Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A socially awkward or tactless act.|
|Synonyms:||faux pas, gaffe, slip, gaucherie|
|Usage:||She smiled again, turned, and walked away, leaving George to reckon up all the social solecisms he had contrived to commit in the space of a single moment.|
Idiom of the Day
— Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement.
Caleb Davis Bradham Begins Selling "Pepsi-Cola" (1898)
|Bradham was a pharmacist who invented a soft drink made with kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils." He believed his drink aided digestion and renamed it "Pepsi-Cola" after the kola nut and pepsin, an enzyme that aids in digestion. In 1902, he incorporated the Pepsi-Cola Co, and, in 1931, the trademark and assets were bought by Charles Guth, who improved the formula and marketed a 12-ounce bottle for five cents with huge success.|
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)
Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world's greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries.
When the plague reached the village of Eyam, Derbyshire, England, in 1665, about three-fifths of the town's population was wiped out. But under the leadership of Vicar William Mompesson, the villagers voluntarily isolated themselves from other villages in the parish. Every year on the last Sunday in August, a procession of clergy, standard bearers, choir members, and musicians forms at Eyam's parish church and proceeds up the road leading toward a place up in the hills known as Cucklet Dell. A simple sermon pays tribute to the plague victims and the 74 villagers who survived.
1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1830 - "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company's name was later changedto "United Parcel Service."
1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
1963 - Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin' In The Wind" before Civil Rights marchers who had gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak.
1964 - The Beatles appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1986 - Tina Turner was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.
NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six flight-ready primary mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Intended to serve as a replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope is currently under construction and scheduled to launch in October 2018. It is expected to enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology.
Healthy Orange Lime Refresher
Oversize flower brooches are popping up on runways. You can try out the trend inexpensively with this easy DIY. The project uses an unlikely jewelry making material - a sheet of The Original Shammy. The Shammy flower features a nice autumn color, is sturdy yet soft, won't fray and holds many times its own weight in water.
- 1 package of The Original Shammy ($1)
- A jewelry pin back (5 cents)
Total: 55 cents per brooch
One Shammy will provide enough material for two brooches.
Cut two strips that are the length of the Shammy and about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide.
Cut a pointed tooth edge all along one edge of each strip.
Separate each "tooth" by cutting a straight line almost completely through the strip. Keep the points slightly tapered rather than sharply triangular.
Roll up the strip, adhering with hot glue or fabric glue. When one strip ends, butt the next strip up against it and continue to roll.
Flatten the flower out. Cut a small circle from the Shammy. Cut two small holes to allow the pin back to come through. (Locate the pin above the center of the flower.) Glue the pin back to the circle then glue the circle to the back of the flower.
Put a book on the flower overnight to flatten it out more if needed.
For a variation on this flower, keep a flat edge for the petals rather than a tapered edge. This will create a flower that looks more like a mum rather than a dahlia.
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