If you fancy something a little bit sweet, why not chew on some licorice for Licorice Day. Enjoyed by people across the globe, licorice has a distinctive flavor and is found in many modern sweets.
Created by Licorice International in 2004, Licorice Day celebrates the rich history of black licorice. Licorice is extracted from the licorice plant and can be used for confectionary, to flavor a drink (licorice tea is a popular example) and also has medicinal purposes.
Some great ways you can share the enjoyment of Licorice Day with your friends and family include giving licorice as a gift, researching the history of the plant and its uses (a great idea for a school project!) and sampling some licorice tea. Its flavour loved by many people, from children to the older generation, so Licorice Day is sure to be a big hit with your family, whatever their ages.
JOHN SLOAN (1871-1951) was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and grew up in Philadelphia. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1892, first with Thomas Anshutz, and later with Robert Henri. Sloan's professional career as an artist began as an illustrator for Philadelphia newspapers, the Enquirer and the Press. Moving to New York in 1904, he continued working in commercial art until 1916 when he began a long association with the Art Students League as a teacher. Influenced by Henri and his teachings on realism, a group of eight artists, including John Sloan, rebelled against the National Academy of Design by organizing their own independent exhibition in 1908. While Sloan's work is commonly associated with urban views, he became interested in other themes and locales, producing many landscapes of Gloucester, Massachusetts and Santa Fe, New Mexico, of which he first visited in 1919. In 1920 he bought an adobe house in Santa Fe on 314 Garcia Street where he spent four months each year for 31 years except for the year 1933. In addition to landscapes, there are numerous figurative subjects which comprise a large part of his lifework as an artist as well. Sloan continued painting New York scenes until the late 1940s, but city subjects became less appealing to him and he produced fewer in later years.
Gloucester Harbor (1916)
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) Soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth.|
|Synonyms:||tooth decay, cavity|
|Usage:||Failure to properly care for one's teeth can lead to the development of painful caries.|
The White Way, 1926
Idiom of the Day
— The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand.
South Beach Bathers 1907
Canter & Siegel Post the First Commercial Mass Usenet Spam (1994)
Spam is now a ubiquitous part of the Internet, but that was not always the case. Early in the Internet age, two enterprising immigration lawyers—Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel—opened the floodgates of unwanted online commercial solicitation when they posted an ad for their services on thousands of Usenet newsgroups. Though not the first Usenet spam, the "Green Card Lottery" notice was the first to be commercial in nature and ushered in the modern era of Internet spam.
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550)
|A brilliantly gifted linguist and one of the most dashing figures of his time, Oxford was also reckless, hot-tempered, and disastrously spendthrift. He was the patron of an acting company and wrote highly praised poems and plays in his earlier years, though none of the plays are known to have survived. He is considered by some to be the true author of Shakespeare's plays, since his own literary output apparently ceased just before Shakespeare's began.|
Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia RiskA traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 36 years of data from 2.8 million people and found that those who sustained TBIs were 24 percent more likely ...
Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk
1606 - England adopted the original Union Jack as its flag.
1799 - Phineas Pratt patented the comb cutting machine.
1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.
1892 - Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.
1934 - F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "Tender Is the Night" was first published.
1961 - Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.
1969 - Lucy and Snoopy of the comic strip "Peanuts" made the cover of "Saturday Review."
1983 - Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of Chicago.
1985 - U.S. Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.
1988 - Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
1992 - Disneyland Paris opened in Marne-La-Vallee, France.
2000 - It was announced that Tony Bennett would have a selection of his paintings exhibited at a London gallery from May 16 until June 16. The title of the exhibition is "What My Heart Has Seen."
2002 - A first edition version of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" sold for $64,780 at Sotheby's. A signed first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" sold for $66,630. A copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," signed by J.K. Rowling sold for $16,660. A 250-piece collection of rare works by Charles Dickens sold for $512,650.
You are a very bright and interesting person. Your thoroughly unique spin on life is generally appreciated by others. You possess a certain amount of poise that earns respect, but you can also be very humorous and playful when the mood grabs you – and in fact, you can be quite moody and sometimes difficult to truly get close to. You are capable of making great sacrifices, and you recover quickly from reversals of fortune. Famous people born today: Tom Clancy, David Letterman, David Cassidy, Herbie Hancock, Tiny Tim.
