Word of the day: smithereens
Definition: n.pl. (also smithers) small fragments (smash into smithereens).
Synonyms: fragment, particle, piece, portion
Etymology: Smithereens is an alteration of the Irish smidirin , “fragment.” (more…)
from Oxford: smithereens
n.pl. (also smithers) small fragments (smash into smithereens).
Etymology: 19th c.: orig. unkn.
from Wikipedia: smithereens; Smithereens may refer to: Smithereens, a 1982 film by Susan Seidelman The Smithereens, a rock band from New Jersey Smithereens a book by Shaun Micallef Natives of Smithers, a town in Canada Smithereens, 1998 Smithereens, an album by Elin Sigvardsson
Quote of the day: A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. by Michelangelo
Birthday of the day: Pope Innocent XII; Pope Innocent XII (13 March 1615 – 27 September 1700), born Antonio Pignatelli, was Pope from 1691 to 1700. He was the successor of Pope Alexander VIII (1689–91).
Joke of the day: A man walks into a Silicon Valley pet store looking to buy a monkey. The store owner points towards three identical looking monkeys. ‘The one on the left costs $500,’ says the store owner. ‘Why so much?’ asks the customer. ‘Because it can program in C,’ answers the store owner. The customer inquires about the next monkey and is told, ‘That one costs $1500, because it knows Visual C++ and Object-Relational technology.’ The startled man then asks about the third monkey. ‘That one costs $3000,’ answers the store owner. ‘3000 dollars!!’ exclaims the man. ‘What can that one do?’ To which the owner replies, ‘To be honest, I’ve never seen it do a single thing, but it calls itself a Consultant.’
Thought of the day: What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Fact of the day: 624 – Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad\’s army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraish of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.
Biography of the day: Henry Drinker; Henry Drinker (15 Sept. 1880-9 Mar. 1965), attorney, author, and musicologist, was born Henry Sandwith Drinker, Jr., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Henry S. Drinker, Sr., and Ernesta Beaux. Henry Sr. was an engineer and attorney who became general counsel of the Lehigh Valley Railroad when Henry Jr. was five years old; he later served for many years as president of Lehigh University. The Drinkers were a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family whose roots extended back to colonial times. Ernesta Beaux’s background was quite different: The daughter of an impoverished French ?migr? painter, she had grown up in genteel poverty in Philadelphia, supported by an aunt and by her older sister, Cecilia Beaux, who became a noted portrait artist. Following Ernesta’s marriage, her sister painted numerous portraits of the Drinker family.
Article of the day: Hugh Walpole; Hugh Walpole (1884–1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist. His vivid plots, skill at scene-setting, and high profile as a lecturer on literature brought him financial success and a large readership in the UK and North America in the 1920s and 1930s, but his work has been largely neglected since his death. Between 1909 and 1941 Walpole wrote thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays and three volumes of memoirs. His range included disturbing studies of the macabre, children’s stories and historical fiction, most notably his Herries Chronicle series, set in the English Lake District. During the First World War he served in the Red Cross on the Russian–Austrian front, and worked in British propaganda. He worked in Hollywood writing scenarios for two Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films in the 1930s. Walpole conducted a succession of intense but discreet relationships with other men, and eventually settled down with a married policeman in the Lake District. Having as a young man eagerly sought the support of established authors, he was in his later years a generous sponsor of many younger writers. He bequeathed a substantial legacy of paintings to the Tate Gallery and other British institutions.
Did you know: a) that Irworobongdo (pictured) is a Korean folding screen with a stylized landscape painting for symbolizing the political cosmology of the Joseon Dynasty? b) that winning time of 3.04 by Ellington at the 1856 Derby Stakes was the slowest ever recorded, breaking the ‘record’ of 3.02 set in 1852 by Daniel O’Rourke? c)that some Anglo-Saxon churches, such as St Peter’s Church, Barton-upon-Humber, were originally built with towers for naves? d) that ‘locked-in syndrome’, in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of most muscles except for the eyes, was coined by neurologist Dr. Fred Plum?