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: Hugh of Cluny; Hugh of Cluny (May 13, 1024 – April 28, 1109) was an Abbot of Cluny. He is sometimes referred to as ‘Hugh the Great’ or ‘Hugh of Semur’ and was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Hugh (the Great). He was one of the most influential leaders of one of the most influential monastic orders of the Middle Ages.
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: 1373 – Julian of Norwich has visions which are later transcribed in her Revelations of Divine Love.
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: Blackrock; Blackrock is a 1997 Australian drama film directed by Steven Vidler and written by Nick Enright. In Blackrock, a fictional beachside working-class suburb, a young surfer witnesses his friends raping a girl. When she is found murdered the next day, he is torn between revealing what he saw and protecting his friends. Filming locations included Stockton, New South Wales, where a girl named Leigh Leigh was murdered in 1989. While the film was never marketed as the story of her death, many viewers incorrectly believed it to be a factual account of the crime. Her family objected to what they saw as a fictionalisation of her murder, and residents of Stockton opposed the decision to shoot scenes there. The film received generally positive critical reviews in Australia, where it was nominated for five AACTA Awards and won two AWGIE Awards, though it received mixed reviews elsewhere. Adapted from Enright’s play of the same name, the film stars Laurence Breuls, Simon Lyndon and Linda Cropper, and features the first credited film performance of Heath Ledger.
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?