Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Depending on the Native American tribe, May’s Full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.
Daily Calendar for Monday, May 16, 2022
Question of the Day
My kids want to know where “berserk” is, as in “going berserk.” Is the derivation from a place?
No, but we like the idea. Somewhere near bedlam, we’d guess. In truth, it comes from a person, who was a bit of a wild man, as you might expect. In Scandinavian mythology, Berserkr was a great warrior who always entered battle wearing only a bearskin. The name comes from bera (bear) and serkr (shirt), and it was the Saxons who converted it to berserk. By the late 19th century, it had come to mean not just the wild man but also wild or frenzied behavior, often associated with frustration. Berserkr supposedly had a dozen sons, all of whom carried the same name and reputation as furious fighters. Legend also has it that the original Berserkr could take on the appearance of various wild beasts and that neither firearm nor flame could harm him.
Advice of the Day
Crow on the fence, rain will go hence. Crow on the ground, rain will come down.
Home Hint of the Day
Consider planting thyme between the stones of a walkway. It will yield a pleasing fragrance whenever you pass over it.
Word of the Day
Sinking air in thunderstorms can form sack-like clouds known as mammatus, or mammo, clouds. They look ominous but are actually a sign that a thunderstorm is weakening. These clouds look like upside down pans of biscuits or a cow’s udder.
Puzzle of the Day
What did the owl do when he lost his voice?
He didn’t give a hoot!
- William Henry Seward (politician) –
- Henry Fonda (actor) –
- Studs Terkel (writer) –
- Theodore Holmes Bullock (neuroscientist) –
- Liberace (entertainer) –
- Pierce Brosnan (actor) –
- Olga Korbut (Olympic gold medalist/gymnast) –
- Debra Winger (actress) –
- Joan Benoit Samuelson (runner, Olympic gold medalist) –
- Janet Jackson (singer) –
- Tracey Gold (actress) –
- Tucker Carlson (television commentator) –
- David Boreanaz (actor) –
- Jim Sturgess (actor) –
- Thomas Sangster (actor) –
- Andy Kaufman (comedian & actor) –
- Sammy Davis Jr. (entertainer) –
- Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) –
- Marie Antoinette (age 14) married future King Louis XVI of France (age 15)–
- U.S. Congress gave authorization to mint the nickel–
- Charles Elmer Hires invented root beer–
- Grand League of the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association was organized in Kansas City, Kansas–
- Joan of Arc was canonized–
- President John F. Kennedy began a 3-day visit to Canada–
- Fire broke out at tire dump, St-Amable, Quebec–
- In downtown Houston, Texas, large, black grackles, in an effort to protect their fallen offspring, attacked the heads, hair, and backs of pedestrians.–
- Canadian Victoria Cross unveiled–
- Discovery of 2.6-billion-year-old water in Ontario mine announced–
- Due to a dam break on the Mill River, a flash flood caused 143 deaths near Northampton, Massachusetts–
- Portland, Maine, received 4.88 inches of rain in 24 hours–
- The temperature in Blitzen, Oregon, was 108 degrees F, a record high for this date–
- Tornado in Portland, Maine–
- Sioux City, Iowa, set daily minimum and maximum temperature records within the same day—the low was 33 degrees F; the high was 91 degrees F–