As people we tend to paint in broad brushes. We make jokes about certain nationalities as if they weren’t as smart as those from another country. We joke about professions, especially picking on used car salesmen, lawyers and the like.
When it comes to physical characteristics, we do the same thing. There is an entire line of jokes about those with blond hair. And then there are redheads. And redheads, perhaps because of the color of their hair, are often describes as “fiery”.
I took this picture of a fiery redhead just outside of the door of our place about three weeks ago. (Don’t tell my wife that I’ve been photographing redheads – but then, her hair is rather red right now, too!)
Can you tell me what species it is? I think I know. Do you?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1802, the United States Military Academy–the first military school in the United States–was founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is best known as West Point.
Located on the west bank of New York’s Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack. In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection.
Ten years after the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy in 1802, the growing threat of another war with Great Britain resulted in congressional action to expand the academy’s facilities and increase the West Point corps. Beginning in 1817, the U.S. Military Academy was reorganized by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer–later known as the “father of West Point”–and the school became one of the nation’s finest sources of civil engineers. During the Mexican-American War, West Point graduates filled the leading ranks of the victorious U.S. forces, and with the outbreak of the Civil War former West Point classmates regretfully lined up against one another in the defense of their native states.
In 1870, the first African-American cadet was admitted into the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1976, the first female cadets. The academy is now under the general direction and supervision of the department of the U.S. Army and has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Osteoporosis fractures cost around $18 billion per year, or $38 million a day. In 2005, fractures related to osteoporosis were responsible for an estimated $19 billion. By 2025, experts predict it will rise to $25.3 billion.