Saturday, May 17, 2014
There are 6 colours on the standard Rubik’s cube - traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow, where white is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement.
Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin has a long, but not prehensile, tail.
US actor and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his role in the TV sitcom Frasier playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane.
The Khmer Rouge destroyed Phnom Penh's Notre Dame Cathedral by tearing it down stone by stone in 1975.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men were said to have lived in the Sherwood Forest - a Royal Forest in Nottinghamshire, England.
Played by American actor Jamie Farr, Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger is a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television series that ran from 1972 to 1983 and who is an Arab-American of Lebanese descent hailing from Toledo, Ohio.
A leveret is a young hare.
Young Women for Change is a women's rights non-profit organization in Afghanistan that held in July 2012 the first anti-harassment march in Afghan history.
The lowest layer of the atmosphere is known as the troposphere.
Charles Edward Stuart, a pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland, was commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie (The Young Pretender).
Friday, May 16, 2014
Judo was created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano with the name Judo meaning Gentle Way.
Christine Campbell, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is a neurotic mother and owner of a women's gym who is in a constant struggle to keep pace with those around her is the main character in The New Adventures of Old Christine an American sitcom television series that run from March 13, 2006 to May 12, 2010.
The non-venomous ladder snake is found on the continent of Europe in areas that includes Portugal, Spain, southern France and just into Italy, also Menorca and the Iles d'Hyères off Provence.
In cricket, if a fieldsman uses his hat to field the ball, the batting side is awarded 5 runs.
The planet Mercury has no moons.
Joint UK and French production crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise is filmed on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe with the first two series starring English comedian, actor, and director Ben Miller as Detective Inspector Richard Poole, seconded from London to the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie.
Swiss-born philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote Emile in 1762.
Eighth century scholar, teacher, and Archbishop of York, Ethelbert of York's library was probably the largest book collection of its day outside of Rome.
The dodo, an extinct flightless bird, was endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Fins are used by aquatic animals such as killer whales to generate thrust, to control motion, or to regulate temperature.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
O'Hara's Tower was built in the late 18th Century in the mistaken belief that it would enable the garrison at Gibraltar to spy on ships massing at Cadiz. It was struck by lightning just after its completion and then remained in ruins for much of the 19th century.
Sunday or Sabbath sticks were the golf enthusiasts' answer to the Church of Scotland's discouraging golfing on Sundays as the clubs were disguised as walking sticks, the club head comfortably fitting in the palm of the golfer's hand, until feeling unobserved, the stick was reversed and a few strokes were played.
Clint Eastwood won the Best Director Oscar for his 1992 American Western film Unforgiven which starred Eastwood in the lead role, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris.
To walk the Black Cat Track you would have to visit Papua New Guinea and walk the rough overland track in Morobe Province running from the village of Salamaua on the coast of the Huon Gulf, south into the mountains to the township of Wau.
Joan of Arc lived in the 15th Century who was "The Maid of Orléans" and is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint.
Yabba the Duckling is a character from the 2009 TV series Timmy Time - a British animated pre-school children's comedy series created by the BBC and Aardman Animations.
Horn of plenty, saffron, milk cap and chanterelle are all types of the food known as mushrooms.
Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model best known for playing the villainous Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995) and Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series (2000–2013).
Bag o’ Nuts relates to the score of 45 in the game of darts.
A major environmental issue in Northern Australia particularly Queensland are cane toads which were initially released into the countryside in 1935 to assist in controlling pests in the sugar cane fields. Originally 102 cane toads from Hawaii were released for this purpose.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
In 1991, Moldova declared its independence from the USSR as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
British admiral Alexander Cochrane was responsible for the 1814 bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during which the British used bomb vessels and rocket ship, which inspired Francis Scott Key's poem that became the US national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Manus is the Latin word for the hand.
The catchphrase "Kowabunga!" was popularized by the NBC program Howdy Doody from 1947 until 1960 and was adapted to "Cowabunga" as used by Michelangelo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1987.
The Khukri is a bladed weapon traditionally associated with the Nepalese Ghurkas.
Australia's longest-running investigative journalism/current affairs television program Four Corners premiered on ABC1 in Australia on 19 August 1961 celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011.
Gibraltar is at the southern-western end of the Iberian Peninsula.
The Zambezi River in Africa flows into the Indian Ocean. The river’s source is in Zambia and flows through eastern Angola, along the eastern border of Namibia and the northern border of Botswana, then along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique and is a 2,574-kilometre-long river (1,599 mi).
The Australian version of 60 Minutes with the first episode was broadcast on 11 February 1979, with the award winning programme revolutionising Australian current affairs reporting and enhancing the journalistic careers of Ray Martin, Ian Leslie, George Negus, and Jana Wendt.
The Yiddish word punim means face in English.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The movie The Artist won 5 Oscars in 2012 with the canine star’s name being Uggie.
Ohio's Old Perry County Courthouse, built in 1829, is the oldest building in the former Northwest Territory continually used as a government building.
Vespa is the Italian word for a wasp and also name of an Italian brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio.
The crustaceans known as giant isopods, related to the shrimp and crabs, which live in the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, can grow up to 45 centimetres long.
Marsala is a sweet, dark, fortified wine that is named after a town in the westernmost part of Sicily in Italy.
The 1982 novel Fly Away Peter was written by Australian author David Malouf.
The island of Borneo is divided between the three countries Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.
A fume event occurs when cabin air in a pressurized aircraft is contaminated with potentially hazardous chemicals.
