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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 The word was withdrawn before any unsavory definitions could be proposed, and during that period all letters from other dictionary publishers were returned unopened.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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]