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History of the Kirking of the Tartans: Is it really Scottish?

October 29, 2022 /
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TartanHISTORY OF THE KIRKING OF THE TARTANS

This Sunday, all over the world, many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ th’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture.

What is The Kirking of the Tartans?

Kirking Etymologically

  • Kirking, from the Scots word kirk, which means church, in this usage, means “blessing.”
  • Tartans are the traditional plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool cloth.

Historically, the story is a bit more varied. The popular legend goes as follows:

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History of the Internet: Over 50 Years Ago

October 28, 2022 /
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HISTORY OF THE INTERNET: OVER 50 YEARS AGO

On October 29, 1969, at 10:30 PM, a computer grad student at U.C.L.A. named Charley Kline sent a message to S.R.I. (Stanford Research Institute.) It was the first connection between computer networks. The Internet began!

 

Charley Kline

Charley Kline

We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI…
We typed the L and we asked on the phone,

“Do you see the L?”
Yes, we see the L,” came the response.

We typed the O, and we asked,
“Do you see the O?”
Yes, we see the O.”

Then we typed the G, and the system crashed…
Yet a revolution had begun…

 

 

Talked to SRI

October 29, 1969 log book

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History of Mole Day: Avogadro’s Number

October 23, 2022 /
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HISTORY OF MOLE DAY: AVOGADRO’S NUMBER

Today, October 23, at 6:02 AM, begins Mole Day. As a Geek Holiday, which is part of National Chemistry Week, it is based on something you may remember from high school chemistry:

 

Avogadro’s Number: 6.02 x 1023

Or fully, it’s 602,214,076,000,000,000,000,000.

What better reason than at 06:02 (6.02) on October (10) 23rd (23) we celebrate Mole Day?

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History of the Aspens

October 16, 2022 /
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AspensHISTORY OF THE ASPENS

Every year about this time, Fall is ushered in by a flush of Aspen trees as their leaves turn to gold. Where I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the particular aspen is called the “trembling” or quaking aspen. The broadleaf and flattened stem cause them to flutter in the breeze. It is a type of poplar tree called populus tremuloides. As tourists visit New England in Autumn for Leaves and Lobsters, visitors come to Colorado to Leaf Peep as the aspens change to dramatic yellows, golds, and reds.

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History of Mach 1: Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

October 14, 2022 /
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Captain Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1

THE HISTORY OF MACH 1

On June 10, 1948, The U.S. Air Force confirmed that Capt. Chuck Yeager had repeatedly attained supersonic speeds in the Bell X-1.

 

Yeager’s Background

But it was actually on October 14, 1947, that Chuck Yeager, who died in 2020, broke the sound barrier, Mach 1, for the first time.

I met Yeager on his 50th anniversary of that earlier date in Washington DC, on October 14, 1997 — when he retired as a military consultant and broke the sound barrier again, this time in an F-15.

On this occasion in 1997, he was speaking at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. He told us how he did it in the room next to the gallery where the Bell X-1 rocket plane is hung.  This is a man with “The Right Stuff.” Indeed you saw his exploits in the movie by that name.

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History of October 10: 42 Day

October 10, 2022 /
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October 10HISTORY OF OCTOBER 10: 42 DAY

  • Question: What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?
  • Answer: 42

 

Question: What does that mean?

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History of Sukkot: Festival of Booths

October 9, 2022 /
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SukkotHISTORY OF SUKKOT: FESTIVAL OF BOOTHS

Tonight at sunset, September 9, begins the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Booths or Festival of Tabernacles.

We’ve talked about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but this holiday is significant because it is considered one of the three “pilgrimage” festivals in the Jewish calendar.

The Old Testament Book of Leviticus discusses the Exodus from slavery in Egypt of the Children of Israel. They were to commemorate it by living in temporary booths for a week

“… that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 23:43

The week started with a Sabbath (rest from work) and ended on the eighth day with a sabbath.
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History of Christopher Columbus

October 7, 2022 /
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Christopher ColumbusHISTORY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

The man who sailed from Spain to discover America was neither Spanish nor did he discover America, at least not the mainland. But it was true that:

 

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue

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History of James Bond: Dr. No – 60 Years Ago

October 5, 2022 /
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HISTORY OF JAMES BOND: DR. NO – 60 YEARS AGO

You’ve no doubt heard that it’s the 60th anniversary of James Bond. It was featured at this year’s Academy Award.

But the actual 60th anniversary of the films is today:

October 5, 1962, was the premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No.

For historical context, this was the same day The Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do.

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History of Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

October 4, 2022 /
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Yom KippurHISTORY OF YOM KIPPUR

The Jewish High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah and continue until Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown tonight. Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” or more correctly Yom ha-Kippurim (Leviticus 16), goes back to Jewish antiquity almost 4,000 years to the time of Moses. This most solemn occasion of the Jewish Festival cycle was the season for annual cleansing from sin, but in time its significance was deepened so that it acquired personal meaning and filled a personal need. It is observed on the 10th day of Tishri, the seventh month, and is the climax of the whole penitential season.

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History of October: the Pumpkin Spice Saga

October 1, 2022 /
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HISTORY OF OCTOBER: THE PUMPKIN SPICE SAGA

October, the tenth month of the year in both the older Julian and the current Gregorian calendar, used to be the 8th month (Latin octo) in the ancient Roman calendar. But with the addition of January and February, it got bumped to #10.

This month is significant because, according to the modern Gregorian calendar, it is the first full month that enjoys Pumpkin Spice Latte, initially promoted by St. Starbucks. But it has not always been so; in some years, it is not so. Therein lies the saga of this coffee concoction.

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History of Coffee: International Coffee Day

September 30, 2022 /
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CoffeeHISTORY OF COFFEE: INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Yesterday, September 29, was National Coffee Day in the US and 16 other countries.

But tomorrow, October 1, is International Coffee Day, shared by the National Coffee Day in 12 countries.

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