So many of our statements nowadays end with ‘the world as we know it.’ World Human Spirit Day is a celebration of the fact that what we know about our own world is limited and superficial. It is a day to wonder at our achievements on this planet as humans, and to contemplate the endless possibilities we have as spirits. A day to search within for contentedness and to embrace the fact that we do not have all the answers and that may be for the best. A day to give a higher power thanks for what we have and what we don’t have, for making us who we are and for giving us the ability to touch others. This day is a celebration of continuity, of hope, of awareness, an occasion for us all to connect spiritually, to gaze at the universe beyond our worldly bodies.
thanks for the dogs as accessories humor, patty
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A sudden attempt by a group to overthrow a government.|
|Synonyms:||coup, coup d'etat, takeover|
|Usage:||The people had been expecting a putsch for years, but they were surprised to wake up one morning and find themselves the subjects of a new government.|
Idiom of the Day
A situation that has gone wrong and is very problematic. The term is an instance of irony or sarcasm.
|The Armory Show was an international exhibition of modern art held in 1913 at the 69th-regiment armory in New York City. Representing a range of avant-garde movements in Europe, the show was one of the most important art exhibitions ever held in the US. The Armory Show aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting.|
|After rising from clerk to sales executive in the National Cash Register Co., Watson became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which made scales, time clocks, and tabulators that sorted information using punched cards—all forerunners of mainframe computers. Watson renamed the company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924 and became its chairman in 1949, widening IBM's line to include electronic computers|
|Quirinus was an ancient Roman deity who closely resembled Mars, the god of war. His name is associated with that of the Quirinal, one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. Eventually, Quirinus was identified with Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome, and his festival on February 17 coincided with the date on which Romulus was believed to have been deified. This festival was also associated with the advent of spring warfare, when the shields and weapons of the army, which had been purified and retired for the winter, were brought out.|
|Stopping criminal activity before it happens is usually the domain of science fiction – as in "Minority Report," where police officers in 2054 use the ability to see into the future to catch murderers before they kill.|
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1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.
1817 - The first gaslit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, MD.
1876 - Julius Wolff was credited with being the first to can sardines.
1897 - The National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, DC, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was the forerunner of the National PTA
1933 - "Newsweek" was first published.
1933 - Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted
1965 - Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on " The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on NBC-TV.
1966 - Brian Wilson began recording the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations." this is my favorite non beatles song ever!
1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, MA
1996 - World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" in Philadelphia, PA.
If You Were Born Today, February 17
You are a responsible, success-oriented, and driven person who rises to most any challenge that comes your way. Your staying power is tremendous, and others are generally in awe of your ability to overcome obstacles. Your professional life is extremely important to you. You need to be careful that your worldly ambitions don't take over your life. Others admire you for your cool and collected approach to the world, and although you enjoy this reputation, it can come at a price--you don't always open your heart to others and might feel alone even if you are surrounded by people. Famous people born today: Rene Russo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Jordan, Denise Richards, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paris Hilton, Margaret Truman.
Photograph by Soroush Etemad, National Geographic
While visiting Oia, on the Greek island of Santorini, Soroush Etemad was “mesmerized by [the] captivating beauty” of this sunset. Beneath a palette of orange and red, a large gathering of people stood on castle ruins to watch the sun go down over the Aegean Sea.
thanks for the pic of fred astaire and his sister adele, helen
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... puzzle
"what is your name?" in Bajau (Indonesia) - Sian urun no?
“I am to be converted to the joys of knitting,' said Mrs. Ali,
smiling at the Major.
'My condolences,' he said.”
― Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Quotes
75 Weird, Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz
1. The studio, Metro-Goldwyn Meyer, outbid 20th Century Fox for the movie rights. Fox had wanted Shirley Temple to star.
2. Mervyn LeRoy considered having a man play Toto.
3. The cowardly lion’s costume was made of a real lion skin.
4. The snow in the poppy scene was made of asbestos.
5. Judy Garland had to wear a super-tight corset to make her figure seem younger.
6. The Tin Man’s oil was actually chocolate syrup.
7. Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza Minelli, was married to Jack Haley, Jr., the son of the actor who played the Tin Man.
8. Toto reportedly earned $125 per week of filming—but each Munchkin actor just $50.
9. The horses in the Emerald City were colored with Jell-O, which they kept trying to lick off.
10. Dorothy’s slippers in the book were silver.
11. Toto was played by a female dog named Terry.
12. Four sets of ruby slippers were used during filming.
13. Margaret Hamilton’s copper-based green makeup could not be ingested, so she survived entirely on liquids during filming.
14. Billie Burke, who played Glinda the Good Witch, was 54 during filming, while Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch, was 36.
15. Judy Garland originally wore a blonde wig and heavy makeup for filming, but producers soon opted for a more natural look.
16. “Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the film for length reasons.
17. The actress who voiced Disney’s Snow White made a voice cameo during the Tin Man’s “If I Only Had a Heart” (She’s the one who says, ‘Wherefore art thou, Romeo?’)
18. The ruby slippers were a size 5.
19. The 1939 New York Times review of the film read, in part: “It is all so well-intentioned, so genial and so gay that any reviewer who would look down his nose at the fun-making should be spanked and sent off, supperless, to bed.”
