Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

incendiary

Definition:(adjective) Arousing to action or rebellion.
Synonyms:inflammatory, incitive, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious
Usage: The incendiary remarks in the pamphlet spurred the villagers to revolt.
Article of the Day

The Shetland Pony

Although the Shetland is one of the smallest breeds of horse, measuring no more than 46 inches (117 cm) high, it is extremely hardy and needs little care, having adapted to the harsh climate and scarcity of food in Scotland's Shetland Islands. Shetland ponies were thus used as pack horses and worked in England's coal mines in the 19th century. These diminutive horses are also known for their gentle disposition and are a favorite mount for children. Shetland ponies can live to be how old? More...
This Day in History

Maria Montessori Opens Her First School (1907)

Montessori was an educator and the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. While working in a clinic for mentally disabled children, she developed a method of teaching that involves immersing children in an environment filled with "learning games" that naturally motivate learning and allow them to develop at their own pace. She opened her first children's school in 1907 and spent the next 40 years traveling and promoting her method. How many times was she nominated for the Nobel Prize? More...
Today's Birthday

Sun Myung Moon (1920)

Moon was an engineering student and dock worker before founding the Unification Church—based on his interpretation of Christianity—in South Korea in 1954. After building a multimillion-dollar business empire, he introduced the movement to the United States in the 1960s. Moon, who claims to be the Messiah and presides over ceremonies often called "mass weddings," is considered a controversial figure, and his movement is often viewed as a cult. In 1982, he was convicted of what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better not to live at all than to live disgraced.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Today's Holiday

Maroon Festival

When Jamaica was a Spanish territory in the 16th century, African slaves were brought in to work the plantations. The Spanish eventually left, and the former slaves fled to the mountains. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the island's British inhabitants were often attacked by descendants of these fugitive slaves, who were called Maroons. The annual Maroon Festival on January 6 commemorates the peace treaty with the English and establishment of the town of Accompong. It is celebrated with traditional dancing and singing, feasts and ceremonies, and the blowing of the abeng. More...
In the News

Ancient Palindrome Unearthed in Cyprus

An ancient amulet bearing a 59-letter palindrome has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus. The Greek inscription, made roughly 1,500 years ago, translates to "Iahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine." The reverse side of the amulet features depictions of mythological beings including Harpocrates, the Greek god of silence, and a figure thought to represent the Egyptian god Osiris. More...
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