Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

hostler

Definition:(noun) Someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses.
Synonyms:stableboy, groom
Usage: The coachman said not a word, except to swear awfully at the hostler for not bringing him a fresh team of horses.
Article of the Day

Gache

For many centuries, Korean socialites have worn the gache, an elaborate wig decorated with precious jewels and metals. Such wigs were once considered required attire for brides, but their expense was so great that some families had to save for years to obtain one. The opulence of the gache prompted King Jeongjo to ban it in the late 18th century, but not everyone complied. According to one account, a young bride died because her heavy gache broke her neck. How much does such a wig usually weigh? More...
This Day in History

Hoxne Hoard Found in Britain (1992)

In 1992, a tenant farmer in the village of Hoxne, England, lost a hammer and asked a friend for help finding it with a metal detector. While searching the field, the friend discovered silver utensils, gold jewelry, and numerous gold and silver coins. Archaeologists notified of the find excavated the site the next day and found what has become known as the Hoxne Hoard—the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold discovered in Britain. What objects are among its treasures? More...
Today's Birthday

Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus (42 BCE)

Tiberius was the second Roman emperor. The stepson of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, he undertook his first military command at age 22 and earned great acclaim. Forced to give up his beloved wife to marry Augustus's daughter, he went into a self-imposed exile until he was recalled by Augustus and named his heir. As emperor, he initially ran the state efficiently and instituted reforms, but he became increasingly brutal. Who smothered Tiberius while he was recovering from an illness in 37 CE? More...
Quotation of the Day
A good man is a man who is good to us, and a bad man is a man who doesn't do what we want him to.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

get this show on the road

To promptly begin or get something started. More...
Today's Holiday

Plebeian Games (2016)

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, whose feast day was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. The first nine days of the festival (November 4-12) were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
In the News

China to Ease One-Child Policy

China introduced its one-child policy in the 1970s in an attempt to prevent its population from growing out of control, but in recent years, experts have increasingly come to believe that the policy is outdated and harmful to the country's economy. Under the policy, urban couples may only have one child unless both parents are only children or belong to an ethnic minority. In such cases, they are permitted a second child. The policy has curbed population growth, but it has also cut China's workforce, undermining economic growth. The government has therefore decided to ease family planning restrictions and allow a second child for couples in which just one of the parents is an only child. More...
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