Final Friday in February
Today is the 6th day of the 9th week, the 28th day of the 2nd month, the 59th day of 2020 [with only 300 shopping days until Christmas], and:
- Car Keys and Small Change Day
- Floral Design Day
- Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
- Global Scouse Day
- International STAND UP to Bullying Day
- National Chocolate Souffle Day
- National Customized Wheel and Tire Day
- national Public Sleeping Day
- National Science Day
- National Skip the Straw Day
- National Tartar Sauce Day
- National Tooth Fairy Day
- US Snow Shoe Days
- The third day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith) (Please note that this observance is only locked into this date the Gregorian calendar on this date if Bahá'í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which it doesn't in all years)
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1700 – Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
1749 - the first edition of Henry Fieldings' novel "Tom Jones" published
1826 - Biela's Comet rediscovered by Austrian astronomer Wilhelm von Biela (originally discovered 1772)
1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
1849 – Regular steamship service from the east to the west coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, four months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, carrying the first boat load of gold rush prospectors
1867 – Seventy years of Holy See–United States relations are ended by a Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomatic envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984.
1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
1939 – The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
1953 – James Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature
1954 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched but fails to achieve orbit.
1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, with almost 106 million viewers. It still holds the record for the highest viewership of a season finale.
1984 - British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV
1997 – GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
2007 - Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
2013 – Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, becoming the first pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII, in 1415.
Quote of the day:
“The question is not what you look at—but how you look & whether you see.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Journal, August 5, 1851
According to the Urban Dictionary, the word dord means:
3. Dord (n): A word that is incorrectly used or does not technically exist either through intention or misconception.
"Dord" itself falls into this description, and so does pretty much everything else on Urban Dictionary.
This can be imagined as an abbreviation for "Denied word", as a mnemonic device though that is not its origin.
The existence of the little four letter word exhibits the real skill needed in proof reading – reading what is on the paper not what was meant to have been said. Not everyone, even those who are detail oriented have that gift.
I was going to expostulate at length about the difference between reality and what you want to believe, but got sidetracked by a word. Have a great weekend!
Now excuse me, I have to work on my retirement plan…..