Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

cornucopia

Definition:(noun) The property of being extremely abundant.
Synonyms:profuseness, richness
Usage: The cornucopia of job opportunities overwhelmed the immigrants, who had come from a town with only one employer.
Article of the Day

The St. Augustine Monster

When a large carcass washed ashore on the coast near St. Augustine, Florida, tales of the "St. Augustine Monster" were born. Two boys on bicycles first spotted the carcass on the evening of November 30, 1896, and reported their discovery to local physician DeWitt Webb. Webb determined that the carcass was at least 18 feet (5 m) long and estimated its weight at nearly 5 tons, if not more. Webb believed it was the remains of a giant octopus, but what has more recent analysis concluded? More...
This Day in History

The January Uprising Begins (1863)

The January Uprising began as a spontaneous rebellion of young Poles in Russian Poland against conscription into the Imperial Russian Army. They were soon joined by Lithuanians living in the territory, but they were severely outnumbered and isolated, and they failed to win any major victories or capture any major cities. The Russians crushed the uprising and began an intensive program of Russification. During the uprising, Russian soldiers are said to have defenestrated what composer's piano? More...
Today's Birthday

Johan August Strindberg (1849)

Strindberg was a master of the Swedish language and an innovator of dramatic and literary styles. He achieved renown with the novel The Red Room, in which he satirized hypocrisy in Swedish life. It helped initiate Swedish realism and revealed his remarkable style, which he developed in an impressive assortment of novels, plays, stories, histories, and poems. Which of Strindberg's plays, now considered the first modern Swedish drama, was originally rejected by the national theater? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

honey-do list

A list or collection of tasks or jobs one has been requested to perform or undertake, especially household duties or jobs, given to a person by his or her spouse or romantic partner. More...
Today's Holiday

Dinagyang (2017)

The Dinagyang is a dancing-in-the-streets carnival on the island of Panay in Iloilo City, Philippines, held a week after the Ati-Atihan in Kalibo and the Sinulog in Cebu. Like these festivals, Dinagyang venerates the Santo Niño, or Holy Infant. In Iloilo (pronounced EE-lo-EE-lo) the participation of tribal groups adds to the festival's color, but, unlike the exuberant Kalibo crowds, the spectators in Iloilo are quiet. More...
In the News

Photographs Suggest Systematic Torture and Executions by Syrian Regime

Purported photographic evidence of the systematic torture and killing of thousands of Syrian detainees is giving further credence to allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the Assad regime. Approximately 55,000 digital images were smuggled out of the country by a military police photographer, who claims to have been the cameraman for about half of the photographs. The images depict some 11,000 dead detainees, many of whose bodies show evidence of torture—starvation, strangulation, electrocution, beating, and other cruel treatment. More...
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