Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

smooth-tongued

Definition:(adjective) Artfully persuasive in speech.
Synonyms:glib
Usage: Then uprose smooth-tongued Nestor, the facile speaker of the Pylians, and the words fell from his lips sweeter than honey.
Article of the Day

Parallel Universes

A parallel universe—a self-contained, separate reality coexisting with one's own—has become a popular fantasy and science fiction trope. Time travel and altered states of consciousness are common access points for parallel universes, though authors have also transported their characters to fanciful lands through physical portals, like the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series. What interpretation of quantum physics posits that parallel universes actually exist? More...
This Day in History

The Morant Bay Rebellion (1865)

Jamaica was once a leading sugar producer, but the 1833 abolition of slavery there along with unfavorable British tax reforms led to the industry's decline. The resulting economic hardship was one of the prime motives behind the Morant Bay rebellion, which began as a gathering of several hundred black protesters but became a violent riot after a volunteer militia fired upon them. The British ruthlessly quelled the uprising and forced the legislature to surrender its powers, making Jamaica what? More...
Today's Birthday

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)

Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of US president Theodore Roosevelt, was an active worker in social causes before she married future US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905. When her husband was stricken with polio in 1921, she took a more active interest in public issues in order to restore his links with the world of politics, playing a leading role in humanitarian causes such as child welfare, equal rights, and social reforms. How was she related to her husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can be so quick and sudden as the operations of the mind, especially when hope, or fear, or jealousy, to which the two others are but journeymen, set it to work.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Círio de Nazaré (2015)

The Brazilian festival known as the Círio de Nazaré is a great "Candle Procession," which attracts pilgrims from all over the country. It has been celebrated since the late 18th century. It traditionally takes place on the second Sunday in October and winds through the city of Belém, Pará, on its way to the Nazaré Basilica. A statue of Our Lady of Nazaré is carried on a wooden framework pulled by thousands of people as payment for prayers that have been answered by the saint. To people in Pará, this festival is on a par with Christmas, with much feasting and exchanging of gifts. More...
In the News

Kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Freed Unharmed

In a pre-dawn raid on a Tripoli hotel, Libya's prime minister Ali Zeidan was taken captive by armed gunmen. He was held for several hours before being freed by, as Zeidan called them when discussing the events of the day, "real revolutionaries." The identity of the group that took him as well as the circumstances of his release remain hazy, but it seems the abduction was likely motivated, at least in part, by the government's alleged allowance of a recent US raid on Libyan soil to capture a suspected terrorist leader. More...
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