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December 17, 2012 – Comments (321)

I know many of us enjoy the Foolanthropy campaigns and it appears there isn't one again this year.  I say bah humbug to that; we can do it ourselves.

Here's how it works.  Anyone so inclined posts a matching challenge or pitch for a charity and see if we can build a little enthusiasm, momentum and fun while helping out some worthy causes.  It can be a little or a lot or just adding comments.

There's already one gift challenge underway with HarryCarysGhost's Dividend Contest.

To get it rolling, for every comment to any of my blog entries or articles between today and Christmas, I'm donating 30 cents per comment up to $150 to Lutheran World Relief

Last year, it was three sets of school supplies.  This year, I'm planning on giving cash - but will entertain suggestions from the LWR gift catalog.

Short of ideas for comments?  Links to favorite holiday music are always good.  Or, one of my favorites is posting the value of 30 cents in some other currency or commodity.  For example:

30c = 1294.5 Paraguayan Guarani (PYG)

Join in, play along, ask questions, help spend my money, have some fun!

Fool on!  Russ 

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#1) On December 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM, Momentum21 (50.12) wrote:

Hey Russ! 

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#2) On December 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

We're well into the church season of Advent.  For anyone who wants to know a little more about it, or just refresh your memory, here's Advent in 2 Minutes from BustedHalo.com.  It's supposed to be geared towards young adults, but I think it works for all ages.

 

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#3) On December 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Hey Mo21!

 0.9162 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

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#4) On December 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM, Momentum21 (50.12) wrote:

I don't trade currency but I think SNE might stage a comeback on the back of the YEN.

CSCO is lifting off...as is SAN, my 2 largest holdings of course

in the biopharma space keep your eyes glued to FOLD and SRPT 

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#5) On December 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

I swapped out of CSCO into INTC some time ago, still like CSCO, but like INTC's dividend better.

Also like SAN, but it's a bit further out the risk scale than I like to play.  Hope they both work well for you.

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#6) On December 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Barron's is reporting three new dividend ETFs are about to hit the market.

"The FlexShares Quality Dividend Index Fund (QDF), FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive Index Fund (QDEF) and the FlexShares Quality Dividend Dynamic Index Fund (QDYN) are due for launch on NYSE Arca on Wednesday."

Not just dividends, QUALITY dividends.  I hate it when my favorite corner of investing starts to get crowded.

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#7) On December 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM, awallejr (79.68) wrote:

Hate that term "crowded" with "dividends."  Math is math you can't get "crowded" when a company offers you better rates than money in the bank.

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#8) On December 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM, awallejr (79.68) wrote:

P.S., yeah I know it is "arithmetic" ;p

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#9) On December 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM, Momentum21 (50.12) wrote:

Speaking of dividends...WU is basically FREE money for all at these levels...

appreciation plus dividends 

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#10) On December 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM, Momentum21 (50.12) wrote:

Speaking of dividends...WU is basically FREE money for all at these levels...

appreciation plus dividends 

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#11) On December 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Teacherman1 (43.04) wrote:

Hey Russ

If you think SAN is too risky, why did you "steal it" out from under me for Harry's contest.:)

I guess you were just faster on the trigger than me.

This was a good idea, and I will commit to making a contribution to Special Olympics of $.50 for each comment you get on this blog, with no limit.

Merry Christmas to all.

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#12) On December 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM, EnigmaDude (82.91) wrote:

Wow Teach! You are da man!

Great idea Russ. 16.455 Indian Rupees

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#13) On December 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

12 pence equals one shilling :)

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#14) On December 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Could you cut a pence in half to make a half pence?

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#15) On December 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Which is worth more two pennies with Abe on the front or a tuppence?

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#16) On December 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

How many crowns in a pound?

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#17) On December 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

What was Bob Crachit's weekly wage?

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#18) On December 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

5 pence equals one shilling :)

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#19) On December 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

How can both #13 and #18 be true?

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#20) On December 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

If Bob Crachit were given a raise of half a crown a day would that be stingy or generous?

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#21) On December 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM, Teacherman1 (43.04) wrote:

lemoneater

You are sure giving the Special Olympics a raise.:)

As a former Special Education teacher and an active participant in the events, this one is near and dear to my heart.

It is very gratifying to see the smiles on their faces and the pride in their accomplishments when they participate in the award ceremonies and collect their ribbons.

As the coaches like to say, each one gives 110%.

Keep posting.

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#22) On December 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Thanks, Teacherman, glad that you are contributing to help those who need a boost in life.

Dickens would approve :). He wrote compassionately about many different issues and talked about the unique problems of being handicapped back then.

Tiny Tim is waving his crutch and shouting "Hurrah, Hurrah!" 

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#23) On December 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Which costs less a turkey or a goose?

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#24) On December 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

The lowest paid servant in Victorian times was the scullery maid at 5 to 9 pounds per year.

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#25) On December 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Even Bob Crachit who was underpaid made 39 pounds a year.

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#26) On December 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

In today's earning power, Bob Crachit made about $100 per week.

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#27) On December 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@awallejr - Thanks for bringing math and 'rithmetic into the thread!

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#28) On December 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@Teacherman1 - SAN is more risk than I'm willing to take with real $.  But, that risk makes it good for a 'swing for the fences'  contest.

Thanks for joining in!

For those just joining, Teacherman's pledge makes each comment to this blog entry worth:

$0.30 to Lutheran World Relief and
$0.50 to Special Olympics

 

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#29) On December 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@lemoneater - Not sure about schilling and pence, but those thirteen comments at 80 cents a piece come to:

 6.3992 British Pound (GBP)

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#30) On December 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

We're making great progress and HarryCarysGhost hasn't even joined in yet.

6.8392 Namibian Dollar (NAD)

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#31) On December 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

The most expensive soup one could by in Victorian times was...

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#32) On December 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM, getrichslowfool (< 20) wrote:

Money conversions aren't my strong suit, as I am a land development engineer.  Here are some fun conversions though:

A chain was the unit of measurement for early surveying (started in the 1600's) and was 66 feet long.

1 mile = 80 chains = 5280 feet

1 acre = 10 square chains = 10 x 66 x 66 = 43560 square feet

Finally, and my favorite - 1 furlong = 10 chains = 660 feet

So far, this thread, measured at 100% zoom on the browser, is approximately 0.0058080808 furlongs long

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#33) On December 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

should be buy not by :(

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#34) On December 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

turtle soup.

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#35) On December 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM, cmrk3 (26.35) wrote:

@lemoneater Was that before or after Scrooge gave Bob Cratchit a raise on Christmas?

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#36) On December 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Neat info about early surveying, getrichslow.

That is one long chain! Just imagine the value if it were as thick as electrical wire, but made of silver or gold.

I have often wondered how long a furlong was.

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#37) On December 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

That was before Scrooge gave Bob Crachit the raise.

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#38) On December 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Thanks for the pound conversion, Russ :)

Somehow pound is a reassuring thing to call money. I want money to have some weight.

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#39) On December 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Bob Crachit had an office job, but he could have made more if he had been a steward in a great house.

