The United States Space Command (USSC) has confirmed a 2014 study from a team of astronomers, noting that government sensors did, in fact, detect a meteor on Earth that originated outside our Solar System.
The rock is only the third interstellar object ever detected in our system, and the first to enter our atmosphere.
After scientists publish their research on this meteoric discovery, they may be able to learn more about its contents.
Government sensors on the hunt for fireballs plunging toward Earth have so far logged about 1,000 meteors and asteroids. But only one of them can boast that it traveled through our atmosphere from outside our own Solar System.
This fireball, which shot through our atmosphere over Papua New Guinea in 2014, was no ordinary space rock—it was actually an interstellar meteor, the first ever known to originate outside our system and arrive on Earth. Rocketing at a speed of over 130,000 miles per hour, the rock broke up during its descent, probably scattering interstellar debris into the South Pacific Ocean.
Confirmation of its distant origins arrived only recently, when the United States Space Command (USSC) released a memo on April 6, confirming that the meteor was indeed an interstellar object.
The meteor’s unusually high speed implies a possible origin from the deep interior of a planetary system or a star in the thick disk of the Milky Way galaxy, researchers state.
Source: The Pentagon Just Confirmed the First-Ever Interstellar Visitor to Earth (msn.com)
Going to a wedding reception soon? Meeting friends you haven’t seen in years? Are you feeling a bit tongue-tied? Fear not. Study these convo starters and you will lose those convo butterflies quickly. It’s not rocket science after all. It’s just people expressing themselves verbally. OK? Prepare some questions, have your answers ready, check out a source of news and just be your friendly self. (And try to stay sober). j/k
NO, NO, NO!!! Not good at all. Just stay calm and keep reading!
The weather is a great conversation opener since it affects everyone. You can talk about the heat, cold, wind, rain, cloud, snow…
The weather was gorgeous this weekend, what did you do?
Do you remember the last time we got this much snow?
It’s been so hot lately, how do you stay cool?
For the later part of the week, you can ask people about their weekend plans.
Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?
Are you going anywhere this weekend?
For the first part of the week, you can ask people about how their weekend went.
Did you have a good weekend?
Did you see any movies this weekend?
News and Current Events
There is an almost limitless number of news and current events that one can bring up
Conversing about news and current events allows you to get into deeper conversation since you can get information on their personal views.
There are countless things that you can talk about related to your surroundings. You can talk about the music playing in the background, the dinner menu, history of the area, the drink they ordered, the decor, a painting on the wall, the score of a sporting event on TV…
Do you come here often?
What is your favorite thing about this city/town?
What do you like least about this city/town?
Movies, Books, TV, and Music
People love entertainment. It’ll be pretty difficult to find someone who doesn’t watch movies/TV, read books, or listen to music.
What was the last book that you read?
What is your favorite movie that you saw this year?
What is your favorite type of music?
What TV shows are you currently watching, streaming?
Find common ground in entertainment the other person has also consumed and discuss what you liked or disliked and go from there.
Most people enjoy either playing sports or watching sports, so it’s generally a safe topic to bring up.
Do you play any sports?
What sports do your kids play?
What’s your favorite sports team?
What do you do to stay in shape?
You can learn quite a bit about someone based on where they have traveled to and talking about traveling can be a fun topic.
Where did you go on your last vacation?
Do you have any upcoming travel plans?
What is your dream vacation?
Source: Great Conversation Starters
Quick note: Family and employment questions open up a plethora of opportunity for great convo.
Amanda Seyfried plays Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in a series that pulls no punches.
Following Inventing Anna, and beginning ahead of WeCrashed, television’s year of the scammer continues on Hulu with The Dropout. The Dropout tells the story of the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the titular Stanford dropout who went on to found the now-defunct company Theranos—which at one point promised to change the world of healthcare and blood testing, and eventually found its founder convicted of fraud.
Unlike the mishandled Inventing Anna, however, The Dropout actually holds its subjects’ feet to the fire. Rather than awkwardly framing Holmes (along with her partner Sunny Balwani) as fighting some sort of noble fight, it frames her as what she was: a liar. An ambitious liar, sure, but nonetheless a liar whose fabrications not only cost people money, but wound up hurting people, too.
Amanda Seyfried, who last year picked up an Academy Award nomination for her work in David Fincher’s Mank, will likely find herself in Emmy conversations this time around for her work playing Holmes. From her work in Mean Girls and Mamma Mia to Jennifer’s Body and Twin Peaks, Seyfried has always shown an immense talent for fully transforming into character—and adding a layer of depth and a degree of complexity to a character seen frequently in the media is her latest achievement in the craft.
The only other series regular in The Dropout is Naveen Andrews (Lost) who plays Balwani, but the showalso features an impressive array of guest stars, including Laurie Metcalf, Alan Ruck, Sam Waterston, William H. Macy, and Dylan Minnette. And it makes sense for it to be that way—this is the story of Holmes, with Balwani somewhat along with her for the ride. So, it makes sense that they’re the only ones we’re seeing with any regularity.
All eight episodes of The Dropout are now on Hulu.
An official apology by the Pope is a huge step towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous people
As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Act, it called for the Catholic Church to make an official apology to Canada’s Indigenous people for the pain and suffering of Residential schools. In recent years Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also asked Pope Francis to honour the findings of the committee with an apology but he remained non-committal.
In October 2021, the Vatican confirmed the Pope has accepted an invitation from the Canadian Bishops to attend Canada to meet with survivors of Residential Schools. Although the Vatican did not confirm if the Pope will offer an official apology, one would assume it is imminent.
The Pope was set to travel to Canada in 2022 at a date to be determined. Leading up to his visit, the Pope received a group of Indigenous Elders, survivors and community leaders at the beginning of the week which was to set the stage for his inevitable visit.
After days of meeting and listening to the stories of residential school survivors, Pope Francis offered a sincere apology to Canada’s Indigenous community.
“For the deplorable conduct of those members of the Catholic Church, I ask for God’s forgiveness and I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry. And I join my brothers, the Canadian bishops, in asking your pardon.
“It is chilling to think of determined efforts to instill a sense of inferiority, to rob people of their cultural identity, to sever their roots, and to consider all the personal and social effects that this continues to entail: unresolved traumas that have become intergenerational traumas.
“Without real indignation, without historical memory and without a commitment to learning from past mistakes, problems remain unresolved and keep coming back. We can see this these days in the case of war. The memory of the past must never be sacrificed at the altar of alleged progress.”
“Pope Francis’ apology for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in operating residential schools in Canada would not have happened without the advocacy of Survivors. To those who shared their truths, and relived their painful memories with bravery and determination,
“This apology is an important step forward, as we must acknowledge the truth of our past in order to move towards righting historical wrongs. We now look forward to the Pope coming to Canada to deliver the apology in person. Said, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Image source The Vatican
Report source: Pope Francis Makes Historic Apology To Canada’s Indigenous People (thedailyscrum.ca)
For teachers, tutors, in-home schoolers, moms, dads, etc.
Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world. Besides the traditional Easter egg hunt, there are a variety of ways teachers can celebrate with their students, they can sing a song, create a poem, make a craft, provide a worksheet activity, play a game, or even have an Easter party. All of these Easter activities for primary school are a great way to get your students involved in the holiday. Use these ideas in your classroom when you’re short on time, or in need of a little inspiration.
Quick Easter Resources
When creating your Easter-themed unit it’s important to provide a variety of lessons. The best way to start an Easter-theme is to get prior knowledge of what the students know about Easter. Use a graphic organizer, such as a KWL chart to get this information. Once you gather this, you can begin crafting and creating your Easter unit.
Easter Poems and Songs
Poetry and Music is a wonderful way to explore feelings and emotions, and it provides students with a way to be creative and express themselves while celebrating the holiday. Provide students with a variety of poems and songs about Easter, then have them try to create some on their own.
Easter Ready-to-Print Activities
Activities don’t always have to be well-thought-out or planned in advance for students to learn important concepts. Here is an inexpensive way to provide some Easter fun for your class. Just simply print out any of these activities right from your computer.
Providing an Easter craft is a great way to get your students to express their creative side. Give students a variety of supplies to choose from when creating their craft. This will help promote self-expression and allow them to really use their creative thinking skills. With a little imagination and creativity, these Easter craft ideas can make a wonderful gift or a delightful holiday keepsake.
