Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way.|
|Usage:||He made these fatuous pronouncements with such conviction that no one dared to contradict him.|
|Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) was a composer whose popular songs and ballads have found a lasting place in American music. When he died at the age of 37, he left behind more than 200 compositions—among them "Camptown Races," "Oh! Susanna," and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." January 13, the anniversary of Foster's death, was proclaimed Stephen Foster Memorial Day in 1951. In Florida, this day is part of Stephen Foster Memorial Week, and events include performances by musical groups from schools and universities throughout the state.|
|German physicist Wilhelm Wien is noted for his work on hydrodynamics, X-rays, and the radiation of light, but it was his work on blackbody radiation that set him apart in the field. In 1893, he derived a law that relates the maximum emission of a blackbody to its temperature. In 1911, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of his "discoveries regarding the laws governing the radiation of heat."|
|Mickey Mouse's first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney's budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.|
1854 - Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, PA, was granted the first U.S. patent for the accordion. He made improvements to the keyboard and enhanced the sound.
1898 - Emile Zola's "J'accuse" was published in Paris.
1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.
1966 - Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by U.S. President Johnson.
1990 - L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, the nation's first elected black governor, took the oath of office in Richmond.
1992 - Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
1997 - Debbie Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) announced his retirement from the NBA.
If You Were Born Today, January 13
You are a determined and driven person who is acutely aware of the need for change. Although you fear change on one level, you rarely let things slide because you know you have to work for the things you want in life, and you don't want to let things slip by. Some of you are a little neurotic, needing to solve problems immediately! However, most of you are simply proactive, hard-working, and wise. You have strong managerial skills. Most of you are highly perceptive and compassionate, and some are downright psychic. Famous people born today: Orlando Bloom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patrick Dempsey, Rip Taylor
A Curtain Lifts
Photograph by Johan Brouwer, National Geographic
Rain and fog nearly spoiled Johan Brouwer’s plan to photograph lava dunes during sunset near Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland. “I was looking for other opportunities to make the most out of the moment,” Brouwer writes. “I saw this great reflection of lava dunes in the water, and suddenly the fog disappeared partly, which gave the whole scene a mystical appearance.”
To get this shot, taken below Vestrahorn mountain, Brouwer focused on the reflections with his camera on a tripod, protecting it against the wind and rain. “The wind stopped very briefly, and I was able to take the picture. A few seconds later the fog came back and the wind and rain continued.”
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Best Museums In The World
- The Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex: it has 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and several research stations. In all, over than 137 million objects detailing America’s story are housed there
- The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The ground floor is transparent glass that provides a walk over an amazing history with a view of the archaeological excavation of the Acropolis itself