Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A spectacular public display.|
|Usage:||Because they were considered hometown heroes, the returning astronauts were greeted with much fanfare.|
thanks, helen, for all the funny 'naughty' animal pics
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Idiom of the Day
The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence.
|Selkirk was an unruly Scottish sailor who quarreled with his captain and asked to be put ashore on an island in the Pacific. Tired of Selkirk's troublemaking, the captain granted him his wish. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision and chased after the boat, but to no avail. He survived on the desert island by eating shellfish and goats and domesticated feral cats to keep himself safe from rats.|
|Joyce was an Irish novelist—perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. After publishing his story collection, The Dubliners, and the autobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he spent seven years writing Ulysses, which is now widely regarded by many as the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century.|
|Candelaria, or Candlemas, is a major holiday in Bolivia, where the Virgen de Candelaria is the country's patroness. The festivities focus on her shrine in the normally placid town of Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, where visitors begin to arrive in the week that precedes the festival. Aymará, Quechua, and Chiriwano Indians can be recognized by their colorful native costumes and musical instruments, and most begin dancing as soon as they arrive and continue till the end of the festival.|
|The medieval mathematicians of Oxford, toiling in torchlight in a land ravaged by plague, managed to invent a simple form of calculus that could be used to track the motion of heavenly bodies.|
1653 - New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, was incorporated.
1863 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens used a pseudonym for the first time. He is better remembered by the pseudonym which is Mark Twain.
1876 - The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (known as the National League) was formed in New York. The teams included were the Chicago White Stockings, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Stockings, Hartford Dark Blues, Mutual of New York, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Louisville Grays.
1887 - The beginning of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.
1892 - William Painter patented the bottle cap
1893 - The Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, made history when they filmed the first motion picture close-up. The studio was owned and operated by Thomas Edison.
1935 - Leonard Keeler conducted the first test of the polygraph machine, in Portage, WI.
1949 - The first 45 RPM record was released.
1950 - "What's My Line" debuted on CBS television.
If You Were Born Today, February 2
Career and family are equally important to you--both of these things drive you. You are a real achiever who has determination and willpower, as well as intuition that serves you well. Spirit and beauty reflect from within, and others cannot help but take notice of you. Very diplomatic, you are a peace lover through and through, and bringing harmony to your environment and family satisfies like nothing else. Famous people born today: Farrah Fawcett, Shakira, Christie Brinkley, James Dickey, James Joyce.
SMS Kaiserin Augusta was a unique protected cruiser built for the German Imperial Navy in the early 1890s. Named for Empress Augusta, she was laid down in 1890, launched in January 1892, and completed in November of that year. Between 1897 and 1902 Kaiserin Augusta served primarily in the East Asia Squadron, assisting in the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion. She then underwent a five-year overhaul, after which she went into reserve. Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Kaiserin Augusta was mobilized as a gunnery training ship, serving in this role until she was sold for scrapping in October 1919 and broken up.
Photograph by Craig Goodwin, National Geographic
"After three days and 20 miles of hiking the beaches of Olympic National Park, I ended up on Second Beach in La Push, Washington," begins Craig Goodwin, who snapped this photo of a meteor streaking across the night sky. He was looking to create images of "compositions revealed by the receding waters ... focusing on star reflections and sections of flat beach," but as it turned out, his photo opportunity came from above. "After a large wave receded, I rushed in to set up my tripod at this location ... While I watched for encroaching waves, a bright fireball ripped through the sky and into the frame. I think I might have danced a little when that happened."
knit Valentine's Day
knit, must log on Valentine's Day
crochet Valentine's Day
crochet Valentine's Day
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... puzzle
"what is your name?" in Asante (Ghana) - Yefré wo sén?
thanks, susie, west coast correspondent
HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY