Daily Archives: April 12, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Halifax Day

Today’s Holiday:
Halifax Day

Also known as Halifax Resolves Day, Halifax Resolutions Day, Halifax Independence Day, or Halifax Resolutions of Independence Day, this is the day on which, in the spring of 1776, North Carolina’s delegates to the Second Continental Congress were given permission to join with representatives from other colonies in declaring their independence from British rule. The Halifax Resolutions helped lay the groundwork for the American Revolution. Halifax Day observances take place in Halifax with reenactments and living history camps. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550)

Today’s Birthday:
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550)

A brilliantly gifted linguist and one of the most dashing figures of his time, Oxford was also reckless, hot-tempered, and disastrously spendthrift. He was the patron of an acting company and wrote highly praised poems and plays in his earlier years, though none of the plays are known to have survived. He is considered by some to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays, since his own literary output apparently ceased just before Shakespeare’s began. Which of his writings have survived? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Canter & Siegel Post the First Commercial Mass Usenet Spam (1994)

This Day in History:
Canter & Siegel Post the First Commercial Mass Usenet Spam (1994)

Spam is now a ubiquitous part of the Internet, but that was not always the case. Early in the Internet age, two enterprising immigration lawyers—Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel—opened the floodgates of unwanted online commercial solicitation when they posted an ad for their services on thousands of Usenet newsgroups. Though not the first Usenet spam, the “Green Card Lottery” notice was the first to be commercial in nature and ushered in the modern era of Internet spam. What became of the duo? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Homer

Quote of the Day:

Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.

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Article of the Day: Medieval Fortifications

Article of the Day:
Medieval Fortifications

In the thousand years leading up to the Renaissance, developments in the construction and design of defensive fortifications changed warfare. As new tactics, weapons, and siege techniques were created to breach them, fortifications were modified to maintain their effectiveness. Along with walls, moats, and drawbridges, soldiers used measures such as machicolations—openings between a wall and a parapet through which stones and boiling water could be hurled—and killing fields, which were what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: the meat of the matter

Idiom of the Day:
the meat of the matter

The most important, basic, or fundamental essence or element(s) of an issue, problem, or matter at hand. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: caries

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth.
Synonyms: tooth decay, cavity
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The Horologion of Andronikos Kyrristos (Tower of the Winds) in the Roman Agora of Athens, Greece. About 100-50 B.C.

The Horologion of Andronikos Kyrristos (Tower of the Winds) in the Roman Agora of Athens, Greece. About 100-50 B.C.

The Horologion of Andronikos Kyrristos (Tower of the Winds) in the Roman Agora of Athens, Greece. About 100-50 B.C.

Tower of the Winds, also called “Horologium”, Greek: “Horologion” (“Timepiece”), building in Athens erected about 100–50 B.C. by Andronicus of Cyrrhus for measuring time. Still standing, it is an octagonal marble structure 42 feet (12.8 m) high and 26 feet (7.9 m) in diameter. Each of the building’s eight sides faces a point of the compass and is decorated with a frieze of figures in relief representing the winds that blow from that direction; below, on the sides facing the sun, are the lines of a sundial. The Horologium was surmounted by a weather vane in the form of a bronze Triton and contained a water clock (clepsydra) to record the time when the sun was not shining.

Text credit: britannica.com (Tower of the Winds). Photo credit: George Koronaios from Athens, Greece / Wikimedia Commons.