December 4, 2018

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Calypso bulbosa, commonly called Fairy Slipper, Can be found in North America, across Canada from Alaska to Newfoundland and in the northeastern and western United States. It produces a solitary basal leaf in the autumn which senesces soon after flowering. A solitary flower (rarely 2) is produced in the late spring, usually pink, magenta, or white, with a pouch-like labellum that can be spotted with contrasting colors such as yellow. Its lateral petals and sepals spread distinctively outwards. In most of North America, it is found in wet coniferous or mixed forests and bogs; in the northwest, it is found in drier, shady coniferous forests.


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  • Liquid starch We used Sta-flo Liquid Starch. I found it at Kroger, but not at Target or Walmart.
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Iron Oxide Powder – found on Amazon
  • Disposable bowls for mixing it up saves washing slime out of dishes! We used craft sticks for stirring.
  • A neodymium (rare earth) magnet (A regular magnet wont be strong enough.  The set that we ordered from Amazon is no longer available, but here is something similar: 10 neodymium disc magnets. And here is an option with only 3 magnets, but they are thicker (less likely to chip): 3 neodymium disc magnets. One more this one is a long cylinder: neodymium cylinder magnet.




Started off as a byproduct of transporting wine. About 900 years ago, merchants would essentially boil the water off of large quantities of wine in order to both transport it more easily, and save on customs taxes, which were levied by volume. After a while, a few of these merchants, bored after a long day on the road, dipped into their inventory and discovered that the concentrated, or distilled wine actually tasted pretty good. Voila, brandy was born.

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By and Large


Many everyday phrases are nautical in origin taken aback, loose cannon and high and dry all originated at seabut perhaps the most surprising example is the common saying by and large. As far back as the 16th century, the word large was used to mean that a ship was sailing with the wind at its back. Meanwhile, the much less desirable by, or full and by, meant the vessel was traveling into the wind. Thus, for mariners, by and large referred to trawling the seas in any and all directions relative to the wind. Today, sailors and landlubbers alike now use the phrase as a synonym for all things considered or for the most part.




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