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#40) On December 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Even a butler which was below a steward in responsibility made from 25 to 50 pounds a year.

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#41) On December 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

The irony was that Crachit was worse off than a servant because room and board was not provided.

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#42) On December 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I wonder how long the chain has been in use as a measurement. It is interesting that it is divisible by 6. Just like minutes and seconds.

I remember thinking it was strange that an hour did not have 100 minutes. I guess it is just as strange that a dollar does not have 60 cents.

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#43) On December 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I should say US dollar. There are many different dollars. Does every dollar have the decimal?

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#44) On December 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM, getrichslowfool (< 20) wrote:

In 1620, the clergyman Edmund Gunter developed a method of surveying land accurately with low technology equipment, using what became known as Gunter's chain

From wikipedia, of course!

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#45) On December 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

commenting for a good cause? Sure why not?

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#46) On December 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

When I get some time i'll tell you a story about what my church is doing for the holidays.

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#47) On December 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

One sentence at a time...

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#48) On December 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Looking

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#49) On December 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

forward

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#50) On December 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

to

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#51) On December 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

it.

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#52) On December 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Option1307 (30.06) wrote:

Fool on!

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#53) On December 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

ok im back

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#54) On December 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

So my church is located in a poor section of Philadelphia

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#55) On December 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

And earlier this year we decided to adopt a block for a year.

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#56) On December 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

During that year we are going to try to get to know the people and try to address their needs.

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#57) On December 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

So we picked this block right around the corner from the church.

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#58) On December 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

Our first event for them was a bookbag drive for all the children on the block.

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#59) On December 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

Each bookbag was tailored for each child on the block.

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#60) On December 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

Our second event was personalized candygrams around halloween (even though we don't celebrate it).

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#61) On December 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

Our third event was we hand delivered baskets full of food to each house on the block right before Thanksgiving.

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#62) On December 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

And our current event is we are holding a Christmas party for the families on the block where the children will do arts and crafts and recieve Christmas presents. 

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#63) On December 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

So I'm making homemade baked goodies for that tonight.

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#64) On December 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

And we are only 1/3rd through th year.

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#65) On December 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

I'm looking forward to the events coming.

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#66) On December 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

Thats my $3 and worth exactly what I'm commenting for it. lol

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#67) On December 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Thats my $3 and worth exactly what I'm commenting for it.

I'd say the work you're doing with your church is worth far, far more than $3.  Thank-you for sharing.

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#68) On December 18, 2012 at 8:39 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Haiku for a new high in my port today.

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#69) On December 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Hmm, didn't take, let's try again.

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#70) On December 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Paint, caulk, flooring and roofs.

A new high for RPM.

Ride a building wave.

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#71) On December 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

 

 

 

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#72) On December 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM, TMFDeej (99.25) wrote:

I love this idea RD.  Kudos to you.  This is what the holidays are all about.  Most of us here have been tremendously blessed in our lives and giving back is a wonderful thing to do.  I know that I am trying to be more giving as well.

Happy Holidays!

Deej 

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#73) On December 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

Christmas is a comin'

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#74) On December 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

The geese are getting fat

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#75) On December 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

please do put a penny

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#76) On December 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

in the poor man's hat

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#77) On December 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

If you haven't got a penny

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#78) On December 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

then a ha' penny will do

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#79) On December 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

If you haven't got a ha' penny

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#80) On December 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

then god bless you.

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#81) On December 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

What's a ha' penny?

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#82) On December 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

Is that like a funny penny?

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#83) On December 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Coldwater Creek, Inc.

Womens apparel they hawk

Bankruptcy query.

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#84) On December 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

Pennies are kinda funny today, though.

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#85) On December 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

Copper coated zinc. :P

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#86) On December 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

Not even worth a real ha' penny.

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#87) On December 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Deej, blesto and HarryCarysGhost - Welcome to the party!

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#88) On December 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Deej, blesto and HarryCarysGhost - Welcome to the party!

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#89) On December 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

The multi click thing still works, but only got two in.

 4206 Zambian Kwacha (ZMK)

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#90) On December 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

NOK starting to smoke.

Market share is expected.

Rising telecom?

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#91) On December 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Genworth is the name

Financials are the game

As the Moon hovers.

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#92) On December 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Haiku :)

72.72  Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)

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#93) On December 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

City Telecom.

Riding the streets of Hong Kong.

Enveloping state.

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#94) On December 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A Spainard bank.

Eurozone still asunder

Germany moves on.

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#95) On December 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Hi Russ, those were just the top five Haikus for the FoxForceFiveContest. I suppose I could do all 34 but people might be Haiku'd out after that.

Great Idea man.

Teacherman a much generous move.

Cheers to all.

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#96) On December 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Did not realize

Santander was still top five

Euro up, will it fall?

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#97) On December 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Aged off the "Most Recommended Posts" for Today, but snuck in at the bottom of the weekly list.

103 Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR)

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#98) On December 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM, outoffocus (23.24) wrote:

This post needs more recs

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#99) On December 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

blesto, a ha' penny is a half penny--a coin in use during Dicken's time when it could actually buy something.

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#100) On December 19, 2012 at 7:54 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

There would be 24 half pennies in a shilling.

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#101) On December 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

outoffocus, thanks for sharing about your "Adopt a Block" program. I just wish I were there to help with crafts--what fun!

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#102) On December 19, 2012 at 7:59 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Fingerweaving is a fun craft.

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#103) On December 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Fingerweaving is simply braiding with more than four strands. I think using 6 to 8 strands is enough to have a fun pattern.

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#104) On December 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Even beginners can have success with this simple craft.

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#105) On December 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

At a festival with a helper, I once showed about 100 kids how to fingerweave.

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#106) On December 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I assured the boys that came that it was not just for girls.

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#107) On December 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I had about 100% success rate. I had a few rows finished on each bookmark to get them off to a good start.

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#108) On December 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

A few of the children came back again to make another one. Some of the parents really got into it also.

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#109) On December 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

One of the best books about fingerweaving was written by someone who has been in Boy Scouts all his life.

http://www.amazon.com/Fingerweaving-Basics-Gerald-L-Findley/dp/1929572085/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355923505&sr=8-1&keywords=fingerweaving+basics

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#110) On December 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

The US one-cent coin that was minted 1793 and 1857 was a large copper coin that had a diameter ranging from 27 to 29mm.  It was not minted in 1815 due to a copper shortage.

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#111) On December 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Wow, what a huge penny! I wonder what collectors would pay for such a coin today.

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#112) On December 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

During WW II, the US minted a one-cent coin out of galvanized steel (zinc plated steel) in 1943 because of the shortage of copper.  The govt. also issued a five-cent coin (a nickel)  during WW II that contained no nickle (1942-1945).  Nickel was in short supply mostly due to it's use in armor alloys.  Silver and manganese replaced the nickel and some of the copper content (silver 35%).

 

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#113) On December 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Yes, I've seen some of those distinctive blue pennies. Neat!

