Tag Archives: March 21

Alcatraz Ceased To Be A Prison This Day 54-Years Ago; March 21, 1963.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Federal_Penitentiary

I like the beauty of Alcatraz — but then again I never had to serve time on it.

Did the full tour of the Island in 2005. That was neat. I wish I can find the pictures from that trip.

Got to see it from multiple vantage points on our trip to California last year. What a beautiful island.

So the prison was closed 54-years ago, after 28.5 years in service.

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by Anura Guruge

Easter Sunday Can Never Fall On A Full Moon.

by Anura Guruge


In case you, like I, have ever wondered if this was possible.

Yes, the rule-of-thumb as to when Easter falls is: first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring (i.e. vernal) equinox. But the Church being what it is it does NOT use the astronomical Full Moon of March or April or for that matter the astronomical equinox. Instead the Church uses the ‘ecclesiastical full moon’ and March 21, every year, as the date of the Spring Equinox. So one could argue that there MIGHT be a very slim chance that the actual Full Moon could fall on Easter Sunday.

Irrespective of probabilities and odds the Church has made sure, centuries ago, that this can never happen. IF by some miracle Easter Sunday falls on a Full Moon Easter is pushed back a week!

Amazing … right?

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by Anura Guruge