Colloquially a Liverpool Kiss is a headbutt to the face.
A simoom is a strong, dry, dust-laden local wind that blows in the Sahara, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and the deserts of Arabian Peninsula.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Northern Territory rock formation Karlu Karlu (Karlwe Karlwe) is better known as the Devil’s Marbles.
The type of alcohol present in alcoholic drinks is ethanol.
The Backbone Rock Tunnel, only 22 ft or 6.7 metres long, constructed in 1901 by the Beaver Dam Railroad of Tennessee was originally too low for trains to pass through with a middle section hand-chiselled out to enable the train's smoke stack to pass through.
Gaining fame as Nurse Carol Hathaway in the TV series ER was Julianna Margulies from 1994 to 2000. In 2009 she took the lead role of Alicia Florrick in the American legal drama The Good Wife.
It is the US state of New York that the borough of Yonkers can be found.
A male bee is known as a drone and developed from eggs that have not been fertilized, and cannot sting.
Members of the BRICS economic group are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa all developing or newly industrialised countries are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies.
A lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is by volume of water the largest lake in South America.
Paws is an independent 1997 Australian family film released on 25 September 1997 starring a young Heath Ledger.
In the 2010 American romantic comedy film Sex and the City 2, Abu Dhabi was the destination for the friend’s luxury vacation.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Jean Harlow and her mother Jean Poe Carpenter (nee Harlow)
Angela Lansbury and her mother Irish actress Moyna MacGill (born Charlotte Lillian McIldowie)
Fred Astaire and his mother Johanna "Ann" Austerlitz (née Geilus)
Claudette Colbert and her mother Jeanne Marie Chauchoin (née Loew)
Doris Day and her mother Alma Sophia Kappelhoff (née Welz)
Rock Hudson and his mother Katherine Scherer
Liza Minnelli and her mother Judy Garland
- American comic book writer and editor Len Wein co-created the Swamp Thing character for DC Comics and Wolverine for Marvel Comics.
- Mount Field National Park is a national park in Tasmania, Australia, 64 km northwest of Hobart and rises to 1,434 metres (4,705 ft) at the summit of Mount Field West.
- In Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the Sugarplum Fairy rules the Land of Sweets.
- In a five-handed game of 500, 53 cards are used to play – 500 being a game devised in America shortly before 1900 and promoted by the United States Playing Card Company, who copyrighted and marketed the rules in 1904.
- The element Sulphur (sulphur) is also known as brimstone (burn stone) as referred to in the Bible with this name still being used in several non-scientific tomes.
- American supernatural/police drama television series Sleepy Hollow premiered on September 16, 2013and is considered a "modern-day retelling" of the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.
- Montreal, city in the Canadian province of Quebec was named after Mount Royal a hill in the city of Montreal and is part of the Monteregian Hills situated between the Laurentians and the Appalachians.
- Hurleys and sliotars are used to play the Irish sport of Hurling.
- Kulap figurines of limestone or chalk were made in Melanesia and are small funerary sculptures from New Ireland associated with death rituals.
- Once believed to run from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in what is now the western United States, the legendary Buenaventura River, was imagined around the late 1770’s to parallel the significance of the Mississippi River.
- Mt Woodrooffe is the highest point in the Australian state of South Australia.
- The Basque Country region spans the borders of France and Spain.
- The musical note which is represented by a hollow oval note head is the semibreve.
- The children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea was written by Judith Kerr, a German-born British writer and illustrator who now resides in Great Britain.
- Abaci is the plural of the noun Abacus.
- American television series Hart to Hart starred Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives which ran from 1979 to 1984.
- Joseph Bonaparte – the one time King of Spain – was a brother of Napoleon Bonaparte.
- To prevent match-fixing at the 2002 Morocco Cup cricket tournament, CCTV cameras were installed in the dressing rooms. Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka competed in the competition with Sri Lanka scooping the $250,000 prize money.
- British monarch King Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
- Beetroot is the main ingredient of traditional Ukrainian borscht with the other two main ingredients being cabbage and potato.
For All Mothers
This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night
with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced
with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,
"It's OK honey, Mommy's here."
Who walk around the house all night with their babies
when they keep crying and won't stop.
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with
spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses
and diapers in their purse.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and
sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies
they'll never see. And the mothers who took
those babies and gave them homes.
This is for all the mothers who froze their buns
off on metal bleachers at football or soccer games
Friday night instead of watching from cars,
so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me?"
they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have
missed it for the world," and meant it.
This is for all the mothers who sat down with their
children and explained all about making babies.
And for all the mothers who wanted to but just couldn't.
For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon"
twice a night for a year.
And then read it again. "Just one more time."
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to
tie their shoelaces before they started school.
And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to
cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically
when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even
though they know their own off spring are at home.
This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school
with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE
once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.
This is for mothers whose children have gone astray,
who can't find the words to reach them.
For all the mothers who bite their lips sometimes until they
bleed - when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.
What makes a good Mother anyway?
Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?
The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button
on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it heart?
Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son
or daughter disappear down the street, walking to
school alone for the very first time?
The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to
crib at 2 A.M.
to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child
when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?
For all the mothers of the victims of all these school
shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.
For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who
sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who
just came home from school, safely.
This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy bears
on their children's graves.
This is for young mothers stumbling through
diaper changes and sleep deprivation.
And mature mothers learning to let go.
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
Single mothers and married mothers.
Mothers with money, mothers without.
This is for you all.
May God bless you!
~ author unknown ~