Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A playful leap or hop.|
|Usage:||The child's playfulness was amusing at first, but they soon grew tired of his capers|
|The Addams Family is a group of eccentric characters representing a satirical inversion of the ideal American nuclear family. A creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams, the group first appeared in a comic strip in The New Yorker, and has since been featured in TV shows, movies, and video games. In Charles Addams' original cartoons, the characters were not named. When the TV show was developed, Addams was asked to contribute names.|
|When Emperor Antoninus Pius died in 161, Marcus Aurelius accepted the throne on the condition that he and Lucius Verus be made joint emperors—an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire. Aurelius likely sought the partnership so Verus could directly command Roman legions in the empire's nearly constant war efforts. Verus was authoritative enough to command the loyalty of the troops and powerful enough that he had little incentive to overthrow Marcus.|
|Before becoming the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, race car driver Janet Guthrie worked as an aerospace engineer. She began racing in 1963. By the end of 1977, she had competed in two of racing's most prestigious events—the Daytona 500 and Indy 500. She has since been inducted into both the Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and her race suit and helmet are in the Smithsonian Institution.|
|A huge carnival and ball, Bal du Rat Mort is concentrated in the casino of Ostende, Belgium, but also spread out all over the town. The carnival began at the end of the 19th century, launched by members of the Oostende Art and Philanthropic Circle (Circle Coecilia) who named the affair for a café on Montmartre (a hilly part of northern Paris, home to many artists) where they had whiled away pleasant hours. People are masked at the ball, and there's a competition for the best costume|
|Liberia's last Ebola patient left the hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the West African country reported its first case.|
1854 - Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
1906 - Finland granted women the right to vote.
1908 - Cincinnati's Mayor Leopold Markbreit announced before the city council that, "Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles."
1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented.
1955 - "Peter Pan" was presented as a television special for the first time.
1955 - Phyllis Diller made her debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA.
1983 - TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting.
1985 - The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was released.
1987 - Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight titleholder when he beat James Smith in a decision during a 12-round fight in Las Vegas, NV.
2003 - Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.
2009 - NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
If You Were Born Today, March 7
You are a true artist at heart, with an unusual perspective on life. You rarely feel understood, although this may be because you keep a veil of mystery about you. You need to feel connected to something higher than yourself, to understand the meaning of your existence, and to make a solid contribution to the world. You may find that you're often longing or yearning for something more. Your imagination is tremendous, and you can be a fanciful story teller.Famous people born today: Denyce Graves, Willard Scott, Mary Teresa Norton, John Heard, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Vaughn.
Photograph by Alex Majoli, National Geographic
Cadets from the Hellenic Military Academy tour the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Degraded by pollution, the ancient temple to the goddess Athena atop the Acropolis is being restored.
knit, kid's socks
stephanie o dea
CrockPot White Chili Recipe
I got the idea for this chili from Headless Mom. I'm so glad that she shared with me, because this was exactly the kind of meal I was feeling like. It's light, healthy, and flavorful---always a winning combination.
1 (16 ounce) bag of frozen white corn
2 (15-ounce) cans of White Beans
1 (4-ounce) can of green chilies
1 cup chopped white onion
2 minced cloves garlic
1 cup vegetable broth
juice from one lemon
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
--salt and pepper to taste--mozzarella cheese for serving(optional)
--dump everything into crockpot.
that is it.
seriously---you need to chop the veggies, but the rest of the stuff can just go in. You don't need to drain and rinse the beans, or drain the chilies.
cook on low for 8-9 hours, or high for 4-6. I cooked this for 6 hours on low, and the onions were still too crunchy, so I flipped it to high for another hour.
serve with shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
This has a great flavor. The consistency is more soupy than chili-y (that's a word, right?) and since the corn floats while the beans sink, you need to dig to the bottom of the bowl to make sure you get the beans in each bite.
The kids ate it without argument.
'where's the bathroom?' in Bulgarian - Kade e toaletnata?
magic stairs: focus on the stairs and you will see that in a while it will turn upside down.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ...
The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred. There is a town in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo. In Kentucky, 50% of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers. Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI. If an orangutan belches at you, watch out. He's warning you to stay out of his territory. Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be backward. In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles. About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.
You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather. According to one poll, nearly 3/4 of all American women wear a bra that is the wrong size. In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary formally married her 50-pound pet rock. The first sperm banks opened in 1964; they were located in Tokyo and Iowa City. In 1980, the Yellow Pages accidentally listed a Texas funeral home under frozen foods. Cold showers actually increase sexual arousal. 200 college students streaked at the same time in Boulder, CO in 1974. In 1977, a 13-year-old boy discovered a tooth growing on his left foot. In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast. In the early '80s, a toad was discovered that meows instead of croaking. In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows. About 96% of all American children can recognize Ronald McDonald. An average person laughs about 15 times a day. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air. The average human has seven sex fantasies in a day. The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million. The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 m.p.h. The condom - made originally of linen - was invented in the early 1500s. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000B.C. Watch out for flying hockey pucks - they travel at up to 100 mph. America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men. When he's feeling amorous, the male sea otter grabs the female's nose with his teeth. In 1681, the last dodo bird died. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee. The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is. An Indian woman can legally wed a goat. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants. The average bank teller loses about $250 every year. Howdy Doody had 48 freckles. What color was Christopher Columbus's hair? Blonde. In 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones - Bhutan. The most extras ever used in a movie was 300,000, for the film Gandhi in 1981. Every person has a unique tongue print. Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does. Women's hearts beat faster than men's. When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, he was called Happy Rabbit. Pollsters say that 40% of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets. Bubble gum contains rubber. You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog. Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello. The sex organ on a male spider is located at the end of one of its legs. Chicken soup was considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages. Most American car horns honk in the key of F. The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people. Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are. [Well, duh, why do you think they go? The men drive them crazy!] Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills. A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana. About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money. [The rest of us are avoiding reality for four more years.] It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas. An estimated 6,000 American teenagers lose their virginity every day. Someone paid $14,000 for the bra Marilyn Monroe wore in Some Like It Hot. Some toothpastes contain antifreeze. Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns. Millie the White House dog earned more than 4 times as much as Pres. Bush in 1991. Elvis's nickname for his sexual organ was "Little Elvis." Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the western Pacific. There are more plastic flamingos in America than real ones. Most lipstick contains fish scales. Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992. Mosquitoes have teeth. Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego. The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley. When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food. Most cows give more milk when they listen to music. In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die. An estimated one in five Americans - some 38 million - don't like sex.
Captain Kangaroo won five Emmy awards.
Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement." Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.
thanks for the pics, heide and patty