May/June 2011

Congratulations to the Ensign Track Team!

By Caroline Quigg

The Ensign track team participated in the track finals at Estancia High School on June 2nd. The Ensign Girl’s track team took first place in the girl division for the track meet and the Boy’s team placed 6th. The track meet consisted of track and field events. Track events include sprinting, such as the 100m and 200m dash, as well as endurance and long distance, such as 400m and 800m. Field events include long jump, high jump and shot putting. Congratulations to all the Ensign athletes whom participated in the event.

Wal-Mart vs. Target

By Tabitha Lattimer

For the first time in four years of studies, Target has come out on top of Wal-Mart for offering consumers the best deals. Wal-Mart usually maintains a 2%-4% price advantage over Target, but in January some consumers began noticing that target products were priced lower than Wal-Mart’s. If you use your Redcard at Target the savings gap between the two stores widens even further. When you add the 5% discount you receive when you use the Redcard, you are saving 5.7% more than just shopping at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart does not offer a similar promotion. Target has been gradually lowering their prices since the beginning of the recession in an attempt to undercut Wal-Mart. Groceries are the reason most people go shopping, and Wal-Mart still dominates that category with over 50% of stocked items being groceries.

Cool Hotels

By Jonathan Farris

Cool Hotel #1

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A really cool hotel is the Fiji Island Resort. It is luxurious resort built 40 feet underwater by the president of U.S Submarines Bruce Jones. This resort was finished building in 2010 and opened to the public after. This resort was built in Private Island in Fiji; only special invited guests are allowed to come stay at the wonderful hotel. The resort has 550 square foot guest room and the latest accommodations for all guests. The Poseidon Undersea Resort is the coolest place to stay.

Cool Hotel #2

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Another cool hotel is a Swedish Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. This ice hotel is rebuilt every year with 10000 tons of fresh crystal clear ice and 30000 tons of fresh snow. It can hold 100 guests each room is a creation of its own. It consists of about 30000 square feet and has a ice bar, ice sauna, ice chapel, ice art hall, ice cinema and the really cool hotel. People that stay there are in -4 to -7 degrees. While your staying there some guests who are lucky to see the cool northern lights. It is a really cool place to stay.

Fun Facts

By Velo Van Houden

More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines

Women have a better sense of smell than men

Hippo milk is pink

The human brain has the capacity to store everything you experience

Ice cream is Chinese food

Your lips are 200 times more sensitive than your finger tips

The oldest known animal is the Ming which is a 405 year old clam

Twenty nine percent of women go looking for shoes instead of a husband

Americans sit on 30 billion dollars of unredeemed gift cards

Largest nuclear bomb is the Tsar Bomba which can damage object 1,000 km away

If you eat lots of carrots you’ll start to turn orange

When glass breaks it 3,000 travel mph

Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs

E.T. Makeup

By Shelby Rogers

katy-perry-et.jpgIn Katy Perry’s music video “E.T. (feat. Kanye West)," Perry goes through three different costume and makeup changes. For her second look, her face had a white base and a blue frame with designs on her cheek and forehead in pink, blue, and white. Her eye color had combined the colors fuchia, turquoise, and white with teal contacts as well as long pink lashes. Katy Perry’s lips were colored a violet blue color. In another look of hers, she looks like a golden gladiator with bronze braids and geometric makeup on her face.

Altogether, the process of putting on all the makeup took 5-6 hours per outfit. A ton of effort was put into the costumes and they turned out looking amazing! 

Spanish Phrases

By Christina Quigg and Meagan Rowan

Hola! Como estas? - Hello! How are you?

Donde es el bano? - Where is the bathroom?

De donde eres? - Where are you from?

De parte de quien? - Who is it?

Yo soy… - I am…

Que hora es? - What time is it?

Como te llamo? - What is your name?

