Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

firedrake

Definition:(noun) A fire-breathing dragon of Germanic mythology.
Synonyms:dragon
Usage: Unlike other firedrakes, the dragon in this story liked to recite poetry and was a connoisseur of fine wines.
Article of the Day

The Snowball Earth Hypothesis

Snowball Earth is a strongly disputed hypothesis developed to explain sedimentary glacial deposits at tropical latitudes from the Cryogenian period. The hypothesis proposes that, about 800 million years ago, the Earth was entirely covered with ice and that multicellular evolution accelerated when the climate began to warm up. Some dispute the feasibility of an entirely frozen ocean and prefer a “slushball” scenario to explain the ice's rapid movement. How could life survive in such a climate? 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
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

New US Dietary Guidelines Limit Sugar, Rethink Cholesterol

Just in time to help with your New Year's resolution to eat more healthily, the government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday. The 2015 guidelines recommend a "healthy eating pattern" with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and ... More...
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