Month: January 2020

Lupercalia

This was an ancient Roman festival during which worshippers gathered at a grotto on the Palatine Hill in Rome called the Lupercal. The sacrifice of goats and dogs to the Roman deities Lupercus and Faunus was part of the ceremony. Luperci (priests of Lupercus) dressed in goatskins and, smeared with the sacrificial blood, would run about striking women with thongs of goat skin. This was thought to assure them of fertility and an easy delivery. The name for these thongs—februa—meant “means of purification” and eventually gave the month of February its name. Discuss
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Decimal Day (1971)

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 “new pence,” and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? Discuss
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January 16, 2020 – NATIONAL NOTHING DAY – GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – NATIONAL FIG NEWTON DAY – NATIONAL WITHOUT A SCALPEL DAY – NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

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NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL USE YOUR GIFT CARD DAY – Third Saturday in January

NATIONAL USE YOUR GIFT CARD DAY National Use Your Gift Card Day reminds Americans to use the $1 billion in gift cards left unused each year. On the third Saturday in January, take stock of the gift cards you received over the holidays. Make the most of each one of them before they’re forgotten for […]

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January 15, 2020 – NATIONAL BAGEL DAY – NATIONAL BOOCH DAY – NATIONAL HAT DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DAY

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Zzyzx: English’s Last Word

Zzyzx is a settlement in San Bernardino County, California. The name was given to the area in 1944 by American radio evangelist Curtis Howe Springer, who claimed it was the last word in the English language. He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa on the plot, which was actually federal land that he had not received permission to use. In 1974, he was arrested for misusing the land, and the government seized the property. Who oversees the area today? Discuss
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January 14, 2020 – NATIONAL DRESS UP YOUR PET DAY – RATIFICATION DAY – NATIONAL SHOP FOR TRAVEL DAY – NATIONAL HOT PASTRAMI SANDWICH DAY

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Renée Fleming (1959)

Fleming is an American soprano who specializes in opera and lieder, a type of German art song intended for soloists. The daughter of two music teachers, Fleming graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1981 with a degree in music education and went on to study at Eastman School of Music and Juilliard. Her professional debut was in Austria in 1986. She has won numerous awards for her roles in opera and for the classical music she has recorded. What did Fleming do to pay for her studies at Juilliard? Discuss
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January 13, 2020 – NATIONAL RUBBER DUCKY DAY – NATIONAL CLEAN OFF YOUR DESK DAY – NATIONAL STICKER DAY – NATIONAL PEACH MELBA DAY – KOREAN AMERICAN DAY – STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY

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January 12, 2020 – KISS A GINGER DAY – NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY – NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER DAY – NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY – NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY

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Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949)

In 1948, following a failed attempt by the UN to divide Palestine, which had been under British mandate, the nation of Israel proclaimed its independence. The first legislative assembly, or Knesset, convened in February 1949 and succeeded the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community’s parliament during the Mandate era. The prime minister and the president are responsible to the Knesset, whose members are elected by popular vote. What does “knesset” mean in Hebrew? Discuss
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January 11, 2020 – NATIONAL VISION BOARD DAY – NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL MILK DAY – NATIONAL STEP IN A PUDDLE AND SPLASH YOUR FRIENDS DAY – NATIONAL ARKANSAS DAY

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January 10, 2020 – SAVE THE EAGLES DAY – NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY – NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY – NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY

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conversant

Definition: (adjective) Well informed about or knowing thoroughly.
Synonyms: familiar.
Usage: A few words, in explanation, will here be necessary for such of our readers as are not conversant with the details of aerostation.
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January 9, 2020 – NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL STATIC ELECTRICITY DAY – NATIONAL APRICOT DAY

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William and Mary Proclaimed Co-Rulers of England (1689)

King William III and Queen Mary II were joint monarchs of England. Married in 1677, they were called to the throne by Parliament after King James II—Mary’s father—fled the country during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. To end the revolution, William and Mary signed the English Bill of Rights, which barred any future Catholic succession to the throne and began a new cooperation between Parliament and monarchs, leading to greater democracy. What effect did this have on the colonies in America? Discuss
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January 8, 2020 – NATIONAL JOYGERM DAY – NATIONAL BUBBLE BATH DAY – NATIONAL ARGYLE DAY – NATIONAL WINTER SKIN RELIEF DAY – NATIONAL ENGLISH TOFFEE DAY

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Parentalia

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. Discuss
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January 6, 2020 – NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY – NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY – NATIONAL BEAN DAY – NATIONAL CUDDLE UP DAY – NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY

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