Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A scoundrel.|
|Usage:||Both Kuragin and Dolokhov were at that time notorious among the rakes and scapegraces of Petersburg.|
Idiom of the Day
To come poorly prepared or equipped for some task, goal, competition, or confrontation. Often used in the negative as a forewarning or piece of advice
|Lowell was an astronomer who built a private observatory in Arizona to study Mars and championed the idea that intelligent inhabitants of the Red Planet had constructed a planetwide system of irrigation there. He believed that the so-called canals of Mars were bands of cultivated vegetation dependent on this irrigation. His theory, long vigorously opposed, was finally put to rest by images taken by the US Mariner spacecrafts.|
|Omizutori Matsuri is marked by religious rites that have been observed for 12 centuries at the Buddhist Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, Japan. During this period of meditative rituals, the drone of recited sutras and the sound of blowing conches echo from the temple. On March 12, young monks on the temple gallery brandish burning pine-branches, shaking off burning pieces. Spectators below try to catch the sparks, believing they have magic power against evil. On March 13, the ceremony of drawing water is observed to the accompaniment of ancient music.|
|When our genus, Homo, diverged from other hominins at least 2.8 million years ago, human skeletons began to change in significant and puzzling ways. Homo erectus, for example, was much taller and had a much larger brain case than the Australopith ancestors.|
1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
1852 - The New York "Lantern" newspaper published the first "Uncle Sam cartoon". It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.
1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.
1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S.
1908 - The people of Jerusalem saw an automobile for the first time. The owner was Charles Glidden of Boston.
1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.
1942 - Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
1951 - The comic strip “Dennis the Menace“ appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country.
1973 - The New York Times reviewed the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. In 1969, a group of women began meeting in the Boston area to discuss women's health issues. They began the research and writing of a 138 page newsprint booklet, combining first-person accounts and careful research.
1988 - The board of trustees off Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, chose I. King Jordan to be its first deaf president. The college is a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired.
2003 --- A report in the journal "Nature" reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano
2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.
If You Were Born Today, March 13
You have a reserved, respectable character with quiet charm. You have an unusually strong awareness and compassion for others' suffering. However, make no mistake about it, you have a strong character with plenty of determination, a mind of your own, and independence to boot. Security is important to you, and you'll work tirelessly for it. Even if you have a lot, you rarely take it for granted. Famous people born today: Neil Sedaka, Adam Clayton, William H. Macy, Charo, Emile Hirsch, Kaya Scodelario, Noel Fisher.
Wagner VI is a pseudocylindrical whole Earth map projection. It is a compromise projection, not having any special attributes other than a low-distortion appearance similar to the more common Robinson projection. The 2:1 aspect ratio of the equator to the central meridian matches their actual ratio on the Earth.
Photograph by Gal Gross, National Geographic
In the golden light of morning, cranes take flight in Israel’s Hula Valley nature reserve. Millions of migrating birds, including cranes, stop in the valley as they make their way between Europe and Africa.
knit, ST. PATRICK'S DAY
This blue scarf is so soft and squishy. This scarf was made for a man, but I think this pattern would be lovely with any yarn or color.
Co 42 sts
Row 1: k1, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2: rep row 1
Row 3: k1, *k1, p2, k1; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4: k1, *p1, k2, p1; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 5: k1, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 6: rep row 5
Row 7: rep row 4
Row 8: rep row 3
Repeat rows 1-8 until desired length.
BO on a row 8.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Cut 12" pieces of yarn for fringe. Add one piece of yarn for each st.
The finished scarf is 7"x58", not including fringe. The fringe adds another 12", giving the scarf 70" total.
crochet, ST. PATRICK'S DAY
RECIPE, ST. PATRICK'S DAY
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... EASTER
"what is your name?" in Bislama (Vanuatu) - Wanem nem blong yu?