Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

knavery

Definition:(noun) Lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing.
Synonyms:dishonesty
Usage: Trust no one; the king's court is a hotbed of intrigue and malicious knavery.
Article of the Day

Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason

Social agitator Thomas Paine was an influential political writer whose support of revolution and republican government emboldened the American colonists to declare independence from England. However, his reputation was irreparably harmed by one of his later writings, The Age of Reason. Published in the 1790s, it criticizes organized religion and espouses Paine's deist beliefs. Many people mistook it for an atheist tract and widely ostracized Paine thereafter. To whom was it dedicated? More...
This Day in History

March of Dimes Established by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938)

The March of Dimes is a US charity whose mission is to improve the health of babies. It was founded with the goal of eradicating polio, one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century, during the tenure of President Roosevelt, who himself contracted what was thought to be polio in 1921. The national, nonpartisan organization initially raised funds for research by urging the public to contribute a dime to the effort and came to be called the March of Dimes, but its original name was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Cicero (106 BCE)

Cicero was a statesman, philosopher, unsurpassed master of Latin prose, and one of Rome's greatest orators. His writings introduced the Romans to Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary. He was a prolific author, and his letters reveal a wealth of information about Roman life and politics. As an active politician and leader of the senatorial party, he was at times hailed as a hero, but he also made enemies who contributed to his exile and, later, his execution for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (Tamaseseri) (2016)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269 CE), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

"Twerk" No More in the "Twittersphere"

It seems that the selfie's 15 minutes of fame may be running out. The word "selfie" has been given top billing on Lake Superior State University's 2014 "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness," a far cry from its "Word of the Year" title, awarded by Oxford Dictionaries mere months ago. Also making the school's 39th annual list of excised words are "twerk," "hashtag," "Twittersphere," and the suffixes "-ageddon" and "-pocalypse," among others. If you could choose a word or phrase to ban, what would it be? More...
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