Soy de… - I am from…

Hace sol - It is sunny

Hace frio - It is cold

Estoy feliz - I am happy

Me gusta… - I like to…

Juego al futbol - I play soccer

Nos gusta… - We like…

Planchar la ropa - iron the clothes

Cortar el cesped - mow the lawn

Me gusta el queso - I like cheese

Tengo… anos - I am … years old

No me gusta… - I don’t like

Santa Ana Zoo’s Newest Member

By Caroline Quigg

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On April 28th 2010, a giant anteater was born. Giant anteaters are found in rainforests in Central and South America. They eat up to 30,000 ants and termites. The baby will be nursed for six months and will ride on its mother’s back for 10 months. In that time it will grow to about half adult size. The baby is currently spending bonding time with its mother in a quiet, off-exhibit habitat. The baby is still unnamed and the zoo is offering a chance to name it in exchange for $5000.

Who We Are...

Writers: Gabrielle Albert, Sarah Allen, Luke Bradbury, Kara Carlson, Katie Conway, Jonathan Farris, Alliyah Hill, Hanl Kang, Tabitha Lattimer, Megan Moricca, Zach Nielsen, Caroline Quigg, Christina Quigg, Shelby Rogers, Meagan Rowan, Zeke Seraphin, Velo van Houden, Jaime Wu

Advisor: Kristine Cross

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Cotton Candy

By Sarah Allen

Inspired by Jacob S.

Cotton candy. We’ve all had it. Our hands have turned into sticky destroyers of anything clean, and our mothers have all complained of the nutritional value. But we all love it. But where does it come from? And how is it made?

Cotton candy began in Italy, in the 1400’s. They used to make it by melting sugar and using a fork to spin it into strings, which would dry and be used as a dessert.  It was delicious, but not very easy to mass produce, so usually it was for family events and such, not for crowds at fairs. In the 1800’s, sugar made into different designs was very popular, with varied ways to make up, including the way made in the 1400’s. They were again, very hard to make and very expensive, so they weren’t sold the general public. In 1897 however, a machine was created that melted sugar and whatever flavor was desired, and used a screen to spin it into threads, and put it on a paper cone. The creators called it “fairy floss”. They sold this at the 1904 World’s Fair in Chicago for 25¢ a box, and sold 68,655 boxes. Candy stores bought the machine and sold them in their stores for cheaper, and it became popular around the world. At about 1920, it was renamed to “Cotton Candy” in America, but called other things in different countries. It was revised a couple of times, to make it automatic and to be individually packaged, and it was sold everywhere. It then became the beloved snack we know well today.

Everything IQ

 

Written by Gabrielle Albert and Kara Carlson

 

What defines a person’s IQ? Well, if you didn’t know what IQ stands for, it stands for Intelligence Quotient. It describes a score that is calculated due to your rate of a person’s cognitive ability as compared to the general population. 100 is a median score, but on most tests, a score between 110, and the median plus or minus 10, indicates average intelligence. If receiving a score below 70, it may indicate mental retardation. IQ tests also measure general intellectual ability in different ways, such as

  • spatial ability:the ability to visualize manipulation of shapes
  • mathematical ability:the ability to solve problems and use logic
  • language ability:This could include the ability to complete sentences or recognize words when letters have been rearranged or removed.
  • memory ability:the ability to recall things presented either visually or aurally

Some psychologists suggest that these tests indicate general abilities. Because IQ tests measure your ability to understand ideas and not the quantity of your knowledge, learning new information does not automatically increase your IQ, but may help absorb new information for the future. There is some evidence indicating that children who receive better nurturing love and diet as babies, and a high degree of intellectual stimulation in preschool tends to somewhat boosts a child’s IQ, but to be permanent, the education must be kept up through the few years of Elementary School. For the most part, adult IQ scores don’t significantly increase over time. But there is a high positive correlation between IQ and success in school and the work place, but there are many, many cases, where IQ and success do not coincide.

