10 Tea Superstitions

    To stir the pot counter clockwise will stir up trouble,
    To make tea stronger than usual indicates a new friendship,
    To spill a little tea while making it is a lucky omen,
    If the lid is accidentally left off the teapot, you may expect a stranger bringing bad news,
    To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry,
    Two teaspoons, accidentally placed together on the same saucer, points to a wedding or a pregnancy,
    If two women should pour from the same teapot, one of them will have a baby within the year,
    Tea spilling from the spout of the teapot while being carried indicates a secret will be revealed,
    Undissolved sugar in the bottom of your teacup means that there is someone sweet on you,
    If the tag falls off the teabag while it's in your cup, you will lose something within a week,

How to clean and polish silver

The luster and beauty of well-kept silver is unmistakable. Properly cared for, silver will last for many generations. With a little maintenance and a few preventative measures, you can even cut down on the amount of time you spend polishing silver, as well.


Tarnish is silver's enemy. Silver tarnishes when it's exposed to air and certain chemicals. Outside of regular    cleaning, you can keep silver tarnish free by following these general rules of thumb:

NEVER let silver come in contact with rubber. This includes dishmats, placemats, silverwear holders, and rubber bands. Rubber contains sulfur, which will cause your silver to corrode.

NEVER allow stainless steel flatware to come in contact with fine silver or silver plated flatware. When the two metals touch, silver becomes damaged and stained. Don't wash or store the two different metals in the same area.

DON'T expose fine silver to foods for long periods of time. Never leave flatware inside serving dishes containing eggs, mayonnaise, or mustard. The sulfur in these foods will corrode silver.

USING silver prevents tarnish. The more you use and handle your silver flatware, the less chance there'll be for tarnish to buildup. So, don't hide your good silver away for safe keeping!

Silver should be washed after each use. The best and safest way to cleanse silver is by hand. It is the rubbing and friction during hand washing that shines silver. "Patina," the outer surface on fine silver is brightened and enhanced through friction. 


1. Fill sink with warm water and mild dish detergent.

2. Hand wash each individual piece of silver.

3. Using a soft cotton dish towel, dry silver completely.

4. Dull silver can be buffed a little with a dry cotton cloth.


There are differing viewpoints as to whether silver should be washed inside a dishwasher. Most top-of-the-line modern washers provide enough protection to adequately clean silver without damaging its finish. If you choose to wash silver in a mechanical dishwasher, most experts recommendremoving the silver before the drying cycle begins. Remember, it's friction that creates shine. Therefore, rub each piece dry and store properly after the wash load has finished.


Too much polishing can wear down the finish on some silvers. Items which are coated or plated should be washed by hand often and polished only once or twice per year. As long as silver is cleansed regularly and stored properly, there's no need to polish silver more than once a year.

1. Apply silver polish. You won't need much, so don't overdo it.

2. With a soft towel, rub the polish on the metal using straight strokes, as opposed to circular movements.

3. Using a clean, soft cloth, buff silver.


When silver oxidizes, it tarnishes. Tarnish dips work to repair and remove tarnish from quality silver. Most commercial dips are used when heavy, dark colored tarnish cannot be removed with traditional pastes or polishes. Chemical dips are wiped on silver with cotton balls and specialized applicators, and then submerged in a chemical make up of acid and a complexing agent. You can make your own chemical dip by following these instructions:

1. Fill sink full of steaming hot water.

2. Mix 2-tablespoons salt and 2-tablespoons baking soda in bowl.

3. Add mixture to sink of hot water.

4. Cut a small sheet of aluminum foil and push it to the bottom of sink.

5. Dip silver items. Most tarnish will slide off. For stubborn stains, allow them to sit for up to 5-minutes at a time.

6. Rinse well.

7. Dry.

8. Store properly.


All silver objects should be stored in an area where they can remain free of dust, surface grime, and debris. To keep humidity levels low in your storage area, add desiccated silica gel to your storage drawer or cabinet. To keep your storage area free of gases known to cause tarnish, add a few capsules or small dish of activated charcoal. Silver should only be stored on wood which is sealed with lacquer or polyurethane, which will also help keep silver tarnish-free. Other steps you can take to retard tarnish development include:

PRETREATING each piece with a tarnish-retardant polish when storing for long periods of time. Specially treated cloth bags or anti-tarnish strips work well, too. When a cloth bag is not an option, you can provide further protection to silver and silver plated items by wrapping your prized pieces separately in plastic cling wrap.

USE white chalk. Add a single piece of white chalk to the drawer or cabinet where your silver is stored. White chalk prevents tarnish.

KEEP silver free of tarnish causing agents, including wool, felt, eggs, onions, mustard, rubber, latex gloves, paints and humidity.


