John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: February 5

Ten things I learned from the 2008 Schott's Almanac Page-A-Day Calendar:

  1. The siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
  2. The first legal divorce in the Republic of Ireland was granted in 1997.
  3. Wynkyn de Worde was the first printer in England to employ italic typefaces.
  4. St. Bride is the patron saint of poets, blacksmiths, and healers.
  5. In a fox hunt, when all the hounds are accounted for, the whipper-in says "All on!"
  6. The London Underground map was the brainchild of Henry "Harry" C. Beck.
  7. The national anthem of Moldova is Lîmba Noastra.
  8. An excessively intense enthusiasm is called pteridomania.
  9. The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opened in 1990.
  10. 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.


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