Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

verdure

Definition:(noun) The lush appearance of flourishing vegetation.
Synonyms:greenness
Usage: Midsummer eve had come, bringing deep verdure to the forest, and roses in her lap, of a more vivid hue than the tender buds of Spring.
Article of the Day

Cataphracts

Originating in Central Asia, cataphracts were heavily-armored cavalry whose horses were also covered with armor made of metal scales. The name, which also refers to the armor itself, comes from the Greek word for "armored." Cataphracts were first used as elite cavalry by the Assyrians around 1000 BCE, and were adopted by numerous peoples in Eurasia, such as the Parthians, Sassanids, and Romans. Why did armored cavalry become obsolete in the 15th century? More...
This Day in History

England's Lincoln Cathedral Is Consecrated (1092)

Not long after William the Conqueror named Remigius de Fécamp bishop of what was then the largest diocese in the country, he decided to move the seat of the diocese to a more central location. For the next 20 years, Remigius oversaw construction of a magnificent new cathedral in Lincoln, only to die days before its consecration. Today, its architecture is considered to be priceless. When Queen Eleanor died nearby in 1290, which parts of her body were buried at the cathedral? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Carter (1874)

An experienced archaeologist and Egyptologist, Carter began searching for the long lost tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun in the early 1900s, excavating Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, through funding by his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon. In 1922, Carnarvon gave Carter one last season to make a discovery. He did, unearthing the pristine, treasure-filled tomb that became world famous. What fact about Carter's life is often used to refute the so-called Curse of the Pharaohs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in the hope that

With the expectation, intention, or desire that (something will happen). More...
Today's Holiday

Be Kind to Animals Week (2017)

Be Kind to Animals Week was first observed in 1915. Established by Dr. William O. Stillman, the leader of the American Humane Association at the time, this week was dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the achievements of the nation's humane societies. Today, Be Kind to Animals week is observed by thousands of animal shelters across the country in the first full week of May. They host special media events, promote education on the humane treatment of animals, and try to remind people of the debt that humankind owes to both wild and domestic animals. More...
In the News

Psychopaths' Brains Abnormal

Brain scans of men convicted of violent assault, rape, and murder reveal that psychopaths' brains differ structurally from those of regular people as well as those of non-psychopathic violent offenders. Specifically, psychopaths were found to have less grey matter—a type of brain tissue—in areas of the brain connected with empathy. This suggests that there is a physiological basis for the lack of empathy characteristic in psychopathy, which perhaps necessitates a specifically tailored treatment approach. Furthermore, the findings raise questions about whether such offenders may be deemed criminally insane. More...
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