Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.|
|Synonyms:||boding, foreboding, premonition|
|Usage:||We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.|
Idiom of the Day
To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. An allusion to the force with which a blacksmith strikes metal using his or her hammer and tongs.
Rocky Marciano (1923)
Marciano turned to professional boxing in 1947, after failing to become a professional baseball player. On his climb to the heavyweight title, he became the second boxer ever to knock out Joe Louis. He won the title in 1952 and defended it 6 times before retiring. The only heavyweight champion with a perfect professional record, he was undefeated in 49 fights—43 won by knockout.
|The Malagasy people of Madagascar believe that their deceased ancestors have become intermediaries between the living and God. Because they will spend eternity in their new existence, tombs are built to be much sturdier than houses. The Famadihana is a celebration in which people exhume the remains of their ancestors, treat them to a grand feast and party, replace their burial clothes, and then reintern them. The specific date of a family's Famidihana is determined by a spiritual leader, but, for hygenic reasons, it always takes place during the winter months, when the weather is dry.|
Rosetta Caught Close-Up Footage of a Comet EruptionThis February, something strange happened on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet that the Rosetta probe has been orbiting since 2014. There was an eruption, with gas and dust flying everywhere, and it was caught on film.
1810 - The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.
1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.
1878 - Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.
1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.
1970 - The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.
1972 - America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland
1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
1998 - J.K. Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.
Vintage Tulsa Show
Sep 2-4, 2016 | Tulsa, OK
About This Festival
Vintage Tulsa Show is a art festival that takes place at Tulsa Expo Center.
First Friday Las Vegas
Sep 2, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV
About This Festival
Las Vegas’ First Friday is a community event held each month that attracts artists and patrons of the arts alike. Come hunt for unique treasures and hear live music at this family-friendly arts and crafts festival. Featuring local food vendors as well as visual and performing artists, this lively event is a hotspot for the community that encourages community, creativity and artist appreciation.
African Festival of the Arts
Sep 2-5, 2016 | Chicago, IL
About This Festival
Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, Black Dolls (making and collecting - 2015) and the African Marketplace.
A time lapse video showing one rotation of the Falkirk Wheel; in this video, the rotation period of approximately 10 minutes has been compressed to ten seconds. Connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal near Falkirk, Scotland, the rotating boat lift raises and lowers boats by 24 m (79 ft). It was opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.
Soaking in the colors of Autumn near the hamlet Börnste, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
soda can butterfly
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts