Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others.|
|Synonyms:||deference, compliancy, obligingness, compliance|
|Usage:||He complied with her request, and answered her challenge in a large wine-cup; she then proceeded with her story, as if appeased by his complaisance.|
Idiom of the Day
— A sudden idea or moment of inspiration; a brainstorm
Esther Hobart Morris (1814)
Morris was the first female justice of the peace in the US. A mother of three, she began her tenure as justice in 1870, after the previous justice resigned in protest of Wyoming's passage of the women's suffrage amendment. She attracted national attention and tried some 70 cases, becoming a legendary figure in the suffrage movement. The state of Wyoming officially commemorated her role as a leading suffragist in 1890.
Victory Day (Rhode Island)
V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) commemorates the anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allies in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and the Soviet Union's invasion of Manchuria in the previous week made the surrender inevitable. V-J Day is a legal holiday only in the state of Rhode Island, where it is called Victory Day. It is celebrated on the second Monday of August.
Dinosaur Arthritis Joins Baseball, Boardwalks as Another New Jersey FirstA dinosaur that roamed what's now New Jersey about 70 million years ago is believed to have suffered from a crippling form of arthritis. Likely a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, it's the first-known dinosaur to suffer from septic arthritis.
1576 - The cornerstone of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's observatory Uraniborg was laid on the island of Hven.
1786 - Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat completed the first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc in the Alps, an act considered to be the birth of modern mountaineering.
1876 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph. The mimeograph was a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing." i taught grades 5-8 for a year in 1998. i used the mimeograph every day .. hard to believe!
1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.
1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.
1970 - Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith was one of Joplin's idols.
A male and female mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) atMartin Mere, Lancashire, United Kingdom, showing thesexual dimorphism of the species. The adult male has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers", as well as a purple breast with two vertical white bars, and ruddy flanks. The female is similar to female wood duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.
This species was once widespread in East Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its foresthabitat have reduced populations. A large feral population has been established in Great Britain.
Photograph by Nora Feddal, National Geographic
Framing an expansive blue sky, desert buttes, and a pair of majestic horses, Nora Feddal captures the essence of the American West in this image made while visiting Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which extends into both Arizona and Utah.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... game
Create a quiet, safe game of Jenga by using cut-up sponges.
perhaps you know that i have always considered this MY bridge as it was built during my childhood, in front of my eyes. until this day, i had not realized the misspelling. now, i wont ever forget it!
Prevent seeds from falling into your juice by wrapping citrus fruits in cheesecloth (or a clean knee-high) before squeezing.
Clever Ways to Use an Orphan Sock
Turns out, the single life really works on socks.
Don't fret when laundry day leaves you with a couple of lonely socks. You might just get more use out of them than ever before:
1. Separate your clothes from your shoes in your suitcase.
Slip footwear (especially kids' grubby sneakers) inside a large sock before you pack them for vacation. Our cleaning guru, Heloise, says this barrier will protect your shoes from nicks and scuffs that can occur in transit, and block dirty soles from rubbing against your clothes.
2. Remove stinky smells from your closet.
Turn a clean sock into a sachet filled with dry coffee grounds and hang it in your wardrobe (or place one in your fridge). The grounds will help absorb any musty odors.
3. Clean or wax your car.
Instead of grabbing a sponge or a rag the next time you wax or scrub down your vehicle, Heloise recommends using — you guessed it — an old sock.
4. Clear away cobwebs.
Pop a sock on the end of a yardstick or broomstick to make quick work out of banishing hard-to-reach spider webs.
5. Make a cute coffee sleeve.
For a heat-blocking band that's a little more crafty than cardboard, snip off the top off a fuzzy sock. You can even add extra pizzazz with a fun snowflake detail.
6. Protect your hardwood floors from furniture damage.
It'd be silly for your dining room chairs to don argyle all the time, but you can slip socks over a chair's feet when you're rearranging furniture, or as a stand-in for felt protector pads until you buy them for a new piece.
7. Protect your cell phone in a pinch.
If you're worried about scratching your screen while working in the garden, hiking in a park, or doing some repairs around the house, slip your phone in a sock for an extra layer of protection.
8. Dust houseplants.
When your indoor greenery starts looking a bit dull, the safest way to freshen them is a with a gentle wipe of a damp sock placed over your hand.
9. Pad breakable items when you move.
Slide your heirloom candlesticks or favorite bud vase inside a sock to keep them nick-free when you pack and prevent breakage, says Heloise.
10. Dust blinds.
Your handiest tool for tackling this household problem area, is actually, well, your hand. Don a dampened sock to quickly whisk away dirt and dust. Heloise also recommends putting a sock on your feet to clean baseboards.