FYI April 23, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1348 – The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St. George’s Day.
The Order of the Garter (formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter) is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry (though in precedence inferior to the military Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and later the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George, England’s patron saint.

Appointments are made at the Sovereign’s sole discretion. Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g., members of the British royal family and foreign monarchs). New appointments to the Order of the Garter are often announced on St George’s Day (23 April), as Saint George is the order’s patron saint.[2]

The order’s emblem is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: “Shame on him who thinks ill of it”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.

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Born On This Day

 
 
1856 – Granville Woods, American inventor and engineer (d. 1910)
Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an American inventor who held more than 60 patents.[1] He is also the first American of African ancestry to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War.[2] Self-taught, he concentrated most of his work on trains and streetcars. One of his notable inventions was the Multiplex Telegraph, a device that sent messages between train stations and moving trains. His work assured a safer and better public transportation system for the cities of the United States.

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FYI

By Andrew P. Collins: WWII-Era Flying Wing Plane Has Fatally Crashed On State Prison Grounds
 
 
 
 
Gizmodo Science: Atlantic Shipwreck Graveyard May Be Key Habitat for Imperiled Sharks; Fossilized Human Poop Shows Ancient Forager Ate an Entire Rattlesnake—Fang Included; These Are Bubbles Made of Sand and more ->
 
 
 
 
Gary Price: Conference Paper: “Institution as Social Media Collector: Lessons Learned from the Library of Congress”; New Resource: OCR4all (Open Source Text Recognition Software for Historical Texts) and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Rocky Parker: Content Formatting: How to Structure Text to Keep Readers Engaged
 
 
 
 
Atlas Obscura: A forgotten Lisa Frank factory pays tribute to its colorful and whimsical products; Moon Trees and more ->
 
 
Gastro Obscura: How breweries helped keep Peru’s Wari Empire together; Coffee Cabinet and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Marjorie Suddard: Kings of The Road: Vintage Campers
 
 
 
 
Open Culture: Hear Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky” Played on the Theremin; The Daily Rituals of 143 Famous Female Creators: Octavia Butler, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel & More and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Rural Blog: Tune in for webinar — or head to regional workshops — on rural broadband grant and loan program; Op-ed writer offers suggestions for Democratic candidates looking to reconnect with rural voters; Supreme Court hears oral arguments in FOIA case to decide if SNAP payments to retailers are public record and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Jeff Beer: New podcast digs into all 846 episodes of “Cops” and its distorted reality of crime culture
 
 


 
 

 
 

Recipes

 
 
By Adina Mayo: Paleo and Whole30 Tex Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Paleo and Whole30 Tex Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
 
 
By Tara Dodrill: Jam Cake Recipe – A Civil War Era Dessert Favorite