Show your appreciation for the current airline system and the freedom to travel to all parts of the planet by celebrating Wright Brothers Day. The brothers Orville and Wilbur, tenacious American inventors, recorded the first manned, powered flight in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They were not the first to build experimental aircraft, and news of fatal glider crashes involving other aviation trailblazers influenced the direction of their research and development. The Wright brothers focused their efforts on pilot-activated flight-stabilizing controls. Their discoveries form the basis of modern flight. In 1903 when aviation was in its infancy, sustained flight was measured in seconds and piloting was a developing skill, and although early flight lacked sophistication, it threw open the doors for the evolution of the aviation industry, and set the stage for the global travel system that we take for granted today.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A small glass vial that is sealed after filling and used chiefly as a container for a hypodermic injection solution.|
|Usage:||Because of his medical condition, he was obligated to carry an ampoule of medicine and a hypodermic needle with him at all times.|
An English cat named One Two Three, and a French cat named Un Deux Trois crossed a river. Only one made it. which one?
One Two Three. Because the Un Deux Trois quatre cinq.
|Whittier was an American Quaker poet and reformer. He had little formal education but was an avid reader, and he published his first volume of poems in 1831. He declared himself an abolitionist in 1833 and worked to promote the cause as a politician, poet, and editor of antislavery periodicals. After slavery was abolished in the US, he turned his focus to writing poems that vividly portray rural New England life.|
|This nine-day Christmas celebration in Mexico commemorates the journey Maryand Joseph (the parents of Jesus) took to Bethlehem. Reenacting their search for shelter (posada in Spanish) in which Jesus might be born, a group of "pilgrims" will knock on someone's door and ask the owner to let them in. The master of the house finally invites them to enter and the Posadas party begins. Children are blindfolded and given a chance to break a piñata by swinging at it with a stick. The posadas are repeated for nine evenings, the last occurring on Christmas Eve.|
|A Thai man faces up to 37 years in prison for mocking the king's dog over social media, an apparent violation of Thailand's stringent laws against insults aimed at the country's monarchy.|
1791 - A traffic regulation in New York City established the first street to go "One Way."
1959 - The film "On the Beach" premiered in New York City and in 17 other cities. It was the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world.
1965 - Judy Garland and The Supremes became first artists to perform at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.
1969 - Television history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
1986 - Davina Thompson became the world's first recipient of a heart, lungs, and liver transplant.
If You Were Born Today, December 17:
You are a leader at heart--whether you choose to lead or not, others naturally follow, turning to you for insightful and unique advice as well. You are articulate and sociable, and while a breezy manner might suggest otherwise, you have a strong business sense, possess keen organizational skills, and you are rather ambitious. You also admire others with a strong work ethic and may easily go into business with a romantic partner. Intuitive and compassionate, you have a philosophical or religious side to you that is not always apparent. Famous people born today: Bill Pullman, Penelope Houston, William Saffire, Milla Jovovich.
The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter. This sparrow-sized bird feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.
Photograph by Aya Okawa, National Geographic
“While flying in a small plane near the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona,” writes Aya Okawa, “we passed over the Puerco River, and I was fascinated by the colorful patterns and shapes created in the dry [riverbed]. It was October, so what little brush was around had lovely yellow leaves, and the sunrise illuminated the colors and cast stark shadows.”
“Why are you knitting a third sock?”
“I just got a letter from my daughter telling me she’s grown another foot since joining the Army.”
Two robins were sitting in a tree.
”I’m really hungry,” said the first one. “Let’s fly down and find some lunch.”
They flew down to the ground and found a nice plot of newly plowed ground that was full of worms. They ate and ate and ate till they could eat no more.
“I'm so full, I don’t think I can fly back up into the tree,” said the first one.
“Let’s just lay back here and bask in the warm sun,” said the second.
“O K,” said the first.
So they plopped down, basking in the sun. No sooner than they had fallen asleep, when a big fat tomcat up and gobbled them up.
As the cat sat washing his face after his meal, he thought…
“I JUST LOVE BASKIN ROBINS.”
TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
Receptionist: Doctor, there’s a man in the lobby who claims he’s invisible.
Psychiatrist: Tell him I can’t see him.
CROCKPOT RECIPE, CHRISTMAS
Ron: You’ll never guess who I bumped into on the way to the optician’s office.
Make a cork tree
I didn’t want to believe that my dad, a road worker, was stealing things from his job. But when I got home, all the signs were there.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... CHRISTMAS craft
DECORATING WITH PASTA SHAPES
Christmas crafts for kids - Making Christmas tree ornaments with pasta
What do you call someone who never passes gas in public?
A private tutor.
Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?
He was lucky it was a soft drink.
Father: Son, if you don’t stop pulling my hair, I’m going to have to take you off my shoulders.
Son: But I’m just trying to get my gum back!
A broken pencil.
A broken pencil, who?
Oh, never mind--it’s pointless.
A broken pencil.
A broken pencil, who?
Oh, never mind--it’s pointless.
"Welcome" in Kaurareg (Australia) [come in] - Aye, ngapa mudhiya uth
thanks, susan b.
Is It Food, Or Not?
1. Earth Cake
2. Chocolate turntable
3. Crayon Chocolate
4. Jackson Pollock inspired chocolate
5. Jackson Pollock inspired rice crispy
6. Mondrian Cake
7. Van Gogh inspired salad
8. Screaming Fudge
9. Jello Art
10. Fruit and Veggie Animals
11. Chorizo Piggies
12. Hot Doggies
13. Soup Rice Bath
14. Chewie Noodles
15. Kevin Bacon
16. Apple Rose Tarts
17. Crustacean Sausage Rolls
18. Hungry Caterpillar inspired snack
19. Kermit and Animal lunch set
20. And Miss Piggy, too
21. Pikachu sushi
22. Turtle Power Cheese Ball
23. Lady Bug Caprese Salad
25. Croco-melon (for the more intense carver)
Picky eaters won't be able to put this stuff down.