IQ Fun Facts:

 

  • Average IQ of the last 6 presidents was 115.5
  • Highest average IQ by state is Massachusetts 104.3
  • California has an average IQ of 95.5 making it 48th highest
  • Mississippi has the lowest average in the country, with an IQ of 94.2
  • Charles Dickens had an IQ of 180.
  • John F Kennedy’s IQ was 117
  • The lower the persons IQ the more likely they are of getting a concussion.
  • A New York school district with one million students, found that by not removing  colored dies, artificial flavors and such are removed from its cafeterias, 70,000 of the students received IQ’s two or more grade levels higher than before.
  • Rejection may drop your IQ score 25%
  • 140 is considered the beginning of genius IQ
  • Some scientists believe the higher your IQ, the more you dream.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has an IQ of 135

Bill Gates has an IQ of 160

Cerebral Connections Test,

Image

Boys

 

Girls

Apple

Yummy

Hard

Apple

Red apple

 

Pickles

Apple

Worms

Red

Space Cartoon

Buzz light year

Buzz light year

Astronaut

Astronaut

 

A monkey

Astronaut

2001Space Odyssey

Fire truck

Nascar Crash

Death

Nascar

Crash

Days of thunder

 

Rabbit

Car

Dead

Boom

3 Cokes

Thirsty

A lot

Coca Cola

Poison

 

Glow stick

Coke

Coca Cola

Lasers

Plane

Hitler

Juicy

Airplanes

Death

 

WWII

Airplane

Bombs

Submarine

Russian Flag

Russia

Russia

White Flag

Russia

 

Nokie

Death

Italy

Green

News

News

Moving news

Paper

Newspaper

 

Stories

Paper

Man

Journalism

Butter and knife

Toast

Soft and hard

High cholesterol

Butter

 

Crime scene

Drugs

Butter

Twinkie

Puppies

Hunter

Big

Puppies

Cute

 

Lone

Puppy

Floating puppies

Superman

Zeppelin

Blimp

Hard

Blimp

Zeppelin

 

Peaches

Fat

Hindenburg

Dish

Wind Turbine

Palm Springs

Moving

Windmill

Wind Power

 

Deathmobile

Pointy

Pointy

Helicopter

Large Tractor

Farmer

Quingo

Tractor

Big Agriculture

 

Tom Hanks

Farm

Tractor

Green

 

These are the results of the Cerebral Connections Test, in which images were placed in front of four boys and four girls. The results were that the boys saw were more off the topic than the girls. The girls were more pessimistic in the responses and had a broader list of items.

 

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Hybrids – What’s the Difference?

By Jaime Wu

 

Though most people know that a horse and donkey will produce a mule and that a lion an tiger produce ligers, they don’t know that what the baby turns out to be actually depends on the parents’ gender as well as their species. For example, a mule can only be born of a mare [female horse] and a male donkey. When a stallion crosses with a female donkey, it produces a different animal, the hinny. However, both hybrids are sterile as they both have an odd number of chromosomes.

Male zebras can mate with almost any other equine to produce what is known as a zebroid. Some types of zebroids are the zorse [male zebra/female horse] horbra [female zebra/male horse], zony [zebra sire, pony dam], Zetland [zebra sire, Shetland dam], and the very rare zeedonks [zebra/donkey]. When a female zebra mates with a male donkey [which is extremely rare], the result is a zebra hinny, also called a donkra.

Other animal species can cross as well, not just equines. Male leopards and lionesses can mate to produce what are known as leopons. A male lion crossed with a female tiger produces a liger, while a lioness and a male tiger produces the less heard of tigon [also called tiglon or tion]. However, while long-thought to be sterile like most other hybrids are, tigons can breed. One such example is the production of an extremely rare, 2nd generation litigon [lion-tigon cross] by the tigon Rudhrani and her lion mate, Debabrata. Rudhrani produced seven litigons in her lifetime. Even rarer are the nearly nonexistent titigons, born from a female tigon and a male tiger. They resemble golden tigers, which have color mutations, but have less contrast in their coloring. Marozis are the offspring lions and jaguars, which occurs naturally in the wild instead of by captive breeding. Jaglions are the offspring of jaguars and lions. Another rare 2nd generation hybrid is the ligualep [Congolese Spotted Lion], a cross between a female jaguar-leopard and a male lion. Pumas and leopards [any gender to any species of either] cross to produce what are called pumapards. Pumapards are unusually prone to dwarfism. Ocelots and pumas also cross, though the first known offspring died from lack of care.

