Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

vermiculate

Definition:(adjective) Infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms.
Synonyms:worm-eaten, wormy
Usage: I returned from vacation to find my yard littered with vermiculate, rotting plums that had fallen from the tree while I was away.
Article of the Day

The Uraeus

The uraeus is the stylized upright form of an Egyptian spitting cobra that often adorned the headdresses of the pharaohs as a symbol of divine authority. It represented one of the earliest Egyptian deities, Wadjet, and was believed to protect the pharaohs by spitting her fire at their enemies. According to myth, Isis made the first uraeus from the dust of the earth and the spittle of the sun god. Upon the unification of Egypt, the uraeus was joined with what other symbol? More...
This Day in History

Santiago, Chile, Founded (1541)

Santiago is the capital and the largest city of Chile. Just months after it was founded on the banks of the Mapocho River by Spanish conquistadors, the settlement was nearly wiped out by the indigenous Mapuche peoples. Today, it is one of the largest cities in South America, having survived the 1647 earthquake that leveled the city, frequent flooding from the Mapocho, and a number of other calamities. What meteorological phenomenon traps smog in the city? More...
Today's Birthday

William Roscoe Estep (1920)

Estep was an American Baptist historian, author, and professor of church history. He was considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Anabaptist movement, a Christian sect that rejects infant baptism and practices the ritual of believer's baptism only after a person has made a declaration of faith. Estep wrote numerous works, including books on subjects such as Baptist and Anabaptist history, religious liberty, and world missions. At what theological seminary did he teach? More...
Quotation of the Day
I realized that ritual will always mean throwing away something; destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

circle the drain

To be in a state of severe deterioration such that one is approaching inevitable ruin, failure, or death. Usually used in the continuous form. More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Union Day (2017)

In the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, Union Day commemorates the day in 1947 that Bogyoke Aung San, a Burmese nationalist leader, helped to unify all of Burma. Five days before Union Day, an annual relay of the Union flag begins. A ceremony to mark the start of the relay is held at City Hall. The flag is carried through 45 townships before arriving at People's Square on Pyay Road for a Union Day ceremony. More...
In the News

Next Supercontinent Will Form at North Pole

Earth's land masses are constantly shifting due to tectonic activity, and while their day-to-day movements are so minute as to be imperceptible to the average person, the world map will change drastically over the next 50 to 200 million years. According to geologists at Yale University, it is in that time period that the Americas, Eurasia, Africa, and Australia will come together over the North Pole and form a new supercontinent, dubbed Amasia. Only Antarctica will remain a separate continent according to this model. More...
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