Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Bright green with or as if with vegetation.|
|Usage:||The lake was virid with bright algae on the surface.|
|Ernst Werner von Siemens demonstrated his Elektromote, the world's first trolleybus, on a 591-yard (540-m) test track in a suburb of Berlin, Germany. The trolleybus was a converted four-wheel coach equipped with two electric motors. Electric power was transmitted to the coach via a flexible cable from a small, eight-wheeled "contact car" running on the power lines above.|
|One of the greatest mathematicians of his age, Poincaré made important contributions across the full range of mathematics, both pure and applied. He enlarged the field of mathematical physics through his work on the theory of functions, did notable work in differential equations and celestial mechanics, and also wrote extensively on the philosophy of science. He was elected to the Academy of Sciences in 1887 and the Academie Française in 1909.|
|This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warriorUesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). He is remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa River, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as aMusha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era.|
|The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most extreme desert regions on the planet. But new research indicates that the region may actually be full of salty, extremely cold groundwater. The water may even connect surrounding lakes into a massive network, and it probably hosts extreme microbial life.|
1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.
1961 - ABC’s "Wide World of Sports" premiered
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began
1998 - Brazil announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest. The area was about the size of Colorado.
If You Were Born Today, April 29
You are an inventive and expressive person with a strong aura. While you hold onto many traditional values, there is an unconventional streak to your personality that is unmistakable and fascinating. At times cynical, you can also be inspiring with your unique and quite witty take on the world. Famous people born today: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Andre Agassi, Dale Earnhardt, Uma Thurman, Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Dakota, a cooperative apartment building located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, in 1890. The building, constructed between 1880 and 1884, was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenberghin a fusion of Renaissance revival and English Victorian styles. The Dakota has been home to numerous celebrities since opening, including actress Judy Garland, football player Joe Namath, composer Leonard Bernstein, and musician John Lennon.
Photograph by David Guttenfelder, National Geographic
Dams are rising all along the Mekong River to bring the people of Southeast Asia clean electricity. In Thailand the hunger for electricity is driving dam construction on the lower Mekong in Laos and Cambodia. Bangkok’s Central World complex (at right) houses some 500 shops, a hotel, and an ice-skating rink.
a spicy perceptive
Paleo pancakes offer all the comfort of, well… regular pancakes, without any processed ingredients, sweeteners, grains or dairy.
Raspberry Maple Syrup Recipe
Hold on to your hats. This is one rich, satisfying, amazing dessert. And it took all of 5 minutes to prepare. The most difficult part for me was climbing up on to a bar stool to reach the baking cabinet over the refrigerator.
We were lucky in that we had everything on hand for this brainstorm---which is good because after all the vegetable dishes I've been eating lately, my sweet tooth was on the prowl.
--1 16 oz package of brownie mix
--1/4 cup melted butter
--1/4 cup water
--1 can sweetened condensed milk
--1/4 cup walnuts
--1/4 cup coconut
--1/4 cup oats (I used Gluten Free Rolled Oats)
I used my mini 1.5 quart crockpot for this dish, because my other one had a chicken dish in it. The proportions of the oats, coconut, and walnuts are for the mini crock. If you decide to use a larger size, use enough of the toppings to spread over the whole surface area.
--melt butter (I was lazy and didn't want to dirty another bowl, so I melted the butter in the crock while I was doing the dishes)
--add 1/4 cup of water, the egg, and the brownie mix
--stir until none of the powder is left dry; batter will be quite thick
--pour can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.
--cover milk with a layer of oats, then coconut, then walnuts.
--close up crockpot and cook on high, if using a little crock, low if using a bigger one. Test with a knife after two hours, if it comes out clean, cook for another 20-30 minutes with the lid off to get rid of the collected condensation and to help solidify the condensed milk. You will know this is done when the edges pull away from your stoneware.
Since I used my mini crockpot, this cooked for about 4 1/2 hours altogether.
The Verdict. Well worth the wait. We ate these for dinner and then for breakfast, and we were happy.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring
How To Say Coffee in French: café
Reading this story, made me understand that rather mysterious corner, which I passed occasionally as I lived just a few blocks away in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before marrying rRy and coming to Canada.