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#114) On December 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM, getrichslowfool (< 20) wrote:

+1 rec - 15 and counting

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#115) On December 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Hey lemoneater,

I really need somebody to check my work, lol.  I meant to say minted between 1793 and 1857 excluding 1815.  

The prices for most of those one-cent coins today is well over $100 even in very poor condition to many thousands of dollars. 

Fingerweaving? seriously?  I think sometimes invent hobbies so that men will just leave them alone, lol.

 

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#116) On December 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Woo hoo - broke right through 100 comments!

I collected coins in my teen years and have a couple of those WWII steel pennies somewhere.  

1.4286  Fiji Dollar (FJD)

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#117) On December 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

NOTvuffett,

I will need to look for a picture of one of those supersized pennies.

I could say a lot more about the significance of fingerweaving. Fingerwoven sashes were an important, highly popular trade commodity in the early Quebec economy. The wider the sash you wore, the higher your status.

I will tell my husband your view of hobbies--he shares it. He says that weaving is the other "man" in my life.

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#118) On December 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

We do support each other's hobbies. I know I'm gettin an inkle loom for Christmas. I'm so excited. For my first project I want to make him a camera strap which is only fair :).

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#119) On December 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

This is one camera he is not getting for Christmas. Leica is one of the most expensive brands out there. Even vintage used Leicas are not cheap!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/643776-USA/Leica_10802_S2_P_SLR_Digital_Camera.html

Purchasing it would dissolve my brokerage account and more.

I think it would be easier to buy the red dot and stick it on another camera.

However, the brand in this instance has the quality to back it up.

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#120) On December 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

My husband said that a 10K would be enough for him to get a nice Leica.

Probably not this year!

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#121) On December 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Weaving also has expensive equipment. Good floor looms easily run in the thousands.

While he could utilize a Leica, I cannot even begin to handle a countermarch loom much less a simpler 4 harness loom. My lack of skill makes my desires much more modest :)

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#122) On December 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM, Teacherman1 (43.04) wrote:

Hey, let's see some real comments.

Use this blog to post rec's, general comments that you want to make, but don't want to write a blog about.

Your thoughts on the "fiscal cliff fiasco".

What will happen after the first of the year.

When you think Greece will finally go "belly up".

The developing spat between Italy and Germany.

When France and Germany will go into a recession.

Whether Spain will manage to wiggle through.

Whether or not my hat will ever turn green again.

Whether HEK is  a good buy at this price.

Anyone know a way to keep an old dog from "messing" on the floor.

Keep it going, I am in for only about $60.00 so far.

I may regret that comment.:)

I may need to take up weaving in my spare time, after all these comments from lemoneater.:)

Either that, or go back and re-read all of the Dickens novels.

All for now.

Watch out for the Grinch, it looks like he is trying to sneak into the market today.

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#123) On December 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

@lemoneater,  

Curiously enough, I watched a movie last night where the protagonist saved some woman from a life of indentured servitude in a silk weaving factory.  My guess is that she wasn't as excited about her loom as you are about you are about yours, lol.

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#124) On December 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Teacherman, read Dickens. He has everything from pawn shops to ponzi schemes in his work.

We read the Christmas Carol every year. We started our marriage book rich. We have a complete set of Dickens on our bookshelf in our living room.

Our dream home would have a library with floor to ceiling book shelves. At the moment we have a nook and a kindle in self-defense to keep from drowning in books.

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#125) On December 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

NOTvuffett, another good movie about factory conditions and weaving is North and South based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. From the title I thought it might be about the war between the States, but it is set in Manchester, England. The main theme is labor conflict--the romance is more peripheral.

What was the name of the movie you watched? My husband might especially enjoy it.

Having to bend over a loom for 14 hours or more a day weaving the same or similar pattern each and every day with no respiratory protection or safety guards would be the opposite of fun.

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#126) On December 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Well, I really got off the topic of investments and currency.

 I am thinking about possibly investing in MKC when I get a good entry point. I always think about spices this time of year.

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#127) On December 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

If I remember correctly, rd80, you have written analysis on MKC.

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#128) On December 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

For completely random, yet Christmas themed comment.

We want silver tinsel on our tree this year. We will throw it on generously. 

It will be my version of living dangerously. I will NOT carefully place each strand.

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#129) On December 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Please excuse my sentence fragment. Thinking more than one says doesn't always work out well grammatically :(.

Anyhow back to tinsel. Relatives have never liked it, but I want to roughly imitate the silvery shine of snow in moonlight.

If I cannot have a white Christmas, a silver one will do!

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#130) On December 19, 2012 at 1:54 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

There are certain stocks I consider holiday stocks in that I suspect the company has the highest volume of business at Christmas.

UPS is one such stock.

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#131) On December 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

According to my definition, probably most clothing stores are Christmas stocks although I do not have any in my portifolio at the moment.

What Christmas stocks do you have?

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#132) On December 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

@lemoneater,

The movie was "Zatoichi and the fugitives", a Japanese movie from 1968 (available with English subtitles at the Hulu website).  I wouldn't look toward this movie for any astounding insights on the human condition, nor would I expect it appeal to any women that didn't have some kind of profound hormone imbalance, lol.  It was just a fun movie.

As you describe your ideal home, I envision rows of wooden bookcases filled with books.  Also, a piece of antique furniture- an ornate card catalog sitting in a corner, framed by posters explaining the Dewey decimal system and ISBN#'s.  Next to this, there is a staircase leading down, illuminated only by a low wattage incandescent lamp that flickers occasionally.  Adjacent to this doorway, there is a sign, faded from years of exposure to exposure to sunlight for part of the day, part of the year, for many years.  There is a graphic, an arrow that points towards the bottom of the stairs, and the word "MICROFICHE".  Above the doorway, you can see that at one time some smart-ass wrote the words "Arbeit macht frei".  Despite half-assed efforts by the library staff, the graffiti is still legible.

In the other corner, of course, is lemoneater sitting behind a grand desk with a dour look that tells you that any young hooligan that dares to  violate this sanctum of knowledge with frivolity will be met with a scowl that is statutory child abuse in 27 states.

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#133) On December 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Your thoughts on the "fiscal cliff fiasco".

Hi again Teacherman, JMO- some last mitute compromise will be hammered out. I mean they're stupid, but not that stupid...(I hope?)

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#134) On December 19, 2012 at 8:49 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

What will happen after the first of the year.

Who knows?-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZbKHDPPrrc

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#135) On December 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Whether or not my hat will ever turn green again.

I think it will, just don't dig yourself too deep of a hole with all those pennies... :-)

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#136) On December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

@rd80,

To be honest, I am not really sure how the Lutherans fit into the spectrum of Christian religions, but I don't care.  If you say they do good work I will donate some of my own money to the cause.

When a company with several buildings next to mine moved or folded (the sheriff showed up later looking for the proprietor) and I was told that some religious group was going to open a food pantry for people in need, I wasn't very happy.  First of all, I was thinking "do I want THOSE kind of people hanging around?"  To this day, I don't know what particular sect they belong to, but I have contributed money for their cause and lend them the use of a forklift now and then. 

