The Science of Golf — Infographic

THe Crazy Science Behind Golf

Mark Twain once quipped, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”  Since it’s invention in Scotland sometime in the 15th century, the game has evolved quite a bit.  From hitting round pebbles with a set of sticks to the graphite clubs and dimpled balls of today, golf is a very technical, exacting sport that still remains accessible to just about anyone. [VIA]

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 23, 2020!

APRIL 23, 2020


Today is:

National Cherry Cheesecake Day — Be they baked in or layered on top, cherries do make the cheesecake much better!

National Lost Dog Awareness Day — Take some time to think about all those posters and fliers you see around.  Maybe today can be the day you help someone fine their lost best friend..

National Picnic Day — Even though for lots of us parks and open areas are off limits, who’s stopping you from throwing down a blanket in the backyard for your lunch break today?



JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) — American politician.  15th President of the United States.
STEPHEN DOUGLAS  (1813-1861) — American politician and lawyer.  Known for being half of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois (1858); 1860 presidential candidate.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK  (1928-2014) — American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat.  Former child star became a US Ambassador.
ROY ORBISON (1936-1988) — American singer-songwriter best known for his songs Only the LonelyOh, Pretty Woman.
MICHAEL MOORE (1954) — American documentary film maker, author, & activist (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11)
JOHN CENA  (1977) — American professional wrestler and actor.



1635 – The first public school in North America, the Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  It is still an active school.
1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases “New Coke“.  Three weeks later, due to a overwhelming negative response it will be discontinued and the original formula returned.
2005 – The first ever YouTube video, “Me at the Zoo“, is uploaded by the user jawed.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 22, 2020!

APRIL 22, 2020

Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day — Call them Administrative Professionals, Administrative Assistants, or Secretaries… we all know who’s really running the show!

Earth Day — Since 1970, celebrating the wonder that is our one and only home and striving to keep her safe!

National Jellybean Day — The favorite of President Ronald Reagan, today is the day to celebrate all those little nuggets of sugary goodness.  Just be careful with the “any flavor beans“!



VLADIMIR LENIN (1870-1924) — Russian revolutionary and political theorist.  Founder of Soviet Union.
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (1904-1967) — American physicist.  Director of the Los Alamos Lab & head of the “Manhattan Project” during World War II.
GLEN CAMPBELL  (1936-2017) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and TV personality.



1864 – Congress passes the Coinage Act, requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be printed or minted on all US currency.
1876 – The first National League baseball game is played at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.  The Boston Red Caps defeat the Athletics 6-5.  This game marks the beginning of MLB.
1889 – The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 begins at noon where thousands race to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are founded with a population of 10,000 each.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 21, 2020!

APRIL 21, 2020

Today is:

Big Word Day — “The objective of today is to use voluminous words while confabulating with others, with the intention of impressing those you converse with.”

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day — Everything is better coated with a thick layer of chocolate!

World Creativity and Innovation Day — Whether it’s drawing, writing, playing with LEGO, or even building a backyard nuclear reactor, today is your day to let loose and shine.



CHARLOTTE BRONTË  (1816-1855) — English novelist and poet. Eldest of the three Brontë sisters; best-known for writing Jane Eyre.
ELIZABETH II (1926) — Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Realms.
TONY DANZA  (1951) — American actor, TV personality, boxer, and teacher.  Best known for roles in Taxi and Who’s the Boss?
TONY ROMO (1980) — Former American football player (QB-Dallas Cowboys) and sportscaster.



753 BC – Traditional date for the founding of Rome by the twins Romulus and Remus.
1509 Henry VIII takes the throne of England upon the death of his father, Henry VII.
1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (aka “The Red Baron”) is shot down and killed in France.
1989 – Nintendo launches the original Game Boy portable gaming system in Japan.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 20, 2020!

APRIL 20, 2020

Today is:

National Cheddar Fries Day — Take those taters and drown them in cheesy love — whether it be melted shreds or the plastic lava — put cheese on em!

National Look Alike Day — It doesn’t need to be an identical twin!  Today you might be able to find your doppelganger somewhere in the world.

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day — It’s sweet, it’s sugary, it’s pineapple-y — better yet, it’s upside down!  Load up the baking pan and have a slice!



HAROLD LLOYD (1893-1971) — American silent film comedian.
TITO PUENTE (1923-2000) — American drummer and songwriter. Best known for his mambo and Latin jazz compositions.
GEORGE TAKEI  (1937) — American actor, author, and activist.  Best known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek.
ANDY SERKIS (1964) — English actor and director.  Best known  for his action capture roles of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Snoke in Star Wars.



1657 – The freedom to practice their religion openly is given to Jews in New Amsterdam, later New York City.
1898 – President McKinley signs the formal declaration of war from Congress, beginning the Spanish-American War.
1912 – Baseball is played for the first time  at Fenway Park, still home to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox beat the NY Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings..
1916 – The first National League baseball game is played at Chicago’s Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).  The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.  The defunct Federal League played there from 1914-15.
1946 – The League of Nations  (formed after WWI) officially dissolves, yielding most of its power to the new United Nations.
1972 – The Apollo 16 lunar module lands on the surface of the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 17, 2020!

APRIL 17, 2020

Today is:

National Cheeseball Day — Who doesn’t love these puffed grain balls covered in neon yellow cheese?

National Kickball Day — A playground classic for years.  Line up and pick your teams!  There’s nothing like the sound of the big rubber ball when it’s kicked.

International Haiku Poetry Day — Try writing your own 5-7-5 syllable poem:  Start a line with five.  Next one seven syllables.  Five more gives haiku.



ALEXANDER CARTWRIGHT (1820-1892) — American firefighter; considered to be the inventor of baseball.
J.P. MORGAN (1837-1913) — American banker and financier.  One of the figureheads of America’s “Gilded Age”
“ROWDY” RODDY PIPER  (1954-2015) — Canadian professional wrestler and actor.
SEAN BEAN (1959) — English actor (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Martian)
BOOMER ESIASON (1961) — American former football player (quarterback) and sports commentator.



1861 – Virginia’s secession convention votes in favor of secession, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes its highest one day total: 11,747 people.
1961– The Bay of Pigs Invasion begins with a group of CIA-backed Cuban exiles land on the island and attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1970Apollo 13 returns to Earth after an in flight disaster nearly killed all aboard on their mission to the moon.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 16, 2020!

APRIL 16, 2020

Today is:

Day of the Mushroom — A day to recognize those edible fungi that are great eaten plain, stuffed, or on your pizza.

National High Five Day — Raise those hands and smack em together!

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day — Let’s be honest here, who isn’t nowadays if we’re all working from home?



WILBUR WRIGHT (1867-1912) — American inventor.  With brother Orville, half of the famed Wright Brothers.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977) — English actor, director, screenwriter, & producer.  Most famous for playing “The Little Tramp” in silent comedy shorts.
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR  (1947) — American Hall of Fame basketball player and actor.
BILL BELICHICK (1952) — American football head coach (New England Patriots).  Winner of six Super Bowls and third on the all time wins list.
MARTIN LAWRENCE (1965) — American actor, comedian, & television show host (Bad Boys, Martin, House Party).



1547 BC – The Battle of Megiddo, the first battle in history recorded in what is considered reliable detail.
1910 – The oldest, still active, multi-purpose sports arena in the world, The Boston (now Matthews) Arena is opened.
1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. writes his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated for protesting against segregation.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 15, 2020!

APRIL 15, 2020

Today is:

ASL Day — American Sign Language Day; learn some simple signs and open up a whole new world of communication!

National Banana Day — Celebrate that long, yellow fruit loved by monkeys and toddlers everywhere.  Try one fresh out of the peel or in your favorite recipe.

