Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect.|
|Usage:||Hagar, the witch, chanted an awful incantation over her kettleful of simmering toads, with weird effect.|
Idiom of the Day
An expression of vague affirmation or assent.
Abraham "Al" Jaffee (1921)
|A regular contributor to Mad for more than 55 years, Jaffee is the satirical magazine's longest-running contributor, as both an illustrator and writer. Since 1964, only one issue has been published without new material from Jaffee, now in his 90s. He created some of the magazine's most popular features, such as blueprint-style inventions and his famous "fold-ins"—which he continues to draw by hand.|
Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: people smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, and personal differences are ignored. Bhang, an intoxicating drink made from the same plant that produces marijuana, is imbibed, and revelry reigns. The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires.
The International Space Station May Soon Host the Coolest Place in the Universe
The International Space Station (ISS) will soon host the coldest spot in the entire universe, if everything goes according to plan. This August, NASA plans to launch to the ISS an experiment that will freeze atoms to only 1 billionth of a degree above absolute zero -
0607 - The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurred.
1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
1852 - The New York "Lantern" newspaper published the first "Uncle Sam cartoon". It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.
1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.
1908 - The people of Jerusalem saw an automobile for the first time. The owner was Charles Glidden of Boston.
1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.
1942 - Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps became the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
1951 - The comic strip "Dennis the Menace" appeared for the first time in newspapers across the country.
1988 - The board of trustees off Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, chose I. King Jordan to be its first deaf president. The college is a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired.
2003 - A report in the journal "Nature" reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano.
2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopedia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.
COLORFUL FUN FACTS!
In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.
Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people do.
Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”.
Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes.
A necropsy is an autopsy on animals.
Self-portrait as David with the head of Goliath, a c. 1756 self-portrait by the German artist Johan Zoffany (1733–1810). Born in Frankfurt, Zoffany trained in Italy under Agostino Masucci but found success mostly in England. Early in his career he painted portraits of the royal family, as well as leading actors and members of high society. He later made huge paintings with large casts of people and works of art, such as Tribuna of the Uffizi.
MAJESTIC HIGHLIGHT FROM THE 2016 NATIONAL BEARD AND MUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The results are in and they’re glorious
knit - ST. PATRICK'S DAY
knit, 3 mths - 2 yrs
crochet - ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Re-Use Thread Tools
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
Cat Agnese Jigsaw Puzzle
Freeze tomato paste in the can. Open both ends and punch out the paste. Wrap the frozen paste in foil and freeze, then slice off what you need as you need it
Question: This old shaving kit is in such good condition that I'm not sure if it was ever even used. It still has its original box, and the bristles are clean as a whistle. When closed, you can see a moose emblem on the lid; the lid opens up on hinges to reveal the basin and brush. When was this set produced, and how much is it worth today -- especially in its incredible condition?
Answer: Before shaving cream was first packaged in aerosol cans in 1949, men needed to work up a lather in a mug using a wetted shaving brush and a bar of shaving soap. This travel outfit contains the brush and the mug, and converts to a shaving stand with a mirror in the lid. The chrome, enamel and decal decoration suggests the 1930s, an era when lodges in remote wilderness areas often lacked modern bathrooms.
A few of these shaving kits have been listed for sale on internet auction sites recently but have brought little money, probably because of their poor condition. This suggests they were mass-produced but few have survived in the condition a person would buy. Your shaving kit in its excellent state might sell for $40 to $60.
-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News
Question: I wish that this canvas money bag was full of coins, but I'll settle for the history that might come with it. Measuring about 6 inches wide, it appears to be big enough to contain $50 worth of quarters. During what time period were bags like this used, and what is its current value?
Answer: In an age of electronic currency, it's easy to forget that a slang term for a wealthy person is "moneybags." The word dates to the 16th century but was in use throughout the 20th century, when coins were transported in these canvas bags. The mention of a business or a place is what usually makes a bank bag desirable. The First National Bank in Ottawa, Ill., founded June 1, 1865, was among the first banks to open after President Abraham Lincoln signed the National Banking Acts of 1863 and 1864, which created the U.S. National Banking System and encouraged development of a national currency backed by the U.S. Treasury. A cursory glance on eBay shows an ample supply of similar examples, keeping prices affordable at about $10 to $15 per bag.
-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News