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On this day in history: January 15, 1947 - The body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short is discovered in a vacant lot, her mutilated corpse chopped in half at the waist. Her murder is known as The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most lurid murder cases in Los Angeles history. The murderer was never found.
Born on this day in history: January 15, 1908 - Edward Teller (1908 - ____) nuclear physicist. He participated in the production of the first atomic bomb, 1945, and led the development of the first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb.
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Heaven and Hell: A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell." They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible. "Come, now I will show you heaven," the Lord said after a while.
They entered another room, identical to the first - the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. "I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?" The Lord smiled, "Ah, it is simple," he said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."
It was so cold yesterday morning that water froze in the copper pipe that supplies the refrigerator. I have never seen this happen previously!
As is often the case on Friday evenings, snacking displaced dinner. The pepperoni pizza we had planned to eat Friday evening became Saturday brunch. For dinner on Saturday, we had large rigatoni with large shrimp in a sauce of olive oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, and sea salt.
For dinner last evening, we had grilled top sirloin steaks, potatoes, and green beans. Laura put a spicy dry rub on the steaks and halved and baked the potatoes in the microwave. She sprayed the steaks and potato halves with a mixture of one part extra-virgin olive oil and three parts balsamic vinegar. She sprinkled spicy seasonings on the potato halves and grilled the steaks and potatoes. The green beans were seasoned and cooked in the microwave in a covered casserole dish for three minutes. The steaks were grilled perfectlycharred on the outside and very rare in the center. A bottle of Crane Lake Cabernet complimented the meal.