National Rubber Eraser Day — The unsung hero of test takers with a Number 2 pencil everywhere!

School Librarians’ Day — Time to toot our own horn.  We are the keepers of resources, and the finders of all the things.  Sometimes unseen and unnoticed, but always vital to the school community.

World Art Day — (AKA Art History Day) Appreciate some great artwork from around the world.  Countless museums are offering virtual tours, or check out this blog’s daily art section!



LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519) — Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and inventor.
CHARLES WILSON PEALE (1741-1827) — American painter and soldier famous for his portraits of American Revolutionary leaders.
HENRY JAMES  (1843-1916) — American novelist & short story writer (The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw)
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894-1971) — Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union
KIM IL-SUNG (1912-1994) –North Korean general and politician. 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea
SETH ROGEN  (1982) — American actor, screenwriter,  comedian & producer (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Steve Jobs)
EMMA WATSON (1990) — English actress. (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast)




1783 – The preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified by Congress.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the previous evening.  Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency upon his death.
1892 – The General Electric Company is founded in Schenectady, NY.
1924Rand McNally published its first road atlas
1947 Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
1955 – A McDonald’s restaurant franchise location is opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois, marking the “founding” of the fast food empire.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 13, 2020!

APRIL 13, 2020

Today is:

National Make Lunch Count Day — Forget the idea of a “working lunch” or even working through lunch.  Turn everything off, and take time for yourself and your lunch today!  Enjoy that extended lunch break.

National Peach Cobbler Day — Ooey, gooey peaches baked in a dish with a crumb/oat topping… what could be better??  Why not try some today on that lunch break you should be enjoying!




GUY FAWKES (1570-1606) — English soldier and revolutionary.  Planner of the Gunpowder Plot.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) — Author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd President of the United States.
BUTCH CASSIDY  (1866-1908) — American bank and train robber.  Leader of the “Wild Bunch” in the American west with the Sundance Kid.
SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989) — Irish author, poet, and Playwright.  Nobel  laureate, 1969.
PETER DAVISON (1951) — English actor (Doctor Who – 5th Doctor, All Creatures Great and Small)



1861Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, SC surrenders to Confederate forces after a nightlong bombardment.
1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is founded.
1943 – The Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC is dedicated on the 200th anniversary of the President’s birth.
1964Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American to win  Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his performance in Lillies of the Field.
1997 Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament, at the age of 21.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 10, 2020!

APRIL 10, 2020

Today is:

Encourage a Young Writer Day — If you have a student always with an idea in their head, or a story in mind, today is the day to have them put pen to paper and write it down!

Global Work From Home Day — Seems like that’s everyday now!

National Hug Your Dog Day — For many of us, not having our furry companions right now would make things a lot harder.  Show them your appreciation today.  Even if you can’t, give a pup a virtual hug!

Siblings Day — Today’s the day to reach out and get in touch with your siblings.  Just make sure you don’t need mom or day to separate you or turn the car around!




COMMODORE MATTHEW PERRY (1794-1858) — American naval officer.  Most famous for opening trade relations between the West and Japan.
LEW WALLACE (1827-1905) — American lawyer, politician, Union General and author (Ben-Hur)
JOSEPH PULITZER  (1847-1911) — Hungarian-American publisher, journalist, and politician.  Founder of Pulitzer, Inc. and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize.
JOHN MADDEN  (1936) — American football player, Hall of fame coach, and sportscaster.
JUAN WILLIAMS (1954) — Panamanian-American author, journalist, and political analyst (Fox News & NPR)
MANDY MOORE (1984) — American singer-songwriter and actress (Tangled, Midway, This is Us)



837Halley’s Comet makes its closest ever approach to Earth at a distance of 3.2 million miles.
1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of  Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City.
1912 – The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden (and only) voyage.
1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishers.
1970 – Paul McCartney announces that for personal and professional reasons, he is leaving The Beatles,  beginning  the “break up” of the band.