Clam Chowder Day celebrates this popular broth; often made from clams, onion and potato, recipes vary by region and by country. How do you like yours?
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A list, especially of names.|
|Usage:||The spy's mission was to compile a roster of officials amenable to bribery.|
Idiom of the Day
A particularly strong, tough, and/or virile male, especially one who likes to flaunt his strength.
Samuel Colt Issued Patent for His Revolving Gun (1836)
Colt did not invent the revolver, but his design was the first practical, working version of one, and he developed assembly-line techniques that drove down manufacturing costs. Even so, securing funding for his novel production system proved difficult, and his fledgling company struggled and eventually folded. He then turned to work on underwater mines and telegraph lines.
Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs (1918)
Riggs began playing tennis at the age of 11, won Wimbledon when he was 21, and became one of the top-rated male tennis players of the 1940s. He retired in the early 1950s and was largely forgotten until 1973, when he proclaimed men superior to women in athletics and came out of retirement to challenge two of the top female tennis players in the world. After beating Margaret Court, he played Billie Jean King in one of the most famous tennis events of all time, "The Battle of the Sexes."
|The "Birkie" started in 1973 as a cross-country ski race from Hayward, Wisconsin, to the neighboring town of Cable, with only 35 skiers competing. Now it is the largest and most prestigious cross-country ski race in North America and attracts top skiers from all over the world. Other races held during the three-day festival include the Barnebirkie (for children) and the 10K Family Fun Ski. The American Birkebeiner is part of the Worldloppet, an international series of marathon races, and was patterned after the Birkebeiner Rennet in Lillehammer, Norway.|
Plane Flies Along Antarctica's Giant Larsen Crack
|The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has released new footage of the ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg. The 175km-long fissure runs through the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.|
Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack - BBC News
1793 - The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record.
1873 - Opera singer Enrico Caruso was born in Naples.
1919 - The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1933 - The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.
1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
1943 - This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birthday is actually February 24.
1950 - "Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.
1952 - The first musical choreography score was copyrighted. It was Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate".
1992 - James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
2010 - Apple announced that it had surpassed 10 billion song downloads from the iTunes Store. The 10 billionth song was "Guess Things Happen That Way" by Johnny Cash.
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A photographic triptych showing seed dispersal from the seed heads of a great willow herb. As plants have very limited mobility, they rely upon a variety of dispersal vectors to transport their seeds. Seeds may be dispersed individually or collectively. Some plants are serotinous and only disperse their seeds in response to an environmental stimulus. There are five main modes of seed dispersal: gravity, wind, ballistic, water, and animals.
FROZEN IN TIME
Ice cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland.
Mood Scarf is a month-long introspective journey. At the end of each day, you'll notice and reflect upon your feelings and emotions, adding rows to your scarf that represent your mood (or moods) from that day.
Ruffled Hot Pad
The Moonflower Cowl is the perfect cowl to take you from winter to spring. Crocheted in gorgeous tonal yarn, it is worked up in an easy fan stitch. This is a one-skein project, making it perfect for on the go crochet too!
- 5.5mm I crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
- 6.5 inches wide
- 30 inch circumference
Abbreviations and Tutorial Links:
Ch 31 (multiple of 6+1)
Round/Row 1: In the 4th ch from the hook, work 2 dc. *Skip two ch then work a sc in the next ch. skip 2 ch and in the next ch, work 4 dc. Repeat from * until there are 3 ch left on the row. Skip the next two ch, and in the very last ch, work a sc.
Round/Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Work 2 dc in the sc from the previous row. *Work a sc in the center space of the fan from the previous row (area in between the posts right in the center). Work 4 dc in the sc in between the next two fans. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Work a sc in the turning chain space to finish the row.
Repeat row 2 until the piece is approximately 30 inches long. Be sure to save about 18-24 inches of yarn to work the seam (see below).
Do not fasten off and sandwich the two ends together. Work a slip stitch seam into both layers all the way across (see the video if you need to see the seam worked + a few tips too).
Weave in any ends that remain.
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Spiral Ginger Plant Jigsaw Puzzle
The Names of the Days of the Months
- January: named after Janus, the god of doors and gates
- February: named after Februalia, a time period when sacrifices were made to atone for sins
- March: named after Mars, the god of war
- April: from aperire, Latin for “to open” (buds)
- May: named after Maia, the goddess of growth of plants
- June: from junius, Latin for the goddess Juno
- July: named after Julius Caesar in 44
- August: named after Augustus Caesar in 8
- September: from septem, Latin for “seven”
- October: from octo, Latin for “eight”
- November: from novem, Latin for “nine”
- December: from decem, Latin for “ten”
NOTE: The earliest Latin calendar was a 10-month one, beginning with March; thus, September was the seventh month, October, the eighth, etc. July was originally called Quintilis, meaning fifth; August was originally called Sextilis, meaning sixth.
The Names of the Days of
NOTE: The seven-day week originated in ancient Mesopotamia and became part of the Roman calendar in321. The names of the days are based on the seven celestial bodies (the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn), believed at that time to revolve around Earth and influence its events. Most of Western Europe adopted the Roman nomenclature. The Germanic languages substituted Germanic equivalents for the names of four of the Roman gods: Tiw, the god of war, replaced Mars; Woden, the god of wisdom, replaced Mercury; Thor, the god of thunder, replaced Jupiter; and Frigg, the goddess of love, replaced Venus.