Daily Archives: August 2, 2019

Today’s Holiday: Feast of Porcingula

Today’s Holiday:
Feast of Porcingula

On the Feast of Porcingula (named after the shrine in Portiuncula, Italy), Native Americans at the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico hold a celebration that combines both traditional Indian and Roman Catholic elements. On August 2, a mass is sung in honor of Santa Maria de los Angeles, after which the priest of Jemez accompanies her image to the shrine in the plaza. Throughout the festival, the Pecos “bull” (a dancer carrying a framework that resembles a bull) is prodded with sticks and tormented in mock bullfights. After that the corn dance is performed before Santa Maria’s shrine. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Carroll O’Connor (1924)

Today’s Birthday:
Carroll O’Connor (1924)

O’Connor was an American actor who started out on the stage and appeared in a number of movies in the 1950s and 60s. He gained fame in the 70s and early 80s playing Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, winning numerous Emmy awards for his portrayal of the bigoted yet loveable blue-collar family man. He later starred as a progressive Southern sheriff on the TV show In the Heat of the Night. Which of O’Connor’s relatives also had a role on that show? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Potsdam Conference Concludes (1945)

This Day in History:
Potsdam Conference Concludes (1945)

The Potsdam Conference was an Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany’s surrender in World War II. Representing the US, USSR, and UK, respectively, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill met there to discuss European peace settlements and reparations, the administration of Germany, the demarcation of Poland, the occupation of Austria, the USSR’s role in eastern Europe, and the war against Japan. Who replaced Churchill during the conference? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jonathan Swift

Quote of the Day:
Jonathan Swift

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Iron Pillar

Article of the Day:
The Iron Pillar

The approximately 24-foot- (7-meter-) tall, 6-ton iron pillar located in the famous Qutb Minar complex of Delhi, India, is one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities. A testament to the advanced skill of ancient Indian ironsmiths, it is the last remaining part of a Hindu temple erected by 5th-century ruler Chandra Gupta II. Although it is about 1,600 years old, the pillar has never corroded. What theories have scientists advanced to explain the pillar’s resistance to corrosion? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: case of the dropsy

Idiom of the Day:
case of the dropsy

A fictitious “condition” characterized by continually dropping things from one’s hands. It is a play on the term “dropsy,” which was formerly used to denote the condition now known as edema (or oedema). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: eye-popping

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning.

Synonyms: dazzling, fulgurant

Usage: The highlight of our New Year’s celebration was easily the fireworks display, which was eye-popping and glorious.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch