Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Covered with a layer of myelin.|
|Usage:||The medical textbook had a detailed diagram of myelinated nerve fibers.|
Idiom of the Day
Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short.
|The Magna Carta—Latin for "Great Charter"—was signed by King John under pressure from his barons. Resentful of high taxes and aware of the king's waning power, the barons demanded a solemn grant of their rights. Among the charter's provisions were clauses reforming law and controlling the behavior of royal officials. Though it reflects the feudal order rather than democracy, the Magna Carta is traditionally considered the foundation of British constitutionalism.|
|The eldest son of King Edward III, Edward was the prince of Wales. Joining his father as a commander in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War, he established a reputation for valor. However, his rule as the prince of Aquitaine from 1362 to 1372 was a failure, and he returned sick and broken to England and formally surrendered his principality to his father. Though the heir apparent, he never became king, dying one year before his father.|
|According to legend, St. Vitus was raised as a Christian by his nurse and his foster father. All three suffered persecution and were eventually put to death for their beliefs around 303 CE, when Vitus was still a young boy. A chapel was later built in his honor at Ulm, Germany, and it was believed that anyone who danced before his shrine there on June 15, St. Vitus's Day, would be assured of good health in the coming year. St. Vitus is the patron saint of those suffering fromepilepsy and other disorders of the nervous system, as well as actors and dancers.|
|A few months ago, when European Space Agency director general Johann-Dietrich Woerner laid out a vision for his agency to lead the way in establishing an international Moon Village, I had a feeling of déjà vu.|
1667 - Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully-documented human blood transfusion. He successfully transfused the blood of a sheep to a 15-year old boy.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
1844 - Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for the process that strengthens rubber.
1864 - An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
1877 - Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
1910 - David Rose was born. He was the composer of "Little House on the Prairie" and "Bonanza". He won four Emmys and 22 Grammys in his career, which spanned 65 years.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell "potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.
A Perfect View
Photograph by Suvi Höydén, National Geographic
The sun’s rays set flame to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park’s most recognizable land features: the Mittens, the towering buttes that jut from the park’s desert floor. Though the iconic landscape has come to symbolize the American West immortalized in such classic movies as Stagecoach (1939) and Easy Rider (1969), Monument Valley is the ancestral home of the Navajo people, who still live in the area today.
knit, 6 - 18 mths
knit, toe up
Tastefully Simple Artichoke & Caper Sauce
Simple Bread Pudding
make a pretty container for a house plant
or decor for your porch
To heat pasta evenly, make a hole in the center before microwaving.