Daily Archives: July 18, 2015

today’s holiday: Kinderzeche


Kinderzeche

Kinderzeche is a festival in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany, to honor the children who saved the town during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-48. In 1632, according to legend, as Swedish troops rode into town, a small band of children appeared before the commander and asked for his mercy. The commander’s heart softened, and he spared the town. The celebration today is a reenactment of the event, with participants in costumes of 17th-century town councilors and soldiers. Highlights of the festival include the parade of the Dinkelsbühl Boys’ Band and a performance of a sword dance. More… Discuss

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quotation: Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Samuel Colt (1814)


Samuel Colt (1814)

Colt patented his revolving-breech pistol in 1836, but the six-shooter was slow to gain acceptance, and his company failed in 1842. However, a US government order for 1,000 pistols during the Mexican War allowed Colt to resume its manufacture in 1847. Colt advanced the development of interchangeable parts and the assembly line, and his revolvers, including the famous Colt .45, became so popular that the word “Colt” was sometimes used as a generic term for any revolver. What else did Colt invent? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Mary I Begins Reign as Queen of England (1553)


Mary I Begins Reign as Queen of England (1553)

After King Henry VIII divorced her mother, Catherine of Aragon, and married Anne Boleyn, Mary was declared illegitimate and lost her place in the line of succession. In 1553, her granddaughter, Lady Jane Grey, was deposed following a nine-day reign, and Mary—restored to the line of succession in 1544—became queen. She restored Roman Catholicism to England, but the resulting persecution of Protestants and the execution of some 300 heretics earned her the hatred of her subjects and what nickname? More… Discuss

The Ivy League


The Ivy League

The Ivy League is an athletic conference comprising 8 private institutions of higher education located in the Northeastern US. The term became ubiquitous with the formation of the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954, and it is now also commonly used to refer to those schools considered as a group. The Ivy League universities are also referred to as the Ancient Eight, and all but one of them are older than the American Revolution; which one was founded after the Civil War? More… Discuss

word: hothouse


hothouse

Definition: (noun) A heated greenhouse for plants that require an even, relatively warm temperature.
Synonyms: conservatory, indoor garden
Usage: When those young ladies left your hothouse door open, with a frosty east wind blowing right in … it killed a good many of your plants. Discuss.

FBI probe into police custody death


FBI probe into police custody death

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33573743

Campers evacuated in California fire


Campers evacuated in California fire

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33583895

IS suspects held over Saudi ‘plot’


IS suspects held over Saudi ‘plot’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33581052

Hope Corrugated Sketch


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Hope Corrugated Sketch

‘Slim chance’ of return from obesity


‘Slim chance’ of return from obesity

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33551498

Iran leader chastises ‘arrogant’ US


Iran leader chastises ‘arrogant’ US

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33578942