under the sea...
Today is the 4th day of the 34th week, the 22nd day of the 8th month, the 234th day of 2018, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1639 – Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
1654 – Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.
1770 – James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, and claims the east coast of Australia for Britain as New South Wales.
1780 – James Cook's ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
1851 – The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1864 – Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention, establishing the rules of protection of the victims of armed conflicts
1902 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in a government car, a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton, in public. ((FYI The first president to ever ride in a car was William McKinley. It was a steam-powered vehicle.))
1934 – Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes [a Test cricket series played between England and Australia].
1963 – X-15 Flight 91 reaches the highest altitude of the X-15 program (107.96 km (67.08 mi) (354,200 feet)).
1978 – The District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment is passed by the U.S. Congress. The proposed amendment would have provided the District of Columbia with full voting representation in the Congress, the Electoral College, and regarding amending the U.S. Constitution. The proposed amendment failed to be ratified by enough states (ratified by 16, needed 38) and so did not become part of the Constitution.
2004 – Versions of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
2007 – The Texas Rangers defeat the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern Major League Baseball history.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 47 mins 29 secs of light-travel time and Voyager II is currently 16 hrs 19 mins 06 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Writing prompt of the day:
234. Underwater: Write about sea creatures and under water life. What’s under the surface of the ocean? What adventures might be waiting?
One of the books my granddaughters like is “Everyone Poops” and especially as we work on potty training, I find myself reading it to them rather often. It is rather cute actually, making the point that every living creature that eats has to go through a process of elimination. Creatures eat different things, so their poop looks different. When it comes to pooping in the water, one of the questions the book asks is “What does whale poop look like?”
The book doesn’t answer that question and I usually make a joke about “lower than whale poop” meaning “down in the dumps”, but when I saw today’s prompt, I thought I would find out. Apparently whale poop is fittingly huge and dispersed in huge fecal plumes known as “defecation events.” Apparently humans actually use it when they can get it for perfume, but the real purpose of the waste is that it provides a boost to the productivity and life cycle of the ocean for all creatures. Surprisingly there are two different kinds of whale poop – that which comes from Baleen Whales and that which comes from the Toothed Whales because they have vastly different diets.
So now you know
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