Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece.|
|Usage:||What hautboys and Zamora bagpipes we shall hear, what tabors, timbrels, and rebecks!|
Idiom of the Day
The absolute, unequivocal truth. (I.e., as if spoken by God Himself.
|Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville and film star, and writer. Her 1907 performance of "water ballet" is often credited with popularizing the sport of synchronized swimming. Kellerman was also known for advocating the right of women to wear one-piece bathing suits and was once famously arrested for indecency for doing so herself.|
|Rath Yatra is an outpouring of tens of thousands of pilgrims to honor Jagannath, Lord of the Universe, in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. During the festival, wooden images of Jagannath, his brother, Balbhadra, and his sister, Subhadra, are taken in procession in three huge chariots or carts that look like temples and are called raths. They go from the Jagannath Temple to be bathed at Gundicha Mandir, a temple about a mile away. This is such a popular festival because all castes are considered equal, and everyone has to eat the food prepared by low caste men at the shrine.|
|NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.|
1858 - Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.
1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
1905 - Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.
1928 - "The Lights of New York" was previewed in New York's Strand Theatre. It was the first all-talking movie.
1933 - The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
1948 - Frieda Hennock became the first woman to serve as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.
1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
Hercules is a constellation named after Hercules, the Roman mythological hero adapted from the Greek hero Heracles. Here he is shown holding Cerberus, a former constellation now included within Hercules. One of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations.
Photograph by Cory Mottice, National Geographic
A rainbow adds magic to an already paradisiacal scene captured by Cory Mottice at Havasu Falls, Arizona. “The clouds looked promising for a decent sunset, so I left my campsite and headed up to Havasu Falls,” he writes. “Instead, I was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime view.”
knit, 0 - 24 mths
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... outdoor game
Attach cups of popcorn to your shoes and hustle across the lawn trying not to spill! The person with the most popcorn at the end of the race wins!