zenith \ZEE-nith\, noun:
- A highest point or state; culmination.
- The point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer. Opposite of nadir.
The source of zenith is an error in transcription by ancient scribes. The M in the Arabic samt, "road," was mistaken for an N, resulting in a Middle Latin senit.
Raving to Jesus
- A condition usually applied to houses in the Christmas time that are completely covered in flashing lights and a Nativity scene. A house will only be raving to Jesus if the lights are flashing and a Nativity scene is present.
I couldn't sleep last winter, the house across the street was raving to Jesus.
Christmas Eve Eve
- The day before Christmas Eve, 2 days before Christmas.
- Festivus ("for the rest of us") An alternative to the crass commercialization of Christmas, typically celebrated on December 23. It involves The Airing of Grievances (telling your family and friends all the ways they have disappointed you during the year) and does not end until the Feats of Strength (pinning the head of the family) are accomplished. A plain, metal pole is used in lieu of a Christmas tree, because decorations (such as tinsel) is distracting from the true meaning of the holiday.
A Festivus for the rest of us! -George Costanza
- Kidney transplant: was successfully performed for first time, in Boston (1954)
- Federal Reserve Act: law signed by President Woodrow Wilson created the Federal Reserve System, a central banking system for the US (1913)
- Immaculate Reception: the Pittsburgh Steelers won an NFL playoff game over the Oakland Raiders with a "miraculous" touchdown (1972)
- Voyager: experimental plane designed by Burt Rutan completed a 9-day flight around the world without refueling (1986)
- Lenny Bruce: comedian who satirized politics, religion and sex was granted by the governor of New York a posthumous pardon for obscenity, for which he had been convicted 40 years earlier (2003)
- Richard Arkwright 1732
- Alexander I (Russia) 1777
- Fredi Washington 1903
- Don McNeill 1907
- Yousuf Karsh 1908
- Maurice Denham 1909
- James Gregory 1911
- Jose Greco 1918
- Gerald O’Loughlin 1921
- Ruth Roman 1923
- Tim Hardin 1940
- Corey Haim 1972
- Jamie Murphy (Space) 1975