Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Furnish with a preface or introduction.|
|Synonyms:||preface, premise, introduce|
|Usage:||She always precedes her lectures with a joke.|
Idiom of the Day
— To remain a contender for success despite setbacks or difficulties.
College Board Administers the First SAT Exam (1926)
The SAT is a standardized test used in college admissions in the US. Developed by Carl Brigham, a Princeton psychologist who worked on the US Army's IQ test, the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926 to over 8,000 test-takers—60% of whom were male. Criticized as being biased toward whites, males, and the middle class, the exam has been modified over the years to improve fairness. Still, its value as a predictor of success in college is debated.
Alan Mathison Turing (1912)
Turing was a groundbreaking English mathematician and logician who worked on artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. He created the Turing test to determine whether a computer is capable of human-like thought. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in AI. He also did valuable work in cryptography during WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code.
Festa de São João do Porto (So Joo Festival)
June 23, the eve of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, is celebrated each year in Porto, Portugal, with a curious ritual. Festival-goers tap each other on the head with plastic hammers or leeks. Some say the gesture indicates romantic interest, others claim it brings good luck to the recipient. The custom can be traced to pagan times; indeed, the fireworks, music, all-night dancing, and colorful processions that feature on St. John's Eve are more closely allied to pagan summer solstice rituals than religious observances. A large amount of wine is drunk, and grilled sardines are consumed.
Strange Creatures Discovered off Australian Coast
Researchers working off the coast of Australia are cataloging rarely seen, and even some new, species that lurk in the depths of the ocean.
Strange creatures discovered off Australian coast
1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention that he called a "Type-Writer."
1904 - The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York.
1926 - The first lip reading tournament in America was held in Philadelphia, PA.
1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.
1987 - Madonna was on the cover of "Cosmopolitan" magazine.
2005 - Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2015 - NASA's Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit around Mars. The spacecraft entered orbit on October 23, 2001.
Lake Park Friends Wonderful Wednesdays 2017
Jun 21 - Jul 26, 2017
Energy is way too contained in an indoor music venue. Let that energy go where it wants through a series of outdoor concerts with Lake Park Friends Wonderful Wednesdays. No longer is Wednesday reduced to being Hump Day; this time, there’s something to do on a Wednesday! A list of live music acts has made the middle of the week something to look forward to.
further information: Music in the Park | Lake Park Friends
Bay-Rama FishFly Festival 2017
Jun 21-25, 2017
New Baltimore, MI
The Bay-Rama FishFly Festival in New Baltimore, Michigan, celebrates the community with a family-friendly five-day event. Highlights of the FishFly include a parade with dozens of floats and marchers, a fireworks display, live music from area bands, clowns, carnival attractions, a princess and pirates pizza party, a kid's dance and a Miss Bay-Rama beauty pageant.
further information: Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival 2017 schedule of events
Alameda County Fair 2017
Jun 16 - Jul 9, 2017
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
The Alameda County Fair is a community event featuring a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment for two-and-a-half weeks throughout the summer. The fair began in 1859 in downtown Oakland as a floral event and eventually moved to Pleasanton as the first county fair in 1912. Since that time, the Alameda County Fair has continued as an annual event dedicated to celebrating the heritage and diversity of the community. Attendees can enjoy a fireworks show, live musical performances, horse-racing, art exhibits, carnival rides and games and many other entertaining activities.
further information: Official Website of the 2017 Alameda County Fair
Picture of the day
A wild male jaguar (Panthera onca) near the Rio Negro in the Pantanal, Brazil. Jaguars from the Pantanal are the largest of their species, about 2.7 m (8.9 ft) long, with an average weight of about 100 kg (220 lb), and some weighing more than 135 kg (298 lb). A red jaguar was a mascot of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and during the 2016 Summer Olympics, a jaguar in the national colors of green and yellow was the Brazil team's mascot.
Pot Holder Trio
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An adult African elephant's trunk is about seven feet (two meters) long! It's actually an elongated nose and upper lip. Like most noses, trunks are for smelling.
16 Surprising Uses for Ice Cubes
Food & Entertaining.
1. Stop Curdling in its Tracks. Curdled sauces can be salvaged — it’s a miracle! Drop an ice cube into your egg-based sauce and stir it around immediately after you see the sauce start to curdle.
2. Serve Ice Without the Hassle. At your next party, serve ice in a colander that is placed inside of a large bowl. No need to go bobbing for ice cubes.
3. Reheat Rice with Ease. All too often, rice dries out when it’s reheated in the microwave. Remedy that by putting a few ice cubes on top of the bowl before you nuke it.
4. Take Your Salad Dressing to the Next Level. If you want your dressing to be creamier, put it in a sealable plastic container with an ice cube. Seal tightly, shake well and enjoy!
Beauty & Fashion.
5. Get Rid of Wrinkles. If your shirt is wrinkly and you’re pressed for time, wrap an ice cube in some cloth, rub it on the wrinkly areas and iron. It’ll work its magic much more quickly!
6. Soothe Your Plucked Eyebrows. Your eyebrows may be fabulous, but they sure are sore! Rub an ice cube over your brow to ease the pain.
7. Prevent Stains from Setting. Ice cubes work wonders on a spill. Rub over the spot as soon as you spill something on your clothes — it’ll stop a stain dead in its tracks much more effectively than even cold water.
8. DIY Eye Mask. Wrap an ice cube in a towel and place over your puffy eyes for a few minutes.
9. Get Rid of Carpet Dents. No one wants dents in the carpeting! Get rid of them by placing an ice cube in the affected area. Once it’s melted, brush it up and your carpet will be as good as new.
10. Fix Your Garbage Disposal. If your garbage disposal isn’t working as well as it used to, put a few ice cubes in it and let it run. It’ll break up any grease or other sediment.
11. Clean Vases and Bottles. No need to employ your child — and their tiny hands — to clean a vase or bottle with a very slender neck. Instead, toss in some ice and 1/4 cup salt and swish vigorously.
12. Clean a Coffeepot. The ice/salt trick will also work for cleaning up a scorched coffee pot.
Other Great Uses.
13. DIY Air Conditioner. No need to invest in a pricey air conditioner, and the power bill that goes along with it. Instead, place a bowl of ice in front of a fan. It really, seriously, works wonders.
14. Start a Fire. Now here’s a great survival skill — starting a fire with ice! Click here for detailed instructions.
15. Water Plants. If you are going out of town for a few days, or even just have a hard time reaching a hanging plants, quench their thirst with some ice cubes. Add 5 or 6 to a larger plant.They’ll melt gradually, allowing the soil time to absorb the water.
16. Give your Pet Cool Water. If your pet enjoys cool water in hot weather, toss a few ice cubes into their bowl.