Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

walkaway

Definition:(noun) An easy victory.
Synonyms:blowout, romp, runaway, shoo-in, laugher
Usage: Stanley has a gift for science and has won first prize at his past four science fairs, so this year's fair is almost a guaranteed walkaway for him.
Article of the Day

Inari

Though its origin is unclear, worship of Inari, the Shint­­o god of rice and prosperity, dates to at least the 8th century BCE. Today, shrines to Inari are among the most numerous in Japan. Throughout history, Inari has been variously depicted as a woman with long hair carrying sheaves of rice or as a bearded old man riding a fox, which is sometimes identified as his messenger. As an offering to the fox statues at Inari's shrines, worshippers leave a dish known as Inari-zushi. What is it? More...
This Day in History

Body of Elizabeth Short—the "Black Dahlia"—Found (1947)

Elizabeth Short was the victim of a gruesome and much-publicized murder that is still unsolved. Nicknamed the "Black Dahlia" by newspapers after her body was recovered in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, Short was found mutilated, her body severed at the waist. The unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to several books and film adaptations, as well as many false confessions and leads in the years since she was killed. From what was the "Black Dahlia" nickname derived? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Livingston (1716)

Livingston was a successful merchant who became an American revolutionary leader in the protests against the Stamp Act and other British trade restrictions. Although he was not originally an advocate of independence, Livingston signed the Declaration of Independence and remained an active member of the Continental Congress. He was generous with his large fortune and was a supporter of many causes, including the founding of King's College, which later became what university? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Carmentalia (2016)

It was unusual in ancient Rome for a single deity to have two separate festival days only a few days apart (January 11 and 15), and a number of explanations have been offered for why the second festival in honor of the goddess Carmenta was instituted. The only thing that is certain is that it was primarily women who frequented her temple near the Porta Carmentalis, a gate at the foot of the southern end of the capitol. Carmenta had her own priest, or flamen, whose duties on her festival days were confined to the preparation of offerings of grain or cereal. More...
In the News

Royal Baby to Be Prince or Princess

Fear not, Anglophiles! If William and Kate have a daughter, she will get to be called "Princess." A 1917 proclamation from King George V dictated that only the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales would receive the titles "His Royal Highness" and "Prince," but Queen Elizabeth has now overturned this with a "Letters Patent" declaring that all of the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales—meaning all of Prince William's offspring—will have the title of "Royal Highness" and either "Prince" or "Princess." More...
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