Ten things I learned from the 2008 Schott's Almanac Page-A-Day Calendar:
- The siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
- The first legal divorce in the Republic of Ireland was granted in 1997.
- Wynkyn de Worde was the first printer in England to employ italic typefaces.
- St. Bride is the patron saint of poets, blacksmiths, and healers.
- In a fox hunt, when all the hounds are accounted for, the whipper-in says "All on!"
- The London Underground map was the brainchild of Henry "Harry" C. Beck.
- The national anthem of Moldova is Lîmba Noastra.
- An excessively intense enthusiasm is called pteridomania.
- The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opened in 1990.
- The presidency of the U.N. Security Council rotates monthly through the members, based upon the alphabetical (English) spelling of country names.
A appropriate icon today! I'm pleased to see Clinton and Obama both doing well in the Super Tuesday primaries; I was woried that one or the other might sew things up today, rendering my own primary next Tuesday meaningless.