Cartoonists Day celebrates the anniversary of the publishing of the first ever colour cartoon, The Yellow Kid in 1895. Now cartoons are a core component of many newspapers, publications and printed media, and have had (and continue to have) a huge impact on our culture.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) An odd, whimsical, or stubborn notion.|
|Synonyms:||oddity, queerness, quirk|
|Usage:||He is perhaps the sanest man and has the fewest crotchets of any I chance to know.|
Idiom of the Day
To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before.
|Carnegie Hall has long been the most famous concert hall in the US. Admired for its beauty and superb acoustics, it was designed in a Neo-Italian Renaissance style by architect William Burnet Tuthill and was endowed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie at the insistence of conductor Walter Damrosch. Pyotr Tchaikovsky was the guest of honor at its opening. The venue was slated for demolition in the 1950s but was saved by a public outcry.|
|Is that an asteroid-like comet? A comet-like asteroid? A space rock with a bit of a split personality, born near Earth, has found its way back home, according to a new study published on Friday in the journal Science Advances.|
1809 - Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
1904 - The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.
1917 - Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1926 - Sinclair Lewis refused a 1925 Pulitzer for "Arrowsmith."
1936 - Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.
1955 - "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway. It ran for 1,019 performances.
1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
If You Were Born Today, May 5
Determined and often stubborn, you have ambition and can work hard for what you want. You are multi-talented and somewhat restless. While you value stability, you crave stimulation and create new challenges for yourself to reach, which keeps your life in a state of flux. You are a good conversationalist, quite amorous, and especially attractive and magnetic. Famous people born today: Karl Marx, Tammy Wynette, Tyrone Power, Chris Brown, James Beard.
The white-rumped shama (Copsychus malabaricus) is a small passerine bird of the family Muscicapidae. Native to densely vegetated habitats in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, its popularity as a cage-bird and songster has led to it being introduced elsewhere. They feed on insects in the wild, but in captivity may be fed a diet of boiled, dried legumes with egg yolk and raw meat.
Wild Beauty in Big Sur
Photograph by Israel De Alba, National Geographic
The exoticism of Big Sur, California, is on vivid display in this colorful photo submitted by Israel De Alba. It’s little wonder that many American artists—writers Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac, and photographer Ansel Adams included—were inspired here.
knit, MOTHER'S DAY
crochet, MOTHER'S DAY
don martin, mad magazine
Raspberry Lemon Cake
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Cinco de Mayo
Spinning Yarn In the Grave
Roman Era spindle whorl made from lead
A Bronze Age Spindle Whorl from Tipperary, Ireland
(image from Colchester Treasure Hunting club)
A collection of female Viking grave goods: spindle whorls on the right, loom weights on the left, weaving sword in the center