Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hear Ye Hear Ye...Read All ABout It

We read a newspaper and rarely wonder how it evolved or what it can be used for after we finish getting depressed reading it! Well, put a smile on your face and gain some knowledge at the same time...

The Internet supplies us with a wealth of information....

"In Ancient Rome, Acta Diurna, or government announcement bulletins, were made public by Julius Caesar. They were carved on stone or metal and posted in public places.

In China, early government-produced news sheets, called tipao, circulated among court officials during the late Han dynasty (second and third centuries AD). Between 713 and 734, the Kaiyuan Za Bao ("Bulletin of the Court") of the Chinese Tang Dynasty published government news; it was handwritten on silk and read by government officials. In 1582 there was the first reference to privately published newssheets in Beijing, during the late Ming Dynasty;[1]

In 1556, the government of Venice first published the monthly Notizie scritte, which cost one gazetta.[2] These avvisi were handwritten newsletters used to convey political, military, and economic news quickly and efficiently throughout Europe, and more specifically Italy, during the early modern era (1500-1700CE) — sharing some characteristics of newspapers though usually not considered as fully being ones.[3]

Modern era
Newspapers printed with movable type date to the beginning of the 17th century.

By 1638 the Peking Gazette had switched from woodblock print to movable type.[1]

Johann Carolus' Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien, published in 1605 in Strasbourg, is often recognized as the first newspaper. Strasbourg was a free imperial city in the Holy Roman Empire; the first newspaper of modern Germany was the Avisa, published in 1609 in Augsburg.

The first English-language newspaper, Corrant out of Italy, Germany, etc., was published in Amsterdam in 1620. A year and a half later, Corante, or weekely newes from Italy, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, France and the Low Countreys. was published in England by an "N.B." (generally thought to be either Nathaniel Butter or Nicholas Bourne) and Thomas Archer.[5]

The first newspaper in France was published in 1631, La Gazette (originally published as Gazette de France).[2]

Post- och Inrikes Tidningar (founded as Ordinari Post Tijdender) was first published in Sweden in 1645, and is the oldest newspaper still in existence, though it now publishes solely online.[6]"

Another site gave this info....

"Fun Recycling Facts for News Paper

By recycling one ton (2,000 lbs.) of news paper, we save: 17 trees; 6,953 gallons of water; 463 gallons of oil; 587 pounds of air pollution; 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,077 Kilowatt hours of energy.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reaches more than 245,000 readers per day, and the average newspaper is over 1 pound, so let’s say conservatively: that’s 44,712 tons of newspaper used per year – at a minimum – not counting Metro Pulse, or any of the other local papers.

If we recycled just half of the annual production of Knoxville News Sentinel papers, that would equal saving 380,000 trees; 155 million gallons of fresh water; 10 million gallons of oil; 13 million pounds of air pollution; 68,000 cubic yards of Knoxville’s landfill space and 91 million Kilowatt hours of electricity. "

If funds are short, think of all the clothing accessories you can make from newspaper and still be so fashionable, like this individual...

10 Uses for Newspapers

1. Deodorize food containers. Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit overnight.

2. Ripen tomatoes. Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature.

3. Pack delicate items. Wrap frames and figurines with several pieces of newspaper, then crumple the remaining sections to fill extra space in the box.

4. Wipe away tough streaks on glass. Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean mirrors and windows.

5. Preserve antique glass. Some older frames have finishes on the glass that can be damaged by cleaning solutions. Remove smudges by rubbing with newspaper dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water. Let air-dry.

6. Dry shoes. Place crumpled paper in them overnight.

7. Wrap gifts. Use the comics to wrap a child’s birthday gift, or try the wedding announcements for an engagement gift.

8. Create a home for slushy snow boots. During the winter, keep a pile of newspaper near the entryway. When your little snowmen and -women come home, they can toss their winter wear onto the newspaper instead of creating puddles on the floor.

9. Prepare a garden. In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make room for a dedicated bed. Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch. Hose it down. Come spring, the compost blanket will have smothered the grass roots, and the bed will be primed for planting.

10. Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells. Line the bottom with newspaper.

Actual Newspaper Headlines...

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

(ONLY an expert could have figured this one out...thank goodness they called in an expert for this.)

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

(Sometimes you've just gotta get tough, but they may need to open up a Jaywalker hospital.)

Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted
(Apparently they believe in the 'spare the rod spoil the child' axiom.)

Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
(They had a hard time squishing him in there, but, hey, bet he'll think twice before drinking again!)

Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents
(You've got to get your parents to stay together one way or another...this gives new meaning to parents who stay together for the sake of the children! Personally, I'd still opt for prayer.)

Farmer Bill Dies in House
(He was formally known as the Farmer in The Dell and should have stayed out of politics.)

Iraqi Head Seeks Arms

(Personally, from all I have observed, it looks more as if the head is missing along with the heart and soul or we wouldn't have all this fighting...hmmm...maybe if the head doesn't find the arms, we can have peace!)

Soviet Virgin Lands Short of Goal Again
(She's trying to find a good Christian guy to marry but they seem hard to find.)

British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
(Hey, you never know when people will get hungry again and this could be a new disarming tactic...maybe those Iraqi Heads up above need waffles!)

Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms

(So far the male mushrooms have remained unscathed and pretty much clueless.)

