Daily Archives: December 28, 2016

Today’s Holiday: Fifth Night of Hanukkah


Today’s Holiday:
Fifth Night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and, while the candles burn, it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: John von Neumann (1903)


Today’s Birthday:
John von Neumann (1903)

Neumann was a Hungarian-born American mathematician. He emigrated to the US in 1930 to teach at Princeton University and was among the original faculty of its Institute for Advanced Study. He solved one of David Hilbert’s 23 theoretical problems, collaborated on an algebraic ring with profound applications in quantum physics, and helped develop the atomic bomb. He later made major contributions to the development of computers. What branch of applied mathematics did he help found?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Lumière Brothers’ First Film Screening for a Paying Public Audience (1895)


This Day in History:
Lumière Brothers’ First Film Screening for a Paying Public Audience (1895)

In 1882, French inventor Louis Lumière developed a method of making photographic plates. By 1894, he and his brother August were producing 15 million plates a year. They worked on improving Edison’s kinetoscope, and, in 1895, patented their combination movie camera and projector, the Cinématographe. Their 46-second film La Sortie des ouvriers de l’usine Lumière is considered the first motion picture and was one of 10 included in their first public film screening. What is its subject?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau


Quote of the Day:
Henry David Thoreau

If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth—certainly the machine will wear out.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Didgeridoo


Article of the Day:
The Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo, developed by the Australian Aborigines, is perhaps the world’s oldest wind instrument. Though the exact age of the didgeridoo is unknown, studies of rock art in northern Australia suggest that the Aboriginal people have been using it for approximately 1,500 years. Didgeridoos measure about 4 ft (1.5 m) in length and are made from branches that have been hollowed out by termites. A 2005 study found that practicing the didgeridoo can help reduce what sleep-related conditions?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: demeanor


Word of the Day:
demeanor

Definition: (noun) The way a person behaves toward other people.
Synonyms: deportment, conduct, behavior
Usage: She had a charming demeanor that endeared her to her many friends.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – On the Terrace, 1881


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Pierre-Auguste Renoir – On the Terrace, 1881

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – On the Terrace, 1881