Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 9, 2012)
Word of the Day

buccaneer

Definition:(noun) Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation.
Synonyms:sea rover, pirate
Usage: The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become at once if he chose, a man of probity and piety on land.
Article of the Day

Hijras

In South Asia, hijras are members of a transgender community of biological males who have assumed a female gender identity. Many live together in communities, and some are eunuchs. Activists have lobbied for recognition of the hijras under a third gender. Despite discrimination against them, hijras have historically fulfilled specific ceremonial roles in society, such as dancing at weddings. It is believed that if a hijra is not paid for such ritual services, what might happen? More...
This Day in History

Bosnian War: 427-Year-Old Stari Most Destroyed (1993)

Arching high above the Neretva River, the Stari Most—or "Old Bridge"—was a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the greatest architectural works of its time. Despite being of little strategic value, it was shelled during wartime by Croat forces. After the war, it was carefully rebuilt as close to its original dimensions as possible. Divers were even brought in to recover materials that had fallen into the river. What dangerous competition is held on the bridge each summer? More...
Today's Birthday

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818)

Considered one of the foremost Russian novelists and dramatists, Turgenev became known for his realistic, affectionate portrayals of Russian peasantry as well as for his penetrating studies of the intelligentsia. His works, which include the controversial masterpiece Fathers and Sons, are thought to have influenced the end of serfdom in Russia. His rocky friendship with Leo Tolstoy included a 17-year period during which the men did not speak to each other after Tolstoy did what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The remedy is worse than the disease.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve

To openly display or make known one's emotions or sentiments. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran (2017)

This Roman Catholic observance commemorates Pope Sylvester's consecration of the Basilica of the Most Holy Savior, commonly known as St. John Lateran, in Rome on November 9, 324. Churches as they are known today—that is, buildings set apart as places of worship—did not exist for the first two centuries of the Christian era; believers gathered in each other's homes. Thus, the pope's public dedication of this church at the beginning of the fourth century was a first in Christianity and merited a special celebration. More...
In the News

Scientist's Search for Bigfoot Taking to the Sky

Most scientists scoff at the notion that Bigfoot is anything more than a creature of legend, but Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, is convinced the ape-like creature exists and is determined to prove this once and for all. The university has already approved his proposal to seek evidence of the creature using a remote-controlled blimp equipped with a thermal-imaging camera, and Meldrum is now trying to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to fund the project. More...
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