World Population Day aims to raise awareness of global population issues. Hunger, disease, warfare, welfare and human rights are key themes, and 2012 focuses specifically on ensuring universal access to reproductive health services.
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Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A rude expression intended to offend or hurt.|
|Synonyms:||insult, revilement, vilification, abuse|
|Usage:||I can bear Dishonor, public insult, many shames, Shrill scorn, and open contumely, but he Who filches from me something that is mine ... he Perils his soul and body in the theft And dies for his small sin.|
Soft Straw Sculpture
Idiom of the Day
A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results
Ballerina Man (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
|Góngora was a poet of the Spanish Golden Age who successfully wove Renaissance and popular poetry into an original and elegant form. Very influential in his era, he developed the difficult, complex poetic style that became known as Gongorism. It provoked enmity from many of his contemporaries and was so exaggerated by less gifted imitators that his reputation suffered until the 20th century. He has since been called Spain's greatest poet.|
|Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. TheFlemish Community celebrates its heritage on the anniversary of The Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. On the feast day, all Flemish governmental offices close for the holiday. Various cities, municipalities, and private groups hold cultural events; local Flemings and those resettled throughout the world pause to give a toast to Flanders; and many gather to hear the minister-president of the Flemish Community deliver a speech marking the anniversary.|
|The National Park Service is busy making cat videos. Researchers from the Park Service found two separate litters of mountain lion kittens living in the Santa Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles.|
1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by "An Act for Establishing a Marine Corps" passed by theU.S. Congress. The act also created the U.S. Marine Band. The Marines were first commissioned by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.
1914 - Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
1918 - Enrico Caruso recorded "Over There" written by George M. Cohan.
1934 - U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first American chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal while in office.
1959 - Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson which was recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival.
1977 - The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
If Today is Your Birthday
You see a lot of chaos and confusion. But it is only the packaging. As the cloud subsides, you will see the reason. There is so much offered to you that initially it appeared messy to you. Take your time and follow the trends. You will see a huge prospect. Change is inevitable and it has the capacity to paint your future bright. You are heavily loaded with responsibilities in both personal and professional life. So you have to manage your time extremely well. However your colleagues may fill in for you if you ask for their help. But do not ask in excess else they will be forced to say a no to you beyond a point. You have the required energy for making future plans.
Gabrielle et Jean, an 1895-1896 painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It depicts the artist's son, Jean Renoir, as an infant, with his nanny Gabrielle Renard. Renard (1878–1959) moved to the Renoir household at the age of sixteen, shortly before Jean's birth, and remained with the family until after all three of the Renoir children were adults. Over the years, Renard developed a bond with Jean which lasted the remainder of her life, and she frequently served as a model for Pierre-Auguste.
Photograph by Bin Yu, National Geographic
Sunlight beams through a stained glass window in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, spotlighting orbs of color onto an adjacent wall. This unique building in Spain is an important archaeological example of both Christian and Muslim influences: It was a mosque in the eighth century, during the period of Moorish conquest, but claimed as a Christian cathedral in the 13th century.
Bolton artist Hedley Wiggan creates microscopic sculptures out of pencil lead.
"Happy Apple Tree" is a kinetic sculpture made from the odd parts of abandoned farm equipment
by Canadian visual artist Steven White.
Octopus Teapot Teacup by Mitchell Grafton
Pan-Baked Lemon-Almond Tart
Laumeier Sculpture Park:
Strange Fruit from James Lethbridge Glass
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game
I'll admit, I made this shoebox carnival toss craft for my eight year old, but kids just a bit older can certainly make one themselves, with help from an adult in the last step — cutting out the holes.
It's apricot season which means that it's "go-go" season at school, meaning boys of all ages scramble around with huge collections of apricot pits which they use to play all kinds of games in the hope of adding more to their mounting collection. From what it sounds like, the playground at my son's school is tranformed into a mini apricot pit carnival come recess time, so I helped him out with this shoebox toss, and will hear how it went when he comes home. The idea of the shoebox toss isn't mine, just taking it one step in the cute direction (as opposed to just holes with numbers) is.
Note: I intentionally didn't make it too professional looking such that other kids wouldn't be green with envy not having a crafty mom like me at home.....I do think this version is do-able for just about anyone?
