A recent wedding showed us that, in China at least, impossible is nothing. If you have set a wedding date but your fiancee is too busy with work or in a living in a distant city, fear not, for the video wedding has arrived.
On his special day, the groom, frontier army leader, Liang Tao was in Dongjiang on a military mission, while his bride, Yang Xiaoting was far away in distant Urumqi, and it looked like the wedding might fall through. Devastated by the news that he could not get back home for the ceremony, his army commissioner Zhang Jianguo appeared like a veritable fairy god-soldier and decided the army should help out with the wedding. The 500km distance between bride and groom was not a problem as Zheng Qiang, general manager of China Telecom’s network operation, was drafted in to set up a satellite communications program to ensure the wedding would go off without a hitch.
Suggesting you rise before the sun is even up may seem a little mean. So we’ll wake our groggy selves up, too, for some extra motivation.
Yes, it involved ice cream-based bribes. But before you judge too harshly, keep in mind that she built a better product than Google.
Ten Tips for Ironing Shirts
Most people hate ironing, but I admit to finding a strange pleasure in it. There’s something gratifying about passing a hot iron over cloth, and seeing a wrinkled mess transform back into a smooth, familiar garment. It is, however, a chore, and like all chores, there are better and worse ways of doing things. Over the years, I’ve picked up ten practices that I think not only help speed the process, but also improve the results.
- Dampen your shirts. Most irons are terrible at giving off steam, so before your start ironing, dampen your shirt with some water from a spray bottle (set it on mist, not stream). This will help soften up the fibers.
- Put damp shirts in a plastic bag. Let the water soak in and evenly distribute by rolling up your damp shirts and putting them in a plastic bag. This will also prevent the water from evaporating. I typically spray down three shirts at a time, and let them soak while I work on the others.
- Press down. Get the job done faster by actually pressing down on the iron. Do this to the back though, not the front, otherwise you risk pushing in new wrinkles.
- Don’t crease the sleeves. Unless you’re in the military, sleeves shouldn’t be creased to the edge. So, iron right up to the edge and stop. You can also use sleeve boards.
- Iron the thick parts first. To avoid having to do touch-ups, iron things such as the collar, placket, and cuffs first. They’re less likely to wrinkle than the thinner, larger areas such as your shirt’s back.
- Gently iron around buttons, snaps, and hooks. Don’t iron over them, as they can crack or melt.
- Don’t flatten the collar. Iron your collar so that it’s flat and smooth, but don’t use your iron to fold it down entirely. Instead, iron just the back of the fold, where the collar would touch the back of your neck, then use your hands to fold down the rest of the collar.
- Get a good ironing board. Countertop ones are small, but they don’t give you enough space to work. Foldable, four-legged ones are the business. I like ones with slightly narrower, pointy ends, so I can get to tough-to-reach places on my shirt (just under the arms can be a pain).
- Avoid over-ironing. Remember this bit from Seinfeld? Yes, something can be too dry. Iron up to the point where the last bit of moisture can evaporate after five minutes of hanging. Otherwise, you risk making the fabric shiny, brittle, or even a bit yellow with time.
- Button everything up. If you iron in batches, button your shirts all the way up before hanging them. This will help you avoid that wavy, bacon-like placket that can result from a shirt hanging too long in your closet.
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If you’re like most Americans, chances are you’ve visited a zoo. Maybe you’ve only gone to one on a school field trip, or maybe it’s one of your favorite places to go, but whatever the case, zoos are popular in this country.
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"Frankly, I don’t know what one makes from cocoa beans. I’m just trying to earn a living."
honduran white tent bats roosting under a heliconia leaf, which they sever down the length of its midrib to create a ‘tent’ that provides a waterproof shelter and protection from potential predators.
Millions of years ago, pterosaurs roamed the skies, and now they rule the Museum! In the exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs visitors can see rare fossils, life-size models, and experience hands-on interactives that bring these ancient animals to life. Want to take Pterosaurs with you? Two iPad apps let you learn more at the push of a button.
With the free Pterosaurs exhibition iPad app, adapted from the 2014 exhibition, get an in-depth look at these fascinating flying reptiles and the latest fossil discoveries that reveal how these animals walked, flew, ate, and more.
Also make sure to download the companion app for Pterosaurs: The Card Game! This game and app explores amazing ancient reptiles and their food chains.
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Change your mind about something significant every day."
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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first playbill give away! Since we’ve been lucky enough to see the show multiple times, we picked up a couple extra playbills along the way. Also, we feel it is necessary to give back to you guys since you’ve all been so supportive and wonderful with responding to this tumblr. We all really appreciate every single one of you and are so excited to give back to our fellow Les Miz Broadway fans!
To make this easier on us, you will not have a say in which playbill you receive if you win. We are choosing a separate number for each playbill. Also, only one of each playbill will be given away. To decide who will receive a playbill, we will use a random number generator.
Okay! So lets see what we have to give away….
- 1st preview unsigned
- Opening Night unsigned (no opening night sticker, but it is labeled as such on the inside)
- April 12 Forbach/Enjolras signed by Keala Settle and Jason Forbach
- June 26 McCarrell/Marius Quinlan/Enjolras Hackmann/Valjean signed by various cast members but not all + pride playbill
- June 27 Forbach/Enjolras McCarrell/Marius unsigned + pride playbill
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