Don’t Step On A Bee Day is an important reminder that the fate of the common bee lies in the balance – with bee numbers in some countries having halved in the last decade with no apparent cause, it’s vital that we take care to maintain bee populations, pollination and honey production.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.|
|Synonyms:||oleaginous, buttery, fulsome, smarmy, oily|
|Usage:||In David Copperfield, the unctuous Uriah Heep is notable for his cloying humility and general insincerity.|
Idiom of the Day
The latest and most popular trend, fad, or fashion.
|EADS is one of the world's largest aerospace companies. It was formed in 2000 from the merger of Aerospatiale Matra of France, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace of Germany, and Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A. of Spain. Responsible for the final assembly of Airbus aircraft, it is one of the top makers of commercial and military aircraft. It is also one of the major arms manufacturers in Europe, and its divisions also produce communications systems, space rockets, and satellites.|
|Calvin was a French theologian and a major figure of the Protestant Reformation. In 1531, he became part of a movement that emphasized salvation by grace rather than by works. By 1555, Calvin had succeeded in establishing a theocracy in Geneva, where he served as pastor and head of the Genevan Academy and wrote the sermons, biblical commentaries, and letters that form the basis of Calvinism.|
|This is one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian Native tribes, held in Browning, Montana, the hub of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in the northwest mountains of the state. The powwow grounds fill up with teepees for four festive days of traditional Indian dancing, games, and sporting events. There are also exhibits of arts and crafts—beadwork, quill and feather work, moccasins and other leather goods.|
|Nearly a thousand years ago, a "guest star" appeared in the sky, shining almost as brightly as the moon and six times more vibrant than Venus. Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and possibly Native American astronomers recorded the event in 1054.|
1866 - Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil.
1900 - ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1928 - George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.
1943 - Arthur Ashe, the first African-American inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, was born. He had won 33 career titles.
1949 - The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for $12.
1997 - Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
2015 - In South Carolina, the Confederate flag was removed from the Capitol grounds and taken to a state military museum.
The nave of Exeter Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral in the city of Exeter, Devon, in South West England. Though the founding of the cathedral, dedicated to Saint Peter, dates from 1050, the present building was completed by about 1400. Exeter Cathedral is noted for its early set of misericords and its astronomical clock, and for having the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.
Photograph by Martin Bisof, National Geographic
A lone red-colored tree stands amid a sea of lush greenery in Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains. Martin Bisof captured this image “from the train during our journey from Kandy to Haputale,” he writes. Horton Plains is located in Sri Lanka’s central highlands and was declared a national park in 1988. “[It] is a really amazing place for photography,” Bisof says. “I just stood … in the open train doorway and I couldn’t stop photographing.”
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Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes
What’s so great about frozen water? Plenty! From preventing sauces from curdling to getting wrinkles out of your clothing, ice cubes are a great addition to your DIY arsenal. Click through to check out some creative and interesting ways to use ice cubes.
Food & Entertaining.
1. Stop Curdling in its Tracks. Curdled sauces can be salvaged — it’s a miracle! Drop an ice cube into your egg-based sauce and stir it around immediately after you see the sauce start to curdle.
2. Serve Ice Without the Hassle. At your next party, serve ice in a colander that is placed inside of a large bowl. No need to go bobbing for ice cubes.
3. Reheat Rice with Ease. All too often, rice dries out when it’s reheated in the microwave. Remedy that by putting a few ice cubes on top of the bowl before you nuke it.
4. Take Your Salad Dressing to the Next Level. If you want your dressing to be creamier, put it in a sealable plastic container with an ice cube. Seal tightly, shake well and enjoy!
Beauty & Fashion.
5. Get Rid of Wrinkles. If your shirt is wrinkly and you’re pressed for time, wrap an ice cube in some cloth, rub it on the wrinkly areas and iron. It’ll work its magic much more quickly!
6. Soothe Your Plucked Eyebrows. Your eyebrows may be fabulous, but they sure are sore! Rub an ice cube over your brow to ease the pain.
7. Prevent Stains from Setting. Ice cubes work wonders on a spill. Rub over the spot as soon as you spill something on your clothes — it’ll stop a stain dead in its tracks much more effectively than even cold water.
8. DIY Eye Mask. Wrap an ice cube in a towel and place over your puffy eyes for a few minutes.
9. Get Rid of Carpet Dents. No one wants dents in the carpeting! Get rid of them by placing an ice cube in the affected area. Once it’s melted, brush it up and your carpet will be as good as new.
10. Fix Your Garbage Disposal. If your garbage disposal isn’t working as well as it used to, put a few ice cubes in it and let it run. It’ll break up any grease or other sediment.
11. Clean Vases and Bottles. No need to employ your child — and their tiny hands — to clean a vase or bottle with a very slender neck. Instead, toss in some ice and 1/4 cup salt and swish vigorously.
12. Clean a Coffeepot. The ice/salt trick will also work for cleaning up a scorched coffee pot.
Other Great Uses.
13. DIY Air Conditioner. No need to invest in a pricey air conditioner, and the power bill that goes along with it. Instead, place a bowl of ice in front of a fan. It really, seriously, works wonders.
14. Start a Fire. Now here’s a great survival skill — starting a fire with ice! for detailed instructions
15. Water Plants. If you are going out of town for a few days, or even just have a hard time reaching a hanging plants, quench their thirst with some ice cubes. Add 5 or 6 to a larger plant.They’ll melt gradually, allowing the soil time to absorb the water.
16. Give your Pet Cool Water. If your pet enjoys cool water in hot weather, toss a few ice cubes into their bowl.