Male ligers have been found to be sterile, while female ligers can reproduce. Ligers like to swim, like tigers and are social, like lions. Weirdly, ligers grow to be larger than either tigers or lions, while other hybrids are typically smaller than both of their parents. Ligers are actually the biggest cats in the world. The current Guinness World Record holder is called Hercules, who weighs nine hundred pounds, is six feet tall, and 12 feet long.

There are many other types of hybrids as well. Coyotes and dogs breed to produce either coydogs or dogotes. Coyotes also breed with wolves to create coywolves. Camels and llamas produce camas, cows and buffalo produce beefalos, cows and yaks produce what is known as a dzo [or yakow], and killer whales and dolphins produce wolphins

Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

By Alliyah Hill

Instead of longing all year long for those delicious Girl Scout cookies that only come around once a year, make your own at home with these easy recipes for all Girl Scout cookie favorites! Whether you like the traditional thin mints or the adventurous Samoas, there is a recipe for all fan favorites. These nine recipes are easy for all and some are even no bake for those days you’re in a hurry. There are nine cookies to make including; trefoils, Samoas (or caramel delights), Do-Si-Dos, Thin mints, lemonades, Tagalongs, Thanks-A-Lots, No Bake Samoas and Cinnamon Spins.

 

Ingredients
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
tiny pinch ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in salt, ginger, and lemon zest. Mix to combine. Slowly add in flour, and mix until well combined, but do not over mix. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

2. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Place on a cookie sheet, at least an inch apart and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until almost starting to brown on the edges.

 

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup superfine sugar (or granulated)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
Dipping Caramel (recipe follows)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (available at health food stores)
12 ounces of chocolate chips

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. Add in vanilla. Beat until smooth. With mixer on low, add in salt and flour. Mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. Pull dough together and shape into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2 1/2 inches. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about an inch apart. Once you have made 30 cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. Use a tiny circle shaped cookie cutter or a large round cake decorating tip to cut a hole in the center of each disk. Refrigerate for an additional 10 minutes. Bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool completely.

3. Add coconut into the caramel. Warm the caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds if necessary. Take cooled cookies and gently dip them completely in the caramel. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until set, about 5 minutes.

4. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until fully melted. Place the caramel coated cookies in the chocolate. Use a fork to pull them out of the chocolate and place them on a parchment line cookie sheet. Use the chocolate still on the fork to drizzle stripes over the top of the cookies. Refrigerate until set.

Dipping Caramel

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar)
4 tablespoons corn syrup
6 tablespoons water
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons heavy cream* (DO NOT use plain whipping cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan with high sides, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Whisk until combined, and set over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan every now and then to help distribute the heat. Use can use a pastry brush dipped in water to brush the sugar crystals down the sides of the saucepan. When the sugar dissolves completely, raise the heat to medium. When it comes to a boil, watch very carefully for the bubbles to become more viscous (this means that the water has evaporated and that it is ready to go through the candy stages). As it is bubbling away, you want it to turn a deep amber color. When it does, remove the heat and, working quickly, use the spoon to scoop up a small amount of the candy and drop it into the small glass of water. If the blob turns hard like lollipop, then it is ready. If the blob is still soft, put the pan back on the heat. Keep testing until the candy is hard. Remove from heat.

2. Whisk in butter, 6 tablespoons of cream, and vanilla (Careful here, as the mixture should bubble violently for about 10 seconds). If the caramel isn’t smooth right away, return the pan to low heat and whisk until smooth.

