Daily Calendar for Wednesday, December 4, 2024

Question of the Day

What causes the leaves on my rubber plant to turn yellow?
Yellowing leaves on indoor rubber plants is a common problem. It is usually a sign of overwatering. Check your plant to make sure it has adequate bottom drainage to draw excess water away from the roots. If your plant has been in the same container for a long time, remove it and its root ball and loosen the bound roots. Remove some of the soil at the top of the ball, then transplant the tree in a larger pot.

Advice of the Day

Create more space; donate used books to your local library.

Home Hint of the Day

To discourage a cat from scratching upholstered furniture, give him a scratching post — 2 feet high and covered with carpet on a base large enough so that the cat won’t tip it over. Use scrap plywood and boards for a do-it-yourself project.

Word of the Day

Lenticular Cloud
Lenticular clouds are only seen around mountains. These strange clouds are easy to spot, because they look like flying saucers or a stack of pancakes. Their most interesting characteristic is that they don’t move. Winds blow right through them, while other clouds are swept away.

Puzzle of the Day

What is the difference between 16 ounces and a small boy at the piano?
One weighs a pound, and the other pounds away.


  • Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (French clergyman and statesman) –
  • Frank Zappa (musician) –
  • Besse Cooper (world’s oldest person at time of her death) –


  • Thomas Carlyle (historian) –
  • Deanna Durbin (actress) –
  • Ed Flesh (designer of the wheel on the TV game show Wheel of Fortuneβ€β€œ) –
  • Roberta Lynn Bondar (astronaut) –
  • Jeff Bridges (actor) –
  • Marisa Tomei (actress) –
  • Jay-Z (hip hop artist) –


  • At Fraunces Tavern in New York’s lower Manhattan, George Washington bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army, before traveling to Annapolis, Maryland, to resign his commission as commander-in-chief–
  • National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry founded–
  • Boss Tweed escaped jail–
  • Crew of shipwrecked tanker Kyzikes rescued, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina–
  • In its first aerial attack on Italy, the US bombs Naples–
  • First television appearance of Marcel Marceau–
  • Matisse’s Le Bateau rehung after being upside down in The Museum of Modern Art for 47 days, New York City –
  • Brenda Lee’s Christmas hit β€œRockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 65 years after its original release–


  • New Haven, Connecticut, received 20 inches of snow in the first of two major snowstorms that December–
  • The temperature dropped from 52 degrees F to 18 degrees F in 20 minutes, Livingston, Montana–
  • Central Park in NYC reached 72 degrees F–

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