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#137) On December 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Speaking of pennies I actually save the ones dated 82 and under-

http://coins.about.com/od/uscoins/f/copper_to_zinc.htm

Slow going, but still fun. Actually found one from 1911.

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#138) On December 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@126 & 127 - I have written about McCormick a few times.  Here's a link to my most recent piece on it.

It's a little expensive at 20-ish times earnings.  It's one of those stocks with a long track record of annual dividend hikes.  At 2.1%, the dividend isn't bad, payout ratio's reasonable and MKC has the kind of business model that generates slow, steady growth.

I own some shares.  Not selling, but not planning to add at this price.  If it fell a couple of bucks, I'd be tempted to add more.

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#139) On December 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@NOTvuffet 

Lutherans fit amoung the protestant Christian faiths.  Martin Luther was a monk who's study led him to belief the Roman Catholic faith had a few errors.  He set out to change the church, but ended up being one of the leaders of the protestant movements. 

There are several different branches of the Lutheran church in the US.  The two largest are the Evangelical Lutheran Chuch in America and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Both denominations support Lutheran World Relief.

Thanks for the comment, donation and sharing the story about the food pantry.

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

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#140) On December 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@131

Christmas stock (actually a fund):

Central Fund of Canada (CEF) - Silver and gold

 

 

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#141) On December 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

@HarryCarysGhost,

I may live to regret making the comments about pennies, lol.  Lemoneater started it!, lol.  The alloy of the US penny has been changed multiple times in the last few decades.  If you find a very old coin in circulation, the numismatic value of it will surely exceed the value of the metals in it.  (and technically it is illegal to melt down coins anyway, lol).

It may have been this site, or maybe another, where some commenter said he was waiting in line in a convenience store and an old woman dropped some pennies.  He described the sound as "sad, you may have well dropped some buttons".  If you drop a nickel on a hard surface, you will note a distinctive "bell-like sound, or ring".  I would imagine that this is due to what are resonate vibrations of a basically 2D structure. 

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#142) On December 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM, TARPedBanks (< 20) wrote:

GM Buys Government Stake, Treasury To Lose Billions

IBD's headline sums it up pretty well.  GM will pay $27.50 per share.  I think Treas needs somewhere around $53/share to break even.

I'm way overdue for a TARPed update.  Plan on doing one while I'm off work next week.

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#143) On December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM, TARPedBanks (< 20) wrote:

Wow, the player rating is all the way up to 0.03, ranked 74971 out of 74990.

1.4318  Aruba Florin (AWG)

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#144) On December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM, TARPedBanks (< 20) wrote:

Wow, the player rating is all the way up to 0.03, ranked 74971 out of 74990.

1.4318  Aruba Florin (AWG)

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#145) On December 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

@ 128, if your looking for randomness, please heart this board-

http://boards.fool.com/merry-foxforce5contest-30442808.aspx?sort=whole 

Blesto does awesome weekly updates, Wendsdayish :)

All random thoughts are welcome.

Cheers Lemon, and all the best to you and yours.

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#146) On December 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

My Christmas stock-

MCZ,

Yup MadCatz, horrible investment, but it's made me money in the past by trading (my stakes always free at this point)

They're late on deliveries once again this year. so this is not a reccomendation. Just an answer to what my Christmas stock has been for at least the last four years.

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#147) On December 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Marys not here (hope her arm is better)

So I'll post the reminder that you can hit ctrl end and zip right down to the add a new comment section.

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#148) On December 19, 2012 at 10:53 PM, TARPedBanks (< 20) wrote:

McCormick (MKC) might fit as a Christmas stock.  Lots of baking and cooking going on this time of year.

Disclosure:  Long MKC.

1.6538 Papua New Guinea Kina (PGK) 

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#149) On December 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM, TARPedBanks (< 20) wrote:

Refresh is getting slow.  Might need to open a new thread soon.

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#150) On December 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

@ NOTvuffett.

Ha,Ha.

No worries man, I save my change all year anyhow (pays for Christmas)

Just kinda fun to sort through them.

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#151) On December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Sorry Russ, did I just bogart #150?

Now I need to find out what 150 comments is worth in Zymbabyion dollars?

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#152) On December 20, 2012 at 8:41 AM, Eudemonic (64.35) wrote:

30cents = 1.6 cups (12.8oz, ~1.1 beer cans, or ~0.8 vegetable juice cans) of gas at $2.999/gallon. 

My truck rolled 200,000  miles yesterday.

 How many miles, km  are on your vehicle?

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#153) On December 20, 2012 at 8:43 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #132

Thanks for the movie title. If we get desperate we can watch it. 

What an imaginative picture, but a little too modern gothic for me. The ornate card catalog works, however. My husband's first after school job, was working in a public library. He knows the Dewey system and likes books to be in order. He got to read all the sci-fi he wanted.

In real life, my library would have less angst--with more warmth and color. Fine art photography would grace the walls. Some would be structural black and whites and some would be landscapes in color.

I would have some intriguing, yet subtle weaves here and there to add interest and coziness and to enhance the colors in the natural wood book shelves.

However, books themselves would dominate the room as they should in any library.

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#154) On December 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

In spite of being an avid reader, I'm not an ideal librarian, I'm too talkative.

I will share a true story that illustrates that I'm a chronic, incurable bookworm.

One Friday night I missed curfew which was midnight. (My college actually had such a thing.) My roommates gave this wild story about my being out on a date and somehow losing track of the time. However, I was in the library reading, but not doing my homework. (Studying in the library rarely worked because I could always find other things to read unrelated to any project I was doing.)

The librarian failed to switch the lights in warning, because he had extra work to do. When he finally came into the room where I was, he was extremely startled to see me. It was almost 1 am as I recall. I had spent a very pleasant evening re-reading a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

I did not get into trouble because everyone was laughing so hard that my "exciting" date was a book in the library.

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#155) On December 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Sarah Jessica Parker has man hands.

 

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#156) On December 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #138 Yes, I think MKC bears watching. It is the sort of stock that would work for a gap in my portifolio, but I need a better entry price.

In the meantime I will enjoy my peppermint extract, rum flavoring, cinnamon, ginger, whole cloves and ground cloves, and hot pepper flakes--but not all in the same recipe!

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#157) On December 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ # 137. A penny collection may pay dividends--as we have learned some pennies are worth more than a penny now. 1911 neat! Over 100 hundred years ago someone got a freshly minted penny.

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#158) On December 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #155 Hi, Cato. Have a Merry Christmas! I doubt that either of us will have a white Christmas. I want just a few flurries, but no ice!

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#159) On December 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

@ #158 Hi, Lemon. Since it snowed last year on Christmas my son, a five year old, thinks it is supposed to snow every December 25th. He does not understand that last year was a once in a century event, that Georgia is not Michigan so a winter snow is never a sure thing, or that Jesus does not wear a *Santa Cap* in his birthday.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that your husband's wish of owning a Leica can come true very soon.