Eye Drops off Shelf
(This could have belonged to a woman, in a store that was having some great sales, who was trying to keep an eye out for a bargain!)

Reagan Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead

(At least they're out in the open about the lying here.)

Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim
(The dog just couldn't seem to get the hang of it, so the squad gave the victim a few practice bites first...we are hoping and praying the victim is some random Knight in Shining Armor.)

Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax

(As much as Jerelene @Jerelene's Journal loves cows, think she may never have seen this side of them...could we call this an enraged side of beef? Moral here...keep all axes and other weapons far away from your cows!)

~~Thank You dear Lord for the blessings of newspapers to keep us informed and to keep us praying.


  1. Just to let everyone know, I did have a good time at the birthday parties...actually went to my friend's grandson's three year old party too, so I was just one big party girl! But there was so much screaming and yelling and then, the kids were not quiet either!

    I brought home three giraffe balloon animals and one poodle and one mouse...will go take a picture although I think they are past their prime now.

    Let's have a super good rest of the week everybody and may God bless you with love, patience and goodness!

  2. Another great use for newspapers, before we got super efficient doors and windows, we used to line them with newspapers. I learned that from my Mom, she said she learned it from her Mom who used to also line their beds with newspapers and wrap their feet at night too (they were very poor), and she said her Mom learned it from homeless people on park benches (well, they were called 'bums' then), so my grandmother would gather up all the newspapers she could find.
    Nice post, Marcy.
    I'm going to try the deoderizing on an ice bucket I bought at a yard sale, I love the little penguin bucket, but the odor is not a very nice one, and then the ice and everyone's drinks end up smelling not so nice too!
    Love you, E

  3. Another great post. Loved the headlines !! I put some newspaper in the old-fashioned mailbox that sits near our burn barrel in the back. Gary uses them to start fires of small twigs and branches, etc. I've also used the idea of using them to increase a flower bed size. Great hints.

    Love hearing that the adults could be heard over those noisy kids at the parties!

  4. Welcome back Marcy!
    I bet everyone hated to see you leave when time to go home. Everyone here behaved while you were away, even Eileen and Diana!

    I knew some of the ways to reuse newspaper but learned several new uses...and fun facts.

    Missed your jokes!

  5. Welcome back Marcy. I really missed you. You would have to be a bit careful when stuffing screwed up newspaper into your thermos flask because if it was a little bit wet n there you'd have a job fishing it out agaun!

    love, Angie, xx

  6. ***Angie, it all depends on WHOSE thermos it is...if it's Keith's, you can just figure it could put a little zip in his day and when he takes it out of his mouth, he can say he took the words right out of his mouth! I think I am on a roll today, oh yes!

    ***Wanda, when I left the parties the silence was deafening...until I started singing to myself again!

    ***Rebecca, it's great to hear new hints for newspaper re-use. I've even heard it's good for emergency deliveries, that the newsprint is sterile or creates a sterile environment and just think, later on, you could probably even read the baby!

    ***Eileen, I think you are on to something. We need to start using newspapers for blankets...this winter, surprise Ray and layer the bed well with newspapers then carefully cover them up with a nice light blanket (don't want to get too warm here) and watch the delight on his face as he gets into bed!! This is such a great idea that I might even try it out on Michael!

  7. Oh Marcy, you are so funny...I find myself laughing throughout the day when I remember something you commented on....you know I remember going to a friend's place as a little girl and her windows were lined with newspaper to help keep out the cold....I didn't even know they were poor, they were such a beautiful family.
    Great post my friend, missed you.
    Right back at you on the great week blessing,
    .........:-) Hugs

  8. Lots of uses for messy inky paper! I do use newpaper to wrap the last of my unripened tomatoes. I put them in a box that way down in the basement and they ripen beautifully!

  9. Well it's nice to know that all of those stories my daughter wrote when she was still working in the newspaper buisness didn't go to waste!

    I have used the weed barrier one in my garden and it works great!

    And Thank you for the help Marcy, I do believe it worked correctly this time! And I'm so glad you had a good time while you were away, you deserve it. I hope you were able to enjoy plenty of CAKE (hint,hint,future post idea!) I would love some cake right now. One of Angie's would be fine!
    Love You, Di

  10. Welcome back Marcy and enjoyed the post - Congtrats on your recent Post Of The Day from David.
    You pack a lot of interesting things into your posts - hope to see you soon ~ Eddie

  11. Must tell you two quick jokes:
    Q. What goes Ninety Nine Plonk! Ninety Nine Plonk!?
    A. A centipede with a wooden leg followed by Mrs Centipede with a wooden leg, shouting, "Your tea is ready!"

    (Verification word was plodding)

    Q. What goes 99 plonks and one?
    A. A centipede with 99 wooden legs and one good one.

    Sorry about that - just thought you might like them ~ Eddie

  12. I'm BAAAACCCCKKK! great post! too bad that the newspaper is slowing dying out because of the internet. My husband would be lost if he couldn't read the paper each morning from front to end! I rely totally on him for world news and events.

  13. http://thatgirlssite.com/category/games/game-cakes

    for more cool cakes (from another co-worker)

    wow!! i had no idea cakes could be so amazing!

  14. oh too funny newspaper headlines!! Thanks for the chuckle!!


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