Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

arduous

Definition:(adjective) Demanding great effort or labor; difficult.
Synonyms:backbreaking, grueling, laborious, toilsome, punishing, hard, heavy
Usage: The roofer's work was so arduous that he was forced to take numerous medications to relieve the pain in his back.
Article of the Day

Blood Eagle Torture

Referenced in some Norse saga literature, the Blood Eagle is a form of torture and execution performed by cutting the victim's ribs by the spine, breaking them to resemble blood-stained wings, and pulling the lungs out through the gaping wound. Though some cite archaeological evidence of the practice, others argue that it never occurred and that accounts of the method are based on folklore or inaccurate translations. Which Viking Age rulers were reportedly victims of the gruesome torture? More...
This Day in History

The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)

In the late 1960s, Australian farmer Leonard Casley protested government wheat quotas he considered unfair. Unsuccessful, he turned to Commonwealth law and styled himself a monarch—His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt—and founded The Principality of Hutt River. His pronouncement of sovereignty was never successfully challenged by the Australian government, and he is now considered a non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes. What legal quirks allowed him to start his own micronation? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Wheeler Shaw, AKA Josh Billings (1818)

Shaw studied at Hamilton College but was expelled for removing the clapper from the chapel bell. After a roving life as farmer, explorer, and coal miner, he settled in Poughkeepsie, New York, as an auctioneer and real estate dealer. In 1860, using the pseudonym Josh Billings, he began to write humorous sketches and homespun philosophies in rural dialect—often with intentionally crude misspellings—and soon became a popular lecturer. What are some of Shaw's best aphorisms? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Ridvan (2018)

The Feast of Ridvan is a Baha'i celebration to commemorate a 12-day period in 1863 when the Baha'i founder, Baha'u'llah (which means "Glory of God"), made the declaration that he was God's messenger for this age. When he made his declaration, Baha'u'llah was staying outside Baghdad, Iraq, at a garden he called Ridvan, meaning "Paradise." The first, ninth, and 12th days of the period (April 21, 29, and May 2, respectively) are holy days when work is suspended. The celebration starts at sunset, April 20, the eve of Ridvan. More...
In the News

Frog Mucus Can Fight Off the Flu

With its aches, fevers, and stuffy noses, the flu can be agony. And in addition to being super gross, the many strains of the virus can sometimes prove fatal. But it might be (somewhat) comforting to know that a substance not unlike the snot you're ... More...
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