Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

xeric \ZEER-ik\, adjective:
  • of, pertaining to, or adapted to a dry environment.
Xeric, a relatively young word, was coined by ecologists W.S. Cooper and A.O. Weese in 1926 to replace the word xerophytic for a lack of moisture in both plants and animals.
  • An unlawful and/or oppressive precedent set by a person or persons claiming authority.
The embedding of biometric chips in or on the general population sets a dangerous opprescedent which undermines both privacy and safety.
How many amendments to the U.S. Constitution were proposed in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1789?
  • 12. The first two proposed—dealing with the number and apportionment of the House of Representatives, and Congressional pay raises—failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. The remaining 10 were ratified and became the Bill of Rights.

What color, symbolically linked to Lent, are the drapes and altar cloths used in many churches during that somber 40-day observance?
  • Purple, which is associated both with mourning and with royalty. During Lent, as the color of mourning, purple represents repentance and the pain and suffering of the crucifixion; as the color of royalty, it celebrates Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty.
  • Ash Wedesday: in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

  • Toronto: Canada's largest city, and one of the most livable cities in the world, was incorporated (1834)
  • the Alamo: fort was overrun by Mexican troops during the Texas revolution; all inside were killed (1836)
  • La Traviata: Verdi's opera premiered in Venice (1853)
  • Dred Scott case (1857): US Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not citizens; the decision was overturned a decade later by the 14th amendment
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475
  • Cyrano De Bergerac 1619
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806
  • Furry Lewis 1893
  • Bob Wills 1905
  • Lou Costello 1906
  • Ed McMahon 1923
  • Alan Greenspan 1926 - Federal Reserve chairman, possible zombie
  • Wes Montgomery 1927
  • Leroy Gordon ‘Gordo’ Cooper 1927
  • Gabriel Garcia-Marquez 1928 - Author ("Love in the Time of Cholera")
  • Lorin Maazel 1930
  • Marion Barry 1936
  • Sylvia Robinson 1936
  • Doug Dillard 1937
  • Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolaeva 1937
  • Joanna Miles 1940
  • Willie Stargell 1941
  • Ben Murphy 1942
  • Mary Wilson 1944 - Singer (Supremes)
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa 1944
  • Rob Reiner 1945
  • Hugh Grundy 1945 - Musician (The Zombies)
  • Kiki Dee 1947
  • Dick Fosbury 1947
  • David Gimour 1947 - Musician (Pink Floyd)
  • Tom Arnold 1959 - Actor
  • Skip Ewing 1964
  • D.L. Hughley 1964 - Actor ("The Hughleys")
  • Connie Britton 1968 - Actress
  • Moira Kelly 1968 - Actress ("Caroline in the City")
  • Amy Pietz 1969
  • Shaquille O'Neal 1972 - Basketball player
  • Chris Tomson 1984 - Musician (Vampire Weekend)