Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 02, 2018)
Word of the Day

transmigrate

Definition:(verb) Be born anew in another body after death.
Synonyms:reincarnate
Usage: Oh, if our souls could transmigrate I'd be a seamew above all birds that fly.
Article of the Day

Koalas

Although they are somewhat bearlike in appearance and are sometimes called koala bears, koalas are not related to true bears. Native to Australia, the koala is a slow-moving, nocturnal, arboreal marsupial, or pouched mammal. It has perhaps the most specialized diet of any living mammal: it feeds on leaves and shoots of a particular species of eucalyptus in a certain stage of maturation. Why do koalas need to drink so infrequently? More...
This Day in History

New Amsterdam Incorporated as a City (1653)

In 1625, the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, in close proximity to the fur-rich forests bordering the Hudson River. Named Fort Amsterdam, it became the capital of New Netherland and was incorporated as the city of New Amsterdam a few decades later. In 1664, it was captured by the British and renamed New York. The Dutch retook the city in 1673, and before the British claimed it yet again, it was briefly known by what third name? More...
Today's Birthday

Ayn Rand (1905)

1926, Rand fled post-revolution Russia for the US, which she considered the "country of the individual." She worked for many years as a screenwriter before winning a cult following with two influential novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Her works present her belief in rational self-interest, a philosophy she called "objectivism," and made her an icon of radical libertarianism. What unusual floral arrangement was placed near the casket at Rand's funeral? More...
Quotation of the Day
The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

tighten the purse strings

To become less liberal with or more controlling of one's expenditures; to decrease the availability of money for spending purposes. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemanjá Festival (2018)

Yemanjá is a major festival of the Candomblé religion in the Rio Vermelho district of Salvador, Bahia state, Brazil. Maes-de-santo and filhas-de-santo (men and women mediums, or followers of the saints) sing and dance from daybreak on, summoning Yemanjá, or Iemanjá (the goddess of the ocean), to the festival. Offerings are placed in boats and carried down to the sea, where they are set afloat. Thousands of people flock to the coast for the festivities. More...
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In the News

Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger

Experts who fear road salt is starting to take a toll on the nation's waterways are turning to beet juice, molasses, and even beer or cheese waste to make them safer. Tossed onto sidewalks and dumped onto highways, salt for decades has provided the cheapest ... More...
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