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

San Francisco's Human Be-In Launches "Summer of Love" (1967)

In 1967, the burgeoning counterculture movement took center stage in San Francisco as a number of figures who would become its icons gathered for a "happening" in Golden Gate Park. Announced as a "Human Be-In" in the San Francisco Oracle newspaper, the event was attended by tens of thousands of people and featured speakers Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg, as well as performances by The Grateful Dead, among many others. What famous phrase did Leary introduce in his speech at the Be-In? More...
Today's Birthday

Berthe Morisot (1841)

Morisot was a French impressionist painter best known for her loose brushwork and the sensitivity she brought to her female subjects. She studied with many gifted painters, including Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and was highly influenced by Édouard Manet, whose brother she later married. She exhibited regularly with the Impressionists, and although none of her exhibits proved commercially successful, she outsold Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. What are some of her best known paintings? 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)

Today's Holiday

Ratification Day

The Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783, and was ratified on January 14, 1784, ending the American Revolution. The Old Senate Chamber in the Maryland State House at Annapolis has been preserved exactly as it was when the ratification took place, and on its anniversary, the flag of 1784—with 12 stars in a circle and the 13th in the center—flies over the State House and many other buildings in Annapolis. The ceremony that takes place inside varies from year to year, but it often revolves around a particular aspect of the original event. 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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