Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z: X is for Xebec

A Xebec is a Mediterranean sailing vessel used mostly for trade.

To me, they look like the typical three mast sailing ships i think of when i think of old seagoing vessels, and you can read more about them at Wikipedia.

This post is brought to you by the letter X, which is notoriously difficult because it doesn't want to start any common words, thus making me look up crazy things like old sailing ships.

It's also brought to you by the fact that i had to think fast and get something up for X before storms moved through, because we can't always count on having electricity when they do. (Edited to Add:  this was prophetic -- the storms cut power to a lot of us, and our generator quit.  Right now i'm at a local coffee place for my daily dose and some wifi.)

Today is:

Biological Clock Day -- the "biological clock gene" that governs the`circadian rhythm in mice was isolated on this day in 1994

Chicken-Tickling Day -- Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)

Cubicle Day -- again i say, ???

Feast of Jamal(Beauty) -- Baha'i

Festival of Floralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (three day festival to Flora, goddess of flowers and vegetation)

School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!

Gio to Hung Vuong Day -- Vietnam (National Day; celebrating the founding of the nation by Emperor Hung Vuong some three millenia ago)

Great Poetry Reading Day -- make sure you read some great poetry today

Hidaka Hibuse Matsuri -- Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Japan (through the 29th; floats, child musicians, traditional costumes, and fun)

James Monroe Birthday Celebration -- Charlottesville, VA, US (at his home, Ash Lawn-Highland)

Kiss Your Mate Day -- guys, do not forget this one, in case she reads it somewhere on the internet; kiss her, then read her a great poem

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Day of Mourning -- Canada (In conjunction with Workers' Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work, honoring those injured or killed on the job)

National Heroes Day -- Barbados

Rip Cord Day -- the first successful jump with a parachute that used a rip cord was this day in 1919 by Leslie Erwin of the U.S. Army Air Corps

Sa die de sa Sardinia -- Sardinia, Italy (Sardinia Day, celebrating the uprising of 1794)

Sense of Smell Day -- listed on different days on many websites; While celebrating, remember those with anosmia (diminished ability or totaly inability to smell)

St. Peter Chanel's Day (Patron of Oceania)
     Saint Pierre-Chanel Day -- Wallis and Fortuna

Sts. Vitalis and Valeria's Day (Patrons of Thibodaux, Louisiana)

Victory Day -- Afghanistan

Workers Memorial Day / World Day for Safety and Health at Work -- International (remembering all who have lost their lives or been injured on the job)

Anniversaries Today:

Maryland becomes the 7th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Jenna Ushkowitz, 1986
Jessica Alba, 1981
Penelope Cruz, 1974
Jorge Garcia, 1973
Nicklas Lidstrom, 1970
John Daly, 1966
Elena Kagan, 1960
Ian Rankin, 1960
Nancy Lee Grahn, 1958
Mary McDonnell, 1952
Jay Leno, 1950
Marcia Strassman, 1948
Ann-Margaret, 1941
Harper Lee, 1926
Oscar Schindler, 1908
Erich Salomon, 1886
Lionel Barrymore, 1878
Mifflin Wister Gibbs, 1828
James Monroe, 1758

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"One Man's Family"(Radio), 1932

Today in History:

Nichiren Buddhism is founded, 1253
Captain William Bligh and 18 crewmen from the HMS Bounty are set adrift, 1789
Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched, 1869
Azerbaijan  is added to the Soviet Union., 1920
The first night game in organized baseball  history takes place in Independence, Kansas, 1930
A vaccine  for yellow fever is announced for use on humans, 1932
Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki, 1947
The Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty (Treaty of Taipei) is signed in Taipei, Taiwan between Japan and the Republic of China to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1952
Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France, 1969
The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed, 1977
Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist, 2001
According to the WHO, leading causes of death in the world include chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, 2011
In recognition of democratic reforms, the European Union opens an office in Burma, 2012


Jenny Woolf said...

I never heard of a xebec. That is a new thing I have learned today!

Sandee said...

I hope the electricity comes back on soon. I hate it when it goes out for hours and hours.

Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

TexWisGirl said...

hope you get your xtricity back soon! :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Very creative use of X! Given my worrywart personality, especially in case of stressful things like storms and power outages, I mighta gone with Xanax... :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent X, my dear! I always struggle with that letter. I hope that your power is restored, I had heard that there was some nasty weather that was down your way, wondered if it had affected you. Now I know, I guess... : / Take care, and hope all gets happy kitten again!


Shell Flower said...

Good job thinking ahead. I had no idea there was a ship called a Xebec. X really is a hard letter for A-Z. Enjoy your java and time on the wifi!

Kathe W. said...

good for you looking up a real X word...and me? I cheated!

stephen Hayes said...

I like ships but I've never heard of this word. Thanks for the education.

LA Botchar said...

prophetic -- you could be one of the X-Men then!! sorry, my inner comic nerd just waved all over your blog! ha
I think the whole reason I have avoided doing the A-Z challenge is due to the problematic final 2 letters. But if I had known about the sailing ships, because that is actually pretty cool. I used to go see the old Tall Ships when ever they came sailing up the St Lawrence Seaway, and it is quite the sight to see.