thanks for some Christmas funnies, Elaine
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Only superficially relevant; divergent.|
|Usage:||His tangential anecdotes added much-needed humor to the talk, though some found the digressions tiresome.|
Idiom of the Day
To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church.
The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)
Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scroll-work on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived.
Jane Austen (1775)
Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness.
Vaderlimulus: Prehistoric Crab That Looks Just Like Darth Vader Discovered in IdahoAs if horseshoe crabs weren't weird enough, scientists just discovered one that looks like Darth Vader. A 245-million-year-old fossil shows a strange invertebrate with a head the shape of the letter D and a long tail.
This Ancient Horseshoe Crab Had a Shell Helmet like Darth Vader’s
1770 - Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven was born.
1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
1893 - Antonin Dvorak attended the first performance and the official world premiere of his "New World Symphony" at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1901 - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time.
1903 - Women ushers were employed for the first time at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
1905 - Syd Silverman published the first issue of "Variety".
1907 - Eugenia H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. She sang from the USS Dolphin docked at Brooklyn Navy Yard.
1912 - The first postage stamp to depict an airplane was issued was a 20-cent parcel-post stamp.
1971 - Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released.
1972 - The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go unbeaten and untied in a 14-game regular season. The Dolphins went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
1977 - The "Saturday Night Fever" film opened in the U.S.
1998 - Eric Michelman filed the earliest patent for a scroll wheel for a computer mouse.
1999 - Sigourney Weaver received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 - Researchers announced that information from NASA's Galileo spacecraft indicated that Ganymede appeared to have a liquid saltwater ocean beneath a surface of solid ice. Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, is the solar system's largest moon. The discovery is considered important since water is a key ingredient for life.
2001 - Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the United States in nearly 40 years. The shipment was sent to help Cuba after Hurricane Michelle hit Cuba on November 4, 2001.
13th-century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, AKA Rumi, dies.
Randolph Street Market Festival 2017
Dec 16-17, 2017 | Chicago, ILPlumbers Hall |1340 W Washington Blvd
The Randolph Street Market Festival is an internationally recognized European-style indoor and outdoor shopping extravaganza in Chicago’s historic West Loop. Sophia Bush exclaims, “One of my favorite things to do is [visit] the Randolph Street Market, and it reminds me of the Rose Bowl or the Long Beach Flea Market—amazing antique jewelry, vintage furniture, incredible food...” Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market…the quality is incredible!” "Treasure Hunters unite! The best finds—and best prices!—reign supreme at Randolph Street Market."
further information: Randolph Street Market ~ Chicago Antique Market ~ Indie Designer Market ~ Modern Vintage Chicago ~ Fashion, Jewelry, Flea Market, Antique Shows
Omaha Holiday Lights Festival 2017
Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 2, 2018 | Omaha, NEDowntown Omaha around Gene Leahy Mall|Douglas St & S 13th St
Tis the season to be jolly at the annual Omaha Holiday Lights Festival in Nebraska. Held over the course of six festive weeks and spanning 40 city blocks, the engagement features a Thanksgiving lighting ceremony, musical performances by brass brands and carolers, an ice skating rink, a family festival and a fireworks display on New Year's Eve.
further information: Omaha Holiday Lights Festival
Dickinson Festival of Lights 2017
Nov 25 - Dec 29, 2017 | Dickinson, TXPaul Hopkins Park|1100 FM 517 Rd E
The time-honored tradition of the Dickinson Festival of Lights in Dickinson, Texas, includes the lighting of Paul Hopkins Park with an estimated two million light sculptures. A host of vendors are on hand to spread the holiday cheer while selling local food and drinks. Stop by the Cookie Hut to decorate homemade cookies, or get a picture with Santa Claus.
further information: Home - Dickinson Festival of Lights
A panoramic view of the Gorce Mountains, part of the Western Beskids that spread across southernmost Poland. The Gorce are characterized by numerous ridges reaching in all directions for up to 40 kilometres (25 mi) east–west with a series of higher elevations cut by deep river valleys. The range is dominated by about a dozen gentle peaks; the largest, Turbacz, rises to 1,310 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level.
COW SHOES USED BY MOONSHINERS DURING PROHIBITION TO DISGUISE THEIR FOOTPRINTS
A police officer trying on the cow shoes, 1924
knit, Christmas ornament
crochet, Christmas ornament
CROCKPOT RECIPEthanks, Helen
SWEETS ... Christmas
thanks for the Christmas funnies, Shelley
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... crafts
Euphorbia Grandialata Jigsaw Puzzle
SUDOKU ... hard