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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Question of the Day

Why is a nautical mile different from a land mile?
The mile was originally a Roman linear measure of 1,000 paces — about 1,618 yards. (Its length has varied considerably at different periods and in different localities; the legal mile is now 1,760 yards, or 5,280 feet.) Such a linear measurement cannot be used at sea, so the nautical mile is based on the length of one minute of arc (or 1/60 of a degree) of a great circle of Earth. Owing to the fact that Earth is not a true sphere, the mile as thus defined varies considerably. Therefore, the British assigned it a standard value of 6,080 feet.

Advice of the Day

Bigger is not necessarily better and going faster is not necessarily progress.

Home Hint of the Day

A square of asphalt shingles will cover 100 square feet of surface. Three bundles of asphalt shingles (each containing twenty-two 3-foot-long shingles) make up a square.

Word of the Day

An imaginary creature, or an undefined character.

Puzzle of the Day

Why should you never tell a joke to an egg?
Because it might crack up.


  • Captain William Kidd (hanged in London) –
  • John D. Rockerfeller (entrepreneur) –
  • Sam Snead (golfer) –
  • Anne Meara (actress) –
  • Eric Carle (children’s book author, most notably The Very Hungry Caterpillar) –


  • Carolus Linnaeus (botanist) –
  • Douglas Fairbanks (actor) –
  • John Bardeen (physicist) –
  • Artie Shaw (bandleader) –
  • Rosemary Clooney (singer) –
  • Barbara Barrie (actress) –
  • Joan Collins (actress) –
  • Robert Moog (inventor) –
  • Drew Carey (actor; host of The Price is Right) –
  • Mitch Albom (author) –
  • Ken Jennings (won 74 straight games on Jeopardy! game show in 2004) –
  • Jewel (musician) –


  • Benjamin Franklin created his own pair of bifocals–
  • South Carolina was admitted to the Union as the 8th state–
  • Explorer William Clark: β€œWater freeses [sic] on the oars” in what is now Montana.–
  • North-West Mounted Police formed (now Royal Canadian Mounted Police)–
  • New York Public Library in New York City is established–
  • Townsend-Purnell Plant Patent Act became the first in the United States to grant patent protection to plant breeders–
  • Actor Errol Flynn appeared on the cover of LIFE Magazine–
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the cornerstone of the tower housing the Netherlands Centennial Carillon in Victoria, British Columbia–
  • Five people were killed, when a large part of the roof of a new terminal collapsed at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport in France–
  • Hugh Laurie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace–


  • Folks were sleighing in Farmington, Maine–
  • Late season snowstorm blanketed eastern Iowa with 4 to 6 inches of snow–

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