Vinegar: Is There Anything It Can't Do? Summer Reading; Early Trade


How to Be Green and Stay Clean at the Same Time

Many people are concerned with the number of toxic chemicals we are subjected to as we go about our daily lives. For those people who want to take action, there is one word: Vinegar.

Vinegar is not just for salad dressing. The natural acid finds itself a poster child for green cleaning. Two websites teach you how to remove bumper stickers from your car, remove carpet stains and kill weeds on your patio. The Vinegar Institute provides a number of useful ways to use vinegar. Just click on Then click on the uses and tips button on the left of the homepage. You may get a 404 code, site not found, but persevere and you will get there. It's worth the effort to find out how you can clean no- wax- floors, clean the microwave and polish brass using the same liquid. Another useful site is  which lists 23 ways to use vinegar to make your life healthier and cleaner. To view, click on In addition to the previous tips, use vinegar to clean your computer, keyboard, printer and maybe your computer monitor if the monitor manufacturer approves. You can also unclog your drains and remove cigarette odors from your home. Who knew? A natural miracle in a jug. Because vinegar is acidic, the liquid can also polish stainless steel and copper. Happy cleaning.

Nutrition and Health Tip From the FDA

Bakers add folic acid to bread dough to help pregnant ladies avoid birth defects. The FDA now suggests that folic acid be added to corn mazza flour for the same purpose. This makes sense because if folic acid protects bread lovers from birth defects, then the additive should also be effective in tacos and other dishes that use corn mazza. To read more about this tip, click on putting folic acid in corn massa flour acosmay reduce birth defects. Now, pregnant Latina women can be as well protected from birth defects as bread loving ladies.

Free Summer Reading From the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Magazine presents well-written, timely articles about a plethora of subjects, all in color and beautifully illustrated. The LOC produces the magazine six times a year and it is free for download. Recent editions covered a recording of basketball inventor James Naismith, The Changing Field of Folklore and a history of April Fool jokes. The articles all have some connection to the Library of Congress, but I suppose that almost everything has a connection to some type of library somewhere. To download your copy of the current edition or to access back issues, surf over to If you print your downloaded

copy, your have a very cheap beach read.

U.C. Davis Announces the World's First 1,000-Processor Chip

The U.C. Davis designed chip features 1000 independently programable processors that save energy by splitting up programs in pieces across multiple processors. I remember the days when IBM was only able to produce chips with 8 or so processors. I guess I am a really old codger to remember this factoid. To read more about this technology breakthrough click on Everything electronic gets smaller, faster and cheaper except for hearing aids that continue to be very over-priced. But I digress.

New Evidence of Early Trade That Predates First Encounters With Europeans

Purdue University announced that researchers recently found evidence that early Alaskans traded for Eurasian products hundreds of years before contact with Europeans occurred. Two leaded bronze artifacts found in northwestern Alaska prove that metal from Asia reached pre-historic north America much earlier than previously thought. University researchers believe that the smelted metal alloys came from central Asia and early traders provided the objects in trade with Inuit peoples living near the Bering Strait. This find confirms that early peoples were just as anxious to make trade deals as we are. To read more about this story, visit And you thought Leif Erikson discovered the western hemisphere. The National Science Foundation funded this research. Your taxes at work, again. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! And so it goes.