Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

discourtesy

Definition:(noun) A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others.
Synonyms:offense
Usage: Over-much civility is sometimes no better than over-much discourtesy, for, as the saying is, one can choke a guest with curds.
Article of the Day

Emelian Ivanovich Pugachev

Pugachev was a Russian peasant leader and head of the peasant rebellion of 1773 to 1774. A Don Cossack, he exploited a widespread peasant belief that Peter III had not actually been murdered. Claiming to be Peter III, he soon found himself at the head of an army and of a revolutionary movement. His army won early victories and threatened the throne of Catherine II, but Pugachev was betrayed, taken to Moscow, and beheaded. What actions did Catherine take in the aftermath of the rebellion? More...
This Day in History

Galileo Galilei Discovers Three of Jupiter's Four Largest Moons (1610)

Jupiter has more than 60 moons. The four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—were the first satellites of a planet other than Earth to be detected. They were discovered by Galileo in 1610, shortly after he invented the telescope, and are therefore known as the Galilean satellites. On January 7, 1610, Galileo observed near Jupiter what he described at the time as "three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness." How long did it take Galileo to discover the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Zora Neale Hurston (1891)

An anthropologist, folklorist, and author, Hurston spent much of her life collecting African-American folktales in the rural South and in other places, such as Haiti, Bermuda, and Honduras. She was a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and collaborated with her friend Langston Hughes on the play Mule Bone in 1931. Along with her folklore collections, she also wrote four novels, including the influential Their Eyes Were Watching God. Why did the book inspire controversy? More...
Quotation of the Day
To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

hit the rocks

To encounter an especially difficult, troubled, or low point, as in a relationship or some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Russian Orthodox) (2017)

This celebration of the birth of Jesus is observed by the Russian Orthodox Church under the Julian calendar, which trails behind the Gregorian calendar by 13 days. In 1991, after the Soviet Union had been officially dissolved, Christmas was observed openly and as a state holiday in Russia for the first time in 70 years. In Moscow, banners were strung up and Nativity scenes were displayed in Red Square. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands jammed Red Square for performances by choirs and bellringers and gala fireworks. Midnight services were celebrated in churches. More...
In the News

Vietnamese Man Has Massive Leg Tumor Removed

A Vietnamese man is recovering from complex surgery to remove an enormous 180-lb (82-kg) tumor from his right leg. The tumor, the result of a genetic condition, appeared when he was just four years old and continued growing throughout his life. Now 31, the man was dwarfed by his massive growth, which weighed twice as much as the rest of his body when it was removed. Though non-cancerous, the tumor had rendered him virtually immobile and resulted in the partial amputation of his leg in 1997. More...
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