Celebrate International Dance Day
Founded in 1982, International Dance Day seeks to promote the art of dance around the world. The founding body, the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute selects a special personality each year to create an International Dance Day Message to be shared around the world. Dance is practiced by both amateurs and professionals and is enjoyed in theaters everywhere. This special day is all about the history of dance and the recognition of its place in society.
Dance is both an art form and a method of communication in cultures around the world, and is practiced by millions of people. Celebrate this International Dance Day by learning about the history of dance, or perhaps even learning a new dance yourself or with a group of friends! It’s a great excuse to sign up for those dance classes you’ve always fancied.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Use up (resources or materials).|
|Synonyms:||wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume|
|Usage:||We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.|
Idiom of the Day
— To mash or crush something into a thick, soft pulp.
Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, AKA Tammi Terrell (1945)
In his rise to fame, Motown legend Marvin Gaye paired with a number of female vocalists. Among them was the young Tammi Terrell, with whom Gaye recorded several hit duets, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." During a 1967 performance, Terrell collapsed on stage and was discovered to have a brain tumor. Despite several operations, Terrell died at the age of 24, and Gaye took a lengthy hiatus from performing.
Stockton Asparagus Festival
|This celebration takes place in Stockton, California, the heart of the region that claims to be the "Asparagus Capital of the Nation." The festival began in 1986 and it now draws 80,000 spectators to the region's various events. These include about 50 food booths in Asparagus Alley, a wine-tasting booth, a fun run (some runners wear asparagus spears in their headbands), a car show of some 200 antique and classic cars, live entertainment, and children's activities. There's also a recipe contest; among the past winning entries are enchiladas and lasagna made with asparagus.|
Autoimmune Treatment May Be Tucked Away in the Back of Your Fridge
|That little box you put in the refrigerator and freezer to prevent odoriferous gases from tainting your food may hold the key to reducing the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. New evidence from investigators at ...|
Autoimmune Treatment May Be Tucked Away in the Back of Your Fridge | GEN
1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
I have had a terrific Thesaurus as long as I can remember. I adore that book!
1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1899 - Composer Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born.
1864 - Theta Xi was founded in Troy, New York.
1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.
1961 - ABC’s "Wide World of Sports" premiered.
1968 - The musical "Hair" opened on Broadway.
1981 - Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1997 - Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
1803 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)
1863 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
1899 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)
1901 Hirohito, 124th Emperor of Japan (1926-89), born in Aoyama Palace, Tokyo (d. 1989)
1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas
1943 Ian Kershaw, English historian (wrote seminal biographies of Adolf Hitler), born in Oldham, England
Before you ask, nope, never met him! ;-)
1954 Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian and actor (Seinfeld), born in Brooklyn, New York
1957 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London
1963 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario
1970 Andre Agassi, tennis star (Olympic gold 1996, US Open 1994), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
Incidentally, “That’s what she said” is thought to have been around since the 1970s with the earliest documented case of the phrase showing up on Saturday Night Live, spoken by Chevy Chase in a weekend update skit in 1975, which also happened to be the first season of SNL. “That’s what she said” was later hugely popularized thanks to Wayne’s World skits on Saturday Night Live and later usage in the movie “Wayne’s World”. The British also have their own version of that statement which has been around for much longer (over a century), "said the actress to the Bishop". You can read more about how that phrase came about here: The British Equivalent of “That’s What She Said”
Dick also once popularly meant an assertion, announcement, or declaration, such as "I do dick Mr. Beauregard... you are my hero!" Similarly, someone's 'dying dick' meant something completely different in the Middle Ages as it would now, namely their 'dying declaration'.
People with the name Robert are also called Bob via much the same process as people who are named Richard being called Dick. Namely Robert -> Rob and then the rhyming nickname Bob. Similarly, this is also how we get Bill from William, William -> Will rhyming then to Bill. The nickname Hodge is derived this same way from Roger: Roger -> Rodge -> Hodge. Polly likewise comes from the name Molly... the list goes on and on and on.
While you won't typically hear people calling Richards 'Hicks' anymore, this nickname did give rise to 'Hudde'. This in turn gave us 'Hudson' around the late 13th century, which of course is now a somewhat common surname.
Speaking of Hudsons, Katy Perry’s real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She created the stage name “Katy Perry” so as not to be confused with Kate Hudson. Before she did this, she did release an album under her real name, with the album called “Katy Hudson”. The album flopped. It wasn’t until she signed with Capitol Music Group in 2007 that she adopted the stage name Katy Perry.
While people often exaggerate tiny hailstones as “golf-ball size” when describing them to others, in June of 2003 Aurora, Nebraska experienced one hail of a hailstorm. The National Climate Extremes Committee documented the hail size that fell in that storm, with many being about the size of a soft ball. One particular hailstone found from that storm is the largest ever well documented, a full seven inches in diameter, or just a little smaller than a standard soccer ball.
Anny Blatt Bebe Issue 60
Pictures of the day
James Monroe (1758–1831) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825. Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty, and his presidency ushered in what is known as the Era of Good Feelings. An anti-federalist, Monroe had opposed ratification of the United States Constitution, claiming it gave too much power to the central government. After time as a senator in the first United States Congress and as Governor of Virginia, Monroe was easily elected president in 1816, winning over 80 percent of the electoral vote and becoming the last president during the First Party System era of American politics. During his presidency, he sought to ease partisan tensions and extend the country's reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He also supported the founding of colonies in Africa for freed slaves, and his declaration of the Monroe Doctrine became a landmark in American foreign policy.
A boy plays with balloons by Buriganga river as smoke emits from a dump yard during sunset in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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MESH PULLOVER SWEATER
3-Ingredient Banana "Nice" Cream Recipe
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Mother's Day crafts
Notocactus Concinnus Jigsaw Puzzle
(Can you tell that I love Bye, Bye Birdie? mmm)
SUDOKU ... very hard
HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN JEANS
For the least amount of shrinkage and indigo loss, fill the bathtub or sink with cold water. Turning them inside out will keep them even darker. If you're looking for a little shrinkage with some color fading, use warm water. Add a small amount of a gentle soap and let them soak for 45 to 60 minutes, occasionally agitating them by hand. Remove them from the water, rinse with cold running water and hang until completely dry. The less launderings you do, the more individual character your jeans will naturally take on.