Friday, January 18, 2008

Stamp honoring biochemist Gerty Cori bears error

The Associated Press

U.S. Postal Service
This image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the new 41-cent postage stamps featuring biochemist Gerty Cori. The stamp will be issued March 6, 2008, as scheduled, despite a small error in a chemical formula on the stamp, the Postal Service confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. The stamp is one of a set of four honoring American scientists. The error is in the placement of a line in the formula and does not create a new chemical.Use it as a postage stamp, not a chemistry text.

In spite of a small error in a chemical formula, the Postal Service is going ahead with a commemorative stamp honoring biochemist Gerty Cori. She discovered cori ester, a derivative of glucose.

The formula for the chemical is shown on the stamp. The error is in . . .

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Tennis - Maria Sharapova the stamp-collecting nerd

(With Maria Sharapova's recent success in the Australian Open, I thought I'd post this news from last year's Wimbledon where Maria revealed her affinity for the hobby)

London (ANTARA News) - Maria Sharapova feels such a dork after confessing she likes collecting stamps.

The willowy Russian teenager would much rather talk about her passion for the new Nelly Furtado album.

"Enough is enough", cried her agent who is being bombarded with requests for interviews from stamp-collecting magazines.

For one of the most marketable players in modern tennis, poring over a stamp album does jar with her image -- and she wishes she had never let on.

The 2004 Wimbledon champion, who has dropped just six games in her effortless progress through this year`s first two rounds, was peppered at her latest post-match news conference on Thursday with all the usual sports questions about how she felt she was playing.

Then reporters got serious.

In reply to the question "You`re a stamp collector then?" she laughed and said "Oh God, stop. Everyone`s calling me a dork now."

"My agent said not to talk about that because he`s definitely got so many e-mails from people," she said. "We`re getting e-mails from, like, stamp-collecting magazines asking if I can do an interview. I mean, it`s just a hobby." . . .

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Christmas stamp images sought

It’s time to submit pictures for the Cayman Islands 2008 Christmas stamps.

The Postal Service is inviting the Cayman Islands public to share their favourite Christmas tree memories.

The Christmas 2008 issue will consist of four to six stamps, depending on the quality of submissions.

The lucky candidates whose photographs are selected will have their trees featured on the stamps.

Drawings will be accepted, but photographs are preferred. The image can portray a decorated Christmas tree or of family members unwrapping presents by the tree. . . .

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Being on a postage stamp is an honor that sticks

What better way to send a letter to New York, New York, than by putting Old Blue Eyes on your white envelope?

Yes, Frank Sinatra is getting his own commemorative stamp this year. The crooner, who died in 1998, smiles from under his trademark fedora on the first-class postage

The Chairman of the Board is not the only new face to grace postage stamps in the new year. On the 100th anniversary of her birth, Bette Davis also will get her own stamp . . .

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