thanks for more unusual clouds and storm pics, barbara
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A person regarded as mentally dull.|
|Synonyms:||dolt, pillock, poor fish, pudding head|
|Usage:||David was always a quiet, orderly boy and for a long time was thought by the people of Winesburg to be something of a dullard.|
Idiom of the Day
— The act or practice of sharing desks or workstations between employees in an office so as to cut down on the amount of office space required.
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss Premieres (1911)
Still regularly performed, Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most acclaimed comic operas of Richard Strauss, the leading composer of romantic opera in the early 20th century. It is loosely based on the works of Molière and Louvet de Couvrai and tells the story of the shifting romantic attachments of four principal characters.
Paul Leonard Newman (1925)
|Newman was an American actor who captured the darker, less heroic aspects of his best-remembered roles, such as those in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. After eight nominations, he finally won an Academy Award for The Color of Money in 1986. In 1982, he launched his "Newman's Own" line of food products, donating the profits to various charitable causes.|
Douglas MacArthur Day
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), five-star general and supreme commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, was born on this day in Little Rock, Arkansas. After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it was MacArthur who supervised the surrender ceremony in Tokyo. He directed the demobilization of Japanese military forces and the drafting of a new constitution. His birthday is observed in his home state of Arkansas, where he is widely remembered as one of the state's most famous sons.
Wolf-Sized Otters Prowled Prehistoric China
|World, meet Siamogale melilutra. S. melilutra was an otter. A really, really big otter. It weighed about 110 pounds and grew to be the size of a wolf.|
Wolf-sized otters prowled prehistoric China
1784 - In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey.
1837 - Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States.
1875 - George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth.
1905 - The Cullinan diamond, at 3,106.75 carats, was found by Captain Wells at the Premier Mine, near Pretoria, South Africa.
1911 - Inventor Glenn H. Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane.
1934 - The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City.
1940 - In Rockford, IL, Frank Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Coronado Theater.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the "personal physician to the President".
1970 - Australia's first rock festival ended. The Ourimbah Rock Festival had begun the previous day.
1979 - The ‘Gizmo’ guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.
1988 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater.
2010 - It was announced that James Cameron's movie "Avatar" had become the highest-grossing film worldwide.
As strong as you are at business and practical matters, you have a philosophical bent and love learning and sharing what you know with others. You are very personable and extroverted for the most part, enjoying good company and good conversation. Financial success is likely with both your people skills and your executive ability. You are active and a true individualist. Others readily follow your cause. You age gracefully, truly growing more and more comfortable in your skin. Famous people born today: Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Van Halen, Eartha Kitt, Paul Newman, Gene Siskel, Wayne Gretzky.
READERS INFOthanks for these neat pieces of information, jane (part 1)
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, Countess of Derby (1753–1797) was the eldest daughter of the 6th Duke of Hamilton; she married the 12th Earl of Derby in 1774. Popular among society, she became involved in a scandal when she engaged in a very public affair with the 3rd Duke of Dorset. She eventually separated from her husband, becoming effectively exiled from society, especially after it was learned that she would not be marrying the Duke. Lady Derby moved abroad, only returning once her husband attracted embarrassing press attention for his relationship with the actress Elizabeth Farren, whom he married soon after Lady Derby's death.
knit, 3 - 24 mths
Textured Heart Kitchen Set
Grant’s Two-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons -
1 14-ounce can dulce de leche *see note
1 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
1 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, mix together dulce de leche and sweetened shredded coconut. Using a spoon, scoop mounds of coconut evenly into a 6-cup muffin tin. Place the tin into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. *Note: If you can’t find dulce de leche, place an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour in enough water to cover the can with at least 1/2 inch of water. Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Once cooked, remove the can from the water and cool completely before opening it.
What you need: doilies, fabric stiffener (I found this at A.C. Moore), and a bowl. Choose a bowl that will allow you to drape the doily over the bottom of to create a bowl shape.
If you have a bowl and doilies already and don’t want to purchase fabric stiffener, you can make your own! Just mix equal parts white glue and water.
This DIY is as easy as 1,2,3: Turn your bowl upside down, soak the doily in fabric stiffener, and drape the doily on the bottom of the bowl.
Use your fingers to smooth the doily over the bowl, removing any wrinkles and pushing out excess fabric stiffener. Leave it on the bowl overnight to allow it to dry and harden.
Experiment with different shapes and sizes! In the morning, your lace bowls will be ready for use.
Pinscher Dogs Jigsaw Puzzle
Believe it or not, there are 7 horses hidden in this painting. Can you spot them all?
don't look yet - answer below
Begin on the left side of the painting. Two horses are hidden in the greenery that borders the picture. Of course, the most evident and captivating white stallion is found in the center of the painting in clear view. Check out the clouds on the left side and you will see yet another horse.
Moving to the right of the canvas, notice a horse’s head. If you are having difficulty, locate the sunbeam that makes up the right eye of the horse. In the same area of greenery, you can just make out the shape of an upside down horse head. Finally, the waves beating up against the rocks on the beach appear like a horse running through the ocean.