Saturday, June 28, 2014
Putting a motor on a skateboard seems like such a simple adaptation that “you wonder why these things aren’t everywhere already.” Apparently, the engineering challenge is formidable. The new Boosted Boardrepresents the product of several years of trial-and-error development. Twin motors spin the rear wheels, drawing juice from a lithium battery mounted behind the front wheels. A handheld remote controls the speed, allowing a top motor-generated velocity of 20 mph. The Boosted Board isn’t as maneuverable as a standard long board and thus “takes some practice.” Still, “it sure is a blast.”
Conn.: Renowned architect Frazier Peters built this four-bedroom house in 1937. Set on a 7.2-acre lot, the home features arched doorways, a living room with a 20-foot exposed-beam ceiling, and a stone-floor dining room with French doors that lead to a canopied patio. The property has a small cottage and the option to subdivide. $799,900.
|1635||The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean.|
|1675||Frederick William of Brandenburg crushes the Swedes.|
|1709||Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava.|
|1776||Colonists repulse a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.|
|1778||Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth.|
|1839||Cinque and other Africans are kidnapped and sold into slavery in Cuba.|
|1862||Fighting continues between Union and Confederate forces during the Seven Days' campaign.|
|1863||General Meade replaces General Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.|
|1874||The Freedmen's Bank, created to assist former slaves in the United States, closes. Customers of the bank lose $3 million.|
|1884||Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday.|
|1902||Congress passes the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.|
|1911||Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City.|
|1914||Austria's Archduke Francis Ferdinand is assassinated at Sarajevo, Serbia.|
|1919||Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles under protest.|
|1921||A coal strike in Britain is settled after three months.|
|1930||More than 1,000 communists are routed during an assault on the British consulate in London.|
|1938||Congress creates the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.|
|1942||German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.|
|1945||General Douglas MacArthur announces the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.|
|1949||The last U.S. combat troops are called home from Korea, leaving only 500 advisers.|
|1950||General Douglas MacArthur arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North.|
|1954||French troops begin to pull out of Vietnam's Tonkin province.|
|1964||Malcolm X founds the Organization for Afro-American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.|
|1967||14 people are shot during race riots in Buffalo, New York.|
|1970||Muhammed Ali [Cassius Clay] stands before the Supreme Court regarding his refusal of induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.|
|1971||The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.|
|1972||Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.|
|1976||The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy.|
What is the only state that has hosted the (summer) Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games?
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Friday, June 27, 2014
noun: The common people; the masses; riffraff.
From French canaille (villain, rabble), from Italian canaglia (pack of dogs, rabble), from cane (dog), from Latin canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French chenille: caterpillar, literally, little dog), kennel, canary, hound, dachshund, corgi, cynic, and cynosure. Earliest documented use: 1676.
Protein is getting pricey. The cost of beef, beans, bacon, and nine other protein sources jumped 28 percent in the last five years. In 2014 alone, protein prices have risen roughly 5 percent—twice the pace of increase for any other food group.