Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day March 14, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Pi Day

3.141592653589793238462643383… That’s (part of) the number being celebrated on Pi Day! Pi (no, not pie) is the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle, and a mathematical constant.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The principal team representing a university, college, or school in sports, games, or other competitions.
Synonyms:first team
Usage:She was determined to make the varsity basketball team and practiced her game all summer.

Idiom of the Day

broken record

 — A person or thing that repeats itself over and over again. Likened to vinyl records that when severely scratched (i.e., "broken") can loop over the same recorded segment endlessly.


Doris Eaton Travis (1904)

Travis was a Broadway and film performer who began her career at the age of 14 by joining the Ziegfeld Follies, the long-running annual Broadway revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate theatrical productions and chorus of beautiful women, known as the Ziegfeld Girls after the show's producer. Travis, who became one of the stars of the revue, lived to the age of 106 and was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. 

Canberra Day

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, was founded on March 12, 1913. Unusual in that it is one of the few world capitals planned from the ground up, the city and its giant ornamental pond, Lake Burley Griffin, were built out of a depression in a dusty plain about 200 miles southwest of Sydney. The city's founding celebration marks the end of the two-week Canberra National Multicultural Festival, an outdoor community event that encompasses everything from hot-air balloon rides and a car show to fireworks and musical performances.

Louisiana Black Bear, Inspiration for the Teddy Bear, Removed from Endangered List

Great news for the teddy bear! U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Thursday that the Louisiana black bear, which inspired the teddy bear, is being taken off the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

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1681 - Composer Georg Philipp Telemann was born. 

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1743 - First American town meeting was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.

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1794 - Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin. 

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1804 - Composer Johann I Strauss was born. 

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1900 - In Holland, Botanist Hugo de Vries rediscovered Mendel's laws of heredity. 

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1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes. 

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1923President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report. 

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1943U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. 

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1958Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star" was certified as the first gold single. 

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1980Quincy Jones got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 

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1992 - Farm Aid was attended by about 40,000 people in Irving, TX

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1995 - American astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket. 

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If You Were Born Today, March 14

You are multi-talented, strong minded, and very versatile. At the same time, you give of yourself very freely to the people you care about, and to any cause you take to heart. Moody and changeable, nevertheless you are determined and responsible. There is always an air of mystery around you that others find intriguing. You are extremely perceptive, seeing things that most others fail to see.Famous people born today: Albert Einstein, Billy Crystal, Michael Caine, Quincy Jones, Hank Ketcham, Prince Albert, Jamie Bell.

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Picture of the day
Homme au bain
Homme au bain ("Man at His Bath") is an oil painting completed by the French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte in 1884. The canvas measures 145 by 114 centimetres (57 in × 45 in). The painting was held in private collections from the artist's death until June 2011, when it was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Interpretations of the painting and its male nude have contrasted the figure's masculinity with his vulnerability.

Picture of people harvesting rubber sap in China

A Slow Draw

Photograph by Richard Barnes
Because rubber sap flows best at night, tappers in Xishuangbanna, China, use headlamps to light the trees while they work, as shown in this time exposure. The latex drips into cups from incisions in the bark. A typical tree produces a few ounces’ worth of rubber a day.


Frangiflutti pattern by edith filzhof
19.3.13: French Version ist now available, merci beaucoup majupodi
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Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

California woodworker Kyle Roth created a giant seesaw that lifts riders up to 25 feet into the air! -------------------- Yoshiyuki Morioka’s Tokyo bookstore only sells copies of one title per week. -------------------- Some of the smallest chameleons have the fastest tongues—accelerating 264 times the force of gravity!



Staircases Worth The Climb

The Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy – The Spanish steps are a set of 135 steps in Rome, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti at the top, where the Trinità dei Monti church is located. This is the widest staircase in Europe and it was built during the years 1723–1725. The Spanish steps are one of Rome’s most famous attractions
Staircases Worth The Climb: The Spanish Steps, Rome

Gaztelugatxe Island Church, Spain – The small and beautiful island of Gaztelugatxe is connected to the mainland by a long man made stone bridge. At the top of the small island there is a chapel, and to get to the chapel from the mainland you have to climb the stone staircase called the Stairs Above The Sea. The staircase is made of some 230 steps, but it is said that the climb is worth the effort
Staircases Worth The Climb: Gaztelugatxe Island Church, Spain

Potemkin Stairs, Odessa, Ukraine – These 192 stairs represent the entrance to the city from the sea. They are the most famous symbol of Odessa and the current stairs were built in the years 1837-1841. This famous staircase was originally known as the Boulevard steps, the Giant Staircase and the Richelieu steps. Originally 200 steps, 8 of them were lost under the sand when the port was being extended, reducing the current number of stairs to exactly 192
Staircases Worth The Climb: Potemkin Stairs, Odessa, Ukraine

Moro Rock at Giant Sequoia National Park, California, United States – Moro Rock is a huge granite dome rock in the Sequoia National Park. The first stairway leading to the summit was made of wood and installed in 1917. It was replaced in 1931 by the current stairway. The 797 ft (242 meters) stairway includes 400 steps that lead right to the summit of the rock. The view from the summit encompasses much of the beautiful park and is most definitely worth the climb!
Staircases Worth The Climb: Moro Rock at Giant Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock from far away. A staircase is leading to the summit of the rock

Hyakudanen Garden, Awaji Island, Japan – The wonderful Hyakudanen garden is part of Awaji Yumebutai hotel and resort. The garden is a terraced flower bed with long cascading stairways that lead visitors onto 100 different flower platforms and offer beautiful view of Osaka Bay
Staircases Worth The Climb: Hyakudanen Garden, Awaji Island, Japan
Staircases Worth The Climb: Hyakudanen Garden, Awaji Island, Japan

Rue Foyatier stairway to Montmarte, Paris, France – Montmarte and the Sacre-Coeur basilica which is located on its top, are among the most famous attractions in Paris. To reach the summit of Montmarte you can either use the Montmartre funicular which will take you to the summit in under 90 seconds, or just walk up the 300 steps of Rue Foyatier, which runs along the railway of the funicular. The view of Paris from the summit of Montmarte is breathtaking
Staircases Worth The Climb: Rue Foyatier stairway to Montmarte, Paris, France
Staircases Worth The Climb: Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

Haʻikū Stairs, Hawaii, United States - The Haiku Stairs, Haiku Ladder, or the Stairway to Heaven is a very steep hiking trail / stairway located on the island of Oʻahu. The trail to the top contains 3,922 steps! The trail was closed to the public in 1987 but some hikers ignore the warning signs and continue to climb
Staircases Worth The Climb: Haiku Stairs, Hawaii, United States

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka – Sigiriya, or Lion Rock is a massive column of rock almost 200 meters high. A palace for the king was built on the top of this rock, and later it was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Today Sigiriya is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. Visitors can climb up the long stairway to the top of the huge rock
Staircases Worth The Climb: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany – Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The palace was built in the years 1745 and 1747, and it is famous for the beautiful garden and the stairway of 132 steps leading up to the palace itself
Staircases Worth The Climb: Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany

Baha’í gardens, Haifa  -The Baha’i gardens in Haifa must be one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and can be seen from almost anywhere in the area. They are a memorial to the founders of the Baha’i Faith. Also known at the “hanging gardens”, they span along a broad staircase of 19 terraces with around 1,700 stairs that extend up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The central terrace houses the gold-domed Shrine. The gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited attractions in Israel
Staircases Worth The Climb: Baha'í gardens, Haifa

1 comment:

  1. Have some pie today:) Then you can work out on all those stairs--ARG:(