Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

unnameable

Definition:(adjective) Too sacred to be uttered.
Synonyms:ineffable, unspeakable, unutterable
Usage: The deliberate enunciation of the ancient, unnameable runes shocked the holy men devoted to guarding the idol.
Article of the Day

Minaret of Jam

Hidden in the remote mountains of Afghanistan, far from human settlement, the ancient Minaret of Jam was forgotten by the outside world until its rediscovery by archaeologists in 1957. The minaret was built in 1194 CE, probably as part of the Ghurid Dynasty's summer capital, the lost city of Firuzkuh. Set by the junction of two small rivers, the ornate brick-and-tile structure stands 213 feet (65 m) high and is surrounded by ruins. The Quranic text on the minaret refers to what historic woman? More...
This Day in History

Felice Orsini Attempts to Assassinate French Emperor Napoleon III (1858)

Orsini was an Italian revolutionary in the movement for Italian unification. In 1858, he made an attempt on the life of Napoleon III, whom he held responsible for the failure of the Italian revolutions of 1848 to 1849. Although ably defended by French statesman Jules Favre, Orsini was executed. His act, designed to arouse world interest in the Italian cause, paradoxically influenced Napoleon's own decision to intervene in favor of Italian unification. How did Orsini try to kill Napoleon? More...
Today's Birthday

John Dos Passos (1896)

Dos Passos was an American writer whose World War I service as an ambulance driver and later work as a journalist led him to see the US as "two nations"—one for the rich and one for the poor. An artist to boot, he created many of the illustrations and covers for his books. His reputation as a social historian, radical critic of American life, and major novelist of the postwar "Lost Generation" rests primarily on his powerful U.S.A. trilogy, which includes what three novels? More...
Quotation of the Day
There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

hold that thought

An expression used to interrupt someone mid-speech and indicate that one's attention is being or about to be diverted. More...
Today's Holiday

Pongal (2017)

A colorful four-day harvest celebration in southern India, Pongal honors the sun, the earth, and the cow. The first day is for cleaning everything in the house. On the second day, freshly harvested rice and jaggery (palm sugar) are put to boil in new pots, and people cry out, "Pongal!" ("It boils.") On the third day, village cows and oxen are bathed, decorated with garlands of bells, beads, and leaves, and worshipped. On the fourth day, bundles containing money are tied to the sharpened horns of bulls. Young men who are brave enough try to snatch the money from the bulls' horns. More...
In the News

Journalist Sets Out on Seven-Year Trek

As a British exploratory team sets off for the Antarctic, a lone American adventurer is beginning his own ambitious journey. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek plans to spend the next seven years on foot, recreating man's 50,000-year migration from Africa through the Middle East, Asia, Alaska, the US, Central America, and, finally, South America. The 21,000-mile journey will take Salopek across some 30 borders, bringing him into close contact with members of dozens of cultures and ethnic groups. More...
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