Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.|
|Usage:||The cowardly shopkeeper angered the revolutionaries with his craven proposal to raise the white flag and surrender.|
Idiom of the Day
To quash or suppress something; to control something so as to keep it from flourishing, increasing, or succeeding.
World's Tallest Roller Coaster Opens in New Jersey (2005)
Reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m) and with a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h), the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, New Jersey, became the tallest and the fastest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 2005. It took both titles from Cedar Point park's Top Thrill Dragster, which was designed by the same company and is nearly identical.
Henri Rousseau (1844)
|Rousseau was an entirely self-taught French painter. He held a minor post as a tax collector in Paris for more than 20 years before retiring to paint at the age of 49. His work remained consistently naive and imaginative and was often ridiculed. It was only after his death that Rousseau gained recognition as an artistic genius. Though he never left France or saw a jungle, he is best known for his paintings of lush, tropical scenes and wild animals.|
Kingsburg Swedish Festival
|This festival pays tribute to the Swedish heritage of Kingsburg, California. The event began in 1924 as a luncheon to commemorate the midsummer celebration of the harvest in Sweden. Today it's a full-fledged festival running from Thursday through Sunday of the third weekend in May and attracts about 25,000 visitors. Traditional Swedish costumes are worn, and Swedish food is eaten—Swedish pancakes, Swedish pea soup, a smorgasbord. Events include a Parade of Trolls, raising of the May Pole, folk dancing, arts and crafts displays, a horse trot, and live entertainment.|
Morbidly Obese Monkey Put on Strict No-Junk-Food DietA morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.
This was kinda the same situation when we got Rosko. Trimming him down a lot, he now runs around, where before he would waddle. He is so much more healthy nowadays!
Morbidly obese monkey put on strict no-junk-food diet
1688 - The English poet Alexander Pope was born.
1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."
1832 - In the U.S., the Democratic Party held its first national convention.
1881 - The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
1904 - Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded.
1922 - The cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow," by Rollin Kirby won a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.
1929 - William Henry Storey registered the trademark for the board game Sorry! in the U.K. (U.K. number 502898)
1959 - The musical "Gypsy" opened on Broadway.
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
1980 - The movie "The Empire Strikes Back" was released.
Brighton Festival 2017
May 6-28, 2017 | Brighton, United Kingdom
Brighton Festival is England’s biggest curated mixed arts festival. The three-week event is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature and debate and has outdoor and family events. A unique aspect of this festival is the Artists Open House where artists open up their homes for the public to view and buy their work.
further information: Brighton Festival
Head On Photo Festival 2017
May 5-28, 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Head On Photo Festival is an annual multi-faceted photography festival in Sydney, Australia. It features over 600 nationally and internationally acclaimed and emerging artists across all genres of photography, numerous free events, exhibitions, awards and low-cost workshops and talks led by Australian and international professionals. It lasts for three weeks, so there’s plenty of chances to check it out!
further information: Head On Photo Festival | The best of Australian and international photography - Sydney 2017
Art Sanctuary Philadelphia Celebration of Black Arts Festival 2017May 1-31, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
Rather than one measly day, the Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia devotes an entire month to celebrating the country’s extraordinary black talent. Black artists of all styles and disciplines are under the spotlight in a series of live music performances, colorful art galleries, live book readings and presentations. An awards ceremony honors the most brilliant minds for their contributions to the arts community.
further information: Celebration of Black Arts
Pictures of the day
Westerlund 2 is an obscured compact young star cluster in the Milky Way with an estimated age of about one or two million years. It contains some of the hottest, brightest, and most massive stars known. The cluster resides inside a stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. It is half a degree from the Cepheid variable V399 Carina
Dengding Rui Yao led a team of 20 assistants on a 3-year journey to complete this amazing wooden lion sculpture
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... weaving
Use your cellphone light underneath a water bottle to make
a lantern that distributes light better than the direct beam.
“Spring” is an incredible time lapse short film by Jamie Scott that took over 3 years to shoot