Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

charger

Definition:(noun) A horse trained for battle; a cavalry horse.
Synonyms:courser
Usage: The knight mounted his charger and rode to meet his countrymen at the front lines.
Article of the Day

Brood Parasites

Brood parasites are organisms—usually birds—that manipulate a host, either of the same or a different species, into raising their young. The parasitic parent avoids the effort of rearing young by abandoning its eggs in the nest of a host bird. After hatching, the parasitic nestlings may kill or crowd out the host’s own offspring. The host will often continue to feed and care for the invasive chicks even when they do not resemble its young and may physically dwarf the host itself. Why? More...
This Day in History

Louis XV of France Survives Assassination Attempt (1757)

Louis XV was king of France from 1715 to 1774. An orphan from age three, Louis succeeded to the throne upon the death of his great-grandfather Louis XIV, under the regency of the duke of Orléans. In 1757, the unpopular king was stabbed in the side by Robert Damiens. Convinced he was dying, Louis called for a confessor and begged his wife to forgive his infidelities. The small blade had, however, done little damage, and the king survived. How did Voltaire mock the king's allegedly shallow wound? More...
Today's Birthday

Alvin Ailey, Jr. (1931)

American choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, Jr., formed his own company, the American Dance Theater—now called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—in 1958. Multiracial since 1963, Ailey's dance company has been internationally acclaimed and has brought recognition to many African-American and Asian dancers. His works, influenced by jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and modern dance, explore a wide range of black experience, from gospel music to social inequality. What is his most popular work? More...
Quotation of the Day
To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Twelfth Night (2016)

In England, the evening before the Epiphany is called Epiphany Eve, or Twelfth Night, and it traditionally marks the end of the Christmas season. Celebrations reflect ancient Winter Solstice rites encouraging the rebirth of the New Year and also the Magi's visit to the Christ child. Pageants held on this night typically include masked figures, costumed musicians, and traditional dances. Customarily, the Twelfth Night cake is sliced and served, and the man who gets the hidden bean and the woman the pea are the king and queen for the festivities. More...
In the News

One Reason to Pass on the Cat Stew

The sudden and unexpected death of a Chinese billionaire is now being called a murder, after police detained a man they suspect of poisoning his cat-meat stew. The suspect, an agricultural official who had allegedly embezzled money from the tycoon, is believed to have added a poisonous plant to the dish, a local delicacy, when they were dining together after a business meeting. Another member of their lunch party noticed that the stew had tasted unusually bitter, but he did not know the reason why and did not stop his friend from eating it. The restaurant owner was initially suspected of serving bad food, but further investigation revealed that the actual cause of death was more sinister. More...
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