Word of the Day
|Definition:||(adjective) Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms.|
|Usage:||I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.|
Idiom of the Day
set phrase Let's clear up any possible confusion, misunderstanding, or uncertainty (about something); let me make this perfectly clear.
World's First Communications Satellite Launched (1958)
|Today, communications satellites are widely used to provide internet access, TV and radio broadcasting, and mobile telephone service, even to areas where traditional cable service is unfeasible. The first such satellite, launched by the US Air Force, was Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment). It was equipped with two tape recorders—each with a four-minute capacity—and batteries that would last for 12 days. What was the first message broadcast from the satellite?|
Joseph Grimaldi (1778)
|Grimaldi was an English actor who is considered the inventor of the modern clown character. He made his debut as a young child at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, and for years he performed there and at Drury Lane. By the time he starred in Harlequin Mother Goose at Covent Garden in 1806, he was a legend. He is credited with introducing the white makeup now commonly worn by clowns. Exhausted by the physical exertion of clowning, he died in 1837.|
St. Modesto's Day
|St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.|
This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but it's still alive and kickingWe all thought it would only survive for a few months when it was born in a blast of ash in January 2015. The island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, emerged from the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga, rising nearly 400 feet above the sea ...
1737 - Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. He is recognized as the most renowned violin maker in history.
1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1865 - U.S. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery with the declaration: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
1912 - The discovery of the Piltdown Man in East Sussex was announced. It was proved to be a hoax in 1953.
1935 - A $1 silver certificate was issued for the first time in the U.S.
1936 - Su-Lin, the first giant panda to come to the U.S. from China, arrived in San Francisco, CA. The bear was sold to the Brookfield Zoo for $8,750.
1953 - WPTZ, in Philadelphia, PA, presented a Felso commercial, it was the first color telecast seen on a local station.
1956 - "To Tell the Truth" debuted on CBS-TV.
1979 - The sound barrier was broken on land for the first time by Stanley Barrett when he drove at 739.6 mph.
1984 - Madonna's "Like a Virgin was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. The song was Madonna's first No. 1 hit.
1999 - After living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, CA, for two years, environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down, ending her anti-logging protest.
2009 - James Cameron's movie "Avatar" was released in the United States. On January 26, the movie became the highest-grossing film worldwide.
2010 - In Nanjing, China, the Zifeng Tower opened.
1. Celestial Event Tonight
December 18 - New Moon.
The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 06:30 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
Scottsdale ArtWalk 2017
Dec 21, 2017 | Scottsdale, AZAlong Main Street from Scottsdale Road West to Goldwater Boulevard and on Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue|N Marshall Way & E Main S
The Scottsdale ArtWalk is a great opportunity to check out the gorgeous work that Scottsdale Downtown galleries have to offer. The event takes place on Thursday evenings throughout most of the year. Wander at your speed of choice, peek inside the art galleries and walk around them if you choose. In addition to the galleries, it’s a great opportunity to check out everything Scottsdale Downtown has to offer.
further information: Scottsdale Art Walks: Why You Need to Go!
12 Days of Aspen 2017
Dec 20-31, 2017 | Aspen, CO
If Harry and Lloyd can kick it in Aspen for a couple weeks, so can you. Twelve days sound like a lot to manage until it's all over in the blink of an eye, thanks to the abundance of fun you'll find in this world-famous city. There's a family skating party, story time for kids and adults, cookie decorating, film screenings and skiing among dozens of other activities. Twelve days may not even be enough.
further information: 12 Days of Aspe | Aspen CO Chamber
Peoples Gas Holiday Market 2017
Nov 17 - Dec 23, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PAMarket Square|23 Market Square
Come winter, the Market Square is transformed into a charming European-inspired holiday market complete with festive lights and wooden chalets! Guests can shop for themselves or for their loved ones, all while enjoying live performances and light shows! There's a lot of fun to be had at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, so much so that even Santa himself makes an appearance!
further information: Peoples Gas Holiday Market
A black plastic comb. Toothed devices used for styling, cleaning and managing hair and scalp, combs have been used since prehistoric times, and examples date back to 5,000 years. Combs vary in shape according to function, and can be made out of a number of materials. Most combs are plastic, metal, or wood; ivory combs were also once common.
Visoth Kakvei's Mind Boggling 'Floral Holes'
Look Impossible to Draw
The artist achieves incredible depth on a flat sheet of paper
project I am currently working on
several Christmas squares
crochet, Christmas ornament
Gingerbread Man Candle Jigsaw Puzzle
CLEVER ... Christmas
7 Reasons To Eat More Chocolate Chip Cookies
With cookie modesty out the window, here are 7 reasons why you should eat more chocolate chip cookies this holiday season:
They are good for the soul: Studies have shown that consuming at least one cookie a week, can lead to happier, more satisfying lives. As a gal who has consumed her body weight over the years in cookies, I’d say I’m a pretty reliable source!
They help you make friends: What dessert is easier to share than cookies? Have you ever been turned down when offering cookies to others? The likely answer is no. For those who might turn down your lurid cookie proposals, avoid these people. You don’t need that kind of folks in your life anyway! For more serious situations like starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood, or for making in rows with that hard-to-book hairdresser, bring cookies. Insta-friends, for life. Guaranteed.
Cookies are thought-provoking: Cookies, like humanity, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Each wonderful and necessary in their own unique way. Cookies help make this crazy world go round. So, eat a cookie and enjoy a humanist moment!
Cookies help you to be creative: No matter your top cookie choice, with just a few clicks of the trusty old mouse and a healthy version of your beloved cookie-du-jour can be had. Just as healthy. Just as delicious. Looking to veganize your cookies? Consider using bananas or applesauce instead of butter, whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour, or coconut sugar in lieu of white sugar. Voila! Artistically-inspired, health-adjacent cookies! You’re welcome!
Your chances of finding a significant other will increase: Looking to find a husband or a new friend? Add the following to all social media taglines: “Loves to bake cookies”. I’m telling you, it works every time. I should know!
Cookies can sustain you: In our daily diets, we need grains, protein, and fiber. Guess what? Cookies have all those amazing health benefits and more. Cookies are limitless, my friends!
Because you can: You deserve a treat. Depriving yourself of the delicacy of a chocolate chip cookie is just plain wrong. Show yourself some much-needed self-love and enjoy a cookie today!