Mind Bending Optical Illusions
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Marked by conspicuous display.|
|Synonyms:||flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy|
|Usage:||The Thompsons thought it inappropriate that their newly widowed neighbor wore such a sporty outfit to her husband's funeral.|
Idiom of the Day
— To remain calm, steady, and resolute, especially in the face of danger or adversity.
Charlie Chaplin Is Knighted (1975)
Though he spent most of his career in the US, British-born silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin never applied for citizenship. The US took advantage of this fact in 1952, while Chaplin was overseas, revoking his re-entry permit over his alleged Communist ties. His political leanings, as well as his many affairs with young women, nearly cost him a knighthood, but after decades of debate, he was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Miriam Makeba (1932)
Nicknamed "Mama Africa," Makeba was a Grammy Award-winning singer and activist. In 1963, after she testified against apartheid before the UN, South Africa revoked her citizenship and right to return to the country. She settled in the US, where her musical career flourished, then moved to Guinea after being criticized for marrying a Black Panther. She remained in exile for 30 years, finally returning to her homeland in 1990 at the end of apartheid. In my mind, I know I will never forget her "Click Song." I dont get youtube but found that song for you to hear (hopefully):
Miriam Makeba - The Click Song
Bal du Rat Mort
|A huge carnival and ball, Bal du Rat Mort is concentrated in the casino of Ostende, Belgium, but also spread out all over the town. The carnival began at the end of the 19th century, launched by members of the Oostende Art and Philanthropic Circle (Circle Coecilia) who named the affair for a café on Montmartre (a hilly part of northern Paris, home to many artists) where they had whiled away pleasant hours. People are masked at the ball, and there's a competition for the best costume.|
Guess How Much Someone Paid for This Dish Full of MoldSerious question: How much would you pay for this dish full of mold? I mean, pay to own it, not to get it out of your field of vision. How about $14,600?
Guess how much someone paid for this dish full of mold
1634 - Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, MA.
1789 - The first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared that the U.S. Constitution was in effect.
1791 - Vermont was admitted as the 14th U.S. state. It was the first addition to the original 13 American colonies.
1826 - The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA.
1837 - The state of Illinois granted a city charter to Chicago.
1877 - Emile Berliner invented the microphone.
1881 - Eliza Ballou Garfield became the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion.
1914 - Doctor Fillatre successfully separated Siamese twins.
1917 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.
1930 - Emma Fahning became the first woman bowler to bowl a perfect game in competition run by the Women’s International Bowling Congress in Buffalo, NY.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."
1950 - Walt Disney’s "Cinderella" was released across the U.S.
1954 - In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant.
1978 - Chicago Daily News, founded in 187, publishes last issue.
1985 - Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA.
A registration card for Louis Wijnhamer (1904–1975), an ethnic Dutch humanitarian who was captured soon after the Empire of Japan occupied the Dutch East Indies in March 1942. Prior to the occupation, many ethnic Europeans had refused to leave, expecting the Japanese occupation government to keep a Dutch administration in place. When Japanese troops took control of government infrastructure and services such as ports and postal services, 100,000 European (and some Chinese) civilians were interned in prisoner-of-war camps where the death rates were between 13 and 30 per cent. Wijnhamer was interned in a series of camps throughout Southeast Asia and, after the surrender of Japan, returned to what was now Indonesia, where he lived until his death.
Penguins on Ice.
“Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. (Antarctica, December 29, 2010)
Baby Nordic Mitts
Knit a teddy bear family
knit, 6 mths - 4 yrs
Nest pattern by Maria Rosa Spighetti
Diane's BAKED GARLIC BREAD
I went to a restaurant like 25 years ago which changed everything. They had cheese melted on their garlic bread!
- cut the bread in half (the long way)
- butter one side
- put teeny bits of chopped garlic (which adhere due to the softened butter which has been left out of frig for a while)
- put sliced mozzarella cheese (or cheddar or whichever)
- close it up and slice 3/4 of the way down so people can pull off a "small wedge of garlic bread")
- surround bread in aluminum foil
- bake for about 15-20 minutes (until melted)
Rudbeckia Bud Jigsaw Puzzle
You’ve probably been serving juice boxes the wrong way.
Pull the sides out so your child has something to grasp onto, stopping them from spilling.