Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A state of commotion and noise and confusion.|
|Usage:||The crowd at the fair was noisy and rowdy, and in the midst of the garboil, I lost sight of my sister.|
Idiom of the Day
— The act or practice of misusing or misinterpreting a word, phrase, or article of text to suit one's own meaning or purpose. Taken from the character Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, who states, "When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean."
Treaty of Waitangi Establishes New Zealand as a British Colony (1840)
Though considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, the Treaty of Waitangi has been the subject of much debate since it was signed by representatives of the British crown and Maori chiefs in 1840. It gave Britain control of New Zealand while recognizing the native inhabitants' land rights. However, the English and Maori texts differed, leading to many controversies over its stipulations.
Aaron Burr (1756)
|Before he shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in the famous duel, Burr was a well-regarded lawyer and politician, having served in the American Revolution and held various offices, including that of senator. But after Hamilton used his influence to thwart more than one of his political aspirations, Burr—then vice president—challenged him to a duel and won.|
Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri)
This exuberant celebration of snow and ice has been held since 1950 in Sapporo, the capital city Hokkaido. The week's activities feature a colorful parade and competitive events in winter sports, as well as a display of colossal snow sculptures along the main street and in Odori Park. The sculptures are spectacular—intricately carved and often several stories high. About three weeks before the festival, a wooden frame is built and packed with snow; after the snow has hardened the frame is removed and the carving begins. A different theme is chosen each year for the sculptures.
Signatures of Earthly Life May Be Etched in Moon Rock
|The Earth may be leaving its mark on the moon in more ways than previously thought.|
1788 - Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1843 - "The Virginia Minstrels" opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City. It was the first minstrel show in America.
1911 - The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.
1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.
1956 - St. Patrick Center opened in Kankakee, IL. It was the first circular school building in the United States.
1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.
1973 - Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became the oldest U.S. President in history.
2014 - Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show.
1. Vaughan Celebrates WinterFest!
Vellore Village Community Centre
1 Villa Royale Avenue
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The fun-filled WinterFest event features FREE outdoor stage entertainment, IceZone, Midway Zone, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, and more. A FREE Pancake Breakfast was hosted in celebration of Vaughan's 25th Anniversary, along with an Official Welcome by Mayor and Members of Council.
Entertainment highlights included: performances by Mini Pop Kids, Bobs & Lolo, magician and illusionist Neil Croswell, Bounce Entertainment, and Doo Doo the International Clown.
further information: 905/832-2281
2. Bamboo Bass Festival
Feb 17-19, 2017
Jacó, Costa Rica
Gathering the Bass Tribes from around the world and bringing them together in Costa Rica. Join us in building an atmosphere of sharing, inclusion, & fun while enjoying international and local bass music, live painting & art exhibits, dance & flow performers in the beautiful jungle.
Tickets and Further Information: Buy tickets to Bamboo Bass Festival 2017 - Bamboo Bass Festival
3. Arizona Fine Art Expo
Jan 13 - Mar 26, 2017
Cactus Ridge Ranch
26540 N Scottsdale Rd
This is nothing like a third-grade art class where little kids pick up a paintbrush, slap it around a white piece of construction paper and call it art. The Fine Art Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona, brings nationally recognized artists as well as up-and-coming creatives to showcase their artistic endeavors. While you're browsing every gallery's collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more, you'll have the opportunity to purchase whatever piece blew your mind the most.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, 10 AM - 6 PM
further info: 480-837-7163
The nave of the Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Portsmouth, England. The original building was dedicated in 1188 to the honor of St Thomas of Canterbury, who was assassinated and martyred. This chapel was to become, in turn, a parish church in the 14th century and a cathedral in the 20th century.
ENGULFING BEIJING IS INSANE
An AQI over 100 is considered unhealthy. That day it was 400+
knit - VALENTINE'S DAY
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crochet - VALENTINE'S DAY
3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Lasagna
Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake
- 1 (10 to 13-oz) package mini croissants, chopped
- 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/3 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
Place croissant pieces in prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Add milk and mix until combined. Pour evenly over croissant pieces.
Let stand 20 minutes or cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until set in center. Serve warm.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game
Cactus Gravel Jigsaw Puzzle
More Rare Photos
A 1985 picture of a Alaotra Grebe from Madagascar. It is the only photo ever taken of this species that may or may not be extinct.
The last picture taken of the inside of Titanic as the crew prepare to close the gangplank in 1912.
Emily Dickinson as a teenager in 1847.
Lincoln, without his hat, a few minutes before he gave The Gettysburg Address in 1863.
The first color photograph taken in 1861.
Taken in 1840, the woman in this picture is Constanze Mozart, the wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The only known photo of Fredric Chopin.
The only known photo of Albert Einstein's original E=MC2 formula on his chalkboard
A baby walker from 1905.
The Beatles preparing to cross Abby Road in 1969.
Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 on the election trail, riding a moose through water.
A Coca Cola delivery truck in 1909.
The last known photo of a Bali tiger taken in 1937.
The White House in 1865.
Steve McQueen and James Coburn serve as pallbearers at Bruce Lee's funeral in 1973.
George Orwell holds a puppy during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Ernest Hemingway can be seen in the background.
Harry Houdini in 1912 in chains, about to be lowered into the East River.
Ida Fuller of Vermont, the first recipient of monthly payment under Social Security, receiving her first check on January 31, 1940. Before Social Security, many elderly citizens lived in deplorable poverty
June, 1969 -- The flow over Niagara Falls is stopped for maintenance work.
Louis Armstrong plays for his wife and the Sphinx in 1961
Japanese archers taken between 1860 and 1900.
President Lincoln and General George McClellan in the general's tent near Antietam battlefield October 3, 1862.
Barrels of alcohol about to be burned during prohibition in 1927.
The first passengers on the brand new New York subway in 1904.
Construction of the St. Louis Arch in 1965.
The earliest known aerial photograph, taken from a balloon over Paris in 1858.
Mark Twain in 1883.
Construction of Hoover Dam in 1934.
Six year-old Arthur Conan-Doyle in 1865.
Coney Island in 1905.
What is thought to be the oldest known war photograph: New Hampshire volunteers depart for the Mexican War in 1846.
Dinosaurs are transported on the Hudson River to the 1964 World's Fair.
Construction of the Sydney Opera House in 1966.
Betty White at home with her dog in 1952
The rather luxurious seating area of the submarine, The Protector, in 1902