Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

uncultivated

Definition:(adjective) (Of persons) lacking art or knowledge.
Synonyms:uncultured, artless
Usage: Never had they witnessed such power of mastication, and such marvelous capacity of stomach, as in this native and uncultivated gastronome.
Article of the Day

Grolar Bear or Pizzly?

An ursid hybrid is a bear that is the offspring of two different species or subspecies of the bear family. Brown bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears have all produced hybrid offspring, but nearly all were bred in captivity. In 2006, a bear shot by a hunter in Canada's Northwest Territories was later confirmed by DNA testing to be a grizzly-polar bear hybrid. This is thought to be the first recorded case of interbreeding in the wild. What unusual features did the bear possess? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) view

In someone's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Flores de Mayo (2017)

Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls. More...
In the News

Armadillos Transmitting Leprosy to Humans

Researchers have found that a strain of leprosy found in humans in the southern US is also carried by nine-banded armadillos living in the region. Of the 50 human patients and 33 wild armadillos analyzed, 25 patients and 28 armadillos shared a genetically identical strain of leprosy bacteria. Furthermore, at least 8 of those 25 patients reported contact with armadillos. Though there have been reports of leprosy in humans who have handled, killed, or eaten armadillos or gardened in soil where the animals burrow, experts had been unable to confirm that armadillos could pass the disease to humans until now. More...
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