Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

benignity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being kind and gentle.
Synonyms:graciousness
Usage: As he opened his mouth to speak, a look almost of benignity, of kindliness, momentarily lighted up his fierce and terrible countenance.
Article of the Day

Carthage

Located on the Mediterranean coast of Northern Africa in what is now Tunisia, the ancient city-state of Carthage was founded around the 8th century BCE by Phoenician colonists. Through conquest, exploration, and trade, the city grew into an empire that dominated the western Mediterranean. After it was destroyed and then rebuilt by the Romans, it was finally razed by the Arabs around 700 CE. During its time, Carthage was criticized for supposedly practicing what unusual custom? More...
This Day in History

Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

close the barn door after the horse has bolted

To try to prevent or rectify a problem after the damage has already been done. More...
Today's Holiday

Wakakusayama Yaki (2016)

This event, held near the Japanese city of Nara, is one of the ancient capital's most thrilling spectacles. It takes place on Mt. Wakakusafireworks are ignited, and at six o'clock in the evening, priests from the temples of Todai-ji and Kofuku-ji set fire to the dry grass on the slopes. The whole mountain turns into a flaming beacon that lights up the night sky and can be seen for miles. The festival commemorates the historic burning of the hill 10 centuries ago during a friendly disagreement about the boundaries of the two major temples and a shrine in Nara. More...
In the News

Silly, Questionable, and Downright Dangerous Celebrity Science Claims

Yesterday we discussed fad diets, so today it is time to tackle pseudo-scientific health treatments, particularly those touted by celebrities over the past year. Because celebrity comments spread so quickly nowadays, the Sense About Science (SAS) organization issues an annual report separating fact from fiction when it comes to celebrity statements about medical and scientific issues. In its "Celebrities and Science 2012" report, SAS debunks some of the more dubious health practices of public figures, like taking dried placenta pills after giving birth and rubbing one's skin with coffee granules to combat cellulite. More...
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