quixotic

Definition: (adjective) Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
Synonyms: wild-eyed, romantic.

Usage: She is ready prey to any man who knows how to play adroitly either on her affectionate ardor or her quixotic enthusiasm.

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Night of the Radishes

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. Discuss
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Does that robin in your yard mean spring is in the air?

Not always – but most of us will smile at the sight anyway. A favorite of young and old alike for its vivid color and cheery song, the American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

We think of American Robins as harbingers of spring, so when we see them during the winter, what does that mean? Is spring coming early? Are there a few confused birds in your neighborhood? Find out in our Question of the Week: …read more

“Physic” – Advertising Sign

“Physic” – Advertising Sign

A psychic in a town close by had an office. Nice location on a busy corner. Had one of them $100 dollar vinyl signs to advertise her business, Palm Reader, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves, and Physic!!!!

I saw the sign but couldn’t believe it. Went around the block and checked it again. Yeah, that’s what it said!

“Physic”

Now, my take on this was ‘she must not be real adept at being a Physic…. I mean psychic’.

Why?

  • She didn’t foresee the sign painter misspelling the word.
  • She didn’t recognize the problem when it was delivered and installed.
  • She could consult her crystal ball and ‘see’ I (and probably many others) were riding by and laughing at her ‘misfortune’.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/physic

unexceptionable

unexceptionable – (adjective) Beyond any reasonable objection; irreproachable.
Synonyms: unimpeachable.
Usage: No person need think of applying for this situation unless he could furnish the most unexceptionable references to character and abilities.

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Rosa Bonheur (1822)

 

One of the most famous female painters of the 19th century, Bonheur was trained by her father—an art teacher—and began regularly exhibiting her work at the Paris Salon in 1841. Her unsentimental paintings of animals became very popular, particularly in England and the US, and her most famous painting, The Horse Fair, gained her an international reputation.

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“Dislpay Sold” – Advertising Sign

“Dislpay Sold”

I worked in a large retail establishment for 6 years. Always a good laugh there if you looked for it!

The first year I was there, someone had went through a bunch of display items, priced them at a good discount and placed them on a prominent isle table. They then printed out a set of signs to attract attention…… ‘Dislpay Sold’!!! All four sides. Great Display.

Nothing there moved very fast.

I noticed the sign but thought it was my dyslexia kicking in but…. I kept passing that nice display and realized the sign was misspelled. Evidently the customers didn’t understand it either and didn’t buy from there in spite of the deep discount.

Over time as the opportunities came, I would point it out to management, starting the supervisors. Nothing happened! Market manager didn’t even notice when he dropped by.

Thought it was all over until a year before I left. the same signs appeared on a isle shelving area.

Dislpay Sold!!!

 

In case you don’t get it, the sign should have said, “Display Sale”.

“where is everyone????”

“where is everyone????” – Fermi’s question

The age of the universe and its vast number of stars has led some to suggest that unless the rare Earth hypothesis holds true, extraterrestrial life should be common.

In an informal discussion in 1950, the physicist Enrico Fermi questioned why, if a multitude of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations exist in the Milky Way galaxy, evidence such as a flying saucer or Von Neumann probe have not yet been seen.

Read More…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox#Hypothetical_explanations_for_the_paradox

 

 

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

“Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” – Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante closed his shows and appearances with this Catch Phrase and finally revealed it was a tribute to his first wife.

 

Quote from Wikipedia:

At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC‘s Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. While driving across the country, they stopped in a small town called Calabash, whose name she had loved. “Mrs. Calabash” became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with “Good night, Mrs. Calabash.” He added “wherever you are” after the first year.[7]

Durante’s first wife was Jean “Jeanne” Olson, whom he married on June 19, 1921

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante

Empathy

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Read More…

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Charlie Chaplin Is Knighted (1975)

Though he spent most of his career in the US, British-born silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin never applied for citizenship. The US took advantage of this fact in 1952, while Chaplin was overseas, revoking his re-entry permit over his alleged Communist ties. His political leanings, as well as his many affairs with young women, nearly cost him a knighthood, but after decades of debate, he was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. What was stolen from Chaplin’s grave shortly after his death? Discuss

The Capgras Delusion

The Capgras Delusion is a rare
disorder in which a person holds the delusional belief
that an acquaintance (usually a spouse or other close
family member) has been replaced by an identical
impostor. Found in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia,
dementia, or those suffering from a brain injury, the
disorder is named after Joseph Capgras, the French
psychiatrist who first described it in 1923.
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George Bizet’s Carmen Premieres in Paris (1875)

Though it is today one of the most popular operas ever written, Carmen was initially met with such scathing reviews that the opera house had to give away tickets to get people to see it. Shortly after its disastrous premiere, its author, Bizet, died of a heart attack and the director of the struggling opera house resigned. Later that year, however, Carmen opened in Vienna to wide acclaim. Why did critics initially hate Bizet’s story of a soldier’s doomed love for a wild Gypsy girl?

Battle of the Bismarck Sea Begins (1943)

This battle was an unparalleled victory for Allied air power in WWII. During the engagement, Allied planes attacked and nearly obliterated a Japanese convoy transporting thousands of troops to New Guinea. The Japanese loss of critical reinforcements and supplies changed the course of the Pacific War. The Allies were later criticized for strafing Japanese survivors, reportedly in retaliation for Japanese actions earlier in the battle. What new bombing technique did the Allies use in the battle?