Legare Farms Battle of Charleston Reenactment 2018
Apr 14-15, 2018 | Johns Island, SCLegare Farms|2620 Hanscombe Point Rd
Don't let Chucktown's sizzling shrimp n' grits pull you away from the city's rich history. You're about to witness an exhilarating reenactment of the Battle of Charleston courtesy of the 7th SC Infantry. This action-packed show gives you a taste of the American Revolutionary War with men dressed head to toe in military uniform of the time.
further information: Battle of Charleston Re-enactment
Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival 2018
Apr 13-15, 2018 | Kennewick, WABenton County Fairgrounds|1500 S Oak St
The Western lifestyle is still kicking up dust in the Tri-Cities thanks to the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival. Don your best Western get-up and get a kick out of the most captivating cowboy stories from a lineup of country musicians, poets and many other entertainers. If home isn’t calling your name at the end of the night, then you can camp out on the Fairgrounds underneath the stars without hassle.
further information: Columbia River Cowboy Gathering ………………. And Music Festival | Cowboy Gathering, Cowboy Music, Cowboy Poetry
Greenville PirateFest 2018
Apr 13-14, 2018 | Greenville, NCAlong Evans Street from 1st to 5th Streets|Evans St & E 3rd St
Drooling swashbucklers from East Carolina University are taking control of the Tar Heel State. PirateFest is a chaotic madhouse where students, families and children can don ragged pirate outfits and participate in loads of rambunctious activities. With multiple stages of live music, pirate-themed inflatables, thrilling carnival rides and tons of delicious cocktails from the grog garden, you’ll discover the life of a pirate is far more adventurous than that of a student.
further information: piratefest
My Father's Garden (Fort Washington)
Pictures of the day
Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son is an oil-on-canvas painting by Claude Monet from 1875. The Impressionist work depicts his wife Camille and their son Jean during a stroll on a windy summer's day in Argenteuil. It has been held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., since 1983.
Bridging Generation – Jobit George
A beautiful photo of a father and son sitting in white traditional attire with beautiful blue sky on the day of Eid al-Fitr in a mosque in New Delhi, India. The photo shows the beautiful bond which these two generations have been building up in a very simple and lovable manner.
Sun And Wind On The Roof
Wet Night on the Bowery
The City from Greenwich Village, 1922
Cornelia Street, 1920
1912 Sunday Afternoon in Union Square
Helen at the easel, 1947
Renganeschi's Saturday Night 1912
Give plain wicker bowls and plates a serious upgrade with some simple stitches.
Women Drying Their Hair
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Mother's Day
Hanover, New Hampshire 1951\
correct picture, wrongly labeled
Butterfly Fish Purple Jigsaw Puzzle
A Woman's Work
Main Street, Gloucester, by John Sloan, 1917
SUDOKU ... hard
Throbbing Fountain, Madison Square (1907).
McSorley's Bar 1912
The Cot, 1907
SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES
Keukenhof Park, Holland: The Netherlands
Holland is known around the world for its rainbow-hued fields of tulips, especially those located in and around Keukenhof. Millions of bulbs are planted in the park each year—visit in mid-April to see the flowers during their peak season.
Cappadocia, an area in Turkey where entire cities have been carved into rock, is pretty incredible on its own. But whenever hot-air balloons pepper the sky, its beauty level simply skyrockets.
Arashiyama: Kyoto, Japan
The serene beauty of the bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district is a wonderful site to behold.
Salar de Uyuni: Daniel Campos, Bolivia
The reflective surface of the world's largest salt mine is like something from the imagination of Salvador Dali—although we're happy it actually exists in real life.
Bryce Canyon: Bryce, Utah
Bryce Canyon's layered red and orange rock pillars, known as hoodoos, make it a can't-miss destination for campers and shutterbugs alike.
Mù Cang Chải: Vietnam
Mù Cang Chải manages to be one of the most breathtaking spots in Vietnam, with terraced rice fields and mountainous landscapes.
The largest glacier in Iceland is also one of the country's most beautiful sites. The landscape under the glacier is like a whole other world, complete with ice caves, canyons, and volcanoes.
Pyramids of Giza: El Giza, Egypt
Giza's three great pyramids are mysterious marvels of architecture. We may never know whether or not they were built by mutants.
Okavango Delta: Botswana