Daily Archives: November 6, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Lakshmi Puja


Today’s Holiday:
Lakshmi Puja

The annual festival in honor of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi is held in the autumn, when Hindus of all castes ask for her blessings. Lights shine from every house, and no one sleeps during the celebrations. Lakshmi is traditionally associated with wealth, prosperity, and good luck. In later Hindu literature, she appears as the dutiful wife of the god Vishnu and is typically portrayed massaging his feet while he rests on the cosmic serpent, Shesa. She remains a popular Hindu goddess to this day in India, where she is a special patron of shopkeepers. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Konrad Lorenz (1903)


Today’s Birthday:
Konrad Lorenz (1903)

As a boy, Lorenz nursed sick animals from the local zoo. He became a zoologist and studied the behavior of birds, emphasizing innate as opposed to learned behaviors and focusing on imprinting, a rapid learning process in young animals that establishes behavior patterns. Lorenz later examined human thought and aggression, making controversial analogies between human and animal behavior in his 1963 book On Aggression. For his scientific efforts, he shared the 1973 Nobel Prize with whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses (1940)


This Day in History:
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses (1940)

Four months after it opened to traffic, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound in Washington state. During construction, workers had noticed that the deck demonstrated an unusual amount of vertical movement in windy conditions, but few expected “Galloping Gertie” to suffer such a catastrophic failure. The collapse led to major changes in suspension bridge design. Thankfully, no people were killed when the bridge came down. What was the only fatality caused by the collapse? 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

If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon. More…
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Article of the Day: Hannibal Lecter


Article of the Day:
Hannibal Lecter

Among the most memorable literary and film villains of all time, Lecter is a character in the series of psychological thriller novels by author Thomas Harris. Introduced in Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Lecter is best known from the film adaptation of its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. In the film, Lecter is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his chilling performance. What other actors have played Hannibal Lecter? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: shank’s nag


Idiom of the Day:
shank’s nag

One’s legs and feet, used for walking; travel by foot. Also “shanks’ nag.” A reference to the shank— the lower leg between the knee and the ankle—and the use of ponies or horses for travel. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: cleave


Word of the Day:
cleave

Definition: (verb) Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.

Synonyms: rive, split

Usage: The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

You were red and you liked me cause i was blue. You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky. And you decided purple just wasn’t for you…


You were red and you liked me cause I was blue.

You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky.

And you decided purple just wasn’t for you

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Today’s Holiday: Gustavus Adolphus Day


Today’s Holiday:
Gustavus Adolphus Day

Swedish King Gustav II was killed during the Thirty Years’ War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632, turning a tactical victory into a national tragedy for the Swedes. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations, particularly in Skansen, Stockholm’s outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: James Naismith (1861)


Today’s Birthday:
James Naismith (1861)

While teaching physical education in 1891, Naismith was tasked with creating a safe and inexpensive indoor sport to occupy his students during the Massachusetts winter. His game involved throwing a soccer ball through suspended half-bushel peach baskets, hence the name “basketball”—though “Naismith Ball” was briefly considered before the inventor rejected it. The game took off on campus and quickly spread across the US and around the globe. What other sports invention is credited to Naismith? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Voters Reject Proposal to Establish Australia as a Republic (1999)


This Day in History:
Voters Reject Proposal to Establish Australia as a Republic (1999)

The British began settling Australia in 1788, and before long, the entire continent was a British dependency. Over the years, Britain’s role in Australian government has been progressively restricted, yet Australians remain reluctant to entirely cut ties, as evidenced by the 1999 referendum in which voters rejected a plan to establish Australia as a republic and replace the British monarch as head of state with a president elected by parliament. What other measure did they strike down? More…: 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

I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The White Huns


Article of the Day:
The White Huns

First mentioned around 125 CE in Chinese writings, the White Huns were an agricultural people of obscure origin with possible Tibetan or Turkish roots. They successfully invaded Persia and India in the 5th century but were driven out in the 6th century. They had little effect in Persia, but in India they influenced society by altering the caste system and disrupting the hierarchy of the ruling families. Were the White Huns related to the Huns who invaded Europe in the fourth and fifth centuries? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: shaken up


Idiom of the Day:
shaken up

Greatly startled, shocked, or upset. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: middling


Word of the Day:
middling

Definition: (adjective) Lacking exceptional quality or ability.

Synonyms: mediocre, average, fair

Usage: The performance was middling at best, but for some reason the audience still rose to its feet at the end of the show for a standing ovation.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch