Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 20 - read it through and a prize may ensue

Today is just for you. Happy Tuesday everyone!!!!

 Lets look at what happened on a Tuesday throughout history.

-1000 The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
-1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle Scotland.

-1804 Charles Floyd, only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, died.
-1896 Dial telephone patented.
-1954 Al Roker, Queens NY, weatherman (NBC, Today) born.

-1957 Marathon swimmer Cindy Nicholas, who became the first woman to complete a double crossing of the English Channel, taking 10 hours off the previous mark, was born at Toronto.
-1962 James Marsters, American actor born.

-1972 One of Canada's greatest poets and a leading figure in Jewish-Canadian culture Abraham Moses Klein died at Montréal.
-1974 Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon's resignation.
-1974 Amy Adams, American actress born.

-1992 Demi Lovato, American Actress born.

-1993 Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria.
-1998 The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Québec could not secede from Canada without first negotiating the terms of secession with the federal government and the other provinces.
-1999 The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec cannot secede unilaterally, but the rest of Canada would be obligated to negotiate if a clear majority of Quebeckers voted Yes to secession on a clearly worded question.
-1999 The US Department of the Interior removed the peregrine falcon from the list of endangered species. There are now 1650 breeding pairs in North America, up from only 39 in 1970. 

Word of the Day
Time for another new addition to the blog. Something that will increase your knowledge and make you seem super smart to all your friends, the word of the day from Merriam-Webster online.

Today's word is:

mot juste: the exactly right word or phrasing.

Books and Movies: The Goods.

This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists check it out for some must reads to get in before school starts back up.

If your looking for some good reads, check out the New York Times Best Sellers list ending August 25th. Publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list.

Check out the Kirkus book review for The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura.

Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.

Joke of the Day

How can you tell if a vampire has a cold?
He starts coffin’!

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A vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep.
Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and began hassling him about where he got it.
He told them to knock it off and let him get some sleep but they persisted until finally he gave in.
“OK, follow me,” he said and flew out of the cave with hundreds of bats behind him.
Down through a valley they went, across a river and into a forest full of trees.
Finally he slowed down and all the other bats excitedly milled around him.
“Now, do you see that tree over there?” he asked.
“Yes, yes, yes!” the bats all screamed in a frenzy.
“Good,” said the first bat, “Because I DIDN’T!”

If you can tell me why the jokes of the day have to do with vampires, come down to the Sylvan Lake Library and claim your prize. (hint the answers in the blog)

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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