On This Day
285 (or 286) – Execution of Saints Crispin and Crispinian during the reign of Diocletian, now the patron saints of leather workers, curriers, and shoemakers.
Saints Crispin and Crispinian are the Christian patron saints of cobblers, curriers, tanners, and leather workers. They were beheaded during the reign of Diocletian; the date of their execution is given as 25 October 285 or 286.
Born On This Day
840 – Ya’qub ibn al-Layth al-Saffar, founder of the Saffarid dynasty (d. 879)
Ya’qūb ibn al-Layth al-Saffār (Persian: یعقوب لیث صفاری; 25 October 840 – 5 June 879), was a coppersmith and the founder of the Saffarid dynasty of Sistan, with its capital at Zaranj (a city now in south-western Afghanistan). Under his military leadership, he conquered much of the eastern portions of Greater Iran consisting of modern-day Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan as well as portions of western Pakistan and a small part of Iraq. He was succeeded by his brother, Amr ibn al-Layth.
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NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day
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When a gang of gambling cheats sussed out how to beat the house, they inadvertently highlighted a loophole from a shuffled deck. It took a magician-turned-mathematician to reveal how.
By: Livia Gershon, JSTOR: The Story Behind “This is Your Brain on Drugs” How did the campaign behind the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s iconic commercials develop, and why were its products so memorable?
By Alex Dalenberg, Pocket Collections: How to Write (Almost) Anything, From a Great Joke to a Killer Cover Letter Whether you’re just looking to punch up your tweets or have ambitions to write the Great American Novel, we’ve got you covered.
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Culinary Institute of America: Zuppa Pavese (Eggs in Broth)
Poutine with balsamic short rib gravy and cheese curds
One of Canada’s most celebrated culinary contributions, poutine is a dish of french fries, beef gravy and cheese curds. In this video, chef Barbara Alexander shows you how to make poutine with a balsamic short rib gravy.
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