Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A comfortable or complacent member of the middle class.|
|Usage:||From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns.|
Idiom of the Day
To be busy or engaged with something; to have plans to do something at a particular point in time.
Erie Canal Opens (1825)
The Erie Canal is a New York waterway that runs between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. It was born out of the need for an all-American water route from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast that became evident after the American Revolution. The canal contributed greatly to the development of New York City and the Midwest, allowing for the transport of people and supplies.
François Mitterrand (1916)
|Initially a supporter of the Vichy government during World War II, Mitterrand joined the Resistance in 1943. After the war, he held cabinet posts in 11 Fourth Republic governments. He ran unsuccessfully against Charles de Gaulle's government in 1965 but was elected president in 1981 and 1988, after which he strongly promoted European integration. Mitterrand retired in 1995, having served longer than any other French president.|
Ekadashi is the Hindi word for "eleventh." Hindus observe 24 11th-day fasts during the course of the Hindu year, although some are more important than others. Each Ekadashi is held in honor of a different Hindu legend and has specific religious duties associated with it. Eating rice, however, is prohibited on all Ekadashi. According to legend, a demon was born of the sweat that fell from Brahma's head on this day, and Brahma instructed it to inhabit the rice grains eaten by people on Ekadashi and to turn into worms in their stomachs.
Out of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet UnseenWhen scientists recently announced that they had discovered a new planet orbiting our closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centuri, they also released an artist's conception of the planet.
Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen
1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
1854 - Charles William Post was born. He was the inventor of "Grape Nuts," "Postum" and "Post Toasties."
1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.
1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.
1955 - New York City's "The Village Voice" was first published.
1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1970 - "Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.
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A diagram showing a timeline of the formation of the Universe from the Big Bang 13.799 ± 0.021 billion years ago through the "Dark Ages", formation of the earliest galaxies and stars, and the dark-energy dominated era. Size is depicted by the vertical extent of the grid in this graphic, while chronological time follows the horizontal axis.
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MAMA'S BEST BROILED TOMATO SANDWICH
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Get scuff marks out of wood and leather with an eraser.
Question: I can just picture an accountant or bookkeeper hunched over this Paymaster accounting machine to crunch some numbers. It is in fairly good condition, with a little bit of wear on the wooden handle and a few dings here and there. My guess is that the machine dates to the 1930s or 1940s. Can you pinpoint its age and current value?
Answer: Although this device resembles an adding machine, it's described as a "check writer and protector." It "protected" a check by preventing the monetary amount from being changed. The device printed and embossed a value amount that was difficult to alter. The operator entered the dollar amount of the check by setting the tabs and then pulled the handle to print the amount on the check. The downward force left inked impressions in the paper. An eBay seller said that his grandfather purchased a new Paymaster model 400 in 1948, but the seven-digit patent number beginning with 211 indicates this device was being made as early as 1938. Because of limited demand for old-fashioned check writers, the value is less than $50.
-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News