Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A shortened version of a written work.|
|Usage:||In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.|
Idiom of the Day
A place or time of perfect, happy contentment, likened to the paradisaical afterlife of Greek mythology.
Charles Darrow (1889)
Darrow was a heating engineer who is generally credited with developing "Monopoly," a board game in which players compete to purchase real estate and bankrupt their opponents, though there is evidence that he merely adapted Elizabeth Magie's realty and taxation game "The Landlord's Game." "Monopoly" was initially rejected by Parker Brothers, but after Darrow met with success selling the game himself, the toy firm reconsidered and bought it in 1935.
Legends Say China Began in a Great Flood. Scientists Just Found Evidence that the Flood Was RealIt's said the flood looked like "endless boiling water," surging across the landscape. A wave as tall as a 30-story building would have crashed over the banks of the Yellow River, demolishing everything in its path.
1846: -The Smithsonian Institution was created when President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institution Act into law. The institution, which is sometimes known as "America's Attic" due to its varied exhibits and explorations into humankind's greatest achievements, was made possible by a generous grant bequeathed by English scientist James Smithson. In his will, Smithson had asked that the fortune he left behind be used for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men."
James Smithson was not a household name in his time, but he was a distinguished figure in the scientific community, a member of the venerable Royal Society of London from the young age of 22, and an expert in the fields of geology and chemistry. One of his more notable discoveries even earned him the honor of having a carbonate mineral named after him -- smithsonite. Smithson died in Italy in 1829, leaving behind a peculiar bequest that, should his only nephew die without any heirs, that the entirety of his estate should be turned over to the United States in order to found the Smithsonian Institution in his memory.
In the course of less than a decade, Smithson's nephew also died childless. Thus, on July 1, 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized acceptance of the Smithson gift. Transfer of funds consisted of a total of 104,960 gold sovereigns, 8 shillings and 7 pence as well as Smithson's mineral collection library, scientific notes and personal effects. The fortune was worth well over $500,000 at the time (approximately $11,110,000 in today's money), and was designated to aid in the foundation of a museum and a library, as well as research programs, publications and an ongoing collection of scientific, artistic and historic artifacts. Since its inception, the Smithsonian has housed over 136 million artifacts, ranging from the profound to the obscure, and currently comprises 19 museums and galleries, several research facilities across the globe and the national zoo.
1859 - In Boston, MA, the first milk inspectors were appointed.
1869 - The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
1885 - The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
1948 - On ABC, "Candid Camera" made its TV debut. The original title was "Candid Microphone."
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1954 - Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1985 - Madonna's "Like A Virgin" became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 million sales.
2003 - Ekaterina Dmitriev and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married. Malenchenko was about 240 miles above the earth in the international space station. It was the first-ever marriage from space.
Ice Cream Maker
Question: Nothing says summer to me like tasty ice cream -- especially homemade ice cream -- so I think that this vintage ice cream maker is really charming. According to the labeling, it was patented in 1912. What else can you tell me about how it worked, how long it was in production, and what it is valued at today?
Answer: The first U.S. patent granted for a hand-cranked ice cream freezer was No. 3254, given to Nancy M. Johnson of Philadelphia in 1843. By 1905, at least 14 American makers produced ice cream freezers. Loaded with ice, rock salt and custard, these devices churned small batches of homemade ice cream. Acme Can Co. produced ice cream freezers in three sizes: the 1-pint Acme Junior and two other Acme models that made 2 quarts and 4 quarts. Production of the Acme Ice Cream Freezer continued into the 1920s, but an all-galvanized pail replaced the enameled exterior. This 2-quart Acme freezer is in excellent condition, which is important. One was recently listed for sale on an internet site for $150. An auction house in Pennsylvania sold the 2-quart size for $100 and the Acme Junior for $80 several years ago.
-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News
Portrait of a Young Woman is a tempera painting on wood which is commonly believed to be by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, but also attributed to Jacopo del Sellaio. Executed between 1480 and 1485, it shows a woman in profile but with her bust turned in three-quarter view to reveal a cameo medallion around her neck. The painting is in the Städel museum, Frankfurt, Germany.
Whale of a Time
Photograph by David Robinson, National Geographic
A whale shark—the biggest fish in the sea—swims along, “extremely curious” about his observers. David Robinson, who researches whale shark ecology, captured this image in Qatar on a day with “great visibility” in an area with waters that are usually full of plankton.
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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Here's Why You Should Always Get The Larger Pizza, According To Math
Any dedicated eater knows that life's main struggle is finding ways to maximize food consumption for a certain amount of money ... Food maximizing strategy becomes critically important when ordering large quantities of pizza, because you have the option of ordering a larger pizza or several smaller pizzas, which are slightly more convenient for consumption.
But in terms of amount of pizza, why should it matter? A 16-inch pizza and two 8-inch pizzas will give you the same number of square inches of cheesy happiness, right?
Behold: The Pizza Equation In case you're needing a high school geometry refresher since you were probably playing Brick Breaker or Angry Birds (depending on how old you are) this all comes from the formula A =πr2. Because the radius of the pizza is squared, the area of cheesy goodness increases by more than 2 when you double the radius (get a pizza twice as large).
So, and 8-inch pizza yields around 50 square inches of happiness, a 16-inch pizza gets you closer to 200 square inches.
The larger pizza makes more sense, cost-wise, as well.
A 16-inch pizza rarely costs twice that of an 8-inch pizza, even though it's delivering 4 times the square footage of pizza. So, definitely don't pay for two 8-inch pizzas. Save the money for another fast food endeavor.
Lesson learned: bigger is always better when it comes to pizza.
Your wallet and your taste buds thank you.