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: Peter Faber; Blessed Peter Faber (French Pierre Lefevre or Pierre Favre, Latin Petrus Faber) (April 13, 1506 – August 1, 1546) was a French Jesuit theologian and a cofounder of the Society of Jesus. He was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on September 5, 1872.
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: 1111 – Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
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: Casino Royale; Casino Royale (1953) is a James Bond novel, the first of twelve featuring the British secret agent by Ian Fleming. At a casino in Royale-les-Eaux, Bond beats Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a French trade union and a member of the Russian secret service, in a high-stakes baccarat game; Bond wins 80 million francs belonging to SMERSH, the Soviet counterintelligence agency. He is supported by Vesper Lynd, a member of his own service, as well as Felix Leiter of the CIA and René Mathis of the French Deuxième Bureau. Fleming took plot elements from his wartime experiences in the Naval Intelligence Division and based some characters on people he met during the war; the character of Bond also reflected many of Fleming’s personal tastes. Looking for distraction in advance of his forthcoming wedding, Fleming wrote the draft in early 1952 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. The book was given broadly positive reviews by critics at the time and sold out in less than a month after its UK release, although US sales upon release a year later were much slower. The story has been adapted several times, including in a daily comic strip and twice on film, a 1967 adaptation starring David Niven and a 2006 version starring Daniel Craig.
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?