Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 4, 2011)
Word of the Day

countrified

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of rural life.
Synonyms:rustic
Usage: The house was very handsome, with a lovely countrified garden.
Article of the Day

The Taiping Rebellion

Perhaps the most important event in 19th-century China, the Taiping Rebellion was a large-scale revolt against the Qing dynasty. The rebellion was led by Hong Xiuquan, a self-proclaimed visionary who garnered many followers among the poorer classes, who were discontented with the government after having suffered floods and famines in the late 1840s. The rebels captured Nanjing in 1853 and made it their capital but were later defeated. The rebellion resulted in how many millions of deaths? More...
This Day in History

Gutzon Borglum Begins Sculpting Mount Rushmore (1927)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a massive carving of four US presidents' heads, each about 60 ft (18 m) high, on the side of a South Dakota mountain, took 400 workers 14 years to complete. Its designer, sculptor Gutzon Borglum—who had previously worked on a Confederate memorial on Georgia's Stone Mountain—died before Rushmore was completed, and his unfinished Hall of Records behind the heads is off-limits to the public. What nearby mountain sculpture will dwarf Rushmore when completed? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis X of France (1289)

Louis the Stubborn became king of Navarre, a region in the north of Spain bordering France, upon the death of his mother, Joan of Navarre. Upon the death of his father, Philip IV, in 1314, he became king of France. His rule was short-lived. Following a game of tennis in 1316, he drank a large amount of wine and died from an unverified illness. He is remembered primarily for his concessions to the nobility. At the time of his death, his wife was pregnant with his heir. What happened to the child? More...
Quotation of the Day
You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colors, you, who can actually see…the Three Dimensions—how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another's configuration?

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

letters after (one's) name

A series of abbreviations indicating the various levels of higher education or military honors one has received, thereby denoting a presumed level of intelligence, wisdom, or respectability. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (2017)

In Assisi, Italy, the feast of St. Francis commemorates the saint's transition to the afterlife. For two days the entire town is illuminated by oil lamps burning consecrated oil brought from a different Italian town each year. A parchment in St. Francis's handwriting is taken to the top of the Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica and the people are blessed by the pope's representative. In the United States, people bring their pets to church to be blessed on St. Francis's feast day, because of his love for animals as expressed in his Canticle of Creatures. More...
In the News

Marijuana Smokers May Have Lower Obesity Risk

People who smoke marijuana may be prone to "the munchies," but they may actually have a lower risk of obesity than people who abstain. This may seem counterintuitive, but French researchers say that this is just what an analysis of data from surveys of more than 50,000 American adults revealed. Just 14 to 17 percent of respondents who reported smoking marijuana at least three days a week were obese. In comparison, about a quarter of those who said they had not used the drug within the past year were obese. More...
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