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Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A photographer who operates a movie camera.|
|Usage:||The cinematographer won an award for his lush landscape shots, which captured the mood of the film.|
Idiom of the Day
A continuous period of great success, luck, or fortune; a winning streak.
Donna Reed (1921)
Reed was an American film and television actress. In 1946, she starred in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, playing Mary Bailey—the wife of James Stewart's character, George Bailey. She went on to win the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in From Here to Eternity and later received a Golden Globe for Best Female TV Star for her performance as Donna Stone in The Donna Reed Show.
Complete silence is observed on the day known to Hindus as Mauni Amavasya. Because bathing during Magha, one of the most sacred Hindu months, is considered to be a purifying act, many Hindus camp out along the banks of the Ganges River throughout the month and bathe daily in the sacred river. But the bathing and fasting end with the observance of Mauni Amavasya, a day for worshipping Lord Vishnu and circumambulating the peepal (a type of ficus) tree, which is regarded as holy. For many Hindus, the celebration takes place at Prayag, where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers flow together.
Fallout from an Ancient Asteroid Collision Still Rains on Earth
|Extraterrestrial objects are constantly bombarding Earth; thankfully the vast majority are microscopic.|
Fallout from an Ancient Asteroid Collision Still Rains on Earth | Astronomy.com
1756 - Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
1870 - Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN.
1880 - Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
1926 - John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
1956 - Elvis Presley released "Heartbreak Hotel."
1971 - David Bowie arrived for his first visit to the U.S. He did not perform, but received a lot of publicity for wearing dresses in Texas and Louisiana.
1973 - The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
1984 - Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches.
1984 - Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games.
2010 - Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.
The Lone Ranger’s sidekick’s name, Tonto, means “moron/fool/stupid” in Spanish. As a result, in the dubbed Spanish version, the character’s name is change to “Toro,” meaning “bull.”
- The United States has been in debt every year in its history except very briefly for about a year around 1835 when the colorful Andrew Jackson was President. A few decades later, the Civil War happened and increased the national debt higher than it had ever been before as a percentage of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP). After the war was over, the debt rapidly fell off to nearly nothing until WWI, which once again saw the national debt rise to Civil War era levels as a percentage of the GDP. Then the Great Depression and WWII happened, the latter seeing the national debt rise to an astounding near 110% of the GDP, a feat the U.S. hasn’t come close to matching since, even with the massive public debt today which is a little over 70% the GDP.
- German Chocolate Cake isn’t German and had nothing to do with the country. It owes its name to American Sam German, who developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company in 1852. Over a century later, a woman by the name of George Clay got her recipe for a cake using “German’s Chocolate” published in the Dallas Morning Star on June 3, 1957, under the name “German’s Chocolate Cake.” General Foods, who now owned the German’s Chocolate brand, heavily promoted this recipe. It became a national hit, but not as “German’s Chocolate Cake,” as it was originally listed. Instead, it soon was called “German Chocolate Cake,” helping give rise to the myth that it was invented in Germany.
- The first music video ever shown on MTV (yes, they used to show those) was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles on August 1, 1981. When MTV launched on that August day, it was only available to cable subscribers in parts of New Jersey.
- According to the Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, “checkmate” in chess derives from the Persian term “shāh māt,” which means something to the effect of “the king is helpless/defeated.”
- Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson from the Parks and Recreation TV series, is a professional boat builder and has a side business as a wood craftsman. In 2008, he even released an instructional DVD- “Fine Woodstrip Canoe Building with Nick Offerman,” offering instructions on how to make your own canoe. He stated in an interview with Wood Magazine in 2010, “When I got into acting in the theater, I was really terrible in the beginning. But because I could build things, they’d put me in their shows when I agreed to build things for the set. Then in Chicago, in the mid-90s, I made a living building scenery.”
An infrared photograph of the Horsehead Nebula, a dark nebula in the constellation of Orion. Located approximately 1,500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth.
Dad gets Matching Tattoo of Son's Cancer Scar for Solidarity
Chinese New Year Lantern
knit - VALENTINE'S DAY
Chinese New Year Monkey - All About Ami
Weather Station for Kids
Number Cube Jigsaw Puzzle
Buff away scuffs and stains on suede bags and shoes with this manicure tool.
Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of World History
This is what California might have looked like from space in 1851
The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888
Billboards on Times Square, 1900
Bulgarian peasants using an elephant to plow land, 1900
This Model T ascended three flights of steps in Duluth, Minnesota, winning its owner a $100 bet, 1910s
Control room of a submarine in 1918
Two cyclists, Vervaeke and Geldhol, smoking during the 1920 Tour de France
A federal agent searching a wood truck during Prohibition, 1926
Photograph of pilot William C. Hopson of the U.S. Mail Service in winter flying clothing ca. 1926
A couple at the Le Monocle lesbian nightclub, Paris, 1932
An instructor signals through a porthole to a seaman at the bottom of a 15 foot tank, during submarine crew training at the DSEA Instructional Centre at Portsmouth in 1939
Poster in a London travel agency advising people to book their holidays in spite of the tense situation in Europe, 1939
Crash landing of Grumman F6F Hellcat on flight deck of USS Enterprise, November 1943
German soldier after the Battle of Kursk, Russia. Eastern Front, 1943
Marc Riboud’s photo of Zazou, the Eiffel tower’s painter, Paris, 1953