Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

perpetrate

Definition:(verb) Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation.
Synonyms:commit, pull
Usage: Only a sadistic, depraved person could perpetrate a crime like this.
Article of the Day

El Cid

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar—popularly known as "El Cid"—was an 11th-century Castilian military leader and national hero. His unauthorized raid on the kingdom of Toledo in 1081 prompted his exile by Spanish king Alfonso VI. El Cid then entered the service of the Muslim rulers of Zaragoza, becoming known as a general who was never defeated in battle. Revered as a hero, his exploits were celebrated in a 12th-century epic poem. According to legend, what did El Cid's wife do with his dead body? More...
This Day in History

Sten Sture the Younger Mortally Wounded in Battle (1520)

Sture was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden. When he refused to recognize Christian II of Denmark as king of Sweden, Christian sent a force to aid Sture's rival, Archbishop Gustaf Trolle, whom Sture had deposed and who was besieged in his castle. Sture defeated the Danish army and imprisoned Trolle. Warfare continued, and Sture was killed in battle, but not before he paved the way for Swedish independence, which was attained under Gustavus I. What was done to Sture's body after his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Allan Poe (1809)

Considered one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature, Poe was a poet, short-story writer, and critic whose skillfully wrought tales and poems convey with passionate intensity the mysterious, dreamlike, and often macabre forces that pervaded his sensibility. He also pioneered the detective fiction genre with stories such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." What mysterious, six-decade-old tradition at Poe's Baltimore grave was broken in 2010? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Epiphany (Russia)

On January 19th, members of the Russian Orthodox Church ritually bathe in a river or lake. The day marks the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, an event called the Epiphany, and Orthodox Catholics believe that bathing outside on that day washes away sin. As believers cut holes in the ice with chainsaws and plunge into the frigid water, priests chant prayers to bless the water. Altars and crosses made of ice and snow are sometimes constructed near the bathing site. Authorities advise against the practice, especially in the freezing temperatures of a Russian winter. More...
In the News

DNA Test to Tell Identical Twins Apart

DNA analysis is an invaluable forensic tool, but it has its limitations. Until now, crimes and paternity cases involving monozygotic—"identical"—twins could not be resolved using DNA, since the genetic makeup of such twins is virtually indistinguishable given current analysis methods. Even though there are minute differences between the genetic codes of identical twins, time constraints and prohibitive costs have kept tests to detect them out of reach of law enforcement. However, a relatively quick and affordable new DNA test could be the answer investigators have been looking for. More...
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