Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A tiresome or unwelcome moral lecture or discourse; tedious sermonizing.|
|Usage:||Don't torment me with your preachments now, unless you want to kill me outright.|
Idiom of the Day
Used to mock someone's voice as being strange, unpleasant, or inadequate (e.g., for singing). Bacon, being a dietary staple in older times, was often used as a metaphor for financial stability or wealth; having the voice of one who must "beg bacon," then, means having a harsh voice, like someone who is undernourished.
|Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players|
|An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers.|
|Taeborum marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Korea. The day is regarded as the final opportunity to ensure good luck for the coming year; it is considered lucky on this day for people to routinely repeat their actions nine times—particularly children, who compete to see how many "lucky nines" they can achieve before the day is over. Another popular sport is the tug-of-war. In some areas, an entire town or county is divided into opposing teams. It is widely believed that the winners will bring in a plentiful crop and will be protected from disease in the coming year.|
|Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour.|
1630 - Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.
1860 - Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.
1879 - In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.
1885 - The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1997 - Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.
2010 - A copy of "Action Comics #1" sold at auction for $1 million. The comic featured the introduction of Superman.
If You Were Born Today, February 22
While sensitive and concerned with others' welfare, you are not afraid to be different. In fact, many of you feel a "calling" early in life, or feel special or different. This can lead you on an unusual path, but always a very expressive one. Your ideas are unique and creative, and you feel compelled to share them! In fact, you can be very persuasive and intriguing. Many of the choices you make in life are altruistic ones. Famous people born today: George Washington, Ted Kennedy, Drew Barrymore, Steve Irwin, Sybil Leek.
Darwinius is a genus of strepsirrhine primates from the middle Eocene epoch. The only known fossil, a juvenile female named Ida, was discovered in 1983 in the Messel pit, Germany. After the amateur excavation the fossil was divided into a slab and partial counterslab, which were sold separately and not reassembled until 2007. Two years later, the species was formally described.
Setting the Stage
Photograph by Rou Yu, National Geographic
The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought a construction boom to the city; while it has slowed since then, the construction hasn’t ceased. Rou Yu came across these workers lit from behind on staging—likely erected to celebrate the Chinese New Year—between the Bird’s Nest, or Beijing National Stadium, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, known informally as the Water Cube.
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