- 1 shoe box
- contact paper, I used wood grain
- white paper and markers
- glue or double stick tape
- a good craft knife
Draw a series of sketches that are related to one another or not, on white paper. Where possible draw holes in different shapes and sizes. According to the size of the hole, assign a number which denotes the reward given if the player's pit lands on the hole, or goes in it. Cover your shoebox with contact paper, and affix your sketch to the top of the box and cut out the holes carefully.
Rules: From what I understand, for all the games played on the playground, there is one set distance from which the player tosses. Tossed pits that do not result in a reward go to the owner of the shoebox. Other games with pits are played similar to marbles, and there is also a simple can toss.
Gotta love basic games, they're the best! Of course you may have to buy your kids a basket full of apricots, so maybe get into the canning business! Some kids around here literally have thousands of these pits in their stash! Enjoy!
Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculpture
Archimage by Jeffery Laudenslager
A giant kangaroo sculpture called 'Emblematic' by artist Geoffrey Ricardo
Folded Pages Book Sculpture Art
VERY RARE HISTORICAL PHOTOS
Betty White at home with her dog in 1952 (notice the Emmy Award sitting on the TV).
An iceberg photographed in 1912 bearing an unmistakable mark of black and red paint. It is believed that
this is the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
Ham the chimp returns to Earth following his historic 16 minute space flight in 1961.
The rather luxurious seating area of the submarine, The Protector, in 1902.
Medical students pose with a cadaver around 1890.
The fuel tanks of the B-24H Liberator "Little Warrior" explode over Germany after being hit by anti-aircraft guns in 1944.
The Kennedy family leave the funeral of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Native American couple, Situwuka and Katkwachsnea in 1912.
Construction of the Sydney Opera House in 1966.
1945 - German POWs weep and sit in disgust as they watch footage shot at a German concentration camp.
June 1915, Gallipoli: a Turkish sniper/sharpshooter, dressed as a tree, is captured by two Anzacs.
Dinosaurs are transported on the Hudson River to the 1964 World's Fair.
The Golden Gate Bridge around 1935.
Children for sale in Chicago, 1948. Some parents sold their children due to poverty.
Union prisoners receive rations at Fort Sumter in 1864.
The mugshot of Tokyo Rose, 1946.
A rescue boat comes alongside the crippled USS West Virginia shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Two childhood friends unexpectedly reunite on opposite sides of a demonstration in 1972.
Survivors of the Titanic are taken on board the Carpathia in 1912.
Wielu just after German Luftwaffe bombing the 1st of September 1939. Not only did this bombing provide a spark for World War II, but it is generally believed to be the first terrorist bombing in history.
A burial at sea on board the USS Lexington in 1944.
Crowds rush through the castle on Disneyland 's opening day in 1955.
A lion rides in the sidecar during a performance of The Wall of Death carnival attraction at Revere Beach, Massachusetts in 1929.
Future presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush with Governor George Wallace at a BBQ in 1983.
Dr. Werhner von Braun and Walt Disney in 1954.
The Statue of Liberty photographed during a power failure in 1942.
The RMS Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship, in wartime camouflage in 1915.
Anastasia shares a smoke with her father, Tsar Nicholas II two years before their assassination in 1916.
Children rush into a candy store following the end of "sweets rationing" in 1953.
Soldiers comfort each other during the Korean war in the early 1950's.
Albert Einstein brings sexy back in 1932.
What is thought to be the oldest known war photograph: New Hampshire volunteers depart for the Mexican War in 1846.
Coney Island in 1905.
George W. Bush plays a little dirty rugby for Yale in 1966.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shows off to some elderly women in the 1970's.
Six year-old Arthur Conan-Doyle in 1865.
Construction of Hoover Dam in 1934.
Frank Sinatra asks Lou Gehrig for an autograph in 1939.
OJ Simpson carries the Olympic Torch in 1984. Nichole Brown can be seen on the left.
A permanent stable cavity caused by the detonation on an underground nuclear test in 1961.
Vladimir Putin and his childhood friends in 1969. None of them have been seen since!
The Japanese "War Tuba" used to locate enemy aircraft before the invention of radar. Circa 1930.
Washington-Hoover Airport which was demolished in 1941. This is where the Pentagon stands today.