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#160) On December 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Cato, I agree with your son Christmas should always have snow. At least you had some last year in Georgia, no less. That happens once in a coon's age or a blue moon whatever you prefer.

Thanks for the good wishes. I will tell my husband what you said:).

Evidently there is a Leica lens for about $500 that he would like. That is more realistic in price. It is a prime lens that is standard and he would prefer it to a pancake lens. Evidently, a standard lens is no longer as common anymore.  

He is going to sell some of his lesser quality digital cameras to buy it since he has told me he would feel guilty spending more on his gift than on mine. It wouldn't bother me. I can always ask for more money to invest :)

He got several shots of a great sunset this morning on his way to work. I will be eager to see the finished product. Perhaps it will have a place of honor on our future libraries wall.

You can tell your son that Santa (Saint Nicholas) was a real person who lived long ago in Italy and was rich, kind, and generous. I think he probably was a follower of Christ so there is a slight connection.

Jesus was born before Santa by several centuries. Someone else can do the math.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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#161) On December 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@152

Welcome Eudemonic!

We have a '97 Ranger that's almost broken in, somewhere around 260,000 miles.

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#162) On December 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

#36,

8 furlongs to a mile

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#163) On December 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

Always wondered why my buddies old bug was so fast on the track.

He raced a 1 furlong track, I assumed the standard 2 furlong one.

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#164) On December 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

furlong....

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#165) On December 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

Furlong....

Furlong...

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#166) On December 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM, GNUBEE (21.91) wrote:

sound strange yet? Then say it a few more times.

Why is it that only horse racing still uses furlongs?

They are for the most part short haired animals, no?

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#167) On December 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #162, Thanks, I will remember 8 furlongs to a mile.

@ #166 I was curious as to the derivation of furlong. From what one source said it is from furh+lang. Old English for "long furrow."

Horses and furrows go way back :)

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#168) On December 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM, rt7998 (< 20) wrote:

I refuse to participate! There's no way I'm leaving a comment here!

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#169) On December 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM, rt7998 (< 20) wrote:

Oh, wait....never mind....

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#170) On December 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM, rt7998 (< 20) wrote:

:)

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#171) On December 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Remember every comment is an opportunity to spend somebody else's money for a good cause.

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#172) On December 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM, rt7998 (< 20) wrote:

Usually you have to get elected to Congress if you want to spend somebody else's money

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#173) On December 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Usually, I'm not for spending other's people's money--that sounds too much like big government.

However, in this instance, those who are giving chose the amount!

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#174) On December 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #172 Too true :(.

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#175) On December 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I'm having roast beef for Christmas dinner. What are you having?

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#176) On December 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM, XMFToast (97.54) wrote:

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Keep up the great work. It's awesome to see everyone join together for a good cause. Fool on!  

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#177) On December 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM, TMFDiogenes (81.29) wrote:

Hey Fools!

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#178) On December 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

In the spirit of rd80's post and the 2 posts from TMF above, I'm looking through the Lutheren World relief catalog and come across a gravity fed water filter. I went ahead and got 2. Seems like everyone was trying to send subliminal messages.

http://lwrgifts.org/gravity-fed-water-filter.aspx 

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#179) On December 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM, TMFDiogenes (81.29) wrote:

Awesome

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#180) On December 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Welcome GNUBEE, rt7998, TMFToast, ChrisGraley and TMFDiogenes,

Thanks for joining in!

TMF***  Many thanks for the info on Charity: Water.  Looking forward to seeing more.

Chris -  What TMFDiogenes said.

0.9746  Singapore Dollar (SGD)

 

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#181) On December 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Russ is in for $54.30

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#182) On December 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Teacherman for $91.

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#183) On December 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

You guys do realize that my shop shuts down for the holidays...right?

Plenty O' time to post many,many meaningless posts ;)

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#184) On December 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Anyone buying tomorrow? Dow futures down 174.

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#185) On December 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Has anyone sold the farm yesturday, in advance of the imminent Mayan apocolypse?

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#186) On December 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Hmm...turns out the Mayans chief export was salt-

http://www.mahalo.com/answers/did-the-mayans-have-a-form-of-currency-in-their-trading

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#187) On December 20, 2012 at 9:30 PM, TMFDiogenes (81.29) wrote:

Thanks, Russ! Nice work.

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#188) On December 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Plenty O' time to post many,many meaningless posts ;)

Excellent!  

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#189) On December 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1.8122 Samoa Tala (WST)

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#190) On December 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

(stolen)

Recommendations: 5

In a small church one Sunday morning, the preacher said "Anyone with 'special needs" who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar."

With that, John got in line, and when it was his turn, the preacher asked, "John, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

John replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing."

The preacher put one finger of one hand in John's ear, placed his other hand on top of John's head, and then prayed and prayed and prayed. He prayed a "blue streak" for John, and the whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm. After a few moments, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, "John, how is your hearing now?"

John answered, " I don't know. It ain't 'til Thursday.

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#191) On December 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

In the days of primitive man, they didn't understand that the Sun went around the Earth.

Caveman Zog always saw the sun go down before retiring for the night. But when he woke up the next morning and stepped out of his cave, ready to greet the day, he noticed that the sun was always up in the sky and on the opposite side from where it went down.

Zog was a smart and curious caveman so he decided to figure out how it worked. One night, he camped outside the cave and forced himself to stay awake all night. Hours went by in the dark while he pondered how the sun worked... and then all of a sudden it dawned on him!

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#192) On December 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

G'night all.

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#193) On December 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Recommendations: 3 A farmer named Paddy had a car accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the Eversweet Company.

In court, the Eversweet Company's hot-shot solicitor was questioning Paddy.

'Didn't you say to the police at the scene of the
accident, 'I'm fine?' asked the solicitor.

Paddy responded: 'Well, I'll tell you what happened. I'd just loaded my fav'rit cow, Bessie, into da... '

'I didn't ask for any details', the solicitor interrupted. 'Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?'

Paddy said, 'Well, I'd just got Bessie into da trailer and I was drivin' down da road.... '

The solicitor interrupted again and said,'Your Honour, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question. '

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Paddy's answer and said to the solicitor: 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favourite cow, Bessie'.

Paddy thanked the Judge and proceeded.

'Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my fav'rit cow, into de trailer and was drivin' her down de road when this huge Eversweet
truck and trailer came tundering tru a stop sign and hit me trailer right in da side. I was trown into one ditch and Bessie was trown into da udder.

By Jaysus I was hurt, very bad like, and didn't want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moanin' and groanin'. I knew she was in terrible
pain just by her groans. Shortly after da accident, a policeman on a
motorbike turned up. He could hear Bessie moanin' and groanin' too, so he went over to her.

After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

Den da policeman came across de road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, 'How are you feelin'?'

'Now wot da fock would you say?'

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#194) On December 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

G'night

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#195) On December 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I'm fine!

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#196) On December 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Last night we put up our live frasier fir.

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#197) On December 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Mr. Kitty thinks that we put up a Christmas tree completely for his benefit.

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#198) On December 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Throwing tinsel was fun. I enjoyed watching it float down and settle on the top branches.

