Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Striving to overcome in argument.|
|Usage:||The incumbent's aggressive, agonistic approach to the debate alienated many of his supporters.|
Idiom of the Day
A period of time in which the weather is unusually and persistently hot.
Sesame Street Premieres (1969)
Today, Sesame Street is an American institution. However, at the time of its debut, the show was revolutionary. Developed by the Children's Television Workshop, Sesame Street was the first educational children's show to base its content on laboratory research. Much of that research went into determining what would capture the attention spans of young viewers, and Muppets—such as Elmo and Oscar the Grouch—were found to be particularly effective.
Vachel Lindsay (1879)
Lindsay was an American poet who, in an attempt to revive poetry as an oral art form of the common people, traveled the country reciting his poems in return for food and shelter. He first received wider recognition for 1913's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven," about the founder of the Salvation Army. His works are known for their strong, musical rhythms and vivid imagery.
|Among Hindus, Bhairava means "frightful" or "terrible." He is a manifestation of Shiva, a terrifying character who is worshiped to obtain success, prosperity, the removal of obstacles, and recovery from illness. He is often depicted accompanied by a dog or riding on one. On Bhairava Ashtami, Hindus worship Bhairava with sweets and flowers. Dogs everywhere are treated to milk, sweets, and other delicacies. At night, worshipers keep a vigil and spend the time telling stories about Bhairava. They also offer libations to their dead ancestors.|
Sheep learned to recognize photos of Obama and other celebrities, neuroscientists say
Of the roughly 1.1 billion sheep on Earth, roughly 1.1 billion have no idea who Barack Obama is. But there are at least eight sheep who can recognize the former president by his face.
1775 - The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
1871 - Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1919 - The American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis, MN.
1954 - The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.
1969 - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been released 20 years earlier.
1970 - The Great Wall of China opened for tourism.
1975 - The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.
1982 - In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors.
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Brady Bill, which called for a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
1996 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards. (Florida)
1999 - Ted Danson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 - Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) was awarded the "Man for Peace" prize in Rome at the opening of a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
Crystal City Spinach Festival 2017
Nov 9-12, 2017 | Crystal City, TX
Not that violence is encouraged, but Popeye could have never delivered a solid beating to Bluto without scarfing down a can of spinach. The spinach festival in Crystal City, Texas, will hook you up thanks to the area’s history as a top producer of spinach. The festival’s spinach cook-off shows off even more muscle along with live folk music, a kiddie carnival and a parade barreling throughout the small town.
further information: Spinach Festival | Crystal City | The Spinach Festival
Gilbert Days 2017
Nov 9-18, 2017 | Gilbert, AZ
Held in Gilbert, Arizona, Gilbert Days is a family-friendly event celebrating the town's history and heritage. Guests are invited to watch the traditional Gilbert Days Parade that involves many of the town's local businesses, organizations and schools. Residents can also participate in the 5k or one mile run.
further information: Gilbert Days | Town of Gilbert, Arizona
Pirates Week Festival 2017
Nov 9-13, 2017 | George Town, Cayman Islands
Get in the swashbucklin’ spirit for the Cayman Islands Pirates Week Festival, an eleven-day party filled with music, street dances, games and pirates. The festivities kick off with a massive party and a steel pan competition and continues with the opening Street Dance and Food Festival. The first full day of the festival is capped off with a fireworks display, and the party continues the next day with a mock ‘pirate invasion’ where pirate ships storm the harbor to the delight of thousands of spectators. Other events include 5k and 10k runs, a Children’s Fun Fair Day, costume contests, a float parade and more street dances!
further information: Pirates Week Festival of the Cayman Islands
Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theater, and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.
Svalbard, Arctic Norway
Polar pas de deu x by Eilo Elvinger
knit, Christmas ornament
Red and Green Nordic Pullover
Skill level: Intermediate
Make the hangers for these mini sweaters using 16 gauge colored wire. For each hanger, cut a 12” long piece of wire. Bring the 2 ends together. 2” down from the ends, twist the 2 pieces together once to hold them in place. Shape the loop at the bottom into a hanger shape (the same as a wire coat hanger - flat across the bottom and rounded at each end). Continue to twist the 2 ends tog all the way to the end. Bend the twisted end into a hook.
crochet, Christmas dishcloth
RECIPE ... Thanksgiving
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
SUDOKU ... medium
CLEVER ... 3 kitchen tips
Preheat your cookie sheet in the oven when roasting veggies to decrease cooking time.
Easily slice soft cheese with unflavored dental floss.
Turn a green banana yellow by putting it into a paper bag.