Who Is The Devil’s Advocate?

First recorded during the canonisation of Saint Lawrence Justinian under Pope Leo X (1513-1521), the Devil's Advocate (Advocatus Diaboli) used to be an official position within the Roman Catholic Church, whose job was to uncover character flaws, misrepresentation of evidence or fraudulent behaviour. During the canonisation process, the Promoter of the

What Does It Mean To Be In The Limelight?

Most dictionaries offer two definitions of being in the limelight: on stage under the spotlight, or to be in a position of public scrutiny. But from where does this phrase originate? Limelight is the brilliant white illumination resulting from the heating of a cylinder of quicklime by an oxyhydrogen flame. The

Why Is It Bad Luck To Open An Umbrella Indoors?

The fear of opening an umbrella indoors dates back to the 18th century, when the unpredictability of the relatively new invention reinforced an ancient Egyptian superstition. Egyptian nobility used parasols made of papyrus and peacock feathers in tribute to Nut, goddess of the sky and all heavenly bodies, and so their

What Is The Feast Of The Ascension?

The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also known as Holy Thursday or Ascension Day, marks forty days since the Resurrection on Easter Sunday and is one of the ecumenical feasts of the Christian calendar, alongside the Passion, Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. Originally part of Pentecost (the fiftieth day), which

Is Hitler Responsible For The Cannes Film Festival?

Venice became home to the world’s first annual international film festival in 1932, but from the outset it was an outlet for Fascist and Nazi propaganda, with Hitler and Mussolini's regimes determining the festival winners and sharing the prizes out between themselves. Things came to a head in 1938 when Leni