The lighthouse has been a staple of culture in the world since we built boats to sail the seas. Protection from fog, reefs, rocks and other hazards of the coastline have been signaled by these monoliths of light, even before the advent of electricity. Surprisingly, large fires were lit in the top of the early lighthouses, so ship captains knew not to sail to close to them in order to avoid dangers to their ships. Some even used early forms of light refraction to make the light spread farther out to see – mirrors were used in some cases, but in many it was actually metal polished to a shine that was used as mirrors were not as easily come by as they are today. Electricity and the light bulb paved the way for current lighthouses – the rotating beam of light that is done with some creative positioning of mirrors, glass and a motor to spin a curved mirror in a circle around the light bulb. This effect channels the light outwards in a beam, rotating around and around to catch the eye, and help the light pierce the fog.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A likeness or image, especially of a person.|
|Usage:||The penny bears an effigy of Lincoln.|
Idiom of the Day
Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out.
Ralph Bunche (1904)
Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General.
Dublin Irish Festival
During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as theceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations.
Pregnancy Myths that Are True: Women Are More Fertile after Tonsils and Appendixes Are Removed, StudOne of the many myths regarding pregnancy and conception has recently been busted. For years, there has been a lot of confusion on whether having tonsils and appendixes removed reduced a woman's chances of getting pregnant.
Pregnancy Myths That Are True: Women Are More Fertile After Tonsils And Appendixes Are Removed, Study Says
1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.
1934 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."
1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.
2003 - Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe prototype for $200,000.
Nils Torvalds (b. 1945) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish broadcast journalist, writer and politician, who is serving as a Member of the European Parliament. Born in Ekenäs, Torvalds has been active in politics since he was a college student in the 1960s. He is the son of Ole Torvalds and the father of Linus Torvalds.
Photograph by Jes Stockhausen, National Geographic
By day, the water of Arizona's Havasu Falls is a remarkable, bright blue-green. In this image submitted by Jes Stockhausen, it’s a milky ribbon, illuminated at night by the light of a camper’s headlamps. “While camping in the Havasupai [Indian Reservation], you hear the roar of the falls 24/7. My friend and I went to see if we could see the stars and were blown away [by] the sheer darkness of the canyon. This shot was [made] with two headlamps, one at the subject’s feet and one on his head.”
crochet, 24 mths - 3 yrs
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... craft
All you need to make these bracelets are your fingers and some rubber bands.
How to (Quickly) Chill a Cocktail Glass
We've all been there. You've got the perfect drink recipe, and a few willing and thirsty cocktail drinkers waiting for a sample. Presentation is as important as the drink, and a frosted glass would be ideal. Maybe you thought ahead and stored a few glasses in the freezer, or maybe your freezer is a wee bit stockpiled at the moment and that isn't an option for you. No worries, I have some cocktail glass chilling methods for you, just pick the one that suits you best. And don't forget to pour yourself a cocktail. After all, you've earned it.
Just store your cocktail glasses in the freezer. Or place them in the freezer for 20 minutes. While this is clearly easy, it's a little inconvenient at the last minute.
Wrap a wet paper towel around the glass you'd like frosted and add the glass to the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from the freezer, remove the towel and you're all set.