Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 1 October 2009

The British Post Office issued the world's first postcards (1870)


October was originally the eighth month of the calendar.

Dry your barley land in October, / Or you'll always be sober.

October was a time for brewing, and the month gave its name to a "heady and ripe" ale: "five Quarters of Malt to three Hogsheads, and twenty-four Pounds of Hops." Consequently, "often drunk and seldom sober falls like the leaves in October."

In American politics, an October surprise is an event thought to have been engineered to garner political support just before an election.

Roman Catholics traditionally dedicated October to the devotion of the rosary.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
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