Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

perfidy

Definition:(noun) Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust.
Synonyms:treachery, betrayal, treason
Usage: Discovering that he had sold her confidences to the tabloids, she was outraged at his perfidy.
Article of the Day

The Thylacine

The last captive thylacine—or Tasmanian wolf—died in Tasmania's Hobart Zoo in 1936. Though the species is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century, sightings have persisted. The large carnivorous marsupial looks like a wolf or dog, but it evolved independently of those animals. About the size of a collie, the thylacine has a long tail, short ears, and a brownish coat with black stripes. Its extinction was caused largely by overhunting. Why were thylacines hunted so aggressively? 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
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Today's Holiday

Epiphany (Russia) (2016)

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

China Building Database of Troublemaking Tourists

Chinese tourists have outspent their American and German counterparts to become the number-one spending travelers in the world—but not without some baggage. Disrespectful behavior from some Chinese tourists in foreign countries has prompted Chinese officials to start work on a database of offenders, ranked by severity of misdeed. Repeat offenders may have difficulty securing plane tickets and hotel reservations. Previously, the Chinese government attempted to teach etiquette by issuing a tourism guidebook that offered such advice as the appropriate portion to take at a buffet. More...
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