Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

dolmen

Definition:(noun) A prehistoric megalith typically having two upright stones and a capstone.
Synonyms:cromlech
Usage: All that was left of the pre-historic community was a dolmen, an enigma that stood in nature like a letter from a lost alphabet.
Article of the Day

The Hieratic Writing System

Hieratic, first used around 3,000 BCE, was the basic writing system of the ancient Egyptian pharaonic period and provided a simpler alternative to the contemporaneous hieroglyphic system. It was generally written with ink on papyrus and was often used to compose administrative documents and letters, as well as legal, literary, and religious texts. Much of what is now known about the lives of common Egyptians has been deciphered from such texts. What writing system is descended from hieratic? More...
This Day in History

Two Libyans Indicted for Pan Am 103 Attack (1991)

In 1991, after a three-year investigation, US and UK authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. During a trial held a decade later in the Netherlands, one of the defendants was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Whose presence on board the airplane has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about the motivations behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850)

Born in Scotland, Stevenson traveled frequently during his life, partly in search of better climates for his tuberculosis, which would eventually cause his death at age 44. In 1885, he published A Child's Garden of Verses, one of the most influential children's works of the 19th century. His immensely popular novels Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were written over the course of just a few years. What is considered his unfinished masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

chance of a lifetime

An extremely important and/or fortuitous opportunity, especially one that is not likely to ever present itself again. Often (but not always) used hyperbolically. More...
Today's Holiday

Stewardship Sunday (2016)

This is the day on which many churches in the US and Canada begin their campaign for financial support in the coming year. The term "stewardship" refers to the Christian and Jewish teaching that all creation belongs to God and that each man and woman is an agent or steward to whom God's property is entrusted for a while. On this Sunday each year, churches appeal to their members' sense of responsibility as stewards of the money God has entrusted to them. More...
In the News

Humans Have Minded Their Own Beeswax for At Least 8500 Years

For how long have humans been exploiting the labor of honeybees? More than 8,500 years, according to a new study. Researchers found beeswax residue on fragments of ancient cooking pots from archeological sites across Europe, the Middle East and North ... More...
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