Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

nonce

Definition:(noun) The present or particular occasion.
Synonyms:time being
Usage: Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared.
Article of the Day

Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth, Germany, is home to this annual festival devoted to the performance of operas by Richard Wagner. Wagner launched the festival in 1876 to showcase a variety of German music and did not intend for his compositions to be the focus. The event was plagued by financial problems in its early years, but survived through state intervention and the support of influential Wagnerians, including Ludwig II of Bavaria and Adolf Hitler. Who did Hitler beg—unsuccessfully—to lead the festival? 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
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

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

Paralysis Reversed with Olfactory Cells

A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack that severed his spine in 2010 has regained the ability to walk, with assistance, thanks to a pioneering new surgery that involved transplanting olfactory cells into his spinal cord. Olfactory ensheathing cells grow throughout life and can regenerate after injury, so researchers hypothesized that they would be ideally suited to help bridge the gap in the patient's spinal cord. Now, two years after the surgery, the patient is able to walk with the aid of a frame and has recovered some bladder, bowel, and sexual function. More...
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