Daily Archives: May 9, 2015

today’s holiday: Lemuralia


Lemuralia

In ancient Rome, the lemures—the ghosts of the family’s dead—were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants’ festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More… Discuss

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quotation: ‘Too much mercy…’Agatha Christie


Too much mercy…often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: John Brown (1800)


John Brown (1800)

Brown was an American abolitionist who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish all slavery. After murdering five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859. He was convicted of treason and hanged. His raid made him a martyr to northern abolitionists and increased the sectional animosities that led to the American Civil War. What future general captured Brown at Harpers Ferry? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Victory Day (1945)


Victory Day (1945)

Still celebrated in most of the Soviet successor states, Victory Day marks Nazi Germany‘s capitulation to the USSR in WWII. Signed on the evening of May 8, 1945—May 9 in Moscow’s time zone—the surrender followed Germany’s initial capitulation to the Allies. When the first surrender document was being signed, only one Soviet representative was present, and he had no instructions from Moscow nor any means of immediate contact with Soviet leaders. Was he punished or lauded for deciding to sign it? More… Discuss

Borough Market


Borough Market

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in South London. It is a successor to a 13th century market that adjoined the end of London Bridge. People come to trade at the current market from all different parts of the UK, and it has become a fashionable place to buy food. Large portions of the market are to be demolished under what project? More… Discuss

today’s word: mucilage


mucilage

Definition: (noun) A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
Synonyms: glue, gum
Usage: They wanted to make a model airplane, but lacked the mucilage needed to hold the pieces together. Discuss.

From the Hill: So Alive


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Video: The Ukrainian Red Army vet taking on Putin

http://f24.my/1FW3rhn

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Macedonia police fight ‘terrorists’


Macedonia police fight ‘terrorists’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32674121

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Runtastic


George just finished a Runtastic run of 4.52 mi in 2h 16m

https://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/456830077

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Runtastic


George just finished a Runtastic run of 4.52 mi in 2h 16m

https://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/456830077

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Video shows officer kicking man


Video shows officer kicking man
http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/08/us/delaware-police-kick-video/index.html

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San Fran outlaws chewing tobacco in baseball


San Fran outlaws chewing tobacco in baseball
http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/09/health/san-francisco-tobacco-ban/index.html

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Hateful police texts spur San Francisco probe


Hateful police texts spur San Francisco probe
http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/08/us/san-francisco-police-texts/index.html

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From NPR News


At 13 Billion Light-Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth http://n.pr/1cgWSKe

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From NPR News


Snowden Calls Ruling Against NSA ‘Extraordinarily Encouraging’ http://n.pr/1cgFB3L

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From NPR News


Would More Trade Help The Job Market Run Faster Or Trip It Up? http://n.pr/1cg6Onr

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From NPR News


Block By Block, Health Workers Lead Liberia To Victory Over Ebola http://n.pr/1cfCvx8

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Malaria ‘viral’ vaccine early promise


Malaria ‘viral’ vaccine early promise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32622044

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Microsoft to ‘end’ Windows versions


Microsoft to ‘end’ Windows versions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32658340

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