Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

deprecatory

Definition:(adjective) Tending to diminish or disparage.
Synonyms:belittling, slighting
Usage: He depresses me by his abject submission and deprecatory self-abasement when he fears he has gone too far.
Article of the Day

Pontus

Pontus was an ancient region in northeast Asia Minor on the coast of the Black Sea. It became an independent kingdom with its capital at Amasia in the 4th century BCE. At the height of its influence under King Mithradates VI, it controlled all of Asia Minor. It continued expanding its borders until 66 BCE, when Mithradates was defeated by the Roman general Pompey the Great and Pontus was incorporated into the Roman Empire. What popular fruit of the rose family is thought to be native to Pontus? More...
This Day in History

Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht Murdered While Under Arrest (1919)

During WWI, Luxemburg and Liebknecht formed a revolutionary, antiwar socialist group in Germany that became the Spartacus League. After the proclamation of the German republic in 1918, they opposed the moderate government formed by the Social Democrats and advocated its violent overthrow, to be replaced by a dictatorship of the proletariat. They transformed their league into the German Communist Party and led an uprising, which was crushed. Arrested, they were murdered by whom while in custody? More...
Today's Birthday

Mihai Eminescu (1850)

Eminescu is considered Romania's greatest poet. His first poems were published when he was just a teen, and a few years later he joined the literary circle Junimea and began contributing to its journal, Convorbiri literare. His lyrical, passionate, and revolutionary poems had a profound influence on Romanian letters. Eminescu suffered from periodic attacks of insanity and died shortly after one such attack. He is honored in a monument in the capital city of what Islamic country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

be left holding the bag

To have responsibility or guilt for something foisted upon oneself; to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Black Christ of Esquipulas (2017)

For many people in Central and South America, the pilgrimage to the Black Christ of Esquipulas begins well in advance of the January 15 festival. Quite a number make the journey to Esquipulas entirely on foot. Many don wide-brimmed straw hats, to which they attach gray Spanish moss and chiches (breasts), a yellow fruit that resembles a gourd; those making the journey from Quetzaltenango blacken their hands with the juice from a special fruit. Ceremonial sites resembling altars, built from rocks brought by pilgrims, are scattered through the hills surrounding Esquipulas. More...
In the News

Scientists Create Chimeric Monkeys

Scientists have created the first primate chimeras, monkeys composed of cells taken from multiple embryos. Until now, this sort of research was primarily restricted to mice, in part because attempts to produce chimeric monkeys consistently failed. Success was finally achieved with the use of embryonic stem cells in an earlier stage of development than those used to produce chimeric mice. Rather than use pluripotent stem cells, which can create all cell types except for extraembryonic tissue, the researchers used totipotent cells capable of differentiating into any tissue type and of giving rise to an entire animal. More...
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