Tuesday, April 23, 2013

peace joy hope faith

Well ......what did I learn today?

Well , I learned what a toque is.
It's a hat with no rim used in the 13th - 16th C in Europe.
Today it relates to chef hats or toque blanche
Toques are supposed to have 100 pleats because that's how many ways an egg can be cooked. lol

I learned that in ancient times diplomas were made out of sheep skin

I learned Alma Mater means  "nourishing mother".
It refered to mother godesses and in Christianity to the Virgin Mary.
Today it is the last school one attended
In German Geis means ghost or spirit or poltergeist

Sprite is similar to Coca Cola or Fresca
Sprite is a grapefruit drink

ABMS is an abreviation
  for antiballistic missile rocket which is made to destroy ballistic rockets lol

Singer Carmen McRae was a jazz singer from Harlem NY

  Bocci is an Italian game of bowling.
In Provence, France they play Petanque

Alan Page was a former NFL footballer who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. While still playing professional football, Page went to the University of Minnesota Law School and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. Outside of the football season, Page then worked at a law firm. In 1992, he was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the first African American to serve on the court.

Shakespeare's Ross, e.g. : THANE
Thanes were Scottish aristocrats. The most famous thanes have to be the Shakespearean characters Macbeth (the Thane of Glamis, later Thane of Cawdor) and MacDuff (the Thane of Fife). Other thanes in "Macbeth" are Ross, Lennox and Angus, as well as Menteith and Caithness.

A swami is a religious teacher in the Hindu tradition and studies sutras.

“Telos” is the Greek word for “purpose, goal”. In the world of philosophy, a telos is an end or a purpose, and is a concept that is central to the philosophical method known as teleology.

  "No human thing is of serious importance" : PLATO
Plato was a Greek philosopher and mathematician. He was a student of the equally famous and respected Socrates, and Plato in turn was the teacher and mentor of the celebrated Aristotle.

Next time I hear a gull cry  I'll know a Gull's cry means  I WAS HAD
A gull is someone easily cheated, someone gullible.
Ya-----Guilty as charged. lol

The key of D major was regarded as “the key of glory” during the Baroque period. As a result, many trumpet concertos and sonatas were written in D major, as was the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”.
So now I know which key to play in to sound glorious lol

When the countries of Zanzibar and Tanganyika merged in 1964, the resulting state was named the United Republic of Tanzania, with "Tanzania" being a portmanteau of "Zanzibar" and "Tanganyika".
Jane Goodall is a British anthropologist, famous for studying wild chimpanzees in Africa for 45 years. Working at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Goodall made many discoveries. She was the first to see chimps constructing and using tools, an activity thought to be limited to the human species. She also found out that chimpanzees are vegetarians.

"Aga" (also "agha") is a title that was used by both civil and military officials in the Ottoman Empire.
Means Lord in Turkish

The apse of a church or cathedral is a semicircular recess in an outer wall, usually with a half-dome as a roof and often where there resides an altar. Originally apses were used as burial places for the clergy and also for storage of important relics.

The first telegraph message in the US was sent by Samuel Morse from the US Capitol in 1844. The message was received by a B&O railroad depot in Baltimore, Maryland. The message content was the words “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT”, which is a quotation from the Book of Numbers in the Bible.

Seneca the Younger was a playwright as well as a tutor and advisor to the Emperor Nero of Ancient Rome. Although maybe innocent, Seneca was forced to commit suicide by Nero as it was alleged that Seneca participated in a plot to kill the emperor. To kill himself, Seneca cut into a number of veins in order to bleed to death.

  Claudius was a Roman Emperors. Claudius had a lot going against him as he walked with a limp and was slightly deaf. He was put in office by the Praetorian Guard (the emperor’s bodyguards) after Caligula was assassinated. Claudius had very little experience and yet proved to be very forward-thinking and capable.

It was an interesting day. lol
Doing NY crosswords are not easy but you learn a lot.



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Mama Zen said...

Now, I've learned a thing or two!

Lorna said...

Very interesting little bits and snippets of information! Now do you know the definition of a teleological argument? :-) :-)

A Lady's Life said...

Lorna I guess it's the continuous argument between the creationist divine design argument vs Darwins natural selection and science. The thing is, it really doesn't matter.
No human can prove or disprove the existence of a divine god.We are just not there. Our minds wouldn't be able to handle the truth anyway.
The thing about Christianity is that
we wear the cross, not just because Jesus died on it but because of the symbolism behind the cross, that such evil things took place back then and still do.
People were stoned and crucified and tortured. People rebelled and out of it came words like freedom and democracy and love and peace and tolerance.
When you see a person wearing the cross there is a whole big message there.
Yes people had to fight and die for the privilege of even being able to wear it. Otherwise our world would still be that of Nero and Stalin and Hitler.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting is right. All or almost all my trivia knowledge comes from crossword puzzles. LOL

A Lady's Life said...

I am lousy at crosswords Small city lol but I sure do learn a lot and they lead you on other roads to explore. Fascinating.
Like I read about Jane Goodall on the crossword and then her movie came on TV so I watched it. Otherwise I probably would not have.
These NY City guys are pretty smart lol

Weekend-Windup said...

Interesting and informative....

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Week end.

George said...

Thanks for all the fascinating information. You've wonderfully demonstrated why I don't do crossword puzzles.

A Lady's Life said...

George - Sometimes I like to break my chops trying to do them.lol

Russell said...

Goodness! I don't think I have learned so much in the past several years!

I did hear Alan Page give a Commencement address at Winona State University in Minnesota several years ago. I remember watching him play football for the Vikings (he was one of the Purple People Eaters!).

Justice Page is a very inspirational person and is truly a giant of a man in more ways than just one!

Most interesting post!!

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Russell.