Today is the 6th day of the 19th week, the 11th day of the 5th month, the 131st day of 2018, and:
and the earliest day on which Whit Monday can fall, while June 14 is the latest; celebrated on the day after Pentecost
- Child Care Provider Day
- Eat What You Want Day
- Fintastic Friday -- Giving Sharks a Voice
- Hostess CupCake Day – first sold in 1919, created by the Taggart Bakery and made at their Indianapolis bakery
- Military Spouse Appreciation Day
- National Foam Rolling Day [massage]
- National Provider Appreciation Day
- National Public Gardens Day
- National Twilight Zone Day
- Nisga'a Day, celebration of the effective date of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. (Nisga'a Nation)
- Provider Appreciation Day
- Root Canal Appreciation Day
On this day ...
330 – Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.
1676 - Beggars ordered to get permission from priests to beg in the streets of Montreal and Quebec.
1502 – Christopher Columbus departs Cádiz on his fourth and final voyage to the Americas.
1792 – Robert Gray commands the first expedition to sail into the Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America
1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
1947 - The B.F. Goodrich Co. of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tire.
1949 - Israel was admitted to the United Nations.
1949 Siam changed its named to Thailand.
1972 – The United States performs a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site, which was part of Operation Grommet.
1996 – Al Leiter throws a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies, the first no-hitter in Florida Marlins franchise history.
1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
1998 - India set off three underground atomic blasts, its first nuclear tests in 24 years.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 52 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“I'll keep rolling along
Deep in my heart is a song
Here on the range I belong
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds”
Tumbling Tumbleweeds lyrics by Bob Nolan © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
A stray article that I ran across yesterday was about the tumbleweed – that iconic symbol of the American West, portrayed in song and movies [there are at least three movies titled “Tumbleweed”] as a metaphor for the restless life of the cowboy. In current parlance, it signifies either an awkward moment of silence that falls on a room after a person says something stupid, unfunny or offensive, or a roaming party. But what got my attention, was that it is actually classified as a noxious weed and a nuisance, and an example of an invasive species’ thriving and taking over in a new environment.
Tumbleweeds probably arrived around 1873 when Russian immigrants [Ukrainian farmers] arrived in South Dakota carrying flax seed that was apparently contaminated with Russian thistle seeds (Salsola tragus) and were first reported in the United States around 1877 in Bon Homme County. , South Dakota. Within two decades the plant had tumbled into a dozen states, and by 1900, tumbleweed had reached the Pacific Coast, growing in disturbed soils such as agricultural fields, irrigation canals and roadside shoulders and ditches. It has also spread to and grows abundantly in Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa and Turkey. And today, tumbleweeds are not only an agricultural nuisance and fire hazard, but massive pileups now often bury houses, block roads and driveways, and even barricade people inside their homes. No wonder they have been portrayed as sentient beings, both on TV and on the big screen.
Apparently we don’t have them in Maryland, and after reading all this and seeing the pictures, I’ll settle for the local infestation of dandelions. At least we can make wine from them!
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