Daily Archives: May 6, 2018

Today’s picture: Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) immature male, Dry Sandford Pit, Oxfordshire

Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) immature male, Dry Sandford Pit, Oxfordshire

Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) immature male, Dry Sandford Pit, Oxfordshire

Today’s Holiday: Sunday School Day (Faka-Me)

Today’s Holiday:
Sunday School Day (Faka-Me)

In the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, many of whose inhabitants are Methodist, the first Sunday in May is known as Faka Me, or Sunday School Day. The children rise early put on the new clothes that their mothers have made: valas, or kilts, for the boys and new dresses for the girls. Then they all go to church, where the youngest children sing a hymn or recite a verse of scripture in front of the congregation and the older children present biblical dramas. At the feast that always follows a church service, a variety of Polynesian specialties are served to the children by the adults. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Today’s Birthday:
Moshe Feldenkrais (1904)

Feldenkrais was a Russian-born Israeli physicist and engineer who was also an avid soccer player and a judo master. Motivated by a debilitating knee injury of his own, Feldenkrais developed a system to improve body movement and function and reduce pain by increasing self-awareness and re-educating the neuromuscular system. Since its introduction in the 1950s, the Feldenkrais method has gradually gained acceptance. Which statesman did Feldenkrais allegedly teach to stand on his head? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile (1954)

This Day in History:
Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile (1954)

Bannister was a British medical student when he became the first man to run the mile in less than four minutes—a barrier many experts had long considered unbreakable. His official time was 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Australia’s John Landy and New Zealand’s Peter Snell bettered the record that year, but in August, Bannister defeated Landy at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, clocking 3:58.8 in a thrilling race. For his accomplishments, Bannister became the first to earn what honor? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote of the Day:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

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Article of the Day: The Whiskey Robber

Article of the Day:
The Whiskey Robber

After trying to make a living as a gravedigger, pelt smuggler, and hockey player, Romanian-Hungarian Attila Ambrus turned to a life of crime. Known as the Whiskey Robber because he was often seen drinking whiskey at a pub prior to his heists, Ambrus committed 27 robberies between 1993 and his arrest in 1999. Though he stole about $1,000,000 in total, he became a folk hero for never harming his victims, presenting female bank tellers with flowers prior to robberies, and sending what to police? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: nature’s way of (doing something)

Idiom of the Day:
nature’s way of (doing something)

A natural biological process by which something is done or accomplished. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: nonentity

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A person of no influence.
Synonyms: nobody, cipher
Usage: After losing the gubernatorial election, she was written off as a political nonentity.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch