Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

enchantress

Definition:(noun) A woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive.
Synonyms:femme fatale, temptress, Delilah, siren
Usage: Though his wife stood lovingly by his side all evening, he had eyes only for the enchantress in the emerald dress whose every look, movement, and breath seemed to beckon him.
Article of the Day

Tonsure

Tonsure is the practice in some Christian churches and other religious orders of cutting some of the hair from the scalps of clerics. In the West, the tonsure consisted of a circular patch on the crown of the head that was kept bald. Different religious orders had different tonsures: some kept the entire head shaved above the ears; others retained a broad band of hair around the head. The Catholic Church abolished the practice in 1972. What modern religious organizations still practice tonsure? More...
This Day in History

The Dayton Agreement Is Signed in Paris, France (1995)

The Dayton Agreement was a peace agreement that put an end to the Bosnian War that began in 1992. The accord was the result of a meeting between Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian leaders under US auspices in Dayton, Ohio. It called for a Bosnian republic with a central government and two semiautonomous regions roughly equal in size—one dominated by Serbs and the other by Bosniaks and Croats in federation. Later signed in Paris, the accord also provided for the dispatch of what military force? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel De Leon (1852)

A newspaper editor, De Leon joined the Socialist Labor Party in the US in 1890 and soon became one of its leaders. He led a radical faction that seceded from the Knights of Labor in 1895 and formed the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (STLA). The STLA was later absorbed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which he helped found in 1905. After being refused a seat at a 1908 IWW convention by extremists who favored violent tactics over political action, he founded what organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be had up (for something)

To be indicted, arrested, and/or tried (for a crime). More...
Today's Holiday

Whirling Dervish Festival (2016)

Each year, up to a million people flood Konya, Turkey, on the anniversary of the death of the poet and Sufi Islamic mystic Jelaluddin al-Rumi. Rumi's teachings are the basis for the Sufi Muslim order known as Mevlevi, which uses music and dance to experience spiritual ecstasy. Leading up to December 17, thousands of visitors arrive to partake in exhibits and lectures related to Rumi and the Mevlevi order. At the climax of the festival, the Mevlevis perform their whirling dance, wearing costumes that feature white trousers, a full white overskirt, and tall cylindrical hats. More...
In the News

Man Hurls Grenades, Shoots Shoppers in Belgian City

Armed with hand grenades, a revolver, and an assault rifle, a man once convicted for illegal weapons possession and drug offenses attacked crowds of Christmas shoppers in the Belgian city of Liège yesterday, killing at least three and injuring more than 100 others before taking his own life. The attack took place near a bus stop at Place Saint Lambert, a central shopping area that hosts an annual Christmas market and is the site of a main courthouse building. Two teenage boys and a 75-year-old woman were confirmed dead. A number of others are listed in critical condition, and the death toll is expected to rise. More...
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