Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

CHech this out: Biking? Be careful!

Louis Armstrong – Go Down Moses (Lyrics)

Bravo a l’audience de Lara Fabian pour un parfait moment!

I woke up in the Garden of Eden today, thanks to Ann!
Thank you for this wonderful, colorful, perfect Monday the 13th!

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

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English: Battle of Gaugamela (Arbela)

English: Battle of Gaugamela (Arbela) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A caltrop is a metal device with four projecting spikes arranged so that when any three spikes are on the ground, the fourth points upward. It can be used to damage feet, hooves, and—more commonly nowadays—tires. The earliest recorded use of caltrops was in the 331 BCE Battle of Gaugamela. Even in the 20th century, when mechanized warfare became the norm and horses were replaced with wheeled vehicles, caltrops retained their usefulness on the battlefield. How have they been used outside of war? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania…or Not (1913)

Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania…or Not (1913)

Witte was a German citizen and circus acrobat who claimed to have impersonated his way into being crowned King of Albania in 1913—by some accounts, on August 13. According to Witte, he enjoyed the royal harem and reigned for several days before being discovered as an impostor. Though he was likely lying, his story was picked up by several publications, including Time magazine. What novel may have given Witte the idea for his story, and what other novel was then based on Witte? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Lucy Stone (1818)

Lucy Stone (1818)

In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women’s rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves “Lucy Stoners.” She caused an uproar by wearing “bloomers.” What were they, and why were they so named? More… Discuss

Survivors Hope to Take a Bite out of Shark Fin Soup

Survivors Hope to Take a Bite out of Shark Fin Soup

One would expect survivors of shark attacks to harbor ill will toward the creatures that maimed them, but one group of survivors is doing its best to save them. As many as 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, which are used to make the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup. Samples of the soup taken from US restaurants by shark attack survivors revealed that 81 percent were made using the fins of endangered, vulnerable, or near-threatened sharks. The group hopes that this knowledge will make restaurant patrons think twice before ordering the dish. More… Discuss

Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen (1775-1817) on Tormenting, purposeful

No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss