February 12th, 2006


Ow, my groin!

I wouldn't say that groin injuries are a good thing, but if anyone had to suffer one, I'm not displeased that it was Michelle Kwan. I can certainly understand why she wanted to force herself onto the U.S. Olympic team despite having missed the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but for Pete's sake, she's already got two Olympics medals, not to mention the multiple U.S. and World Championship titles.

So now Emily Hughes, who should have been on the team in the first place, will have a chance to compete in the Olympics — assuming she can get there. She's at home in Great Neck, and all the New York airports are closed because of the snowstorm, so she has no way to get to Italy. She's got plenty of time — the ladies' competition doesn't start until the 21st — but still, there's no good reason that she wasn't already there.
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Currency trivia

According to Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag over at Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog, the South Dakota quarter will feature an image of Mt. Rushmore on the reverse. I thought that was pretty interesting, because it means that it will be the first U.S. coin to feature the same person on the front and the back. Some might argue that Abraham Lincoln is on both sides of the penny — if you look closely at the image of the Lincoln Memorial on the back, you can sort of see the statue of Lincoln in the center — but I don't think it counts, because if you didn't know that the building on the back of the penny is the Lincoln Memorial (it's not labeled as such), you'd never know that the little smudge in the center is a statue of Lincoln.

You can make a stronger case that Lincoln appears on both sides of the five dollar bill, because the picture of the Memorial is much larger. It's still not recognizable as a statue of Lincoln, though, so again, I don't think it counts. What is beyond dispute, however, is that Thomas Jefferson appears on both sides of the 1976 $2 bill. The reverse of that bill features John Trumbull's painting The Declaration of Independence, which shows Jefferson and the other members of the drafting committee presenting their work to the Congress.
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Art on Sunday: Grant Wood, February

Grant Wood (1891 – 1942)
February (1941)
Lithograph on paper
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

It's a beautiful snowy February day here in northern Virginia, so what work of art would be more appropriate for today than this Grant Wood engraving of a snowy February day in (presumably) Iowa?