Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

boondocks

Definition:(noun) A remote and undeveloped area.
Synonyms:backwoods, hinterland
Usage: I have fond memories of my childhood home, but I would never trade city life to go back to the boondocks.
Article of the Day

The Eight Evil Thoughts

Evagrius Ponticus struggled with adulterous desires and physical illness before devoting his life to Christianity, becoming an ascetic monk in 383 CE. Despite later accusations of heresy, Evagrius exerted a tremendous influence on the church through his writings and is best known for categorizing eight forms of temptation. These eight evil thoughts are gluttony, greed, sloth, sorrow, lust, anger, vainglory, and pride. Who later revised the list to form the more commonly known Seven Deadly Sins? 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
It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when thrust into the affairs of others, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Carmentalia

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

Ancient "Fishapod" Had Powerful Rear Fins

A new study of 375 million-year-old Tiktaalik roseae fossils discovered on Canada's Ellesmere Island in 2004 is changing the way scientists think about vertebrates' evolutionary transition from water to land. Until now, it was widely believed that tetrapods were the first vertebrates to possess large, powerful hind appendages. However, researchers examining the fossils of the ancient tetrapodomorph—a creature possessing features of both fish and land-dwelling tetrapods—have found that it actually had a large pelvic girdle and large, powerful rear fins that may have been used in a leg-like manner at times. More...
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