Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

paterfamilias

Definition:(noun) The male head of family or tribe.
Synonyms:patriarch
Usage: In my family, Grandpa Ed is the unquestioned paterfamilias, and we all defer to him when it comes to important household decisions.
Article of the Day

Eyeball Tattooing

First used by Roman physician Galen in the 2nd century, eyeball tattooing has been practiced for centuries to disguise deformities of the cornea such as opaque white scar tissue. The procedure involves injecting dye directly into the cornea. Though it is usually performed on eyes that have already lost sight, corneal tattooing can also be used to improve vision, such as by reducing glare resulting from other eye surgeries. Which US state outlawed cosmetic tattooing of the white part of the eye? More...
This Day in History

The Council of Nablus (1120)

The Council of Nablus was convened to establish the first written laws for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Christian kingdom established in 1099 by the First Crusade. The council included both ecclesiastic and secular lords who established 25 canons that addressed both religious and secular issues like tithing, adultery, bigamy, false accusations, legal attire for Muslim residents, and theft. Why, according to the canons, was it necessary for the Christian leadership to organize this council? More...
Today's Birthday

Fulgencio Batista (1901)

Batista was a soldier, president, and dictator who twice ruled Cuba. After working his way up through the army, he ruled first through associates before becoming president himself in 1940. In his first term, he achieved gains in education, public works, and the economy while enriching himself and his associates. He lost the 1944 election but returned to power through a US backed coup in 1952 and ran a corrupt and brutal dictatorship that set the stage for his overthrow in 1959 by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Today's Holiday

Sinulog Festival (2016)

The Sinulog Festival takes place on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, held at the same time as the frenzied Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo and the more sedate Dinagyang in Iloilo City. The festival celebrates both early Cebuano culture and the history of the Christianization of Cebu, combining the pageantry of early years with today's Christian ritual. An image of Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño ("the Holy Child," Jesus), is carried in a procession along the streets, while drums beat in the ritual for a bountiful harvest and revelers dance in the streets. More...
In the News

Lottery Winner to Be Exhumed in Light of Suspicious Death

It seemed like a case of simple bad luck when a man who won a million-dollar lottery jackpot died of apparent heart disease before he even had the opportunity to cash his winning check, but it now appears that foul play was involved. No autopsy was originally performed in the case, as it appeared that the man had died of natural causes, but after a relative requested a more thorough examination, additional testing revealed the presence of lethal levels of cyanide. The death has since been ruled a homicide, and police are investigating. More...
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