1) To start your weekend off with a laugh here are two videos that went “viral” this week.

This very moving rendition of “Danny Boy” would bring a tear to the eye of any Irishman, even if they were born in Sweden or a garbage can

How to make a viral video – point camera at child, do anything:

Emerson – Mommy’s Nose is Scary! by Mandkyeo

2) The world in pictures, where the tears where very real.

Soul, Egypt: An Egyptian man passes a church being rebuilt after it was torched amid tensions over a love affair between a Muslim woman and a Christian man (Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP)

Libya: A Chadian refugee sits at the Libya-Egypt border after fleeing fighting in eastern Libya (Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

Customers flock to buy salt at a supermarket in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China. China’s economic agency vowed to stamp out rumors that have led to salt hoarding and price gouging after consumers emptied shop shelves of it, following baseless rumors that iodine in salt can ward off radiation sickness. (China Daily/Reuters)

Sana, Yemen — A woman attending a rally demanding the ouster of Yemen’s president outside Sana University.
(Photo by: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters)

The world of religious faith has Christians, Jews, Muslim and Hindus. The world of nations has Americans, Afghans, and Frenchmen. In the world of science there is only one family, homo sapiens.

The world will never know peace until everyone on in it thinks like a scientist.

3) Somebody, somewhere, decided that March 18th was National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. I love oatmeal cookies so it gets my vote.

What is your favorite cookie?

A recipe for Lacy Oatmeal Cookies, Florentine style, from the Christian Science Monitor :

Florentine cookies are a crispy, lacy oatmeal cookie sandwich filled with milk chocolate.

From “Cookies” by Natalie Haughton

2/3 cup butter
2 cups quick oats, uncooked
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
One 11-1/2-ounce package (2 cups) milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat.

Stir in oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla extract and salt; mix well. Drop by level teaspoonfuls, about 3 inches apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets (I line with parchment paper).

Spread thin with rubber spatula. Bake for 5-7 minutes (or longer, 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown and middles are no longer wet). Cool completely on wire racks. Peel foil away from cookies.

Melt the milk chocolate chips over hot (not boiling) water; stir until smooth.

Spread chocolate on flat side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies.

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