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MassachusettsБ Supreme Judicial Court Б the stateБs highest court Б will hear arguments today in, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is of the phrase Бunder GodБ in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist Association, are appealing a lower court ruling that went in favor of the school district. With the school year getting underway around the country, here are five facts about the Pledge of Allegiance and its legal history: The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words Бunder God. Б The patriotic oath Б attributed to a and published in a childrenБs magazine in September 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher ColumbusБ voyage to America Б б read: БI pledge
Wouldn't it be great to make nearly $111 million a year simply to play a game? Tiger Woods, along with many other professional athletes, certainly think so. But do these athletes really deserve all that money? In my mind, absolutely not. Professional athletesбare making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, one should be paid according to the jobБs economic importance and their value to society. Teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid astronomically less than the average professional athlete is. In fact, each basket Kobe Bryant scores earns him equivalent to the average classroom teacherБs
Asked by: Liza Dennis, Brighton Solar eclipses are not actually rarer than lunar eclipses in fact, they occur in about equal numbers, usually about two of each per year. For example, between 2000BC to 3000AD there will be 11,898 solar eclipses and 12,064 lunar eclipses. However, at any one location on Earth, it is much less common to see a solar eclipse than a lunar one. And the reason for this is entirely due to geometry. A lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves through the shadow of the Earth, is visible from wherever the Moon is above the horizon, which is over half of the Earth. However, when the Moon appears to move in front of the Sun during a solar eclipse, the shadow cast by the Moon is much smaller than Earth. Its only about 480km (300 miles) wide when cast onto the Earths surface.
Walk through any neighborhood at night and you ll hear it: the sound of barking dogs. It seems that night barking is just a part of life. But what causes dogs to sound off so much at night? Why does your dog bark when the sun goes down, even to the point of keeping you and your neighbors awake? Causes of Barking The truth is there s no one answer to why dogs bark at night. It really depends on the dog and what is going on his environment. Most dogs who bark at night do it while they are outside, which means causes of the behavior are related to the outdoors. Here are a few clues that can lead to understanding the barking-at-night phenomenon. Noises. Dogs have very good hearing, and it s significantly better than ours. They can hear sounds that we can t begin to notice. So while you may
Cut the material in half, lengthwise. The easiest way to cut the material in a straight line is to fold the material in half, then mark several points along the crease with a piece of chalk. Open the material out again and carefully cut along the chalk-marked line, using the fabric shears. It will be easier to cut if you ask someone else to hold the material taut as you work. Once cut, you should have two strips of material, each approximately 5 yards (4. 6Pm) long and 20 inches (50. 8Pcm) wide. Each of these long strips can be used to make a Moby wrap. Alternatively, you can ask one of the employees at the fabric supply store to cut the material in half for you before you bring it home. When my second son was born, I flirted with sewing in order to create this Moby-style baby wrap (AKA
Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day? See this page in: any Americans think of Thanksgiving as a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school for a long weekend, and eating a great dinner. Or, maybe they think it is the start of the Christmas holiday season. What is the real meaning behind Thanksgiving? Catherine Millard writes: We can trace this historic American Christian tradition to the year 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, БPlymouth PlantationБ in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed: All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hillБ there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings. This is the origin
Very rarely do you snap a picture that is truly perfect, where your hair is nicely combed, you re wearing your best suit, and you rePlooking particularly dapper. A picture like that is almost too good to be true. It is, in fact,Ptoo good to be true,Pbecause you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger from the Terminator movies you have red eyes in the photograph! Why does this happen? You take a group photo with your friends at a party, and all of them look like they are having a good time, except for you, because you appear to be aPterrifying red-eyed zombie. Red eye appears in photographs when the photo is taken in a dark or dimly lit room, so don t worry about red eyes if you re getting your picture snapped out in the sunshine! The human eye is a true wonder of evolution. It is basically a
If you re trying to get pregnant, there s good news: You may still be pregnant. Sometimes, levels of the pregnancy hormone early in pregnancy arenвt yet high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. One found that only have to detect hCG levels above 25 milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/mL) to achieve the commonly advertised 99 percent accuracy rate. The writers of a calculated that to detect 95 percent of pregnancies, a test would have to detect levels as low as 12. 4 mIU/mL. But not all home pregnancy tests were consistently sensitive enough to do so. ...