Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day March 17, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebration St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by those of Irish descent and increasingly by people of other ethnicities as well, notably in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink and attending parades, which have a particularly long history in the United States and in Canada.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
Usage:Great mounds had been heaped about the crest of the hill, making a huge redoubt of it.

Idiom of the Day

cloud the issue

 — To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information.


Synthesis of Californium Announced (1950)

The sixth transuranium element to be synthesized, californium is an artificially produced, radioactive metallic chemical element. A member of the actinide series of elements, it has isotopes with half-lives ranging from about 40 seconds to 900 years. One isotope, californium-252, is used as a neutron source in nuclear reactors

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the US, held since 1824 inSavannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession was recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today, the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Dragons, Aliens, Bugs? Scientists May Have Solved the Mystery of the Desert's "Fairy Circles"

The enigmatic circles of sand — burnt orange, almost impeccably round and rimmed by a fringe of tall grass — are spaced at surprisingly regular intervals across the otherwise barren landscape.

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1870 - Wellesley College was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature under its first name, Wellesley Female Seminary

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1884 - In Otay, California, John Joseph Montgomery made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air glider flight in the United States

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1901 - In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings were shown at the Bernheim Gallery. 

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1930 - In New York, construction began on the Empire State Building. Excavation at the site began on January 22. 

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1941 - The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.

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1967 - Snoopy and Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" were on the cover of "LIFE" magazine. 

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2004 - NASA's Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury. The probe took more than 270,000 pictures before it crashed into the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015.


If You Were Born Today, March 17

As sensitive, changeable, and deep as you are, you are also very determined and self-motivated. Inner restlessness is likely, especially in your youth. Many of you feel that you have a calling, and it can take some time to tune into the right path. Spiritual and perceptive, you are one who looks for a higher meaning to your existence. However, you seek love first and foremost and make a loyal and loving partner. Famous people born today: Rob Lowe, Mia Hamm, Billy Corgan, Nat King Cole, Melissa Auf der Mar, Kurt Russell, Patrick Duffy, Brittany Daniel.

Picture of the day
Armenian illuminated manuscript
An example of an Armenian illuminated manuscript, the Canon Table Page illuminated by Toros Roslin. The earliest surviving examples of this tradition of illuminated manuscript, which draws on both Medieval Armenian art and the Byzantine tradition, date from the Golden Age of Armenian art and literature in the 5th century. This example is more recent, dating to 1256.

Picture of a man and camel wading in the Yamuna River in India

Morning's Golden Glow

Photograph by Yaman Ibrahim, National Geographic 
Two visitors wade in the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The city of Agra is best known as the location of the iconic Taj Mahal, awash in the brilliant light of morning in the background.

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Ylva pattern by Cecilia Ollas
Ylva pattern by Cecilia Ollas
This is a pattern dedicated to one of my best friends, Ylva. It reminds me of two of Ylva’s favorite things; christmas and winter. These are a pair of stylish wa...
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The ColdMay Pullover pattern by minah design
A little bit of Lace, a little bit of Purl, a little bit of Stockinette
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Amelie Hat pattern by Christi Wasson
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The Lazy Leprechaun approach ... corned beef

This is SUPER easy, and if you are crunched on time, it's a winner. Place a thawed corned beef into a pasta strainer and rinse it off under cold water.

You are "washing" all of the extra brine off of the meat. Pat it dry with paper towels and place it into the bottom of an empty slow cooker.

Open the spice packet that came with the meat and pour it on top.

Add a bottle of beer. (if you are gluten free, use a GF beer, or apple juice, or white wine. Don't use a broth --- it'll be too salty.)

Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours -- the meat should be so tender that you can pull it apart with a spoon.

Irish Shepherd's Pie
Irish Shepherd's Pie Recipe and Video - Seasoned ground lamb and vegetables are baked under Irish Cheddar-mashed potatoes in Chef John's version of this comfort food classic.

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Hanging Rainbow Cloud



Clairvoyant and healer Victoria Woodhull became the first American woman to run for US president in 1872—48 years before women could even vote! -------------------- The University of Minnesota is older than the state of Minnesota! -------------------- On particularly warm and sunny days, the Eiffel tower leans toward its shaded side—as much as 18 centimeters!


A low-division hockey match is interrupted, Sweden, 1959

Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961

Frank Sinatra stepping off of a helicopter with a drink in his hand, by Yul Brynner, 1964

Woodstock – The Opening Ceremony. Bethel, New York, 14 August 1969
Detective in disguise in Brooklyn, 1969
A rare color photograph of two Parisian women from 1930
Searchlights on the Rock of Gibraltar, 1942
Selfie circa 1920

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