Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

phylactery

Definition:(noun) Either of two small leather boxes, each containing strips of parchment inscribed with quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures, one of which is strapped to the forehead and the other to the left arm; traditionally worn by Jewish men during morning worship, except on the Sabbath and holidays.
Synonyms:tefillin
Usage: Just before his bar mitzvah, David got a brand new set of phylacteries.
Article of the Day

The Tar

The tar is a long-necked lute found in Iran and throughout the Caucasus region. Its music was believed to cure a number of physical maladies and induce philosophical moods that compel listeners to reflect upon life. The tar's double-bowl shape is carved from mulberry wood, and a thin membrane of stretched lambskin covers the top. It has a number of adjustable frets as well as three double courses of strings. Tar, Persian for string, is the root for the names of what other instruments? More...
This Day in History

Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)

Juan Carlos is the reigning king of Spain. He was groomed for the role by his predecessor Francisco Franco, the Spanish leader who abolished the republic and declared Spain a representative monarchy. He acceded to the throne two days after Franco's death, becoming the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. A popular monarch, he presided over Spain's transition to democracy and has acted decisively to maintain political stability. He competed in what Olympic event in 1972? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary of Guise (1515)

Mary of Guise was the queen consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of their daughter—the future Mary Queen of Scots. After the outbreak of war between Scotland and England, Mary arranged her daughter's betrothal to the French dauphin. Becoming regent, Mary of Guise made no secret of her desire to bring France and Scotland together. In 1559, the Protestants, led by John Knox and allied with England, rose against her and declared her deposed. What happened in the aftermath of her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a fishbowl

A place, situation, or environment in which one has little or no privacy. A reference to the (typically) spherical bowls in which pet fish are often kept, which can be seen into from all sides. More...
Today's Holiday

Lebanon National Day (2016)

Also known as Independence Day, this national holiday commemorates Lebanon's independence from France on this day in 1943. More...
In the News

This Animal Has a Suit of Armor with Hundreds of Built-In Eyes

Many animals are covered in protective armor—shells, scales, plates, and frills that protect their soft bodies. But one group of little-known sea creatures called chitons have evolved armor that's unlike anything else in nature. Because it contains eyes. Hundreds ... More...
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