I think that we are talking some snow deprivation here.

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#199) On December 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Mr. Kitty loved the tinsel too.

He batted at it and rearranged it--moving it from the bottom tree boughs to the floor.

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#200) On December 21, 2012 at 8:03 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I was concerned when he mouthed some, but he did not eat it.

A tinsel hairball would be a horrible thing :(.

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#201) On December 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I do not buy fancy toys for Mr. Kitty.

With the exception of the laser pointer that he really enjoys, he is easily bored with other cat toys. Mechanical mice just make him yawn. I think he knows that they are not real.

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#202) On December 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

He plays hockey with bread twisties.

He regularly gallops up and down the stairs like the pony I never had.

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#203) On December 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

He regularly ambushes my husband.

He almost ended up with the name "Mr. Pinchers" because of his two white front paws connecting with an ankle or an arm in a flash.

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#204) On December 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

He is also fond of Q-tips for hockey. They skitter in a somewhat different way than twisties.

He is a connoisseur of motion.

God made him a top predator and he enjoys it :).

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#205) On December 21, 2012 at 8:22 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Kattens are convinced that Christmas trees are nothing more than a wornderful collection of cat toys.

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#206) On December 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Our cat 'mudge enjoys playing with wadded up balls of paper.

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#207) On December 21, 2012 at 8:25 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

4000 years ago, cats were worshipped in Egypt. 
Cats have never forgotten this.

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#208) On December 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Mr. Kitty has his quieter moments also. He purrs at several different volume levels.

I joked about taking the "purr" cure when I was unwell and stayed home with my cat, but there may actually be some truth to that.

 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-06/lifestyle/sc-fam-0306-pet-benefit-20120306_1_purr-cat-owners-animal-connection

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#209) On December 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

They are such marvels of biological engineering and clever instinct.

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#210) On December 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I'm back!

This time of year requires a special kind of will power.

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#211) On December 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

A friend brought by some homemade fudge.

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#212) On December 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I ate a single piece.

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#213) On December 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

The rest I gave to my husband to guard.

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#214) On December 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Teacherman1 (43.04) wrote:

And with this post, I now have committed $105.00.

Good thing I sold a lot of stock a week or so ago to lock in profits.:)

Today I am looking for opportunities to start buying them back.

So far, I have added back SD. Made a nice protit on it at the height of the "bidding war", but want to own it longer term, so took advantage of the approximately 15% drop to start back with it.

Keep the posts coming, and don't forget the "clean drinking water project".

Merry Christmas to all.

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#215) On December 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

He has more self-control when chocolate is involved than I do.

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#216) On December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Merry Christmas, Teacherman.

We have so many gifts to celebrate.

Emmanuel--God with us.

Fresh water.

Opportunities to see others succeed in ways they never imagined.

Humor. You know who you are :)

Furry friends.

Friends without fur.

Professions: engineer, teacher, surveyor, business owner, accountant, photographer, writer, customer service and so on.

Hobbies: weaving, photography, investing and so on.

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#217) On December 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Well, having gotten energized by a cranberry orange scone and some coffee--I will attempt to make a few comments that have more to do with investing.

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#218) On December 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Macro-economics are not my strong suit.

Greece's history is so ancient it is legend. From what I can tell Greece captivated its captors in the past. Rome conquered Greece, but Greek philosophy/culture dominated Roman thought.

If Greece is bankrupt, is this a new state of affairs or has it happened before?

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#219) On December 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I remember that Lord Byron fought in a war for Greek independence.

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#220) On December 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Taking a detour from macro-economics. Ask yourself if Lord Byron had never existed, would we be raising money by "chogging" charity blogging.

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#221) On December 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Lord Byron infamous libertine and inspired poet was also an absentee father.

His child was Lady Ada Lovelace.

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#222) On December 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Ada Lovelace assisted Charles Babbage.

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#223) On December 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Babbage, in spite of his name rhyming with "cabbage," was one of the game changers in human existence.

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#224) On December 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Babbage invented the first mechanical computer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage

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#225) On December 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

At least Ada got some recognition for her contribution to the field of computer science.

There is an "ancient" computer language called ADA.

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#226) On December 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

A while ago I mentioned Greece, but somehow ended up talking about Ada, a pioneer in computer science.

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#227) On December 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

What kind of industry does Greece have besides tourism?

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#228) On December 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

I know that shipping was important to Greece in the past, is that still true?

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#229) On December 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

@lemoneater,

Your mention of Ada makes me think of Grace Hopper, one of the most influential forces in the development of the COBOL language, one of the earliest "high level" computer languages.

 

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#230) On December 21, 2012 at 2:13 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Sometimes I wonder if having great accomplishments in a country's past can lead to complacency. Does resting on one's laurels lead to bed sores? 

(Not the most elegant turn of phrase.)

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#231) On December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM, TMFDiogenes (81.29) wrote:

For those interested, here's some more about our Foolanthropy partner:

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/12/21/invest-in-something-that-changes-everything.aspx 

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#232) On December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Wonderful, NOTvuffett, my husband told me about Grace Hopper and the bug.

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#233) On December 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

@ #231 Unfortunately, I think the link has a bug. I got an error message.

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#234) On December 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Like molasses in January adding comments is a slow process.

I read a great summary on Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. It answered a lot of my questions. http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/affordable-care-act-whats/783168

Thanks for demystifying a rather murky issue. Mr. Lester does not appear to have a future in politics--he communicates too clearly.

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#235) On December 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM, lemoneater (69.98) wrote:

Well, I'm going to take a break and allow someone else a chance to talk.

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#236) On December 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@213  Sometimes my wife is nice and lets me guard fudge. :)

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#237) On December 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

@231 - When I click the link, I get a server error.

Hopefull this link to the Clean Water Foolanthropy works.

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#238) On December 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Just checked, the link in 237 works.

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#239) On December 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

lemoneater's looking up the origins of the word "furlong" made me wonder about the etymology of the word "fudge".  This is what I found, it is rather amusing: 

fudge (v.) "put together clumsily or dishonestly," 1610s, perhaps an alteration of fadge "make suit, fit" (1570s), of unknown origin. As an interjection meaning "lies, nonsense" from 1766; the noun meaning "nonsense" is 1791. It could be a natural extension from the verb. But Farmer suggests provincial Fr. fuche, feuche, "an exclamation of contempt from Low Ger. futsch = begone." The traditional English story traces fudge in this sense to a sailor's retort to anything considered lies or nonsense, from Captain Fudge, "who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies" [Isaac Disraeli, 1791, citing a pamphlet from 1700]. It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called "Lying Fudge," and perhaps his name reinforced this form of fadge in the sense of "contrive without the necessary materials." The surname is from Fuche, a pet form of the masc. proper name Fulcher, from Germanic and meaning literally "people-army." fudge (n.) type of confection, 1895, American English, apparently a word first used among students at women's colleges; perhaps a special use of fudge (v.). 'He lies,' answered Lord Etherington, 'so far as he pretends I know of such papers. I consider the whole story as froth -- foam, fudge, or whatever is most unsubstantial. ...' [Scott, "St. Ronan's Well," 1823].