*To clarify, this cream should be heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, not whipping cream.

 

Homemade Do-si-dos Recipe (Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies)

Cookies

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats

Filling

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Method

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peanut butter and butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until well combined. Add brown and white sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed in the batter. Add vanilla extract and mix again.

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to batter and mix on low just until combined. Add quick cooking oats and mix until just combined. Drop cookie dough by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet, spread about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 – 12  minutes at 350 degrees and then let cool for 5 minutes on the cookies sheet. While they are cooling, take a tooth-pick and prick the top of the cookies. Transfer to a cooling rack and continue to cook all cookies.

3. For filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Make little sandwiches with the filling.

Makes about 48 sandwich cookies.

Homemade Chocolate-Thin Mint Cookies

Cocoa Wafer Cookies
3 T. butter
1 egg white
1/4 c. brown sugar
pinch of Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. flour (plus 1/4 c.)
2 drops pure peppermint oil
Combine all ingredients together. Add flour as needed, until dough is roll-able and not sticky at all. Roll verrrry thin. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 325 for 4-7 minutes, or until cookies have firmed and browned slightly around edges. Remove from oven and cool.
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Peppermint Buttercream Layer
2 c. powdered sugar
4 T. melted butter
2-3 drops pure peppermint oil
1/2 tsp. heavy whipping cream
Mix together until it becomes thick and easy to roll with a rolling pin. Roll until about 1/4
thick. Cut into desired shape. Place atop cooled cookies. Place cookies into melted chocolate CANDIQUIK, spoon chocolate atop until fully covered. Allow to dry on a piece of parchment paper. Makes about 30 cookies

 

Girl Scout Cookies Copycat Recipe: Lemonades
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
zest of 1 lemon
In a stand mixer, cream the butter, then slowly add the remaining ingredients until mixture sticks together when pressed into a ball.  Roll the dough until 1/4
thick.  Cut out with a small cookie cutter.  Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 11-14 minutes, or just until the cookies have set.  Serve with a sprinkling of lemon zest and sparkling sugar, if desired.  Enjoy!

 

Homemade Tagalongs

for the cookies:

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. Add in vanilla. Beat until smooth. With mixer on low, add in salt and flour. Mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. Shape dough into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2-3 inches. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about a half inch apart. Once you have made 30 cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. Bake for 8 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and let cool completely.

3. Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar. Form into small disks and press onto cookies. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals, and mix well after each interval. Coat cookies completely in chocolate and lift out with a fork. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and let set, or freeze to speed up the process.

Thanks-A-Lot Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
In a stand mixer, cream butter. Slowly add the remaining ingredients until a dough forms. Press the dough together into a large ball, then roll it out on a lightly floured surface until 1/4
thick.  Cut with a small, round cookie cutter. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

For the Chocolate-Dipped Bottoms
Melt 1 cup high quality dark chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds, stir again. Continue doing this JUST until the chocolate is melted. Be careful to not overheat the chocolate. Dip the bottom half of the cookies in the chocolate coating.  Transfer to a piece of parchment paper until cooled and hardened.  Serve and Enjoy!

 

 

Cinna-Spins Recipe

Ingredients

6 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (for rolling dough in)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add butter and sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add egg and mix again. Add vanilla and mix. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until just combined.

2. Take 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a log shape 5 inches long. Create a line, 5 inches long with the cinnamon, kind of mounded. Let the dough touch the cinnamon just on one side. Then roll the cookie up like a cinnamon bun with the cinnamon side on the inside.

3. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake 7 – 10 minutes.

 

No-Bake Samoas Bars

  • 1 cup 60% cocoa chocolate chips
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups (approximately 20 cookies) sugar cookies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 55 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup coconut, sweetened, finely shredded

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds, just until the chocolate chips are melted.  Stir until smooth.  Spread all but 2 tablespoons of the chocolate in a thin layer on a parchment covered 7x12pan (a 9×9 inch pan will work equally well). 

