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And so it was told that the USS Constellation is HAUNTED!!!

Posted 10-31-2009 at 03:59 AM by lauriebear777

[B]Sitting proudly at rest in Baltimore Harbor, the USS Constellation emits an aura of peace of and security. Where once men died under the hail of grapeshot, children now walk. [/B]
During her 175-year history, much blood has flowed over her wooden beams. So what or who, among the countless who have met death on her deck, was the ghostly apparition that was photographed in the forecastle in 1955?
Lt. Cmdr. Allen Ross Brougham, USN, the man who snapped the photo, believes it is a captain returning to inspect his ship.
Hans Holzer, a professional ghost hunter and author, says it could be any one of three spirits "haunting the old ship."
To a Catholic priest who came face to face with the ghost, it is an old salt, unwilling to leave the beloved sea.
Legends of ghosts and other strange occurrences have long been told about the United States Navy's first ship. But the first indication that they were more than the reminiscences of old sea dogs came at...
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Halloween beyond America...

Posted 10-30-2009 at 02:01 PM by lauriebear777

:witch:Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe.
The autumn rite is commemorated in the United Kingdom, although with a surprising and distinctive British twist. In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, the third day of the three-day Hallowmas observance, is the most important part of the celebration for many people. In Ireland and Canada, Halloween, which was once a frightening and superstitious time of year, is celebrated much as it is here in the United States, with trick-or-treating, costume parties, and fun for all ages.

[B]El Dia De Los Muertos[/B]

[IMG][/IMG] Flowers and candles decorate graves for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).
[RIGHT][I]Photo Credit: Corbis[/I][/RIGHT]

In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, which takes place on November 2, is commemorated with...
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Do you know when Candy Corn was 1st created???

Posted 10-29-2009 at 08:25 AM by lauriebear777
Updated 10-29-2009 at 08:26 AM by lauriebear777 (forgot to put into catagory)

[B]Candy Corn[/B]

First created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company, the three colors of candy corn are meant to symbolize actual corn. Each piece is approximately the size of a whole kernel of corn, as if it fell off a ripe or dried ear of corn.
Candy corn is made primarily from sugar, corn syrup and honey. Working by hand, the original manufacturers first combined sugar, corn syrup and water and cooked them into a slurry. Fondant was added for texture, and marshmallows provided a soft bite. The final mixture was then heated and poured into shaped molds. Three passes were required during the pouring process, one for each colored section. Few changes have been made to the process or recipe, with machines now performing the tasks formerly done by people. Candy corn can be found at most popular grocery food stores in the United States.

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Applie Pie & Pie Crust Recipe

Posted 10-28-2009 at 02:43 PM by lauriebear777
Updated 10-28-2009 at 02:46 PM by lauriebear777 (I copied & pasted it did not convert right)

[B][COLOR=green]Pie Crust (two crusts)[/COLOR][/B]
[B][COLOR=green]Ingredients[/COLOR][/B][LIST][*][COLOR=green]3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour [/COLOR][COLOR=green][/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 1/2 cups shortening [/COLOR][COLOR=green][/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 teaspoon salt [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 egg [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or cider [/COLOR][*][COLOR=green]5 1/2 tablespoons water [/COLOR][/LIST][B][COLOR=green]Directions[/COLOR][/B]

[COLOR=green]1. Whisk together the flour and salt. Blend in shortening until texture resembles coarse crumbs. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]2. Mix together egg, vinegar, and water. Pour into flour mixture, and mix together. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=green]3. Roll dough out between wax paper; no extra flour is needed to roll out dough if wax paper is used. Use as directed in recipe. [/COLOR]

[B][COLOR=green]Apple Pie Filling (two crusts)[/COLOR][/B]
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And A Haunting we will go... 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...

Posted 10-28-2009 at 12:26 PM by lauriebear777

Dorothea Paine "Dolley" Madison was one of the most popular first ladies to have presided in the White House.
She was born in 1768 and became the wife and the young widow of John Todd, a Quaker lawyer of Philadelphia. 1794, at the age of twenty-six, she married James Madison, who became, in 1809, fourth president of the United States.
Dolley's wit and charm and her ability to remember faces endeared her to everyone. But she never liked to be crossed, as the legend of her ghost bears out.
When the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson occupied the White House, she ordered gardeners to dig up the familiar Rose Garden. They never turned a spade. Dolley Madison had planned and built the garden! Her ghost arrived in all her nineteenth century to upbraid the workmen for what they were about to do. The men fled. Not a flower was disturbed and Dolley's garden continues to bloom today as it has for nearly two centuries.

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