Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

censer

Definition:(noun) A container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual).
Synonyms:thurible
Usage: The organ was muttering, censers were swinging, candles were glinting on the distant altar, and robed priests were filing silently past them.
Article of the Day

Rinderpest

Also called "cattle plague," rinderpest was an acute, highly contagious viral disease of cattle with a sudden onset and high mortality. For centuries, it was the most severe infectious disease of cattle. Experiments with vaccination began in the 1700s, but it was not until the 1900s that widespread eradication efforts began meeting with success. In 2011, the UN formally declared rinderpest the second disease ever to have been eradicated in the wild. What was the first? More...
This Day in History

First Major Internet-Distributed Computer Worm Launched (1988)

In 1988, Cornell University student Robert Morris launched a program supposedly aimed at measuring the size of the Internet. He had designed the ostensibly harmless program to count the computers connected to the small but growing Web by copying itself to each unit. Due to a design flaw, however, the program spread wildly, repeatedly copying itself to some computers and rendering them useless. A large part of the Internet was affected by the so-called Morris worm. What was Morris's punishment? More...
Today's Birthday

James Knox Polk (1795)

A native southerner and friend of Andrew Jackson, Polk was elected president of the US in 1845. During his administration, the US made large territorial gains. Polk peacefully negotiated the Oregon border dispute with Britain, while the US victory in the Mexican War secured much of the West. Though an efficient and competent president, Polk was exhausted by the time he left office, and he died three months later. Despite his happy marriage, he had no children. What likely rendered him sterile? More...
Quotation of the Day
From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

breach of etiquette

A violation of established social norms or expectations, especially as relates to polite society or specific professions. More...
Today's Holiday

Haile Selassie's Coronation Day (2017)

The Rastafarians of Jamaica worship Haile Selassie I, "Might of the Trinity." His original name was Tafari Makonnen, and he was emperor of Ethiopia under the name Ras (meaning "Prince") Tafari. Rastafarians consider the Ethiopian emperor the Messiah and son of God, and the champion of their race. The Rastafarians' most important celebration is the anniversary of Haile Selassie's Coronation Day, which occurred on November 2, 1930. The dedication of babies to Ras Tafari, recitations, and singing are typically part of the celebrations on this day. More...
In the News

Thousands of Sheep Flock to Madrid

It is not every day that one can witness thousands of sheep crowding the streets of a major city, but that was the sight in Madrid this past Sunday, as shepherds paraded a flock of more than 2,000 sheep through the capital. For more than 700 years, Spanish shepherds have had the right to use droving paths that wind across what were once open fields and woodlands for their seasonal livestock migration. As Madrid grew, some of these paths were enveloped by the urban center, but each year, a group of shepherds upholds the tradition and drives its flock through the city. More...
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