Daily Archives: April 21, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Feast of Ridvan

Today’s Holiday:
Feast of Ridvan

The Feast of Ridvan is a Baha’i celebration to commemorate a 12-day period in 1863 when the Baha’i founder, Baha’u’llah (which means “Glory of God”), made the declaration that he was God’s messenger for this age. When he made his declaration, Baha’u’llah was staying outside Baghdad, Iraq, at a garden he called Ridvan, meaning “Paradise.” The first, ninth, and 12th days of the period (April 21, 29, and May 2, respectively) are holy days when work is suspended. The celebration starts at sunset, April 20, the eve of Ridvan. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Henry Wheeler Shaw, AKA Josh Billings (1818)

Today’s Birthday:
Henry Wheeler Shaw, AKA Josh Billings (1818)

Shaw studied at Hamilton College but was expelled for removing the clapper from the chapel bell. After a roving life as farmer, explorer, and coal miner, he settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, as an auctioneer and real estate dealer. In 1860, using the pseudonym Josh Billings, he began to write humorous sketches and homespun philosophies in rural dialect—often with intentionally crude misspellings—and soon became a popular lecturer. What are some of Shaw’s best aphorisms? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)

This Day in History:
The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)

In the late 1960s, Australian farmer Leonard Casley protested government wheat quotas he considered unfair. Unsuccessful, he turned to Commonwealth law and styled himself a monarch—His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt—and founded The Principality of Hutt River. His pronouncement of sovereignty was never successfully challenged by the Australian government, and he is now considered a non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes. What legal quirks allowed him to start his own micronation? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: George Eliot

Quote of the Day:
George Eliot

Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old … To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Tuk-Tuks

Article of the Day:

Tuk-tuks are small vehicles used for urban transport. They are especially popular in the traffic-congested and densely populated cities of Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok. Often employed as taxis, tuk-tuks usually have sheet metal bodies with canvas roofs and drop-down or removable sides. They rest on three wheels—one in front and two in back—have a small cabin for the driver, and seating for up to three passengers. Rather than steering wheels, tuk-tuks possess what steering mechanism? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: a mother hen

Idiom of the Day:
a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: mensurable

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Capable of being measured.
Synonyms: measurable
Usage: The mensurable increase in the cost of oil has had wide-reaching effects on the country’s economy.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch