Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

nascent

Definition:(adjective) Coming into existence; emerging.
Synonyms:beginning
Usage: The nascent republic had to formulate its laws while continuing its war for independence.
Article of the Day

The Black Watch

The Black Watch—or Royal Highland Regiment—is a Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army. Its first companies were originally raised in 1725 to occupy and watch the rebellious Scottish highlands, in order to keep the peace. The regiment was formed about 15 years later and became known as the Black Watch, after the dark colors of the regimental tartan. In 2006, a military reorganization made the Black Watch the 3d Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. What is the regiment's motto? More...
This Day in History

Serial Killer Ted Bundy Is Executed (1989)

In December 1977, Ted Bundy escaped from jail in Colorado—for the second time—and fled to Florida. There, he resumed a streak of murders that he had begun in 1974, killing 12-year-old Kimberly Leach, among others. He was soon re-arrested, convicted of several murders, and sentenced to death. In an effort to avoid execution, Bundy confessed to numerous killings and promised to reveal more information in time. Despite this, he was executed in 1989. How many women is Bundy thought to have killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Edith Wharton (1862)

Born into upper-class American society, Wharton was privately educated. She married a Boston banker in 1885, but as her older husband's mental health deteriorated, she devoted herself to writing. The success of her 1905 novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer, but she is perhaps best known for 1911's Ethan Frome, which explores the grimmer possibilities of New England farm life. What common saying is thought to have originally referred to Wharton's family? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Today's Holiday

Alasitas Fair (2018)

Each year on this day, a large marketplace in La Paz, Bolivia, is full of merchants who traditionally call out "Alasitas," an Aymara word meaning "buy from me," to potential buyers of their miniature wares. Shoppers can find tiny replicas of just about every kind of object—cars, houses, foods, furniture, clothes, tools, household goods, and, especially, money—and seek those which represent items they would like to have in the coming year. Presiding over all this downsized commerce is Ekeko, an Aymara god of material wealth, fertility, and good luck. More...
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