Daily Archives: January 9, 2019

Horoscope ♉: 01/09/2019


Horoscope ♉:
01/09/2019

Discussions with those close to you could lead to the discovery of new concepts, perhaps from foreign cultures. You will want to learn more about them, Taurus, as will your friends. You might even decide to plan a trip to a place where you could expand your knowledge of this new interest. Any trip planned today should go smoothly and be quite rewarding. Don’t hesitate.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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Today’s Holiday: Ouray Ice Festival


Today’s Holiday:
Ouray Ice Festival

The Ouray Ice Festival is an ice-climbing competition and exposition held annually in January in Ouray, Colorado. In addition to the main contest, which tests ice-climbers’ skill and speed, competitions are held for such feats as axe throwing and tightrope walking across a gorge. Also on offer are manufacturers’ displays of specialty equipment, film and slide-show presentations, and a climbing wall for children. Anyone can register to compete. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Margaret of Austria (1480)


Today’s Birthday:
Margaret of Austria (1480)

Daughter of Emperor Maximilian I, Margaret was a Hapsburg princess and regent of the Netherlands. When she was three, she was betrothed to French dauphin and future King Charles VIII, who later renounced the agreement and married Anne of Brittany. In 1497, she married John of Spain—son of Ferdinand and Isabella—but he died later that year. In 1501, she married Philibert of Savoy; he died in 1504. In 1507, she was made regent of the Netherlands and guardian of what future Holy Roman Emperor? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: First Great Texas Oil Gusher


This Day in History:
First Great Texas Oil Gusher

Discovered at Spindletop (1901)
In 1892, a company was formed in Texas to investigate long-held suspicions that oil might be under an area known as Spindletop Hill. After nine years of exploratory drilling, oil was struck at a depth of 1,139 ft (347 m), resulting in the “Lucas Gusher,” which blew oil more than 150 ft (46 m) in the air. The well produced an estimated 100,000 barrels per day, marking what many consider the birth of the modern petroleum industry. What now well-known companies were involved in the find? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: E. M. Forster


Quote of the Day:
E. M. Forster

Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks


Article of the Day:
The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, cervical cancer patient Henrietta Lacks became—likely unknowingly—the donor of cancerous tumor cells that were cultured to create an “immortal” cell line for medical research. Named for their donor, HeLa cells can divide an unlimited number of times in a laboratory cell culture plate as long as fundamental conditions are met. The cell line has since been used in thousands of experiments, contributing to a number of scientific breakthroughs, including what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: until all hours (of the day and night)


Idiom of the Day:
until all hours (of the day and night)

Until a very late hour of the night or early hour of the morning. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: splenic


Word of the Day:
splenic

Definition: (adjective) Of or relating to the spleen.

Synonyms: lienal

Usage: Julian was overjoyed as his doctor explained that his splenic tumor had gone into remission.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Horoscope ♉: 01/09/2019


Horoscope ♉:
01/09/2019

Discussions with those close to you could lead to the discovery of new concepts, perhaps from foreign cultures. You will want to learn more about them, Taurus, as will your friends. You might even decide to plan a trip to a place where you could expand your knowledge of this new interest. Any trip planned today should go smoothly and be quite rewarding. Don’t hesitate.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Agonalia


Today’s Holiday:
Agonalia

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and of doorways. The worship of Janus is believed to have been started by Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome. Usually depicted with two faces, one looking forward to the future and the other looking back to the past, his image appeared on an early Roman coin with a ship’s prow on the reverse side. During the festival in honor of Janus known as the Agonalia, the rex sacrorum, or officiating priest, sacrificed a ram. Offerings of barley, incense, wine, and cakes called Januae were also common. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Richard Halliburton (1900)


Today’s Birthday:
Richard Halliburton (1900)

Halliburton was an American adventurer and pioneer of adventure journalism. He liked to recreate historical and legendary feats in his travels, such as Hannibal’s passage over the Alps on an elephant and Odysseus’s journey around the Mediterranean, and made his living writing and lecturing about his experiences. He is, however, perhaps best known for having swum the length of the Panama Canal. He disappeared while attempting to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to where? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Martyrs’ Day: Riots over Sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone (1964)


This Day in History:
Martyrs’ Day: Riots over Sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone (1964)

Martyrs’ Day is a Panamanian holiday commemorating the 1964 riots that began after a Panamanian flag was torn in a conflict between Panamanian and Canal Zone students over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the US flag. US Army units became involved in suppressing the violence, and 4 soldiers and more than 20 Panamanians were killed. The incident contributed to the US decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama. When was full control of the canal given to Panama? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Washington Irving


Quote of the Day:
Washington Irving

A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Gut Flora


Article of the Day:
Gut Flora

The average human body, which consists of an estimated ten trillion cells, has about ten times that number of microorganisms in its digestive tract. These bacteria, known as intestinal, or gut, flora, normally reside within the lumen of the intestine and fulfill a number of useful functions for the host, including producing vitamins, training the immune system, fermenting unused energy substrates, and producing hormones that prompt the host to store fats. Can a person survive without gut flora? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: be tied (up) in knots


Idiom of the Day:
be tied (up) in knots

To be confused, anxious, worried, and/or upset (about something). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: demean


Word of the Day:
demean

Definition: (verb) Reduce in worth or character, usually verbally.

Synonyms: degrade, disgrace, put down

Usage: The CEO makes it a point to regularly demean employees in front of their colleagues, as he believes that a little public humiliation goes a long way in keeping people in their places.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

What’s Ambergris? Behind the $60k Whale-Waste Find


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What’s Ambergris? Behind the $60k Whale-Waste Find

A beachcombing U.K. boy just stumbled upon a chunk of ambergris possibly worth up to $63,000. So what exactly is it, and why is it worth so much?

BY JOHNNA RIZZO

Four times heavier than this ambergris (file picture), a U.K. boy’s find may fetch a fortune.

PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID LIITTSCHWAGER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC; COLLECTION OF MANDY AFTEL

Sperm whales eject an intestinal slurry called ambergris into the ocean, where the substance hardens as it bobs along. Eventually it gets collected along shores—most often as sheer happenstance, as in the case of eight-year-old Charlie Naysmith in the U.K. a few days ago.

Walking along the beach in Dorset with his dad, the boy found what looked to be a very odd rock. He and his dad used Google to help identify it as ambergris. Weighing more than a pound, it is said to be worth up to U.S. $63,000.

The value of ambergris lies in its role in the fragrance industry. High-end perfumes from houses such as Chanel and Lanvin take advantage of the ability of ambergris to fix scent to human skin.

The smell of ambergris itself varies from piece to piece, ranging from earthy to musky to sweet. If a perfume house’s “nose”—the person responsible for choosing scents—likes the aroma, the ambergris can be worth thousands an ounce.

Though it is illegal to use ambergris in perfumes in the U.S. because of the sperm whale’s endangered status, foreign markets, especially French, remain strong. (Learn secrets of whale evolution in National Geographic magazine.)

Scientists still don’t know for sure the exact origins of ambergris. They do know that when sperm whales have a stomach or throat irritant, often a squid beak, they cover it in a greasy substance and cast it out.

(Rare Pictures: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale.)

It was once thought the ambergris was ejected by mouth. As of now, the argument seems to be weighted toward the back end of the whale.

Johnna Rizzo is a Departments editor for National Geographicmagazine and the author of the nonfiction children’s book Oceans. More of her writing on ambergris will appear in the magazine’s October issue.

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1, 2012

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