thanks, susan, west coast correspondent, for reminding us of life's specialness
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A small brook or stream.|
|Synonyms:||rill, runnel, streamlet, run|
|Usage:||A tiny rivulet of cold water trickled outward from the opening.|
Idiom of the Day
To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the cliched setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s.
|Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women.|
|On this day, Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visitto her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace.|
|A tantrum-throwing baby sun might have triggered the chemical reactions that made life on Earth possible, according to a new model proposed by NASA scientists. For life as we know it to emerge, the planet needed to be warm and wet.|
1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation.
1870 - E.J. De Semdt patented asphalt.
1879 - New York's Madison Square Garden opened.
1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal."
1907 - The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.
1917 - The first jazz record, "Darktown Strutters' Ball," was released.
1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.
1976 - The Who played at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and make the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever. Their set measured 76,000 watts and 120 decibels.
A map of the Battle of Jutland, a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet during the First World War. The only full-scale clash of battleships in the war, the Germans intended it to lure out, trap and destroy a portion of the Grand Fleet, as the German naval force was insufficient to openly engage the entire British fleet. Fourteen British and eleven German ships were sunk, and more than 8,000 people were killed. Both sides claimed victory, and dispute over the significance of the battle continues to this day.
In Good Shape
Photograph by Fanil Rajgor, National Geographic
From his vantage point at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai, India, Fanil Rajgor made this photo of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an eight-lane, state-of-the-art cable-stayed bridge that hugs the Mumbai coastline. “The window and the contrast lighting add a beautiful texture to this image,” he writes.
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