20. Margaret Hamilton was a kindergarten teacher before becoming an actress.
21. The film was nominated for six Oscars, but lost Best Picture to Gone with the Wind.
22. The cowardly lion’s costume weighed around 100 pounds.
23. Temperatures on set often soared about 100 degrees due to the lighting needed to shoot in early Technicolor.
24. Buddy Ebsen of The Beverly Hillbillies fame was cast as the Tin Man, but he had to bow out when he developed a severe allergic reaction to his silver paint. He had originally been offered the part of the Scarecrow.
25. The tornado in the film was actually a 35-foot-long muslin stocking spun around with dust and dirt.
26. In the movie, Dorothy clicks her ruby slippers and says, “There’s no place like home.” In the book, she says to her magic silver shoes, “Take me home to Aunt Em!”
27. The white in Dorothy’s dress was actually pale pink because it showed up better as white in Technicolor.
28. The Wicked Witch’s crystal ball was used as a prop in Boris Karloff’s The Mask of Fu Manchu.
29. The Wicked Witch’s death certificate is dated May 6, 1938, the 20th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s death.
30. Producers ended up cutting many of the Wicked Witch’s scenes because they deemed them too scary for children.
31. The ‘L’ in L. Frank Baum stands for Lyman.
32. Baum published 17 sequels to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, three of them posthumously.
33. Two decades before making it big with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum was a breeder of fancy chickens.
34. The film won Oscars for best original score and best original song.
35. Baum apparently invented the name ‘Oz’ when looking at an alphabetical filing cabinet label, ‘O-Z.’
36. The Munchkins have a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
37. Garland won as Oscar Juvenile Award for her role, which she later called the Munchkin Award.
38. The Smithsonian exhibit housing Dorothy’s red slippers is so popular, the carpet in front of the slippers has been replaced numerous times due to wear and tear.
39. Judy Garland fell in love with Terry, the dog who played Toto, and wanted to adopt her, but Terry’s owner wouldn’t give her up.
40. The Munchkins were played by a troupe called the Singer Midgets, named for their manager Leo Singer. They were from Europe, and “a number of the Munchkins took advantage of the trip to immigrate and escape the Nazis,” according to the Internet Movie Database. Their voices were dubbed because many of them couldn’t speak English very well.
41. Professor Marvel never returned Dorothy’s photo of Auntie Em.
42. The fire that blazes out from Dorothy’s shoes when the Witch tries to touch them was actually apple juice spraying out of them, sped up on film.
43. The Cowardly Lion was originally going to be played by the real-life MGM lion.
44. The Scarecrow’s face prosthetics left deep groves in actor Ray Bolger’s face that reportedly took more than a year to disappear.
45. Terry the dog was scared of the steam that came out of the Tin Man’s hat.
46. In an oft-told story from the set, Judy Garland couldn’t stop giggling during the scene where Dorothy slaps the Cowardly Lion. Director Victor Fleming apparently took Garland aside and slapped her, after which she nailed the scene in one take.
47. The yellow brick road originally showed up green in Technicolor, so it had to be repainted.
48. Charley Grapewin, the actor who played Uncle Henry, began his career in the late 19th century as a circus trapeze artist, and also appeared as Grandpa Joad in 1940’s The Grapes of Wrath.
49. Disney wanted to make The Wizard of Oz, but MGM owned the rights to the book.
50. Several actors playing Winged Monkeys in the forest were injured when the wires suspending them above the sound stage snapped, sending them falling several feet.
51. Contrary to popular myth that she was dubbed, Billie Burke (Glinda the Good Witch) did her own singing for the film.
52. Glinda’s gown was actually recycled from the 1936 movie San Francisco.
53. L. Frank Baum drew inspiration for the story from his difficult childhood during a drought in South Dakota.
54. Baum strongly supported women’s suffrage.
55. MGM paid $75,000 for the film rights to Baum’s book, an astronomical amount at the time.
56. The Flying Monkeys and the Witch’s castle guards wore the same uniforms.
57. Judy Garland’s hair changes length throughout the film.
58. Humorist Ogden Nash wrote a screenplay for the film that was never used.
59. Dorothy was named after Dorothy Louise Gage, a niece of L. Frank Baum who died as a baby.
60. Director Victor Fleming was reportedly pro-Nazi and opposed America entering World War II.
61. Margaret Hamilton suffered severe burns during the scene in which she vanishes in a cloud of smoke (her skin makeup ignited).
62. Hamilton recovered, though refused to do any more scenes involving fire.
63. Besides fiction, L. Frank Baum wrote widely on various non-fiction topics, including stamp collecting and store decoration guides.
64. Production costs for the film were around $2,777,000, an incredibly high sum at the time.
65. A pair of real ruby slippers was made in 1989 to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary. They’re reportedly worth around $3 million.
66. A guard accidentally stepped on Terry the dog during filming and broke her foot.
67. During filming, most of the actors arrived on set at 4 or 5 a.m. and finished at 7 or 8 p.m.
68. The Tin Man’s aluminum-based makeup gave actor Jack Haley a severe eye infection.
69. The actress who played Auntie Em, Clara Blandick, committed suicide in 1962 after battling debilitating arthritis and impending blindness.
70. The film has a 99 percent positive critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
71. There were two people on set whose sole job it was to dry out to the Cowardly Lion costume every night. It apparently “reeked” because Bert Lahr sweated so much in the 90- or 100-pound costume under the 100 degree lights.
72. The actor who played the Coroner of Munchkinland was once the shortest licensed pilot during World War II.
73. The Wizard of Oz was the first MGM film to be televised on a national network.
74. An early design of Dorothy’s ruby slippers had curled-up toes.
75. The ruby slippers on display in the Smithsonian are mismatched.