Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

bestride

Definition:(verb) Get up on the back of.
Synonyms:climb on, hop on, jump on, mount
Usage: A man who bestrides a horse must be essentially different from a man who cowers in a canoe.
Article of the Day

Panchatantra

The Panchatantra is a collection of fables that are among the most widely-known animal stories in the world. The original Sanskrit work, now lost, may have been written down in India as early as 100 BCE. It then spread throughout the ancient world. A textbook created for instructing the three sons of a king, it contains morals that glorify shrewdness over altruism. One story concerns a war between crows and owls. When a crow defects to join the owls and is accepted by them, what happens? More...
This Day in History

The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors. According to one of the many legends about the disaster, Shovell reached the shore alive, only to be murdered by a woman who stole what priceless object from him? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Lessing (1919)

Lessing was a British writer and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Iran, she moved with her family to a farm in what was Southern Rhodesia in 1924 and lived there until 1949, when she settled in England and began her writing career. Her work often addresses social and political themes, particularly the place of women in society. The Golden Notebook, her most widely read novel, is considered a feminist classic, although Lessing herself said what about feminists? More...
Quotation of the Day
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) hand out

To be in request, demand, or expectation of benefits, such as welfare, especially when undeserved or unneeded. More...
Today's Holiday

Hi Matsuri (2016)

Early on the evening of October 22, people light bonfires along the narrow street leading to the Kuramadera Shrine in Kurama, a village in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. Fire is a purifying element according to Shinto, and the village is believed to be protected from accidents on this night. Soon after dusk, people light torches: even babies are allowed to carry tiny torches made out of twigs. Young men carry large torches—sometimes, it takes several men to keep them upright. As they walk through the streets, everyone chants rhythmically, "Sai-rei! Sai-ryo!" ("Festival, good festival!") More...
In the News

It's Off to the Gym for Your Pudgy Pet

The battle of the bulge is no longer limited to people. As their owners' waistlines expand, pets are getting pudgier too, and it can take years off their lives. The pet obesity epidemic has spawned an entire industry aimed at getting animals in shape. Doggie treadmills and puppy pedometers are now available for purchase, and trainers are offering fitness classes like yoga and Pilates for portly pets. One veterinary school in the US has even gone so far as to create the country's first obesity clinic geared toward pets. More...
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