Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

vilipend

Definition:(verb) Belittle.
Synonyms:deprecate
Usage: In my culture, men commonly vilipend women and treat them as second-class citizens.
Article of the Day

Burial at Sea

Though some religions frown upon burials at sea, the practice has endured for millennia. In many cases, it is done to honor the wishes of the deceased—but not always. Sometimes it is performed out of necessity, as on ships in wartime. In preparation, the body may be sewn into weighted sailcloth or placed in a casket. If it is cremated, the ashes can be scattered or cast in concrete to act as an artificial reef. Per US environmental regulations, how far from land must full-body sea burials be? More...
This Day in History

Dr. William Price Introduces Cremation to the UK (1884)

Price was a Welsh physician, Druid, and famous eccentric best known for introducing cremation to the UK. Eight days after the death of his five-month-old son, Jesus Christ Price, Price attempted to burn the body in accordance with his Druid beliefs. After lighting the pyre, he was arrested, but he successfully defended himself in court, resulting in a decision that set a precedent leading to the permanent legalization of cremation in the UK. What were some of his other eccentric activities? More...
Today's Birthday

Alan Alexander Milne (1882)

Milne was an English author who began his literary career as a journalist before publishing collections of verses for children, including When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. He is, however, best remembered for Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Now classics beloved by adults as well as children, his books established the characters Christopher Robin and his toy animal friends, including Pooh Bear, Piglet, and Eeyore. On whom was Christopher based? More...
Quotation of the Day
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Today's Holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (2016)

In the US, Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday that has become a focal point for recognition of African-American history and the American civil rights movement led by Dr. King. It is also a legal holiday in all 50 states, since New Hampshire signed its King holiday legislation into law in 1999. In schools, the day is often observed with special lessons and assembly programs dealing with Dr. King's life and work. More...
In the News

"Spoiler Alert," Here Are This Year's Banished Words

You may only live once, but the powers that be at Michigan's Lake Superior State University say it is time to retire the YOLO hashtag on Twitter, as well as the word "trending." The school's 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness also includes phrases like "fiscal cliff," "kick the can down the road," and, spoiler alert, "spoiler alert." Hundreds of words are nominated for the list each year by people from around the globe, but just a select few make the cut. Given the power, what words or phrases would you want to excise from the English language? More...
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