Daily Archives: August 16, 2011


Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic _Uncle Vanya_ for Modern Stage

Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic _Uncle Vanya_ for Modern Stage (click here to find out more -via-PBS)

 Detail of the mundane, daily life,   generalized to the scale of a society, becomes its most intricate portrait.

Should All Obese People Lose Weight? (via CNN)


Should all obese people lose weight-via CNN

Should all obese people lose weight-via CNN (click here to read more from CNN)

Oscar Wilde: Accuracy as Life of the Manuscript in Print


 

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Christian Mortensen (1882)


Christian Mortensen (1882)

Chirstian Mortenson Birth Certificate

Chirstian Mortenson Birth Certificate

Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen (August 16, 1882 – April 25, 1998), known as an adult as Christian Mortensen, was a Danish supercentenarian. When he died at the age of 115 years and 252 days, Mortensen was the oldest man who has ever lived whose age was undisputed. (The Guinness Book of World Records ranks him second to the Shigechiyo Izumi, whose age is now disputed, with a note in recent editions that the latter’s age was uncertain). Mortensen was the first undisputed recorded man to reach age 114.

Mortensen was baptized in Fruering Church on December 26, 1882. Besides his baptismal record, other records include the 1890 and 1901 census enumerations in Denmark, and church confirmation in 1896.
(Source: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Christian+MortensenP)

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)


Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. As part of the Air Force’s Project Excelsior, in 1960, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. He reached a speed of 614 mph (988 km/h) and came how close to breaking the sound barrier? More… Discuss