The reason the Moon warmed up? Blame the astronauts

Scientists have finally figured out the reason behind a small but noticeable uptick in the temperature of the moon’s subsurface while it was under study by astronauts of the Apollo missions in the 1970s. The culprit? Blame those very same astronauts. The … Discuss …read more

Gerardus Mercator (1512)

Mercator was a Flemish geographer, mathematician, and cartographer who perfected the first map using the Mercator projection, the translation of the spherical earth to a two-dimensional flat plane. In it, parallels and meridians are rendered as straight lines spaced to produce an accurate ratio of latitude to longitude at any point. It permits mariners to […]

the Pine Burr Quilt

In observation of Black History Month, we (STATE SYMBOLS USA) are featuring the Pine Burr Quilt, the official state quilt of Alabama. The Alabama legislature designated the quilt an official symbol in honor of the Black women of the Freedom Quilting Bee. In 1966, Black workers were losing their jobs in retaliation for registering to vote, […]

Bezoar – It’s a Medical Term

A bezoar is a mass found trapped in the gastrointestinal system, though it can occur in other locations. A pseudobezoar is an indigestible object introduced intentionally into the digestive system. There are several varieties of bezoar, some of which have inorganic constituents and others organic. The term has both a modern (medical, scientific) and a […]

Bishop Mule Days

This is a raucous salute in Bishop, California, to that workhorse of the ages, the mule. Mule Days was started in 1969 by mule-packers who wanted to have a good time and initiate their summer packing season. Now about 50,000 people show up in Bishop for the celebration. A highlight is the Saturday morning 250-unit […]

Mungo Man

The Mungo Man was an early human inhabitant of Australia discovered at Lake Mungo in New South Wales, Australia, in 1974, when shifting sand dunes exposed his remains. Although his exact age is a matter of debate, he is believed by many to have lived approximately 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch—making his remains […]

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until […]

“Danger, Will Robinson”

“Danger, Will Robinson!” is a catchphrase from the 1960s’ American television series Lost in Space spoken by voice actor Dick Tufeld. The Robot B9, acting as a surrogate guardian, says this to young Will Robinson when the boy is unaware of an impending threat. In everyday use, the phrase warns someone that they are about […]

E Pluribus Unum (Latin for “One from many”)

The motto E Pluribus Unum (Latin for “One from many”) was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782, but was never adopted as the national motto through legislative action. The motto of the United States itself is In God We Trust, proclaimed by Congress and signed into law by […]

Visualize Whirled Peas

Humorous play on a bumper sticker slogan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirled_Peas  

Jongleur – (folk singer, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour)

Definition: (noun) A wandering minstrel, poet, or entertainer in medieval England and France. Synonyms: folk singer, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour. Usage: The group of jongleurs was so popular that King Edward requested a private performance. …read more

The Tennis Court Oath (1789)

In the first days of the French Revolution, the deputies of the Third Estate were locked out of their usual meeting hall at Versailles. Believing that their newly formed National Assembly was to be disbanded, they met at a nearby tennis court and took an oath to not separate until a constitution was established for […]

Towers of Silence

According to Zoroastrian tradition, a dead body is unclean and must be disposed of in a safe manner. To prevent the pollution of earth or fire, dead bodies are placed atop a tower, where they are exposed to the sun and birds of prey. The towers are circular raised structures with nearly flat roofs that […]

Kilroy Was Here

“Kilroy was here” is an American popular culture expression that is believed to have originated during World War II, when a US shipyard worker began scrawling the phrase on ships he had inspected. US servicemen then took up the saying and began scrawling it all over the world, wherever they were stationed or encamped. The […]

“Yabba Dabba Doo”

Who: Fred Flintstone Where: The Flintstones – TV show Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones

roustabout

Definition: (noun) A member of a ship’s crew who performs manual labor. Synonyms: deckhand. Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy. …read more

“North to the Future” Alaska’s Motto

“North to the Future” Where: Alaska What: state motto

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of their reigns, notations of historic events, and information pertaining to the flooding of the […]

“Great Caesar’s Ghost!”

“Great Caesar’s Ghost!” Who: Perry White – Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Planet Where: Metropolis in the Superman Comics. Read More: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Great+Caesar%27s+Ghost WikipediA Article on Perry White: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_White   And further Reading: http://www.dccomics.com/characters/superman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_%28comic_book%29  

“Sic Semper Tyrannis” – Virginia State Motto

Virginia’s official state motto is “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Thus Always to Tyrants). The Latin motto appears on the state seal and flag of Virginia. Read More… http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/symbol/virginia/state-motto/thus-always-tyrants https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic_semper_tyrannis   More about Virginia: Virginia is the oldest of the 13 original colonies. Virginia’s capital, Richmond, is among the country’s oldest cities. The Virginia General Assembly is […]

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