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Written in the dust…

Scott Wade, a 49 year-old Texan, confronted with a dirty car window on which someone had traced “clean me,” decided that he could do better.  Readers can decide for themselves how he fared:

Read the whole story at ZoomDoggle, and see other examples of “dust art” here.

As we sharpen our tracing fingers, we might recall that this is the date from which Islamic calendars begin, as this is the date (in 622) that the Prophet Mohammed fled from Mecca to Yathrib (modern Medina)– the The Hijra ( or “Hegira”).  In 639, Caliph Umar I created a lunar calendar starting with July 16, 622; the years were subsequently numbered A.H. for the Latin “Anno Hegirae,” “in the year of the Hegira.” (Just over a thousand years later, the Ottomans shifted from a lunar to a solar cycle, and this created a second Hegira calendar with different dates.)

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July 16, 2008 at 1:01 am

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