Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Well informed about or knowing thoroughly.|
|Usage:||A few words, in explanation, will here be necessary for such of our readers as are not conversant with the details of aerostation.|
Idiom of the Day
Someone who insists on correcting or criticizing others for errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax, especially to a pedantic or self-righteous degree. Potentially offensive due to its reference to the fascist National Socialist German Workers' Party, which was brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.
William and Mary Proclaimed Co-Rulers of England (1689)
|King William III and Queen Mary II were joint monarchs of England. Married in 1677, they were called to the throne by Parliament after King James II—Mary's father—fled the country during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. To end the revolution, William and Mary signed the English Bill of Rights, which barred any future Catholic succession to the throne and began a new cooperation between Parliament and monarchs, leading to greater democracy.|
Grant Wood (1891)
Wood was an American artist famous for painting scenes from the rural Midwest that feature austere people and stylized landscapes. Born in Iowa, Wood traveled to Europe in the 1920s and was exposed to the late medieval primitive painting style that would later influence his own art. One of the best-known icons of American art, his American Gothic features a stern Midwestern farmer holding a pitchfork and a woman who is often assumed to be the farmer's wife but is not.
This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased.
Newly Discovered Gecko Has a Quick-Release Mechanism for Escaping PredatorsLizards are famous for their ability to detach their tails when a predator grabs it, but a newfound species of gecko from Madagascar takes this ability to the extreme.
Newly discovered gecko has a quick-release mechanism for escaping predators
1633 - Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1875 - Mrs. Edna Kanouse gave birth to America’s first quintuplets. All five of the baby boys died within two weeks.
1889 - Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.
1955 - Israel acquired 4 of the 7 Dead Sea scrolls.
1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe.
2000 - Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.
Friday 17 February – Sunday 19 February
Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey
Visitors of all levels have the chance to master new knitting and crochet skills in bookable workshops. The curated marketplace showcases over 80 contemporary and innovative producers and makers selling yarn and yarn related accessories.
Further Information: unravel, a festival of knitting - Craft Maltings
knit - VALENTINE'S DAY
"Kiss Me" Candy Dishcloth
Be My Valentine Heart Garland
Yarn: Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Variegated Yarn
Weight: 2.3 oz
Needle Size: 7
Cast on 40 stitches
Rows 1 & 2: K
Row 3: K8, (YO, K1, YO twice, K1, YO three times, K1, YO twice, K1, YO, K6) three times, K2
Row 4: K the stitches and drop the YOs
Row 5 & 6: K
Row 7: K3, (YO, K1, YO twice, K1, YO three times, K1, YO twice, K1, YO, K6) four times, ending with K3 instead of K6
Row 8: K the stitches and dropping the Pos
Repeat these 8 rows until the desired length.
Bind off if making a long scarf.
Leave a long tail at the end and sew the ends together with the extra yarn for the infinity scarf.
Coffee Hearts Jigsaw Puzzle
MAP OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FOODS by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin