the second time at the age of 73. Everest has been scaled by some 3,700 climbers since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed it in 1953. The oldest person to successfully make the dangerous climb is a Nepalese man, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who did so in 2008 at the age of 76. More… Discuss


Galalith is a biodegradable, nonflammable plastic material made of the milk protein casein and formaldehyde. Called “milk stone,” it was one of the first synthetic materials ever produced. It was used for Art-Deco jewelry, buttons, and pens and replaced ivory in piano keys. Though it could be easily dyed and cut, it could not be molded, and this drawback, along with milk rationing in WWII, led to its commercial demise. It can be easily produced at home with milk and what other common ingredient? More… Discuss

Dairy products and their production

Dairy products and their production (Photo credit: Wikipedia)