Working quickly, so the chocolate does not harden, place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a medium bowl, then stir in the crumbs and 1/4 cup of sugar until very well mixed.  Press on top of the slightly melty chocolate crust.

In a large bowl, place all of the unwrapped caramels and milk.  Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, until the caramels are warm and melty.  Stir until the milk is fully incorporated in the caramel.  Stir in the coconut.  Spread on top of the cookie crust, pressing it firmly into place with clean, slightly wet fingers.

Reheat the remaining chocolate and butter mixture from step 1.  Transfer to a plastic ziptop bag, snip off the tip  of the bag and drizzle over the caramel-coconut layer.  Allow chocolate to harden before cutting with a very sharp knife. Serve & enjoy!

A lineup of the ingredients I used: 2 bags of Wether’s Original chewy caramels, 1 bag grated, sweetened coconut, cheap store-brand sugar cookies, Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips, 1 stick butter.

 

For more recipes go to:

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/girl-scout-cookies-year-round-9-copycat-recipes-youll-love-2438912/#photoViewer=2

 

To make some recipes healthier try low fat milk, Smart Balance butter and Splenda no calorie sweetener.

The Royal Wedding

By Tabitha Lattimer

prince-william-princess-catherine-3.jpgOn Friday, April 29, 2011, Prince William of Wales and commoner Kate Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen designed the beautiful dress worn by the bride. The engagement ring given to her was originally William’s mother, Princess Diana’s ring. It is an 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring and cost ₤30,000 at the time of purchase in 1981.

The royal wedding followed the traditions of previous marriages. The vows were spoken in ancient English, and the ring was blessed by the Archbishop. Prince William’s best man was his brother Harry, and Kate’s maid of honor was her sister, Pippa. They were escorted out of the abbey and into a carriage for a reception party back at Buckingham Palace, cheered on by the adoring crowd all the way.

Many famous people attended the wedding, such as the Prime Minister, whose wife chose not to wear a hat. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were also present at the wedding. David Beckham and Victoria, eight months pregnant with their fourth child, arrived at the wedding early. Madonna was not present at the wedding, but her ex-husband Guy Ritchie scored an invite. Joss Stone, and English soul singer who dresses rather casually, arrived in a bright pink suit and matching heels, to everyone’s surprise. Mario Testino, a famous photographer who shot the couples engagement photos, was also invited. Many royals from other countries were also present, as well as representatives from many churches. President Obama was not invited because the Queen thinks he’s “rude and arrogant”

The World's Nicest House

By Jonathan Farris

house.JPGThe world’s nicest house is with out a doubt the 1 billion dollar home called the Antilla in Mumbai. It is owned by the head of Indian petro-chemical giant Reliance Industries man named Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita.

It is an amazing and unique house consisting of 27 stories (570 feet) and 40000 square feet, also it has more floor space than the palace of Versailles. It is an architectural achievement.

This house has a lobby, 6 stories garage which can hold about 160 cars, double height ceilings, ballrooms, crystal chandelier ceilings, retractable stages, and a staff of 600 servants. Other items it has a 4 story hanging garden, health club, gym, dance studio, a swimming pool, guest rooms, 9 elevators, lots of lounges, a movie theater that fits 50 people, and 3 helipads on top of the roof.

This awesome and unique house will be around forever and I think it will be the world’s nicest house for a long time.

French Guys, Ooh La La!

By Katie Conway

 

 On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, a team of eleven French basketball players came to our school. I was one of the lucky kids who got to escort one around through all my classes. When I came to my first period French class, I saw a group of very tall boys walking towards the class wearing the same sweat suit. Everyone knew that it was the anticipated French guys and everyone was awed by their immense height. The class got to ask them a few questions from “Have you gone to the beach?” to “How tall are you?” By the end of the class many people wanted to take the boys around but only five kids in Madame Maille’s French class got to take them around. I was chosen by her and I quickly got a boy named Theo to take to all my classes.

