Category: FYI


FYI November 26, 2017

1805 – Official opening of Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔntkəˈsəɬtɛ], full name in Welsh: Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte) is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in north east Wales. The 18-arched stone and cast iron structure, which took ten years to design and build, was …

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Happy Holidays

Wishing you all the best for this holiday season, which ever holy days you choose to celebrate.

10 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Fast Cooking A Breeze

Do you feel too tired after work to cook in the evenings? These 10 kitchen gadgets will solve your problem! 10 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Fast Cooking A Breeze

FYI November 23, 2017

1936 – Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success. Life was an American magazine that ran weekly from 1883 to 1936 as a humor magazine with limited circulation. Time owner Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and launched …

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FYI November 22, 2017

1837 – Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie calls for a rebellion against the United Kingdom in his essay “To the People of Upper Canada”, published in his newspaper The Constitution. The Upper Canada Rebellion was an insurrection against the oligarchic government of the British colony of Upper Canada (present day Ontario) in December …

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FYI November 21, 2017

1942 – The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by general vehicles until 1943). The Alaska Highway (also known as the Alaskan Highway, Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN Highway) was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the contiguous United …

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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCLXII)

1. Gustave Eiffel’s Swiss Villa Getaway Villa Claire, named after his daughter, was Gustave Eiffel’s preferred place of rest when he wasn’t building giant iron towers or attempting to engineer the Panama Canal. In Vevey, Switzerland. From a collection at Musée D’Orsay, prints for sal…. 5. An “Internet” Radio, first released in 1954 Nobody knows …

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FYI November 20, 2017

1959 – The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations. The Declaration of the Rights of the Child, sometimes known as the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child, is an international document promoting child rights, drafted by Eglantyne Jebb and adopted by the League of Nations in …

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FYI November 19, 2017

1944 – World War II: Thirty members of the Luxembourgish resistance defend the town of Vianden against a larger Waffen-SS attack in the Battle of Vianden. The Battle of Vianden (occasionally called the Battle for Vianden Castle) took place November 19, 1944 in the small town of Vianden in northern Luxembourg, and was one of …

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Sitka Nature: Purple Finch

I took a short walk around the neighborhood around noon after dropping my dad off at the airport. I saw no sign of the Purple Finch, though other birds (juncos, primarily) seemed to be acting a lit… Purple Finch