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#240) On December 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Like molasses in January adding comments is a slow process

Probably need to start a new thread soon.

12.24  Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR)

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#241) On December 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Whoohoo, oficially on vacation.

Does anyone know the best brand for blenders?

It's on my last mintute Chistmas buying list.

Maybe GE makes a blender...

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#242) On December 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

http://bestblenderratings.org/

I didn't know there was so much to know about blenders.

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#243) On December 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

GE does make a blender

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#244) On December 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Funny story- My Fathers birthday is the same as Keith Richards. So I asked him what he wanted-

A cap was his reply.

Lo and behold a cap salesman walked into the local saloon I frequent. Got alot Chistmas shopping done while having a beer, shirts and hats for everyone.:)

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#245) On December 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Holy Cow Russ theres a $1000 dollar blender? (I was startled by that and quickly hit the back button, now I'll go back and read the rest:)

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#246) On December 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

I didn't even look at the prices.  Heck, I be afraid to even use a thousand dollar blender - and it better crank out an really, really awesome margarita.

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#247) On December 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Could go through a whole bunch of the GE Rocket blenders from Wally World before you even got close to a grand.

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#248) On December 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

A little Coca-Cola for ya'.

 

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#249) On December 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

And another.

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#250) On December 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYFo6-AWuxM

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#251) On December 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Russ, Teacherman,  beautiful stuff.  Chris, Notvuffett, and all,  nice.

This would work with the purifier and answer querry @241-  get (or make) one that can thresh corn, pump water from a well, grind grain, de-shell coffee beans and grind them too..   and soon to wash clothes... ANd make smoothies or Daquiries.   Really.

http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2010/06/07/bicyclepowered_blenders/

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#252) On December 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Looks like we made it through the Mayan calendar thing.

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#253) On December 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

People are making jokes about the Mayan apocalypse like there's no tomorrow.....

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#254) On December 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Another blender.

"It's the sensible alternative to cutting ice with a chainsaw."

 

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#255) On December 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

The bike machine link is great.

Love the picture of the little girl pumping water.

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#256) On December 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Hi Russ.  Very cool.  I am poised for the 2nd tranche of my little stab at making a difference.  Outlined in #32 here.  http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/do-you-like-to-collect-stuff/707498    and John, you may be interested to know she's kicking butt!!!

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#257) On December 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Star - awesome way to make a difference.

 

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#258) On December 22, 2012 at 5:31 AM, blesto (31.02) wrote:

I know that shipping was important to Greece in the past, is that still true?

@lemoneater

Oh yeah. It's still important. If you look through this list from Hellenic Shipping News you'll see some Headquartered in Athens and most of the others if you looked through their management and boards you'll see plenty of Greek names.

http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/News.aspx?ElementId=0f210549-4c29-4c88-be3b-8f1798a15e35

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#259) On December 22, 2012 at 6:04 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Will it blend?  iPhone5 vs. Galaxy SIII:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rofgMueCOqo

sorry, I couldn't resist, lol. 

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#260) On December 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years. After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words. "Cold floors," he says. They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words. He clears his throats and says, "Bad food." They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words. "I quit," he says. "That’s not surprising," the elders say. "You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here."

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#261) On December 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

lol, harrycarryghost, maybe now that it is x-mas time and not many are paying attention, can I tell an inappropriate joke.

maybe that would liven up this joint.

 

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#262) On December 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

go for it.

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#263) On December 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

One night, my girlfriend invited a couple of mutual friends to the house.Women, one German and the other French, both knew multiple languages.

I don't really have a mind for jokes, so I told one of the only ones I could remember:  A classified ad, a French military rifle for sale, never fired, only dropped once, lol..  At first they chuckled, then they glared at each other and before the night was out, I was the biggest @hole on the planet, lol. 

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#264) On December 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

@ not Vuffett.

True story- back in high school the Berlin wall had just fallen. My best friend had me conviced that France had immediately surrendered.

So I asked our history teacher. He almost dropped to the ground, he was laughing so hard. 

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#265) On December 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A guy has a talking dog. He brings it to a talent scout. "This dog can speak English," he claims to the unimpressed agent. "Okay, Sport," the guys says to the dog, "what’s on the top of a house?" "Roof!" the dog replies. "Oh, come on..." the talent agent responds. "All dogs go ‘roof’." "No, wait," the guy says. He asks the dog "what does sandpaper feel like?" "Rough!" the dog answers. The talent agent gives a condescending blank stare. He is losing his patience. "No, hang on," the guy says. "This one will amaze you. " He turns and asks the dog: "Who, in your opinion, was the greatest baseball player of all time?" "Ruth!" goes the dog. And the talent scout, having seen enough, boots them out of his office onto the street. And the dog turns to the guy and says "Maybe I shoulda said DiMaggio?"

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#266) On December 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

On a passenger flight, the pilot comes over the public address system as usual and to greet the passengers. He tells them at what altitude they’ll be flying, the expected arrival time, and a bit about the weather, and advises them to relax and have a good flight.. Then, forgetting to turn off the microphone, he says to his co-pilot, "What would relax me right now is a cup of coffee and a bl*wjob." All the passengers hear it. As a stewardess immediately begins to run toward the cockpit to tell the pilot of his slip-up, one of the passengers stops her and says "Don’t forget the coffee!"

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#267) On December 22, 2012 at 8:59 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Three years later, there’s a knock on the door. He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says "What the hell was that all about?"

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#268) On December 22, 2012 at 9:03 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Unless John beats me to the 'post' button, this'll be 313 comments between the two threads.

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#269) On December 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I went to the psychiatrist, and he says "You're crazy." I tell him I want a second opinion. He says, "Okay, you're ugly too!" (Rodney Dangerfield)

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#270) On December 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Only the French could come up with cooking snails in butter and call it gourmet cuisine, lol.  'Doh, Ok, they threw in some garlic too, lol.

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#271) On December 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. "Well, there's so much to live for!" "Like what?" "Well... are you religious?" He said yes. I said, "Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?" "Christian." "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant ? "Protestant." "Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?" "Baptist" "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?" "Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you reformed Baptist Church of God?" "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!" I said, "Die, heretic scum", and pushed him off. (Emo Philips)

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#272) On December 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I'm somewhat bummed that it's illegal to eat goose liver here in Chicago.

Never had a hankering for it before, but since the state dictates. I might need to go all black market for my goose liver...

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#273) On December 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

To show my musical illiteracy, it wasn't until I few months ago that I learned the tune to "What Child is This" is also Greensleeves.

 

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#274) On December 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

I think we all have a rebellious streak.  I don't have any desire to eat goose liver either, but if the gov't was telling I couldn't, I'd want to try it.

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#275) On December 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I can’t think of anything worse after a night of drinking than waking up next to someone and not being able to remember their name, or how you met, or why they’re dead. (Laura Kightlinger)

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#276) On December 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells "You should have been here at 8:30!" he replies: "Why? What happened at 8:30?"

