Monthly Archives: December 2019

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Horoscope♉: 12/31/2019


Today you might learn something about a friend that could be rather disconcerting, Taurus. There could be a dark side to this person that you weren’t previously aware of, and this could cause you to want to withdraw for a while and reevaluate your involvement with this individual. When considering it, remember that we all have our dark sides. Could what you’ve discovered simply be this factor, or does this go too far beyond it for you? Think about it!:

Today’s Holiday: Feast of Fools

Today’s Holiday:
Feast of Fools

A mock-religious festival popular during the Middle Ages in Europe, particularly France, the Feast of Fools had much in common with the Roman Saturnalia. Various classes of the clergy took turns reversing the normal procedures in the church—the group to whom the day belonged would nominate a bishop and archbishop of fools, ordaining them in a mock ceremony and then presenting them to the people. They would dance and sing obscene songs, play dice or eat at the altar, burn old shoes in the censers, and engage in other activities that would normally be unthinkable. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Alfred Stieglitz (1864)

Today’s Birthday:
Alfred Stieglitz (1864)

Stieglitz was the first art photographer in the US. More than any other American, he compelled the recognition of photography as a fine art. After editing a series of photography magazines, he established the famous gallery “291” in New York City. The gallery soon broadened its scope from fine-art photography and introduced to the US works by members of the modern French art movement, including Cézanne and Picasso. It also exhibited the works of what American artist whom Stieglitz later married? More…:

This Day in History: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Takes Effect (1994)

This Day in History:
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Takes Effect (1994)

Signed by Canada, Mexico, and the US, NAFTA created the world’s largest free-trade area. The agreement immediately lifted tariffs on the majority of goods produced by the signatory nations, and it called for the gradual elimination of most of the remaining barriers to cross-border investment and to the movement of goods and services among the three countries. Critics claim that NAFTA has led to job loss in the US due to the prevalence of maquiladoras, which are what? More…:

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon

Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves. More…:

Article of the Day: The Narmer Palette

Article of the Day:
The Narmer Palette

Dating from about the 31st century BCE, the Narmer Palette has been called “the first historical document in the world.” The 25-inch (63-cm), shield-shaped palette is carved from a single piece of flat siltstone and has survived 5,000 years in almost perfect condition. It contains some of the earliest known hieroglyphic inscriptions as well as the earliest known depictions of an Egyptian king. Some scholars believe it depicts what event that, according to tradition, took place under King Menes? More…:

Idiom of the Day: go through a phase

Idiom of the Day:
go through a phase

To experience or be in the midst of a temporary period of change, development, or fluctuation. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: burgeon

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) To grow or develop rapidly.

Synonyms: increase, flower, progress, mature, thrive, flourish, bloom, bud, blossom, prosper

Usage: Our meager food supply simply cannot sustain the burgeoning population.:

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Workout: Shoulders Stretch

Workout: Shoulders Stretch

Workout: Shoulders Stretch

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Do you know?: 10 Signs of Maturity…

Do you know?: 10 Signs of Maturity...

Do you know?: 10 Signs of Maturity…

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Horoscope♉: 12/30/2019


Be the star of your own movie today and be proud of the role you play, Taurus. You might find yourself adopting the persona of many different characters depending on your mood of the hour. There is a special gleam in your smile today that you should share openly with others. Don’t feel rushed to get anywhere. You have already arrived. Enjoy yourself in the company of those you love.:

Today’s Holiday: St. Sylvester’s Day (Madeira)

Today’s Holiday:
St. Sylvester’s Day (Madeira)

In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year’s Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester’s Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world’s most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands’ capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Elizabeth Arden (1884)

Today’s Birthday:
Elizabeth Arden (1884)

Born in Canada as Florence Nightingale Graham, Arden moved to New York City in 1907 and under her new name opened a beauty salon. Her business became an international empire based on salons, hundreds of “scientifically formulated” beauty products, and an exclusive image—all packaged in her trademark pink. Arden made makeup acceptable to “respectable” American women, introducing them to eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick tinted to match their outfits. Who was her cosmetics rival? More…:

This Day in History: Arthur Guinness Signs a 9,000-Year Lease on His Brewery (1759)

