Monday, August 31, 2015

Fact of the Day: King of Ireland

Ireland never had a true king (rather smaller ones over different regions) over the whole island nation until the English took over. Even after that, most English monarchs were never called "King of Ireland" but instead were called Lord of Ireland. King Henry VIII was the first English monarch to use the title King of Ireland instead of Lord of Ireland. The nation of Ireland became independent from the United Kingdom in the 20th century. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Favorite Photos: We Heart Golf

 My wife Daisy took this picture of me at the last hole of the mini-golf course we went to. We played for fun, nobody kept scored though.

Fact of the Day: Old Paint

One of the oldest known paints is called milk paint. It was made with milk, calcium carbonate (lime), and some natural pigments could be added as well. Because of its use for thousands of years, it's by far the safest paint as it's biodegradable and extremely eco-friendly. Most paints today are either latex/acrylic or oil-based. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Favorite Photos: Sugar and Spice Golf

Like the Beacon one, this mini-golf hole was based on a local restaurant in our town called Sugar and Spice. My mom often took me there when I used to play little league after some games. I've taken Daisy a few times, but I don't think we've been for at least a year or two. 

Fact of the Day: Titanic Safety

One of the reasons why the Titanic sinking was so tragic is that many of the deaths could have been avoided as there were many operations failures like having not nearly enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. Some good came out of the sinking, as this led many countries to achieve major improvements in maritime safety.