Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

rapier

Definition:(noun) A straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges.
Synonyms:tuck
Usage: Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.
Article of the Day

The Vienna Dioscurides

The Vienna Dioscurides is an early 6th-century copy of De Materia Medica, a manuscript first created by the ancient Greek physician and pharmacologist Dioscurides. A precursor to all modern pharmacopeias, it remained in practical use until about 1600. The Vienna Dioscurides contains more than 400 pictures of animals and plants and is the earliest known manuscript to use a solid gold background. It is also the oldest surviving illustrated treatise on what type of animal? More...
This Day in History

Highwayman Joseph "Blueskin" Blake Hanged (1724)

In the early 18th century, English criminal Jonathan Wild maintained a highly organized gang of thieves and long escaped punishment by posing as an instrument of justice and helping the authorities catch other criminals independent of, or rebellious to, his control. One such criminal was Blake, who was arrested after a burglary. He was tried, convicted, and hanged. What other notorious criminal—Blake's partner in crime—escaped from prison when Blake attacked a witness at his trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Alessandro Moreschi (1858)

Moreschi was the late 19th century's most famous castrato—a male singer who undergoes castration before puberty and, as a result, retains a soprano or alto voice that becomes extraordinarily powerful as he develops the lung capacity and physical bulk of an adult. He was first soprano in the Sistine Chapel choir for 30 years and was the only castrato of the bel canto tradition to make solo sound recordings. What do modern music critics say about the singing featured in these recordings? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

catch a snooze

To sleep or take a nap, especially of a short duration. More...
Today's Holiday

Heurigen Parties (2016)

St. Martin's Day, November 11, is the traditional time when wine taverns in Austria offer the first new wines of the year. Wine feasts called Heurigen parties abound in these taverns throughout the country and are scheduled according to an official Heurigenkalender. Traditional foods served with the new wine include sausage, cheese, and bread. Many taverns also stage operettas and other shows for the season. More...
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In the News

TheTragic Reason Seabirds Keep Mistaking Ocean Plastic for Food

Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences ... More...
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