CORROSION caused by food or salt can be removed by soaking silver in a mixture of hot vinegar and salt for up to 5-minutes at a time. Use two cups of vinegar for every tablespoon of salt. Rinse. Dry well.
 NEVER allow foods to "cake" on to silver. This can cause staining and corrosion. Remove from food items immediately and rinse well, until you are able to wash silver.

How do I tell my husband he isn't good in bed?

Back in Hungary we had a joke about a newly wed aristocratic couple. It is the first night together for the aristocratic honeymooners. The couple go to bed. The man turns his back to his wife and tries to go to sleep. The woman says softly: "Aristid! I am cold." The man gets up and puts another blanket on her, then goes back to sleep. The woman says: "Aristed! I do have a hole as one of my parts!." Aristid responds: "See, that is where the cold air is getting in to you!" The woman gets impatient and tells her new husband: "Aristed, get out to the barn, watch the horses, and do not come back before you learned what they do!"  Aristid goes out obediently, and comes back 2 weeks later. Wife:"Did you finally learn what the horses do?" Aristid: "I even practiced before I came back. I can't do everything yet. I can S..t while galloping , but I can't chase the flies away with my tail yet."

Does this give you hope?

Can you believe it, Santa can't say hohoho anymore!
On top of everything else, political "correctness" is pure humbug. To think I'm complaining because Santa has been too busy this year to take a day off with me, well I have to get it off my chest, so here goes. Well Santa has really been very naughty this year, he has been so busy helping everyone about the world that he has completely forgotten about me. We haven't had a holiday alone, or even sat down to a romantic dinner. Oh, I have tried, to no avail. And you haven't heard the worst! He isn't allowed to say hohoho anymore because someone finds it offensive. So he isn't bringing any joy to the world with his jolly laughter. This political correctness is just another word for the "new world order" of dictatorship. Soon Santa will even have to tell what he sees in peoples' homes, like the firemen in America. Ray Bradbury, you were right in your book Fahrenheit 451. Home security, run by the Scrooge Government. You know, I'm glad I'm old and haven't that many Christmases left. I had a jolly time sitting on Santa's lap and hearing him go hohoho, I got to eat real food, prepared by my family, and received gifts that were made with loving hands. I hope Heaven hasn't been corrupted by the new world order. So maybe I shouldn't complain over Santa being so busy, he is doing useful things for those he loves.

Helpful home remedies


1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic! Simply pour a cup of
boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage will be almost
instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by
getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat
by simply using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: just cut yourself and
bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will
prevent you from
rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives,
then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you
will forget about the toothache.

Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of
life really are:

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another chance.

And finally, be really nice to your family and friends, you never
know when you might need them to empty your bedpan .

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward. Frank Lloyd Wright

100 novels everyone should read

100 novels everyone should read

The best novels of all time from Tolkien to Proust and Middlemarch
100 The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

99 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

98 The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore

97 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

96 One Thousand and One Nights Anon

95 The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

94 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

93 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

92 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

91 The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki

90 Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

89 The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

88 Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

87 On the Road by Jack Kerouac

86 Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

85 The Red and the Black by Stendhal

84 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

83 Germinal by Emile Zola

82 The Stranger by Albert Camus

81The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

80 Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

79 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

78 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

77 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

76 The Trial by Franz Kafka

75 Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

74 Waiting for the Mahatma by RK Narayan

73 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque

72 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

71 The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

70 The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

69 If On a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

68 Crash by JG Ballard

67 A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul

66 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

65 Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

64 The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

63 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

62 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

61 My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

60 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

59 London Fields by Martin Amis

58 The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

57 The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

56 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

55 Austerlitz by WG Sebald

54 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

53 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

52 The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

51 Underworld by Don DeLillo

50 Beloved by Toni Morrison

49 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

48 Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

47The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

46 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

45 The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet

44 Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

43 The Rabbit books by John Updike

42 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

41 The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

40 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

39 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

38 The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

37 The Warden by Anthony Trollope

36 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

35 Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

34 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

33 Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

32 A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

31 Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky

30 Atonement by Ian McEwan

29 Life: a User's Manual by Georges Perec

28 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

27 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

26 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

25 The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

24 Ulysses by James Joyce

23 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

22 A Passage to India by EM Forster

21 1984 by George Orwell

20 Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

19 The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

18 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

17 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

16 Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

15 The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse

14 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

13 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

12 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

11 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

10 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

9 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

8 Disgrace by JM Coetzee

7 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

6 In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

5 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

4 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

3 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

2 Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

1 Middlemarch by George Eliot

As Generation-Y, you're the new frontier. We've experienced the largest generational gap in history and sometimes life isn't easy.