Easter games are a great way to get your students in the holiday spirit. They get the students up and moving while reinforcing the Easter concept. A fun idea to try is to give your students a variety of Easter-themed items and have them make up their own game. You’ll be surprised by how clever they are.
To help make learning about Easter fun, provide a few enjoyable puzzles. Puzzles are a great way to challenge the mind while reinforcing the Easter-theme. Challenge your students to create an Easter puzzle of their own. Provide a variety of examples so they can get ideas, then allow them to try to create one themselves.
These recipes are perfect to use for an Easter party or just for an everyday snack throughout the Easter season.
More Easter Fun
Throwing an Easter party in your classroom? Need help choosing the perfect Easter book to read to your students? These resources will give you great ideas to plan and execute the perfect Easter party.
This article was written by Janelle Cox M.S. B.S.
Source: Super Quick Easter Activities and Ideas (thoughtco.com)
If you’re a fan of criminal investigations, the United States Navy, or criminal investigations specifically related to the United States Navy, life is about as good as it gets these days, television-wise.
Currently, the flagship series, “NCIS,” has been on the air since 2003, and is in the middle of its nineteenth overall season. “NCIS: Los Angeles” made its debut voyage in 2009 and the Season 13 finale will be airing in May. “NCIS: Hawai’i” is the youngest show of the three, debuting in September 2021.
Typically, each of the spinoffs follows the same production cycle as “NCIS” has. In most previous years, CBS makes the decision whether to renew “NCIS” about a month or two before the season finale, which has come in May every year except 2020. Usually, the renewal decision comes in at the end of March or beginning of April.
Sure enough, with spring just kicking off recently, CBS has just made its decision.
As reported by “The Hollywood Reporter,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “NCIS: Hawai’i” have all been renewed for new seasons. Assuming CBS follows the same schedule, that means Season 20 of “NCIS,” Season 14 of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and Season 2 of “NCIS: Hawai’i” will all premiere in September 2022, and continue until May 2023.
For the main “NCIS” series, losing lead actor Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs, didn’t stop it from retaining its spot as the most-watched TV show on broadcast TV. Season 19 of “NCIS” averaged 11.1 million viewers. “NCIS: Hawai’i” ranks second at 8.29 million viewers per episode, but it’s also virtually tied with “FBI: International” as the most-watched new series on broadcast TV. Finally, “NCIS: Los Angeles” brings in a respectable 7.27 million per.
As if that wasn’t enough, 2023 will also see the premiere of a third “NCIS” spinoff, “NCIS: Sydney,” which will be set in Australia. That series will be available only on Paramount+, giving “NCIS” fans a big incentive to sign up for the streaming service that launched in March 2021 (via The Hollywood Reporter). The series is created by “NCIS: Los Angeles” creator Shane Brennan, who hails from Down Under. It will be produced in Australia and will feature local actors and producers. “NCIS: Sydney” doesn’t yet have an announced release date.
All in all, there will be plenty more navy-related crimes in the near future.
“House of the Dragon,” HBO’s first spin-off series of its record-breaking juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” will premiere on Aug. 21, the network announced Wednesday. HBO also revealed a new poster for the series and additional images from the show, which you can view below.
Set two centuries before the events of “Game of Thrones,” the ten-episode prequel series will depict how the House of Targaryen fell into a bitter and brutal civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons — presaging the beginning of the end of the ruling family of Westeros.
Much like the original series, “House of the Dragon” boasts a sprawling cast, with a smaller core set of characters including Paddy Considine (as King Viserys I), Emmy D’Arcy (as Princess Rhaenrya, Viserys’ first child and his heir apparent), Matt Smith (as Prince Daemon, Viserys’ younger brother), Rhys Ifans (as Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King), Olivia Cooke (as Lady Alicent Hightower, Otto’s daughter) and Fabien Frankel (as Ser Criston Cole, a knight with eyes for Rhaenrya).
The show will also costar Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson and Gavin Spokes.
The premiere date means “House of the Dragon” has a bit of a head start on the year’s other massive fantasy series that serves as a prequel to a widely popular and acclaimed original adaptation: “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Amazon Prime Video announced in August 2021 that “The Rings of Power” will debut on the streamer on Sept. 2.
