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    What's the Word? -LABILE pronunciation: [LAY-bihl] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Late Middle English, unknown Meaning: 1. (technical) Liable to change; easily altered 2. Of or characterized by emotions that are easily aroused or freely expressed, and that tend to alter quickly and spontaneously; emotionally unstable. Example: "My roommates are very labile when it comes to plans." "As a doctor, Louie was very familiar with patients becoming emotionally labile when they weren't feeling well." About Labile Labile developed in Middle English, but its roots are found in the Latin words "labilis" and "labi" (to fall). Did You Know? “Red touches yellow, deadly fellow; red touches black, you're all right Jack." This phrase was coined to describe the difference between the deadly coral snake and the king snake. The latter reptile is nonvenomous; instead, it has an aposematic pattern meant to fool predators into believing it is a coral snake. Remembering the rhyme may just help you avoid a deadly bite While we should aim for stability in most aspects of daily life, some things are just labile in nature — such as the stock market, blood pressure, and body temperature.— or avoid disturbing an innocent snake.
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    Fact of the Day - BAYEUX TAPESTRY A scene from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, rallying Duke William's troops during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Did you know.... that the Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall[1] that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans but is now agreed to have been made in England. (Wikipedia) Facts About The Bayeux Tapestry LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 11, 2021 | BY ALISON BROWNE So What’s The Story Of The Norman Conquest Of England? In brief, this is the story depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Hold on to your hats, because like every good story there is a voyage or two and a betrayal of trust. Oh… and add in an invasion. King Edward of England knew he was going to die soon and as he had no heir, he asked his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson to go to France and deliver the news to William, Duke of Normandy that he was to become the King of England upon his death. Harold did as he was told. He had a few adventures along the way but when he met William, Duke of Normandy he delivered the message. He even made an oath (possibly in the Bayeux Cathedral) committing to accepting William as King Edward’s successor. King Edward dies soon after Harold’s return to England, and Harold fashions a coronation making himself King of England. Ouf. Quel betrayal. When William hears of this, he gets ready to head over to England and take what is rightfully his. I just have to say that the scenes in the Bayeux Tapestry when the French are preparing for battle are fascinating. Believe you me, there are many kegs of French wine being transported on those ships. The Battle of Hastings takes place on the 14th of October 1066. William, Duke of Normandy (who was once known as William the Bastard) wins the battle and becomes the King of England. 1. The Age Of The Bayeux Tapestry One of the most astonishing facts about the Bayeux Tapestry is its age. The Tapestry has survived over 950 years. For nine and half centuries it has been in existence. It survived the French Revolution and two World Wars. The tapestry of Bayeux is beyond ancient and still enthralls visitors from all over the world. About half a million people visit the Bayeux Tapestry museum each year. 2. The Tapestry Of The Battle Of Hastings The Bayeux Tapestry really is misnamed because it is not at all about Bayeux nor is it a tapestry (spoiler for #3). Although named the Bayeux Tapestry, the tapestry recounts the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror (Guillaume le Conquérant) in 1066. Possibly it should have been named the Battle of Hastings Tapestry or the Tapestry of the Battle of Hastings. Never mind. At least it has always had its home in Bayeux, France, except for a few brief periods in history such as during WWII when this famed Battle of Hastings Tapestry was stored in Sourches and then sent to the Louvre. 3. The Bayeux Tapestry Isn’t A Tapestry At All The Bayeux Tapestry, despite its name, is indeed a work of embroidery of woolen yarn. Embroidered on linen, there are four embroidery stitches used to create the Tapestry of the Battle of Hastings. Most surprising when seeing the Tapestry of the Battle of Hastings is the vibrancy of the four muted colours used. Red, yellow (which appears like golden wheat), sage green and blue are the only colours used. The skill and variety of the embroiderers’ stitching create impressive depth perception. 