The classes were fun with Theo by my side. My second period we watched a history movie and that went by fast. In third period we started a science lab. But fourth period was by far the best. It was my PE class and there were four French kids, including Theo! It was an extra long period due to the seventh graders taking a test, so it was destined to be a fun class. We started with basketball and Theo was on my team. We won all our games and then we went into the gym for dodge ball. They didn’t seem to enjoy it as much but they were surely getting a lot of attention. Lunch we went our separate ways, Theo with his team and I was with my friends. After lunch was over, we marched off to my SSR, journalism. During journalism, the class questioned our new friend in English, and on the not so accurate Google Translate. Eventually, the class was over and we went onto my seventh period, geometry. He sat in the corner desk and again was questioned about his life. Finally he had to go to basketball practice and did not go to my 8th period. I was sad when he left because I enjoyed having him by my side all day.

Later in the afternoon, the French guys played against Ensign’s 8th grade team in basketball. It was a great game and the entire school enjoyed being hosts to such wonderful people.

Should You Get Popcorn?

By Shelby Rogers

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Next time you go to the movies, you may want to reconsider getting popcorn as a snack.   The popcorn at movie theaters can have as much as 1,600 calories. This is how much is recommended for an average woman to eat everyday! So, remember, next time you see a movie, pass on the popcorn.

Weird Animals

By Caroline Quigg and Kara Carlson

 

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Glaucus Arlanticus  (Pelagic Sea Slug): The pelagic sea slug is species of sea slugs that live in tropical waters.  They typically grow to be between 5 and 8 cm long. It is silver grey and striped with blue. This animal can be found all over the world in tropical, warm waters, such as the coast of South Africa and Australia. This species of sea slug float upside down on the surface tension of the water. The pelagic sea slug is a carnivorous species and eats larger poisonous animals.  It is immune to venomous nematocysts, once it consumes a creature it stores the poison of the animal and uses it for itself.

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Mata Mata Turtle: The mata mata turtle is a freshwater turtle found mostly in South America. They live in slow moving or stagnant waters, swamps and swamps. They can grow up to 18 inches and weigh as much as 33 lbs. The mata mata turtle blends in with the marshes and swamps that it inhabits. It uses a method of suction feeding to consume food; this means that the turtle opens its mouth wide and suck in water and in the process, food. The mata mata eats mostly invertebrates and fish. The mata mata is available as an exotic pet, but is very expensive.

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Narwhal: Narwhals are whales that live in the arctic; their most notable character is the tusk that protrudes from the head of the whale. The male whale can be 13-16 ft long and weigh up to 3,500lbs. Their tusk can be 7-10 ft long and weigh 22lbs.  The female whale weighs about 2,200lbs.  The female grows a smaller tusk and has been known to produce two, however this is extremely rare. The whales eat halibut, cod and squid. They migrate yearly and can perform deep sea dives. The male whales also rubs their tusks together in a show of dominance, this is called “tusking”.

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Pink Fairy Armadillo : The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest member of the armadillo family. The armadillo is 3.5-4.5 inches long and is pail pink. It can bury itself in seconds if it becomes threatened or scared. It eats mainly ants and larvae.

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Tarsier : The tarsier is a primate that  live on the islands in Southeast Asia. They come in many different breeds that vary in shape and size. It is about 10 to 15 cm and a 25 cm long tail. The tarsier has very large eyes that are approximately the size of their brains. Tarsiers are carnivorous; eating insect by jumping through the air and catching them. Coming into contact with humans leads to death, this includes petting them or taking pictures of them.

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Tasmanian Wolf: The Tasmanian wolf is believed to be extinct for at least 65 years.  It was a marsupial and was related to the kangaroo.

