Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

inexpugnable

Definition:(adjective) Incapable of being overcome, challenged, or refuted.
Synonyms:impregnable
Usage: I felt the inexpugnable strength of common sense being insidiously menaced by this gruesome, by this insane, delusion.
Article of the Day

San Serriffe

On April Fools' Day 1977, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported on the curious—but fictional—island nation of San Serriffe. The article described two islands—Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse—inhabited by colonists known as "colons" and "semi-colons," who celebrate events such as the Festival of the Well-Made Play. Since the article predated personal computers, typography was not widely known, and plays on words like "sans serif" eluded many readers. What is San Serriffe's national bird? More...
This Day in History

Henry Wirz Executed for War Crimes in American Civil War (1865)

In 1864, Wirz, a Confederate officer, became superintendent of Georgia's Andersonville prison, officially known as Camp Sumter. Providing only makeshift shelters, the prison confined tens of thousands of Union soldiers and became notorious for conditions so appalling that 13,000 of them died. Wirz was later convicted of conspiring to murder prisoners and hanged, becoming the only person executed for war crimes committed in the American Civil War. What was Wirz's occupation before the war? More...
Today's Birthday

William Hogarth (1697)

Hogarth was a British painter and engraver who began his career as an apprentice to a silversmith at the age of 15. At 22, he opened his own engraving and printing shop. His first successes were satirical engravings that attacked contemporary taste and questioned the art establishment. His efforts to protect artists against art piracy were instrumental in the passage of Britain's first copyright act in 1735. What 20th century composer wrote an opera inspired by Hogarth's Rake's Progress? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Martinsfest (2015)

Martin's Festival in Germany honors both St. Martin of Tours and Martin Luther (1483-1546), the German theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation. In Düsseldorf, a man dressed as St. Martin rides through the streets followed by hundreds of children. Many carry lanterns made from hollowed-out pumpkins. In Erfurt, where Martin Luther attended the university, there is a procession of children carrying lanterns. With their lanterns, the children form the "Luther rose," or the escutcheon of Martin Luther. More...
In the News

Scientists Weigh in on Steroids Controversy

A new study on mice shows that brief exposure to testosterone helps them rebuild muscle later in life, suggesting that athletes who "juice" maintain an unnatural advantage even years after they stop and that the penalty for steroid use in professional athletics should therefore be a lifetime ban. It has long been believed that the benefits of steroid use disappear once their use is discontinued, but this study seems to contradict that, as do recent studies on humans. More...
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