Woody Allen

“Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.”

That’s Spicy

The two most popular spices sold throughout the world are pepper, number one, and mustard coming in second.

Robert A. Heinlein

“The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.”

That Enigmatic Smile

“La Gioconda” is also the name given the painting by Leonardo da Vinci more usually known as the Mona Lisa.

Historians believe the Mona Lisa is a portrait of Madam Lisa Giocondo, wife of a wealthy Florentine. Giorgio Vasari, a sixteenth century biographer of the life of Leonardo da Vinci, gave the painting its name Mona Lisa (which is know in Italian as La Gioconda or La Joconde in French).  The original is now owned by the Government of France, displayed at the Louvre in Paris.

Peter Drucker

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.”

La Gioconda

Based on the play in prose Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, by Victor Hugo, Amilcare Ponchielli composed an opera in four acts entitled “La Gioconda” which was first performed in 1876.  Critically acclaimed, it is a famous example of Italian Grande opera and happens to be one of only a few operas featuring a principal role for each of the six major voice types.

However, that is not the only creative art work known as “La Gioconda” – can you identify what it is?

Crater With an Unfamiliar Ring?

The previous record holder for largest meteorite crater on earth used to be the Vredefort Ring (sometimes referred to as a “Dome”) in South Africa.  However, more recently, in Australia, it was discovered a huge meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere and split into two chunks (each chunk appears to have been at least 6 miles wide) that created twin impact craters spanning nearly 250 miles across the Australian countryside.