Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

duster

Definition:(noun) A loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles.
Synonyms:gaberdine, smock
Usage: In the office he wore also a linen duster with huge pockets into which he continually stuffed scraps of paper.
Article of the Day

Diyu: The Realm of the Dead

Elements from Taoism, Buddhism, and traditional Chinese folk religion are all incorporated in the Chinese concept of Diyu, a mythological realm of the dead. A purgatory of sorts, Diyu is a maze of underground levels and chambers where souls atone for their earthly sins and prepare for reincarnation. According to some legends, Diyu has 18 levels, each of which is reserved for specific categories of offenders. What are some of the punishments found in each level? More...
This Day in History

Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania? (1913)

Witte was a German citizen and circus acrobat who claimed to have impersonated his way into being crowned King of Albania in 1913—by some accounts, on August 13. According to Witte, he enjoyed the royal harem and reigned for several days before being discovered as an impostor. Though he was likely lying, his story was picked up by several publications, including Time magazine. What novel may have given Witte the idea for his story, and what other novel was then based on Witte? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Stone (1818)

In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women's rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves "Lucy Stoners." She caused an uproar by wearing "bloomers." What were they, and why were they so named? More...
Quotation of the Day
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

knock Anthony

obsolete To knock one's knees together while walking or running (i.e., be "knock-kneed"). More...
Today's Holiday

Jour de Fête de Ste. Genevieve (2017)

Ste. Genevieve became the first permanent settlement in the state of Missouri when the French arrived in 1725. At one time it rivaled St. Louis in size and importance, and the town still prides itself on its authentic 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The annual Jour de Fête that has been held in mid-August each year since 1965 not only celebrates the area's French heritage but is a German and Spanish festival as well. Historic homes dating back to 1770 are opened to the public, people dress in colonial costumes, and arts and crafts are on display. More...
In the News

This Weird Moon of Saturn Has Some Essential Ingredients for Life

If you were going to cook up life on another world, Titan is the place to do it. Saturn's largest moon is rich with carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen — elements required by all living organisms on Earth. It has two types of wet ingredients — an ocean of ... More...
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