In February, Martin announced on his personal blog that shooting on Season 1 of “House of the Dragon” had wrapped. “I have seen rough cuts of a few of them, and I’m loving them,” Martin wrote. “Of course, a lot more work needs to be done. Special effects, color timing, score, all the post production work. But the writing, the directing, the acting all look terrific. I hope you will like them as much as I do.”
The same month, HBO and HBO Max chief Casey Bloys told Variety that “it’s probably a pretty good bet” that the network will order a second season of the show. “Generally speaking, we usually let something air and see how it does, but obviously, we’ll make preparations ahead of time to make sure we’re ahead of the game,” he said.
Brides and grooms typically go into a marriage thinking until death do us part. Still, for every 1,000 marriages in the U.S. in 2019, 14.9 ended in divorce, which was a 50-year low.
If you’re going through a divorce and aren’t financially prepared, there are resources that may be able to help. And though the road ahead will be difficult, it might help to consider what life could look like after the divorce.
The following are only contributing factors and not legal grounds for divorce, though there is some overlap.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, finances are one of the most common reasons for divorce proceedings and is a top reason why couples argue. In fact, a survey conducted by Finder in 2020 found that about a third (33.78%) of American adults would reconsider a romantic partnership due to a partner’s debt. In short: It’s a good idea to balance that checkbook.
Ironically, the average cost of a divorce with an attorney is about $10,000. If finances were the reason for your nuptial negation, consider some alternative options for ending it. There are less expensive online divorce services that can save you money if you have an uncontested divorce.
According to Health Street, 7.3% of divorces are a result of drug or alcohol addiction. Whether it’s prescription drugs, sex, alcohol or illegal narcotics, addictions can become a strain on relationships. Also, addiction can sometimes lead to other behaviors that are the catalyst for divorce, such as money mismanagement, infidelity and abuse.
3. Commitment issues
A study by Couple Family Psychol found a “lack of commitment” to be the number one reason couples got divorced, with 75% of couples citing this as the reason for their relationship breakdown. In this context, “commitment” has two references: the first being intimacy and romantic feelings, the second involving willingness to build the relationship together.
In a 2020 study conducted by Finder, it was found that Americans were about four times more likely to cheat on their significant other than on their taxes. Roughly 8.8 million Americans admitted to cheating on their taxes versus the 34.1 million who admitted to cheating on their partner.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, from financial to emotional to physical to beyond. With the pandemic, domestic violence has been a rising global concern. For example, Google reported a 75% increase in searches related to domestic abuse support in Australia.
With resources limited due to social distancing and people being required to be confined or quarantined together for long periods, tensions can run high.
The abuse might not always be directed at the partner. Abuse toward children might also be a reason couples split. If you struggle with abuse, or have and believe you may relapse, call 800-662-4357 to reach the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s hotline.
6. Getting married too young
Getting married too young is one of the most commonly cited reasons for divorce. However, it will be interesting to see whether this continues to be one of the top reasons going forward, with the average age of marriage in the US continuing to increase. The average age of those getting married reached an all-time high in 2018 for both men (29.8 years old) and women (27.8 years old).
7. Health issues
When a spouse becomes their partner’s primary caregiver due to an illness, it can create a stressful environment for all. Beyond the financial demands, the time commitment for care and other sacrifices can wear down a relationship.
In a 2009 study on gender, illness and partner abandonment, it showed women are more likely to experience separation and divorce after experiencing a serious illness.
8. Lack of communication
While we have more ways of communicating now more than ever, it seems we still can’t get it right sometimes. Frustration and anger can reach a boiling point when constructive communication isn’t present in a relationship.
A 2013 survey claimed communication problems as a top reason leading to divorces, according to over 60% of 100 mental health experts. While counseling and mediation could be used to work through it, reconciliation isn’t guaranteed.
What role has the coronavirus pandemic played in the reasons couples are divorcing?
“2020 has been a universally difficult year for everyone,” attorney Lisa Bustos said. “New challenges, such as online learning decisions, spending an inordinate amount of time with family or unexpected unemployment.”
“However, almost every single new client who has come to me has been thinking of this prior to the pandemic. The problems in people’s marriages have often existed for years, but now people are inspired to make a change in their lives.