Browsing: December 29

A Brief History On December 29, Catholics and Lutherans celebrate the feast day of David, that guy from the Bible who first made the news by slaying the giant Goliath.  Listed as 6 cubits tall (9 feet in today’s cubits, 6 feet according to some scholars), Goliath was the super bad dude of his day, the mightiest warrior of the Philistines, Israel’s go-to enemy in the days before the whole Arab-Israeli mess.  Digging Deeper With a rock that he flung from a sling, David took down Goliath and immediately became a celebrity.  If YouTube had existed in those days, the episode would have gone…

A Brief History On December 29, 1916, possibly the most cracked clergyman of all time finally met his doom, having been poisoned, shot, and drowned, thereby rivaling Blackbeard for the claim of bearded bad-ass who most went out “like a boss”! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the last royal court of Russia in the middle of turbulent times indeed, tangled in the morass of the First World War (or, at the time, The Great War) and the country on the brink of revolution. In addition to the horrible political situation, the royal family (Romanov) of Czar Nicholas II had…