24th November (2021): Evolution Day

Evolution Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the initial publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on 24 November 1859. Such celebrations have been held for over a century, but the specific term “Evolution Day” for the anniversary appears to be a neologism which was coined prior to 1997. By highlighting Darwin’s contributions to science, the day’s events are used to educate about evolutionary biology. It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (12 February 1809). It is unrelated to the secularization campaign by the Giordano Bruno Foundation to have the German public holiday of Ascension Day renamed to “Evolutionstag” (Evolution Day).

1909, the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species and the 100th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, saw several major events celebrating both. At Cambridge, more than 400 scientists and dignitaries from 167 countries met in a widely reported event of public interest to honour Darwin’s contributions and discuss the latest discoveries and ideas related to evolution, the New York Academy of Sciences held a celebration at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Society of New Zealand held an event with “a very large attendance”.

The Darwin Centennial Celebration (1959) had a major, well publicised event from 24–28 November at the University of Chicago.

In 2009, the BBC aired BBC Darwin Season, a series of television and radio programs, to celebrate Darwin’s bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin.

2nd October 1950 – The first strip of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts is released.

A group of children and a white dog with black ears make up Peanuts, a daily comic written and illustrated by Charles Monroe Schulz, published from 2 October 1950 to 13 February 2000 (the day after the author’s death). A comic book saga that entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most popular comic of all time. In the beginning the characters were just Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty and the dog, Snoopy. But soon the strip began to focus especially on Charlie Brown, a stubborn, shy and insecure child in love with “a red-haired girl”, Violet, who will be added at a later time. Over the years Shermy and Patty appear more rarely, while new characters are inserted: Schroeder, Lucy van Pelt, selfish and mischievous, and her brother Linus. In the sixties the strip begins to devote more space to Snoopy, who will become the great protagonist of the history of Peanuts. Endowed with a fervid imagination, in the course of its long history he has personified hundreds of different characters: Joe Falchetto, Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown’s younger sister, Sally, the bird Woodstock, a friend of Snoopy who speaks a language of his which for us is incomprehensible, Pigpen, the always dirty child, Spike, one of Snoopy’s brothers who lives in the desert and many more, telling stories in the strips that have fascinated children all over the world. The adventures of Snoopy and his companions have appeared in over 2,000 newspapers, reaching 355 million readers. Since 1970 the definition of “Linus blanket” has been officially included in Webster’s Dictionary, and the most prestigious museums in the world have dedicated exhibitions and retrospectives to Schulz. The result of fifty years of Shulz’s tireless work, the series was interrupted by the express will of the author, who, jealously claiming paternity, forbade any heirs to continue it.

#SingaporeGP: Ferrari wins!

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Ferrari win in the Singapore GP

Today Ferrari won at the Singapore Grand Prix! We hope that the Mercedes domain is over! The Ferrari won with the talent of Leclerc and with a superiority of Car demonstrated since the qualifying tests.

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Today among the most popular trends and hashtags (of twitter) is the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

It remains difficult for me to think that the formula1 is one of the most viewed sports at international level, despite the victory of the Maranello team.

The #singaporeGP trand is indeed present in some of European countries, the United States and even Japan! Twitter almost always gives an image of the world trends! Except instead of those Asian rapper trand …

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It is a pity that the Ferrari has “woken up” only now that the world championship is almost closed. Although in fact the world championship is still open with mathematical numbers, The probability that the Ferrari will win is a miracle.

I very much hope that the Mercedes domination is over because in the last few years I have followed Formula 1 a little. I don’t know how the rest of the world public reacted to Hamilton’s domination, but surely without balance the sport is ugly and boring.

According to a survey two years ago, Ferrari was the most popular team: Ferrari 31.9%,
Mercedes 16.2%, McLaren 15.8%, Red Bull Racing 14.1%, Williams 5%. Probably even if the popularity of Mercedes has increased with the last two world championships won, the Ferrari always remains the most popular.

 

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Charles Leclerc 21 years

With the latest victories, Charles Leclerc promises well in the future as a champion of Ferrari and Formula 1. The 21-year-old Monegasque has a whole future ahead of him. Undoubtedly, the Ferrari has made a good choice to take a young driver and support him with a world champion like Vettel.

The clear proof of the talent of the Monegasque pilot is the overtaking done against Gasly at the Silverstone Grand Prix on July 14, 2019.

Here is the link of the splendid overtaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=868k7_0NFAc

But the merit is not only of Leclerc because this year the roles of Ferrari managers have been renewed.

 

 

The next grand prix will take place in Russia on September 29th!

Ferrari can only hope to win the constructors ‘championship because it is achievable and not an impossible mission like the drivers’ championship.

 

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