Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Save Your Hearing Day May 31, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Save Your Hearing Day

Save Your Hearing Day is our yearly reminder to turn down the dial and to listen to the birds chirping outside our windows, for a change. Its originator is unknown, but bless our eardrums, he did us a great service, because how would we otherwise have been able to tell teenagers to turn off that noise?
Save Your Hearing Day is best celebrated in peaceful environments, with earmuffs, if need be. There’s a 60:60 rule that everybody should abide by on this day, which says you should listen to your MP3 at 60% of volume capacity for less than 60 minutes a day. It applies to concerts, as well. But if you simply couldn’t resist going to a live rock concert without wearing earplugs, then you should know you’ve been exposed to hours of decibel noise, the equivalent of listening to an ambulance siren for hundreds of minutes. A hearing detox consisting of 16 hours of auricular rest would do wonders for your eardrums, so have it on this day, because everybody else is.

thanks, susan, west coast correspondent, for reminding us of life's specialness

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A small brook or stream.
Usage:A tiny rivulet of cold water trickled outward from the opening.


Idiom of the Day

get (the hell) out of Dodge

 — To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the cliched setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s.



Henry Sidgwick (1838)

Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women.

Feast of the Visitation

On this day, Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visitto her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. 

Did Intense Solar Flares Prime Our Planet for Life?

A tantrum-throwing baby sun might have triggered the chemical reactions that made life on Earth possible, according to a new model proposed by NASA scientists. For life as we know it to emerge, the planet needed to be warm and wet.

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1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation. 

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1870 - E.J. De Semdt patented asphalt. 

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1879 - New York's Madison Square Garden opened. 

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1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal." 

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1907 - The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States

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1917 - The first jazz record, "Darktown Strutters' Ball," was released.

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1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference. 

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1976The Who played at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and make the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever. Their set measured 76,000 watts and 120 decibels. 


If You Were Born Today, May 31
Your clever mind and strength of character are traits that others tend to notice first, and that earn you respect. You are an engaging conversationalist, offering unique perspective on whatever topic is on the table. You are very capable and determined, and have a distinct traditional side to your personality. Famous people born today: Walt Whitman, Clint Eastwood, Joe Namath, Lea Thompson, Brooke Shields, Colin Farrell.

Picture of the day
Battle of Jutland
A map of the Battle of Jutland, a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet during the First World War. The only full-scale clash of battleships in the war, the Germans intended it to lure out, trap and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet, as the German naval force was insufficient to openly engage the entire British fleet. Fourteen British and eleven German ships were sunk, and more than 8,000 people were killed. Both sides claimed victory, and dispute over the significance of the battle continues to this day.

Picture of a window and bridge in Mumbai, India

In Good Shape

Photograph by Fanil Rajgor, National Geographic 
From his vantage point at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai, India, Fanil Rajgor made this photo of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an eight-lane, state-of-the-art cable-stayed bridge that hugs the Mumbai coastline. “The window and the contrast lighting add a beautiful texture to this image,” he writes.


knit, 1 - 5 yrs

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Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. - Thomas Mann


Woodchucks take one breath every six minutes during hibernation. -------------------- Nearly a third of the population has the photic sneeze reflex—an unexplained genetic quirk causing sufferers to sneeze when exposed to bright light! Submitted by Suzanne Smagala-Potts, Orlando, FL. -------------------- The Sun contains 99.9% of the total mass of our solar system!





World Famous Monuments Quiz ... answers below

1. When did Gustave Eiffel design the Eiffel Tower?

2. Where can one find the Saint Basil's Cathedral?

3. And where's the Sagrada Familia?

4. I'm standing in front of the magnificent Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. In whichmuseum am I?

5. Which of the following fountains is located within Rome?

6. The Arc de Triumph in Paris is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. What is located at the eastern end?

7. What is the purpose of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

8. What is the London Eye?

9. How many spectators could the Colosseum in Rome hold?

10. When was the Taj Mahal built?
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