Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

nightstick

Definition:(noun) A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
Synonyms:truncheon, billy, billy club, billystick, baton
Usage: The policeman ordered the loiterers to disperse, tapping his nightstick for effect.
Article of the Day

The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Perhaps the most famous lost mine in US history, the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is a legendary gold mine allegedly located in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. It is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz, who, in most versions of the story, was told of the mine's location as a reward for aiding a member of the Peralta mining family. Though many say the mine is a legend, some historians argue that the story has some basis in fact. Whose suspicious death sparked renewed interest in the mine? More...
This Day in History

Otho Begins His 3-Month Reign as Roman Emperor (69 CE)

Otho and Roman Emperor Nero were once friends. Then, Otho's wife became Nero's mistress, and Nero dispatched Otho to the remote province of Lusitania. After patiently governing the province for a decade, Otho joined a revolt against the emperor in 68 CE. Nero committed suicide, and Otho took over. However, a rival soon challenged him for the throne. Just three months into his reign, Otho killed himself, presumably to avoid a civil war in his empire. How did he bid farewell to his friends? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809)

Believed to have been the first person to call himself an anarchist, Proudhon was a French journalist and social theorist best known for his radical assertion that "property is theft." Originally a printer, he joined the socialist movement after moving to Paris in 1838. There, he published radical newspapers and was imprisoned. His writings were deeply influential within the anarchist movement. In his famous essay "What is Government?" how does Proudhon define what it means to be governed? More...
Quotation of the Day
The stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Today's Holiday

Suminuri Matsuri (2021)

Suminuri Matsuri is a New Year tradition observed for more than half a millennium in a district of Matsunoyama, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. People adorn their homes and streets for Oshogatsu (New Year's Day) with decorations made of paper, tree branches and bamboo. After the holiday, they take down the decorations and burn them, keeping the ashes for the Suminuri Festival. People take the ashes outside and mix them with snow, then rub the concoction on each other's faces for luck in the new year. More...
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