Saturday, February 28, 2004

Ulanova, Galina Sergeyevna

Russian ballet dancer (b. Jan. 8, 1910, St. Petersburg, Russia--d. March 21, 1998, Moscow, Russia), was considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She possessed an excellent technique, a lyrical grace, and the ability to submerge herself in the characters she portrayed and communicate their humanity to audiences. Ulanova, the daughter of dancers, was taught first by her mother

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Plain Weave

Also called  Tabby Weave,   simplest and most common of the three basic textile weaves. It is made by passing each filling yarn over and under each warp yarn, with each row alternating, producing a high number of intersections. Plain-weave fabrics that are not printed or given a surface finish have no right or wrong side. They do not ravel easily but tend to wrinkle and have less absorbency than

Monday, February 23, 2004

Farlow, William Gilson

After receiving the M.D. degree from Harvard University (1870), Farlow studied in Europe until 1874, when he became professor of cryptogamic botany (the study of flowerless and seedless plants)

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Culture Area

Among the most important writers on the subject of culture areas were Sir Halford Mackinder

Friday, February 20, 2004


Metrical foot consisting of two long (as in classical verse) or stressed (as in English verse) syllables occurring together. The term was derived from a Greek word describing the two long musical notes that accompanied the pouring of a libation. Spondaic metre occurred occasionally in classical verse. It does not, however, form the basis for any English verse, as there

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Chang Kuo-lao

Chang claimed to have been born in prehistoric times. Legends about him, however, seem to have accrued to a historical

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Boxing, Amateur boxing

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) of the United States was formed in 1888 and instituted its annual championships

Saturday, February 14, 2004

April Fools' Day

Also called  All Fools' Day  in most countries the first day of April. It received its name from the custom of playing practical jokes on this day—for example, telling friends that their shoelaces are untied or sending them on so-called fools' errands. Although the day has been observed for centuries, there are different explanations for its origin. It resembles festivals such as the Hilaria of

Thursday, February 12, 2004


Mountain, northwestern Barcelona provincia, in the comunidad autónoma (“autonomous community”) of Catalonia, Spain, lying just west of the Llobregat River and northwest of Barcelona city. Known to the Romans as Mons Serratus (“Saw-toothed Mountain”) and to the Catalans as Montsagrat (“Sacred Mountain”), it is famous for its unusual appearance, its Benedictine monastery