4. This Tapestry Is Longer Than Two Blue Whales The Battle Of Hastings Tapestry is 68.38 metres (224.34 feet) in length. It is long and skinny. Longer than you can imagine. Enter the darkened room to view the tapestry and sitting behind the protective glass, it stretches along one wall and curves around into the next room! There are 58 scenes depicting Harold’s arrival in France, the betrayal, preparation for the battle and the Battle of Hastings. With the audio guide, it is easy to follow the story. Running above and below the main frame of the story are two decorative borders that portray animals such as dogs, lions and birds and fanciful animals as well. In the battle scenes, dead soldiers and horses are depicted in the lower border. There is a lot to look for when visiting the Bayeux Tapestry! FYI: The maximum confirmed length of a blue whale is 29.9 metres (98 feet). 5. There Are Indeed Women In The Tapestry We know that 950 years ago men were everything. So it is not surprising that the majority of characters in this Battle of Hastings Tapestry are men. There are though, six women that appear in the historic account. There are three women veiled in the main section of the tapestry. There are also three naked women that appear in the borders. The naked women appear just before the battle begins in the main part of the tapestry. 6. Halley’s Comet Appears In The Bayeux Tapestry Halley’s comet appears in the Tapestry of Bayeux in all its glory with a fiery tail! Worried onlookers point to the sky and this strange phenomenon. 7. The Bayeux Tapestry And Its Text The text that appears on the Tapestry of Bayeux is Latin and offers insight into some of the scenes. Not a Latin expert? No worries. The story is easy to follow without deciphering the Latin phrases. Towards the end of the battle the words “Here the English and the French fell together in combat” make me wish I was able to decipher more Latin. 8. Mont-Saint Michel Makes An Appearance William, Duke of Normandy invited Harold Godwinson (who arrived from England to deliver King Edward’s message) to stay in Normandy. At one point they leave for a military expedition in Brittany. Lo and behold there is Mont-Saint Michel (which although technically is part of Normandy is right by the border of Brittany) the beautiful abbey church perched on the rock. Read More: Mont-Saint Michel is a vision rising from the sea. 9. Who Created This Tapestry? There have been many theories over the years as to whose idea it was to retell this historical event in embroidery. And, who embroidered this Tapestry of Bayeux and where was it made? At one point it was believed that Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror’s spouse might have produced the Battle of Hastings Tapestry. It was also believed to have been created in England in some of the towns that had embroidery workshops. More recently, it has been agreed that Bishop Odo of Bayeux, William the Conqueror’s half-brother probably had it commissioned. He is featured in the tapestry as he partook in the battle. The Tapestry of Bayeux could also have been produced in France. Historians have tried to uncover where it was created but it is still not known for sure. 10. Where Was The Bayeux Tapestry Displayed? For one week every year (centuries ago), the Bayeux Tapestry was displayed in the nave of the Bayeux Cathedral for all to see. What a brilliant way to share historical events through visual storytelling with a population that was mostly illiterate. 11. The Bayeux Tapestry: No Photos Are Allowed Although this might not rank as a fascinating fact, it is something to be aware of. I was planning to snap away while viewing the tapestry. It is probably not so surprising that there are no photos allowed in the darkened room where the antique tapestry is lit beautifully. Source: Wikipedia - Bayeux Tapestry | Bayeux Tapestry Facts
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    Fact of the Day - MOVIE TRIVIA Did you know... that these movie facts will surely impress all the film aficionados and classic movie fans at a trivia night. From misplaced props to odd pay gaps and on-set injuries, you will definitely find some amusing surprises on this list. See how many you already know and make sure to brush up on these other trivia questions only geniuses get right. The code in The Matrix comes from sushi recipes Those green symbols trailing down in The Matrix aren’t complicated algorithms. A production designer scanned symbols from his wife’s sushi cookbooks, then manipulated them to create the iconic “code.” Director James Cameron drew the sketch in Titanic Unlike Jack’s French girls, Kate Winslet wore a bathing suit while Cameron sketched the picture. For more movie trivia, learn the hilarious working titles of Titanic and other famous movies. One famous Pulp Fiction scene was filmed backward When Uma Thurman’s character is having an overdose, it looks like John Travolta sticks a needle in her to revive her. Actually, Travolta pulled the needle out, and the film was run backward to reverse the action. The cat in The Godfather was a stray Director Francis Ford Coppola found the cat in the studio and handed it to Marlon Brando before the shot. This next movie trivia fact is so cute—the cat loved the actor so much that it stayed in his lap and purred so loudly that the crew was afraid the noise would drown out the dialogue. Trivia lovers–test your knowledge with these Jeopardy questions you can’t refuse. Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie If you think the dreamy 007 seemed too good to be true, you’re right. Sean Connery started balding at age 17. Make sure you put these 12 greatest spy movies of all time on your streaming list for more ammo for your next movie trivia night. There’s a Starbucks cup in every Fight Club scene Director David Fincher thought the Starbucks shops popping up on every block of LA in the late ‘90s was “too much of a good thing,” so he poked fun of the coffee chain in Fight Club. He’s claimed to have sneaked a Starbucks cup into every shot, with the permission of the chain—with one exception. Starbucks didn’t want its shop destroyed on film, so that scene uses the made-up Gratifico Coffee instead. Find out what the most popular movie was the year you were born. Some of the velociraptor noises in Jurassic Park are actually tortoises mating At least that’s what the sound designer used when the raptors were communicating. Other scenes of the species used horse breathing and goose hisses. Find out what scientists say T-Rexes actually sounded like. (Hint: It’s not turtle sex—or a roar.) E.T. and Poltergeist started from the same script Steven Spielberg was going to produce filmmaker’s John Sayles’ Night Skies script about a rural family invaded by aliens that could kill with a touch of the finger but decided to go a more family-friendly route with the story by creating E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Sayles wouldn’t rewrite the script, but Spielberg kept the idea for Poltergeist. Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is William Shatner’s face Or specifically, his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk. There wasn’t money in the 1978 horror film’s budget to create a custom mask, so the art director bought a clown and a Captain Kirk mask. The crew spray-painted it white and adjusted the eyes and hair to create the terrifying mask. Toy Story’s Woody was originally a ventriloquist dummy Even in later versions, he was written as a “sarcastic bully” trying to rally the other toys against Buzz. Luckily, the studio decided to transform him into a more lovable character. See if you can answer these 13 cartoon trivia questions about your favorite animated classics. O.J. Simpson was considered for the lead in The Terminator Director James Cameron rejected the choice because he didn’t think the “this likable, goofy, kind of innocent guy” could pull off a cyborg assassin. The voice actress of Monster Inc.’s Boo was an actual toddler At two and a half, Mary Gibbs had trouble sitting still through the scenes, so the crew would follow her around with a microphone. They’d tickle her or take candy away to make her laugh or cry, so the emotions are as real as they sound. R2-D2 and C-3PO appear in Indiana Jones Look closely at the scenery in Raiders of the Lost Ark and you’ll notice hieroglyphics with the robots’ likeness in two scenes. Put your movie trivia knowledge to the test with these Disney movie trivia questions. Click the link below to read more about movie trivia. Source: Movie Trivia Facts
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    What's the Word? - APOSEMATIC pronunciation: [ap-ə-sə-MAD-ik] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Greek, late 19th century Meaning: 1. (of coloration or markings) serving to warn or repel predators. 2. (of an animal) having aposematic coloration or markings. Example: "Poison dart frogs have bright aposematic designs to warn potential predators that they are venomous." "Monarch butterfly caterpillars are poisonous, which is why they have aposematic coloring." About Aposematic Aposematic finds its origins in Greek — specifically, a combination of the Greek words "apo" (away from) and "sēma" (sign). Even the roots of this word are warning you to stay back. Did You Know? “Red touches yellow, deadly fellow; red touches black, you're all right Jack." This phrase was coined to describe the difference between the deadly coral snake and the king snake. The latter reptile is nonvenomous; instead, it has an aposematic pattern meant to fool predators into believing it is a coral snake. Remembering the rhyme may just help you avoid a deadly bite — or avoid disturbing an innocent snake.
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