These are 100 rules Generation-Y should live by:

As Generation-Y, you're the new frontier. We've experienced the largest generational gap in history and sometimes life isn't easy. These are 100 rules Generation-Y should live by:

1. You need a minimum of an hour to get ready before work or class.

2. Don't hit the snooze button. If you gotta get up, then get up.

3. Shaving is more than a suggestion. That goes for both men and women.

4. If you eat enough pizza, you will turn into a tub of oily cheese.

5. Running isn't just for four-legged animals.

6. Getting high gets old.

7. Getting drunk doesn't. But don't tell that to your liver.

8. Unprotected sex is a regret waiting to happen.

9. The quiet ones are the best between the sheets — although it may take some time for them to open up.

10. Dating is overrated and usually a waste of time.

11. Don't date unless you think you may fall in love with them.

12. Facebook is boring and a waste of time. It is. Really.

13. When you think you're missing out, you're not.

14. Nothing good happens after 3 am.

15. Sex is better if you are emotionally involved with your partner.

16. Reading is always better than watching TV.

17. Watching reality TV makes you dumber.

18. Yay, you can twerk!! But can you do anything useful?

19. The way people see you is just as important as the way you see yourself.

20. Friends are hard to come by. Don't ignore those you have.

21. Most people want something from you.

22. There is no such thing as free.

23. You don't have a hole in your wallet; money just disappears.

24. Putting more money into your car than the car is worth makes you look stupid.

25. Listening to music too loud CAN make you go deaf.

26. Drunken sloppy sex is only good the first time — maybe the first two times.

27. Don't spend money on things you don't need because you won't have money for the things that you do need.

28. In a healthy relationship, he should love you even more without makeup.

29. Being in a relationship is not a reason to let yourself go.

30. More tongue is not the answer.

31. Ladies: your teeth are for chewing. We don't like to be chewed.

32. Never be satisfied with your current sex life, always strive to be better. Try new things, you might like it #Shocker.

33. Stop using hashtags. They're not always appropriate.

34. If you can get her into bed before date 3, then you'll get bored with her by week 2.

35. We all like the chase.

36. Love will cost you.

37. Men may not only be looking for sex, but sex is definitely a part of it. A big part.

38. Waiting until you get married to have sex is dangerous.

39. Bad sex = bad relationship.

40. If you're going to get a tattoo then make it small and have it somewhere inconspicuous.

41. Savings accounts are not for dummies.

42. You will hate yourself for getting a new credit card.

43. If you're feeling sh*tty, get some exercise.

44. You should always do your best to look your best because it will make you feel your best.

45. Orgies.

46. Learn to play chess.

47. The world works, in large part, by manipulation.

48. Having the ability to read people will get you further in life than anything else.

49. It's not just whom you know, but also what you know that matters.

50. You should live in New York City for at least a year.

51. You should live abroad for at least a year.

52. As a rule of thumb, don't do drugs. You don't ever know what you're actually taking.

53. Less is almost always more.

54. Beauty lies in simplicity.

55. Overcomplicating things leaves things overly complicated.

56. If you sleep around with a lot of people, then get tested. Otherwise, who cares? As long as you're clean, you're clean.

57. Make mistakes now. Making them later will be too late.

58. We all want what we can't have. Remind yourself of that every day.

59. You can do less and produce more.

60. It's all about efficiency.

61. You can't buy time.

62. Time itself is an illusion. Always think: "I'll be there before I know it." And you'll prove yourself right each time.

63. They stopped making good music in the 90s.

64. You don't actually want to be a DJ. You just don't understand what it means to be one.

65. Lower your expectations and you won't be so disappointed.

66. Using toys can be fun for both parties.

67. Size does matter. It goes for both sexes.

68. If you expect oral sex then have the courtesy to lather and rinse beforehand.

69. Don't say I love you unless you mean it.

70. Don't be afraid to fall in love.

71. Yoga.

72. Violence is for idiots. Use your words.

73. Being smarter does make you the better person.

74. Kill them with kindness.

75. You don't need to be an assh*le to get ahead in life, but you can't be a pushover either.

76. Your cellphone is ruining your life.

77. There is no substitute for face-to-face human interaction.

78. Get checkups regularly. It could save your life.

79. If you're going to smoke, then use a vaporizer.

80. It is your moral responsibility to be healthy.

81. Going down goes a long way.

82. Slow and gentle will always get her off. Rough and intense only works on occasion.

83. If you're using the pulling-out method, then you have a good chance of pulling out a baby in a few months.

84. Don't drink cheap liquor.

85. Don't eat crap food.

86. Drink lots and lots of water. Most of you are chronically dehydrated.

87. Meditate.

88. Sudoku helps fight off future dementia.

89. You don't have ADD.

90. You're most likely to be your own cause of depression.

91. The way you see the world is all that matters. But understand that you may be delusional.

92. There's always more to the story.

93. People lie.

94. You are alone in this life. Accept that and appreciate the moments when you don't feel so alone.

95. Family is more important.

96. If you don't work to improve yourself every day then you are wasting your life.

97. Passion is what makes life worth living.

98. You are always better off than most people in the world.

99. You aren't entitled to sh*t — nada. You get what you earn.

100. No matter what happens, never give up. Ever.