Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A sound thrashing or defeat.|
|Synonyms:||debacle, drubbing, thrashing, trouncing, whipping, slaughter|
|Usage:||The tournament was an embarrassment, with our team receiving a thorough walloping from the opponent.|
Idiom of the Day
All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action.
United Negro College Fund Established (1944)
Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising.
Karel Appel (1921)
Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal.
Feria de San Marcos (Fair of St. Mark)
|The Fair of St. Mark, which is held annually for nearly a month in Aguascalientes, dates back to the early 17th century and remains one of Mexico's most famous fiestas. It is primarily a showcase for the country's more than 200 forms of ritual and folk dance, each of which has its own meaning, mythology, history, and pageantry. There are also commercial and art exhibits, cockfights, bullfights, sports competitions, parades, and a battle of flowers.|
Scientists Get a Rare View of a Type Ia Supernova Magnified 50 Times
For the first time, astronomers have caught a type Ia supernova being magnified by more than 50 times and split into four images in the night sky thanks to gravitational lensing.
1684 - A patent was granted for the thimble.
1792 - The guillotine was first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1859 - Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.
1954 - The prototype manufacture of the first solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.
1967 - Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1983 - The Pioneer 10 spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.
1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.
Lantern Light Festival 2017
Mar 31 - May 7, 2017
7777 Walnut Grove Rd
In the sparkling city of Miami, Florida, a 2,000-year old Chinese tradition illuminates the night. Each year, thousands of spectators gather for the Miami Lantern Light Festival, a six-week celebration marking the return of Spring. The festival's main attraction is certainly the lanterns themselves; after all, these hand-crafted masterpieces can stand up to 30 feet high and 300 feet long. But you'd be mistaken to stop there, for the festival also boasts stunning live performances, delectable Chinese cuisine and unique activities designed for kids. Don't miss out on this impressive demonstration of meticulous artistry by the world's best lantern-makers!
further information: Lantern Light Festival
Kentucky Derby Festival 2017
Apr 13 - May 15, 2017* | Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Derby in Louisville is one of the most beloved sporting events in the United States. The Derby itself is an annual high-stakes horse race that takes place at the majestic Churchill Downs as the beginning of the Triple Crown horse racing series. It features only the most talented, qualifying thoroughbred horse and jockey teams from around the world, who compete for a chance at winning a share of the Derby’s $2 million purse. The Derby has also gained the nickname of The Run for the Roses, because a luxurious blanket of over 500 red roses is bestowed upon the winner. Owing to the extravagant atmosphere of the race, the Derby has developed its own unique fashion style over the years. The elaborate hats and outfits worn by attendees are just as highly-anticipated as the race itself. The actual race lasts just over 2 minutes, but the city of Louisville hosts a variety of events around the race that make up the Kentucky Derby Festival. One of the festival’s fieriest attractions is Thunder Over Louisville, which is among the largest annual fireworks displays in America. Other beloved traditions include the Great Balloon Race and the Great Steamboat Race. At the balloon race, dozens of competitive hot air balloon pilots compete in two races across the skies in a spectacular display of skill and bravery. Down on the water, the quirky and quaint steamboat race consists of two dueling steamboats representing Louisville and the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, completing several tasks throughout the day and during the race, ranging from music performances to a handline toss. While the boats chug along to the finish line, revelers can hitch a ride and enjoy a party on board featuring delicious food and bourbon tastings. Revelers that want to do a bit of racing themselves can participate in the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon. Both the Marathon and miniMarathon, which is 13.1 miles instead of 26.2 miles, are qualifying events for the Boston Marathon. There marathon organizers also host the Kentucky Derby Festival miniFun Run, which is a non-competitive 1-mile race specially for kids. Whatever your fancy, there are several opportunities for fun and entertainment at the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.
further information: Your guide to Kentucky Derby Festival events
Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair 2017
Apr 19-30, 2017
Tribeca Studios Backlot
205 Hudson St New York, NY
The Tribeca Family Festival is the ultimate family street fair, held along several blocks of Greenwich Street each April. This free, daylong festival offers special performances on multiple stages, arts and crafts pavilions and a plethora of fun activities for the whole family such as kite flying and a public arcade. Local restaurants and merchants are on site to offer snacks and merchandise for purchase. Free film screenings are also available for families to attend.
A feral Charolais bull in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, Venezuela. This breed of taurine beef cattle comes from the Charolais area in eastern France. Domestic Charolais are raised for meat, and may be crossed with other breeds, including Angus and Hereford cattle.
"Cool cats don't look at explosions, they blow things up and then walk away"
knit, toe up
Painted Shells for Table Display and the Gift Sign I Made
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... planting