History Schmistory: December 14. Don’t be shy, Earth!

1911: Journeyman Ronald Amundsen and his crew discover the South Pole, and get one step closer to answering the age-old question: Does our planet have a cute butt? 

 

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History Schmistory: December 13. Off the Charts.

1577: Sir Francis Drake sets out from England on his voyage around the world. Judging by this portrait he looks pretty pleased with himself!

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory: December 12. Is anybody out there?

1901: Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal in Newfoundland. The Message? “What kind of name is gooey elbow macaroni?”

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MarcoWord (Italian): Buon Natale (Merry Christmas)

Or ‘Buone Feste!’ (Happy Holidays!)

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MarcoWord (Finnish): Hyvaa joulua (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Finnish): Hyvaa joulua. Merry Christmas. Hyvaa joulua! Finland, Finland, Finland, that the country for me; pony trekking or camping, or just watching TV. ”

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History Schmistory: December 10. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a mouse?

1955: One of history’s greatest cartoon superheroes comes to television to save the day…Mighty Mouse!

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Today’s MarcoWord (Danish): Glædelig Jul (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Danish): Glædelig Jul. Merry Christmas. Glædelig Jul! Let’s have a sweet flat pastry thingy for Christmas breakfast.

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History Schmistory: December 9. These Woods Rock!

1962: The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona. Local trees are too petrified to speak.

By Kumar Appaiah [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Kumar Appaiah [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MarcoWord (Greek): Kala Christouyenna! (Merry Christmas)

Today’s MarcoWord (Greek): Kala Christouyenna!. Merry Christmas. Kala Christouyenna!! Did you know the “X” in Xmas comes from the Greek letter “chi” which represents ‘Christ?’ Well, it does :-)!”

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/ParthenonNight.jpg

History Schmistory: December 8. Duck and Cover!

1953: United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers the speech that launches the “Atoms for Peace” program, which supplied information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions on how to stop worrying and love the bomb.

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