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January 31 Saints of the Day – Cyrus and John the Unmercinaries

On this day in 1990, the first McDonald’s restaurant in the Soviet Union opened, in Moscow. Less than two years later, the Soviet Union had ceased to exist. Now we know what brought down the USSR. Special sauce. Cyrus and John (d. 304 or 311) are called “unmercenaries,” an unusual word meaning “a person who […]

January 30 Saints of the Day – Hippolytus of Rome and Mutien-Marie Wiaux

On this day in 1826, the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland, was opened, primarily to make it easier to get cattle to Ireland, which is in the other direction. It is mentioned by Lewis Carroll’s White Knight, which seems only fitting. Hippolytus of Rome (ca. 170 […]

Was it Onion Dome coffee mug in 19th century Russia?

New products arriving every day. I’ve expanded the shoppe so I can have multiple designs on the same product (previously I could only have one design for the coffee mug, for example; now I can have hundreds). Waht a great way to support your favorite Orthodox satire blogger! Click on the picture to go to […]

January 29 Saints of the Day – Translation of the Relics of Ignatius of Antioch and Walloch of Scotland

On this day in 1845, Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem was first published. In this way it is quite unlike a writing desk, as those don’t tend to be published at all. (I’ll bet you thought I was going to say “nevermore,” didn’t you?) Today in Iconland we are celebrating the translation of the […]

January 28 Saints of the Day – Ephraim the Syrian and Thomas Aquinas

On this day in 1820, Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen discovered Antarctica, making it the first continent “discovered” by a European that someone didn’t already live on. East of the Stettin-to-Trieste line, Ephraim the Syrian (ca. 306 – 373) is venerated today. Sired by a pagan priest in Nisibis (now split between Nusaybin, Turkey, and […]