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February 28 Saints of the Day – Nicholas of Pskov and Romanus of Condat

On this day in 1939, the non-existent word “dord” was discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary (Second Edition), an artifact of a string of editorial errors. The word was withdrawn before any unsavory definitions could be proposed, and during that period all letters from other dictionary publishers were returned unopened. Orthodoxically speaking, today is […]

February 27 Saints of the Day – Raphael of Brooklyn and Leander of Seville

On this date in 1879, Constantine Fahlberg discovered that the coal tar derivative he spilled on his hand tasted sweet. He called it saccharine, patented it, and single-handedly created thousands of jobs for lab rats around the world. Our Orthodox saint today is Raphael of Brooklyn (1860 – 1915). Born in Beirut as رفائيل هواويني‎, […]

February 26 Saint of the Day – Porphyry of Gaza

On this day in 1975, the Today Show featured the first live, televised kidney transplant. Over 20,000 people, two cows, and a confused chicken named Smedley called in after the show, offering to donate a kidney — making 20,000 kidney failure patients and two hungry surgeons very happy. Both Catholics and Orthodox today venerate Porphyry […]

February 25 Saints of the Day – Tarasios of Constantinople and Avertanus & Romeo

On this day in 1919, the State of Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, making it the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax. Complaints were heard from all five car owners in the state. Eastern saint lovers today love Tarasios of Constantinople (ca. 730 – 806). His predecessor […]

February 24 Saints of the Day – The First and Second Findings of the Head of John the Baptist and Adela of Normandy

On this day in 1938, Du Pont began commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles. Pigs everywhere rejoiced. Our eastern saint today is John the Baptist. Or to be precise, his head. Or to be more precise still, the first and second findings thereof. Fans of the gospels will know that John the Baptist, also called […]