Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Not lasting or durable; not permanent.|
|Usage:||After weeks of carefully constructing the beautiful sand mandala, the Tibetan monks quietly swept it away in a ceremony emphasizing the impermanent nature of existence.|
Idiom of the Day
To maintain an impeccable record; to refrain from committing any mistakes or wrongdoings.
USSR Begins Drilling World's Deepest Hole (1970)
|The Kola Superdeep Borehole project was an attempt to dig as far as possible into the Earth's crust. It began when, in 1970, following setbacks in the Space Race, Soviet scientists looked downward. Digging on the remote Kola Peninsula for some 20 years, they reached a depth of 40,230 feet (12,262 m)—about a third of the way through the Earth's crust—before being forced to stop due to higher-than-expected temperatures of 350° F (180° C).|
Joseph Brodsky (1940)
Soon after Brodsky began writing poetry in the USSR in the 1950s, he was accused by the government of "social parasitism" and sentenced to hard labor. Exiled in 1972, he settled in New York and began writing in English. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1987 and was poet laureate of the US for a time. His poetry, with its themes of loss and exile, is highly regarded for its intensity, depth, and wit.
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
|Jerusalem Day commemorates the capture and reunification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War (on 28 Iyyar 5727 on the Jewish calendar—June 7, 1967), after which Israel gained possession of the Old City of Jerusalem and other Arab lands. Although there are no specific rituals connected with this holiday, it is common to recite the Hallel (Psalms 115-118), Psalm 107, and the Aleinu, or concluding prayer. Because this day falls during the Lag ba-Omer period, the mourning customs traditionally observed during this time are suspended for the day.|
Video Shows the Terrifying Moment a Sea Lion Yanks a Girl into the WaterThe first part of a now-viral video shows a sea lion swimming near a dock in Steveston, a seaside community on Canada's western coast. The sound of cameras clicking can be heard in the background as onlookers marveled at its size.
Video shows the terrifying moment a sea lion yanks a girl into the water
1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "Columbus Before the Queen".
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"
1859 - Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" was performed by Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho for the first time in public.
1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.
1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed "Charles Schulz Day."
1974 - The last "Dean Martin Show" was seen on NBC. The show had been aired for 9 years.
1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.
2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Cosmic Reunion Music & Art Festival 2017
May 25-29, 2017
10298 Koester Springs Rd
French Village, MO
Cosmic Reunion Music & Art Festival is a music festival that takes place at Astral Valley.
further information: COSMIC REUNION: Music & Art Festival
Art! Vancouver 2017
May 25-28, 2017
1055 Canada Pl
Art! Vancouver is a art festival that takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre.
further information: Art! Vancouver | Western Canada's International Art Fair
HerrinFesta Italiana 2017
May 22-29, 2017
Downtown Herrin around the Herrin Civic Center
S 16th St & Harrison St
For those who get bored easily, HerrinFesta Italiana caters to your need to switch focus at the drop of a dime. This Italian festival is jam-packed with all kinds of activities ranging from thrilling carnival rides, competitive bocce tournaments, a refreshing beverage garden, hole-in-one golf tournament fun, a stellar car show and tons of other activities. If you still claim to be chronically bored while at this week-long festival, then you need a psychiatrist.
further information: HerrinFesta Italiana - Memorial Day Festival in Herrin, Illinois
The water rail (Rallus aquaticus) is a bird of the rail family which breeds in well-vegetated wetlands across Europe, Asia and North Africa. Northern and eastern populations are migratory, but this species is a permanent resident in the warmer parts of its breeding range. The adult is 23–28 cm (9–11 in) long, and breeds in reed beds and other marshy sites with tall, dense vegetation. These rails are vulnerable to flooding or freezing conditions, loss of habitat and predation by mammals and large birds. The introduced American mink has exterminated some island populations, but overall the species' large range and numbers mean that it is not considered to be threatened.
Artist couple encases home in mosaic tiles
Colored tiles and glass medallions decorate the cast iron front gateway to the Mosaic Tile House, owned by artists Gonzalo Duran and Cheri Pann, in Venice, California on Sept. 15, 2016. They give tours and continue to add new features to the house, which they have been creating for decades.
Sea Eagle Jigsaw Puzzle