Daily Bread for 8.10.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Monday brings scattered thunderstorms and a high of eighty to Whitewater. Sunrise is 5:56 and sunset 8:03, for 14h 07m 14s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 16.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30 PM.

The "Castle" (1847), the Institution's first building and still its headquarters. Via Wikipedia.
The “Castle” (1847), the Institution’s first building and still its headquarters. Via Wikipedia.

It’s the birthday of the Smithsonian Institution:

British scientist James Smithson (d. 1829) left most of his wealth to his nephew Henry James Hungerford; however, when Hungerford died childless in 1835,[5] the estate passed “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men”, in accordance with Smithson’s will.[6] Congress officially accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation, and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust on July 1, 1836.[7] The American diplomat Richard Rush was dispatched to England by President Andrew Jackson to collect the bequest; Rush returned in August 1838 with 105 sacks containing 104,960 gold sovereigns (about $500,000 at the time, which is equivalent to $11,073,000 in 2015).[8][9]

Once the money was in hand, eight years of Congressional haggling ensued over how to interpret Smithson’s rather vague mandate “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”[7][9] Unfortunately the money was invested by the US Treasury in bonds issued by the state of Arkansas which soon defaulted. After heated debate, Massachusetts Representative (and ex-President) John Quincy Adams persuaded Congress to restore the lost funds with interest[10] and, despite designs on the money for other purposes, convinced his colleagues to preserve it for an institution of science and learning.[11] Finally, on August 10, 1846, President James K. Polk signed the legislation that established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust instrumentality of the United States, to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.[7]

Puzzability‘s series this week is called Logical Deductions. Here’s Monday’s game:

This Week’s Game — August 10-14
Logical Deductions
This week, we’re bringing order and disorder at the same time. For each day, we started with a word or phrase, removed the seven letters in LOGICAL, and rearranged the remaining letters to get a new word or phrase. Both pieces are described in each day’s clue, with the longer one first.
Example:
Greasy stuff used for massage; what masseurs do to the greasy stuff (or, make someone feel worse about something)
Answer:
Lubricating oil; rub it in
What to Submit:
Submit both pieces, with the longer one first (as “Lubricating oil; rub it in” in the example), for your answer.
Monday, August 10
Sculptor of David and painter of Adam; virile guys like David and Adam

Related posts:

Leave a Reply