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Thorny Devil Lizard : The thorny devil lizard hails from Australia and can grow to be 8in long and live for about 20 years. The lizard is covered is spines all over its body; it has a false head on its back so it can scare away predators. The thorny scales covering its body are used as a natural defense against animals. The lizard’s diet consists mainly of ants. It collects moisture from the air during the night and channels it into its mouth using its scales.

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Yeti Crab: The yeti crab was discovered in 2005; its claws and arms are covered in blond satae, which resembles hair. It can grow to be about 6 in long. The crab is thought to be blind. The “hair” on its arms contains bacteria that are believed to be used to purify the poisonous water that emits from the deep sea vents that it lives near.

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Glasswing: The glasswing butterfly is a butterfly native to Mexico and South America. It has a wingspan of 2.2-2.4 in. The tissue in the wings lacks pigment and appears to be made of glass. The caterpillars feed on poisonous plants and the adult males also drink nectar from a poisonous plant.

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Alligator Gar This enormous alligator like carnivores fish can be up to 10ft long and weigh up to 300lbs.  It can breathe air and be on land for up to two hours. The males live up to 26 yrs on average but the females live up to 50 yrs on average.  Their prehistoric relatives the mega mouths lived many places, but today alligator gar only inhabit freshwater of North and Central America.

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Angora Rabbit :This furry domestic rabbit is often bred because of its long soft wool.  Most live up to 5-7 years.  There are four different breeds. The most accepted theory of the origin of this rabbit comes from around 1723. Turkey, then named Angora, was visited by sailors who saw beautiful shawls around the women’s necks made from the fur and brought back some of the rabbits to France.

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Axolotl: This salamander is 14-54 cm long. They can be black, pink, brown or albino. They can only be found in the wild at Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco which are in central Mexico. Their odd appearance is due in part to their long digits and undeveloped limbs. They eat by vacuuming in small fish, worms or other small meaty prey. Axolotl have both lungs and gills. You can have an axolotl as a pet.

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Blobfish  This deep sea fish lives near the coasts of Tasmania and Australia. It eats by swallowing anything that floats in front of it. The fish uses a gas bladder to be able to float with hardly any movement.

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Chambered Nautlis This is the best known species of nautlis. Its dark and light pattern allows it to blend in at the bottom of the sea.  The eyes are similar to a pinpoint camera. It also has about 90 non suctioning tentacles. Rhinophores allow it to detect food and chemicals. The earliest known findings of these species are from around the Early Pleistocene era.

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Chinese Giant Salamander:This world’s largest salamander can reach as long as 6ft.  It has extremely poor eyesite, so it relies on nodes to detect vibrations in order to catch its prey of frogs, fish and insects. On average they weigh 55-66 lb.

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Coconut Crab This crab is the largest land-living arthropod known the world. They are attracted to shiny things and are even known to steal them. Their habitat is the Indo-Pacific islands, and they forage at night and tend to stay away during the day. The lifespan can be up to 30 yrs. Coconut crabs can weigh up to 30 pounds.

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Sea Pig:These weird looking creatures inhabit the sea floor. Surprisingly they are a type of sea cucumber. They have tentacles and tubular feet. Sea Pigs are found in many places around the world. They eat by extracting particles from deep sea mud or carcasses of dead animals.

Weird Phobias

By Katie Conway and Christina Quigg

 

Compiled from: http://phobialist.com/

 

Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.

Barophobia- Fear of gravity.

Chromophobia or Chromatophobia- Fear of colors.

Dendrophobia- Fear of trees.

Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers.

Frigophobia- Fear of cold or cold things.

Graphophobia- Fear of writing or handwriting.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666

Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.

Koinoniphobia- Fear of rooms.

Logophobia- Fear of words.

Macrophobia- Fear of long waits.

Numerophobia- Fear of numbers.

Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.

Prosophobia- Fear of progress.

Rhabdophobia- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic.(wand)

Symbolophobia- Fear of symbolism.

Testophobia- Fear of taking tests.

Vestiphobia- Fear of clothing.

Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Xenoglossophobia- Fear of foreign languages.

Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.