Today is the 6th day of the 36th week, the 14th day of the 9th month, the 127th day of 2018 [with only 101 shopping days until Christmas], and:
- Eat a Hoagie Day
- National Bakery Day
- National Coloring Day
- National Cream-Filled Donut Day
- National Hug your Boss Day
- National Live Creative Day
- National Quiet Day
- Stand Up to Cancer Day
- The Exaltation of the Holy Cross -- (AKA the Elevation of the Holy Cross or the Feast of the Cross) -- one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. According to Orthodox Church teachings, Saint Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, discovered the Holy Cross in 325 AD in the vicinity of Golgotha, where it lay buried in the dust of the centuries. On the spot where the Cross was discovered, there was also found a hitherto unknown flower of rare beauty and fragrance, which has been named Vasiliko (Basil), meaning the flower of royalty, out of respect for the Dowager Queen who led the expedition.
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1682 – Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, is founded.
1723 – Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena lays down the first stone of Fort Manoel in Malta.
1741 – George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio Messiah.
1752 – The British Empire and its American colonies replace the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar. The error between it and the Julian calendar was rectified by eliminating 11 days, yesterday being September 2; ten days are 'lost' when the new calendar which had been adopted by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 made adjustments to keep it accurate to within about 25 seconds a year
1940 - Congress passed the Selective Training and Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in US history.
1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage
1958 – The first two German post-war rockets, designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, reach the upper atmosphere.
1959 – The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
1960 – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.
1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.
1984 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
1985 – Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in Malaysia, connecting the island of Penang to the mainland, opens to traffic.
1994 – The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.
2000 – Microsoft releases Windows ME.
2015 – The first observation of gravitational waves was made, announced by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations on 11 February 2016.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 52 mins 00 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“There is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality”
~ Maurice Sendak, American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.
So all fantasy is tethered to reality? Now that is an interesting question – what is the limit of imagination and thought? It is a bit like the puzzle of Schrödinger’s Cat – once you have created and crafted a thought of “it” does “it” now exist in some form, albeit incorporeal? And if “it” is totally unique, isn’t “it” actually made of existing components that have been assembled in a new and unanticipated pattern? Is all fantasy then, whether narrative or visual, actually an idealized or prettyfied version of exists in what we so laughingly call “real life”?
Let me ask you, where would you rather live if you had your druthers?
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