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#277) On December 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

929 ratingsA father is explaining ethics to his son, who is about to go into business. "Suppose a woman comes in and orders a hundred dollars worth of material. You wrap it up, and you give it to her. She pays you with a $100 bill. But as she goes out the door you realize she’s given you two $100 bills. Now, here’s where the ethics come in: should you or should you not tell your partner?" (Henny Youngman)

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#278) On December 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Last night I went to a 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours." He goes: "Not in a row!" (Steven Wright)

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#279) On December 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

 Jesus and Saint Peter are golfing. St. Peter steps up to the tee on a par three and hits one long and straight. It reaches the green. Jesus is up next. He slices it. It heads over the fence into traffic on an adjacent street. Bounces off a truck, onto the roof of a nearby shack and into the rain gutter, down the drain spout and onto a lilly pad at the edge of a lake. A frog jumps up and snatches the ball in his mouth. An eagle swoops down, grabs the frog. As the eagle flies over the green, the frog croaks and drops the ball. It’s in the hole. Saint Peter looks at Jesus, exasperated. "Are you gonna play golf?" he asks "Or are you just gonna f*ck around?"

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#280) On December 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Busted out my 3'6'' fiberoptic tree tonight.

The missus put our Merry Christmas sign on the front door.

We are officially in holiday mode:)

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#281) On December 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I’m thinking, okay, here’s a gal who’s capable of making a decision she’ll regret in the future. (Richard Jeni)

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#282) On December 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

A lady at a party goes up to Winston Churchill and tells him, "Sir, you are drunk." Churchill replies, "Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober."

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#283) On December 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I was so ugly when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother. (Henny Youngman)

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#284) On December 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

644 ratingsI knew these Siamese twins. They moved to England, so the other one could drive. (Steven Wright)

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#285) On December 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Two snowmen are standing in a meadow. One snowman turns to the other and says, "Do you smell carrots?"

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#286) On December 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

I went to my doctor and told him "my penis is burning." He said, "That means somebody is talking about it." (Garry Shandling)

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#287) On December 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1 USD = 2 Barbados Dollar (BBD)

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#288) On December 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1 USD = 8595 Belarus Ruble (BYR)

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#289) On December 23, 2012 at 8:34 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1 USD = 7.75 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

This exchange rate is held in a tight range, over the past 2 years it's traded between 7.75 and 7.81.

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#290) On December 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1 USD = 12.9274 Mexican Peso (MXN)

 

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#291) On December 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

1 USD = 0.7585 Euro (EUR)

It's usually quoted as the inverse. 1 EUR = 1.3184 USD which is shown as EUR/USD 1.3184; or sometimes the / is dropped.
Base currency is always listed first in the quote and the quote number is the amount of the second currency listed traded for 1 unit of the first.

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#292) On December 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

I have a small forex account I opened as part of the CNBC million dollar contest a little over a year ago.

Still haven't lost all of the $50 seed money FXCM gave as an incentive to open an account.

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#293) On December 23, 2012 at 8:52 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Based on my limited experience, I believe it's very easy to make a small fortune trading currencies. 

You just have to start with a large fortune.

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#294) On December 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

THe most common currency pair quotes include the US dollar.  When the dollar isn't one of the pair, I believe it's called a cross quote.

1 Singapore Dollar (SGD) = 68.995 Japanese Yen (JPY) or
SGD/JPY 68.995

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#295) On December 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

That covers just about the sum total of my knowledge of currency trading.

1 USD =  3.0975 Polish Zloty (PLN)

and this comment is worth

1.5488 Zlotny to Special Olympics and
0.9293 Zlotny to Lutheran World Relief

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#296) On December 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Daily currency moves tend to be pretty small.  1% would be a very large daily swing.

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#297) On December 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

But, it's easy to make or lose a lot on a small swing because positions can be highly leveraged.

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#298) On December 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

In my FXCM micro account, I can lever up by as much as 40:1 depending on the currency, i.e. by tying up only $25 of cash, I can contol a $1000 position.

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#299) On December 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

All that leverage also makes it pretty easy to get margin calls and have the position closed if you're not careful.

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#300) On December 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Allright! Got to 300.

Off to teach Sunday School. 

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#301) On December 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Off-color joke ahead, be warned... 

One winter morning, a couple of the neighborhood boys went outside and started to make snowmen.  They were the troublemakers, the pranksters, so everyone was relieved to see them engaged in an activity that reminded them of their youth.  Of course, their hopes were soon dashed when the boys decided to make the snowmen anatomically correct.

Everybody knows that snowmen can't speak or move while being observed, so at the crack of dawn the next day, one snowman looks at the other and says "I don't know about you, but I am freezing my 'nads off".

The other snowman ponders for a second and says, "I didn't really think about that too hard, I am still pretty distraught about those kids touching my junk". 

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#302) On December 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

^ that one made me lol. thanx man.

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#303) On December 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Hey,   HarryCarysGhost ,  did you see the blender I found for you in #251. also see #256.  Go 9ers. 

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#304) On December 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Yeah man, I clicked on both links. Awesome stuff. Keep up the good work my brotha.

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#305) On December 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Top Ten investment quotes I use for real life investment- 

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#306) On December 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Mr Market is like your schizophrenic neighbor, who asks about the price of your house daily

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#307) On December 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Keep it Simple,Stupid.....~djshagggyd

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#308) On December 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Coumpound interest is the most powerful force in the universe...~blesto.

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#309) On December 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Wow!!! that was a short top ten:)

Add em' if you gotem.

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#310) On December 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Snopes on compound interest.

It isn't attributed to Einstein, so must be an original blesto quote.

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#311) On December 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Buy low, then buy more even lower.

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#312) On December 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

On sailboat racing:

Nothing is allowed on the boat unless it makes the boat go faster.  Beer has been known to make a boat go faster. ~unknown

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#313) On December 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

@311

Never mind the falling knives:)

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#314) On December 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Rule 1:  Never lose money.

Rule 2: Remember rule one.

Rule 3: Rules 1 & 2 are easier said than done.

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#315) On December 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Teacherman1 (43.04) wrote:

As of this morning, at 9:11 CT, my bill has been run up to $209.50, when counting both blogs.

Hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.

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#316) On December 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

Merry x-mas to all, or whatever holiday you wish.

 

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#317) On December 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

13 comments to go, 29 minutes

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#318) On December 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

13 comments to go, 29 minutes

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#319) On December 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM, rd80 (97.59) wrote:

Eleven

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#320) On December 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (99.63) wrote:

Ohh! right I'm on central time...

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#321) On December 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Eudemonic (64.35) wrote:

#273- Speaking of music:

String quartet: a good violinist, a bad violinist,
an ex-violinist, and someone who hates violinists.


A violist comes home late at night to discover fire trucks, police cars, and a smoking crater where his house used to be. The chief of poice comes over to him and tells him, "While you were out, the conductor came to your house, killed your family, and burned it down." The violist replied, "You're kidding! The conductor came to my house?"

Oboe: An ill wind that no one blows good.

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