Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Nervous and unable to relax.|
|Synonyms:||fidgety, fretful, itchy|
|Usage:||The long wait made the children antsy.|
Idiom of the Day
— An incredibly difficult, unlikely, and/or elusive achievement or period of success. (Usually used with "catch" or "capture.") Primarily heard in US.
The Lincoln Tunnel Opens to Traffic (1937)
About 120,000 vehicles pass under the Hudson River by way of the 1.5-mile (2.4-km) Lincoln Tunnel every day. A vital link between New York's Manhattan borough and Weehawken, New Jersey, the tunnel was constructed under the supervision of civil engineer and underwater tunnel pioneer Ole Singstad. The first two-lane tube opened in 1937, with two others opening in 1945 and 1957.
a wonderful friend (deceased) had a father who was a foreman working on that tunnel (dont know exactly which one)
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869)
|Considered by some to have been the best American poet of his time, Robinson is now primarily remembered for his short poems about the lives—mostly tragic—of people in a small New England village. He briefly attended Harvard but had to drop out after his father's death and thereafter endured years of poverty and obscurity before his poetry was noticed. A quiet, introverted man, Robinson never married and became legendary for his reclusiveness.|
Alien Minerals Discovered at Ancient Meteorite Strike Site in Scotland
|Geologists have uncovered mineral forms never before seen on Earth at the site of a 60 million-year-old meteorite strike on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. When probing a thick layer of ancient lava flow on the small, picturesque island, Simon Drake and ...|
Alien minerals have been discovered in an ancient meteorite strike
1858 - Composer Giacomo Puccini was born.
1894 - The United States Golf Association was formed in New York City.
1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.
1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the Columbus, Ohio zoo.
1961 - James Davis became the first U.S. soldier to die in Vietnam, while U.S. involvement was still limited to the provision of military advisers.
1976 - The last show of "Let’s Make A Deal" was aired.
1981 - A rock 'n' roll auction in London brought in $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon’s marriage certificate was sold for $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film "Help!" brought in $2,100.
1990 - Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president.
Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
Pictures of the day
Levi Woodbury (1789–1851) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, a U.S. Senator, the 9th Governor of New Hampshire, and a cabinet member in three U.S. administrations. Over the course of his political career, he was affiliated with the Democratic Party of Andrew Jackson. At the 1848 Democratic National Convention, he received significant support for the presidential nomination, but lost to Lewis Cass.
THE COYOTE'S HOWL
A coyote stops to howl near the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Photographer Glenn M. writes, "Another pair of intrepid photographers had gone out to look for this coyote based on its howls, and the coyote ended up coming to us."
in the round
knit, Christmas ornament
English pattern further on down the page
Christmas Morning Gingerbread Pancakes
These Festive Christmas Pancakes are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. You will need a great pancake recipe or if you are feeling especially relaxed you can use a ready made pancake batter.
Here is our favorite recipe.
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup (180ml) milk
50g butter, melted
Makes 4-5 big pancakes
This recipe is so much fun. Set aside your pancakes in sets of 2.
Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut the shape out of 1 of the pancake. On the other pancake spread Nutella of chocolate spread over the top. Place the cut out pancake on top to reveal the chocolate Gingerbread man.
Finish off with festive sprinkles. You can save time and make these ahead of time and warm them in a pan.
SWEETS ... Christmas cookies
CRAFTS ... Christmas sewing
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Christmas crafts
paper chain tree
Merry Xmas Bear Jigsaw Puzzle
SUDOKU ... medium
Have You Ever Wondered ... Why do we say Merry Christmas?
Christmas…and a Happy New Year! Those are words
that you will likely hear many times during the holiday season.
But have you ever stopped to WONDER why those are the
words you hear? Why don't people wish you a Festive
Historians and linguists can't for sure exactly why we to use Christmas. The greeting dates back to at least 1534 in London, when it was written in a letter sent to Henry VIII's chief minister Thomas Cromwell from bishop John Fisher. Scholars also note the phrase was used in the 16th century English "We Wish You a Christmas."
Christmas certainly picked up in 1843 with the publication of Charles Dickens' A Christmas . That same year the phrase also appeared on the first -sold Christmas card.
Christmas never gained universal support. For example, Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas ends with the words, “A Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night." Each year, Queen Elizabeth also wishes British citizens a Happy Christmas in her .
In fact, Happy Christmas tends to be the phrase for a significant minority of Great Britain. Why might this be? It could be the queen's influence. A rumor has circulated that Queen Elizabeth prefers happy to , because the word , to her, carries with it a of and even .
A comparison of happy and lends support to this theory. Early church leaders in Great Britain may have encouraged Christian followers to be happy rather than engage in merrymaking! In this , Happy Christmas is a bit more and reserved than Christmas, which conveys a more emotional, celebration.
No one knows for sure why Christmas became the more popular greeting in the United States. Some Christians believe it is a more fitting greeting, given the and emotional response followers should have to a celebration of the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rosko and I wish you a glorious holiday! See you soon!!!!