FYI September 30, 2022

On This Day

1139 – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes the Caucasus mountains in the Seljuk Empire, causing mass destruction and killing up to 300,000 people.[1]
The 1139 Ganja earthquake is one of the worst seismic events in history. It affected the Seljuk Empire and Kingdom of Georgia; modern-day Azerbaijan and Georgia. The earthquake had an estimated magnitude of 7.7 MLH, 7.5 Ms and 7.0–7.3 Mw. A controversial death toll of 230,000–300,000 came as a consequence of this event.[2]



Born On This Day

1530 – Girolamo Mercuriale, Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)
Girolamo Mercuriale or Mercuriali (Italian: Geronimo Mercuriali; Latin: Hieronymus Mercurialis, Hyeronimus Mercurialis) (September 30, 1530 – November 8, 1606) was an Italian philologist and physician, most famous for his work De Arte Gymnastica.




NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day

Please be aware that you have the coverage you need. Home insurance reminder:

Replacement cost and actual cash value refer to how your homeowners insurance policy reimburses you for property damage after a covered loss. While both types of coverage help with the costs of rebuilding your home or replacing damaged items after a covered loss, actual cash value policies are based on the items’ depreciated value while replacement cost coverage does not account for depreciation.

Home Insurance: Homeowners insurance replacement cost vs. actual cash value

By Seth Stevenson, Pocket Collections: Peeking Under the Hood of Volkswagen: A Reading List Slate podcast host Seth Stevenson takes us on a journey through the car manufacturer’s highs and lows, from lovable ads to emissions scandals.

By Maeve Higgins, The Guardian: God’s Creatures is a film on why rapists are protected. Its makers are asking why distributors won’t pick it up


By Brigid Delaney, The Guardian: ‘Inject that Stoicism into my veins!’: 10 tools of ancient philosophy that improved my life
A Prayer that takes serious BALLS… | Buddy Brown


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By Nancy Mack, Taste of Home: I Made Dolly Parton’s ‘Stone Soup,’ and Now I See Why Her Mama Loved the Recipe
Homemade on a Weeknight: Classic Chicken Fried Steak
By Amy Maoz, Pocket Collections: Find Your New Favorite Cookie With These 18 Recipes From ube crinkles to pink Champagne Oreos, our roundup of epic cookies might make you rethink your devotion to classic chocolate chip (or at least add some chai and brown butter to the mix).
Just the Recipe: Paste the URL to any recipe, click submit, and it’ll return literally JUST the recipe- no ads, no life story of the writer, no nothing EXCEPT the recipe.




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