This Day in History:
Arthur Guinness Signs a 9,000-Year Lease on His Brewery (1759)

Guinness is a celebrated Irish dry stout that originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness. When Guinness acquired his brewery, he famously signed a 9,000-year lease that fixed his annual rent at 45 pounds. From 1799, the brewery produced only its distinctive, dark, creamy Guinness stout, which became known as the national beer of Ireland. In 1955, to help settle trivia disputes in pubs, the company began publishing what book? More…:

Quote of the Day: Charles Dickens

Quote of the Day:
Charles Dickens

He did each single thing, as if he did nothing else. More…:

Article of the Day: Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Article of the Day:
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Considered the father of modern conjuring, Houdin was a French magician after whom Harry Houdini named himself. Originally a clockmaker, he was celebrated for his optical illusions and mechanical devices. He was the first to use electromagnetism for his effects, and attributed his magic to natural instead of supernatural means. In 1856, he was sent to Algeria by the French government to counter the influence of the dervishes by outdoing their feats. What are some of his famous illusions? More…:

Idiom of the Day: a lean patch

Idiom of the Day:
a lean patch

A period of failure, decline, or poor performance or results. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: lying-in

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.

Synonyms: childbed, confinement, parturiency, travail, labor

Usage: After seven hours of lying-in, Carol gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.:

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Quote: Nicola Tesla describing a cell phone back in 1926

Quote: Nicola Tesla describing a cell phone back in 1926

Quote: Nicola Tesla describing a cell phone back in 1926

Quote: This Year…

Quote: This Year...

Quote: This Year…

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Quote: John Steinback (In utter loneliness a writer…)

Quote: John Steinback (In utter loneliness a writer...)

Quote: John Steinback (In utter loneliness a writer…)

Horoscope♉: 12/29/2019


The morning could find you somewhat worried about finances. Past reckless spending may be on your mind. Go through your records and look at them objectively. You’ll probably find that things aren’t as bad as they seem. Write down a plan for handling whatever does need attention. You’ll be able to take care of business without making yourself crazy.:

Today’s Holiday: Rizal Day

Today’s Holiday:
Rizal Day

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Bo Diddley (1928)

Today’s Birthday:
Bo Diddley (1928)

Diddley was a pioneering African-American rock-and-roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known for his pounding signature beat, guitar effects, and jive talk, and he was a powerful influence on generations of rockers, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Nicknamed after the single-stringed folk instrument called a diddley bow, he studied the violin at his Baptist Church in Chicago and began performing in South Side clubs, playing what unique type of guitar? More…:

This Day in History: Saddam Hussein Is Executed (2006)

This Day in History:
Saddam Hussein Is Executed (2006)

During his presidency of Iraq from 1979 to 2003, Hussein instituted a brutal dictatorship, launching wars against Iran and Kuwait and directing campaigns against Iraqi minorities, particularly the Kurds. After an Anglo-American force invaded Iraq in 2003 and drove him from power, he spent several months in hiding but was captured by US forces. In 2006, the Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced him to death for crimes against humanity. What hobby did Hussein take up while in prison awaiting execution? More…:

Quote of the Day: Kate Wiggin

Quote of the Day:
Kate Wiggin

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world. More…:

Article of the Day: General Tso

Article of the Day:
General Tso

Known in the West as General Tso, Zuo Zongtang was a Qing dynasty general who launched his political career by helping suppress the Taiping Rebellion. In the debate among Chinese officials about whether the coast or inland frontier was more vulnerable to attack, Zuo argued that Western interests were commercial in nature and could be contained diplomatically but that Russia’s ambitions were territorial and warranted solid frontier defense. How did a popular chicken dish come to be named for him? More…:

Idiom of the Day: the going thing

Idiom of the Day:
the going thing

The latest and most popular trend, fad, or fashion. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: oppugn

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of.

Synonyms: question

Usage: Given your history of rumor-mongering, I am inclined to oppugn your claims in this matter.:

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Horoscope♉: 12/28/2019


You may get more emotional than usual when it comes to work. Do your best to keep your emotional life separate from daily responsibilities. If you feel overwhelmed by a certain job to the point where you can no longer do it effectively, it may be a sign that you need to make some changes. This is a time of heightened sensitivity. Do your best to stay afloat.: