Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

elephantine

Definition:(adjective) Of great mass; huge and bulky.
Synonyms:gargantuan, giant, jumbo
Usage: As we approached the city, the silhouettes of its elephantine buildings came into view.
Article of the Day

Eunuchs

The custom of employing eunuchs—men who have been castrated—as servants in wealthy or royal households dates back millennia. In ancient China and the Middle East, eunuchs acted as guards in harems and as chamberlains to kings. The confidential position enabled them to exert considerable influence over their masters. Use of eunuchs in royal courts peaked during the Byzantine Empire and faded with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Whose assassin's killer castrated himself to avoid sexual temptation? More...
This Day in History

John Milton Publishes Areopagitica (1644)

Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton, a 17th-century English poet, was also a writer of several political and moral pamphlets. More than two decades before his poetic masterpiece was published, Milton wrote Areopagitica, his best known prose work. One of the great arguments in favor of the freedom of the press, it was published in 1644 in response to his dissatisfaction with the strict censorship of the press exercised by Parliament. For what is the pamphlet named? More...
Today's Birthday

Boris Karloff (1887)

London native William Henry Pratt adopted the stage name Boris Karloff while touring as an actor in Canada. After settling in Hollywood in 1919, he began acting in silent films and achieved stardom playing the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Thereafter typecast as a horror movie villain, Karloff went on to appear in more than 100 films. His most famous television performance was in the 1966 animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in which he voiced which characters? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Zwiebelmarkt (2015)

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year's events. More...
In the News

Scientists Warn of "Unpredictable Pandemics"

The news that the first known case of H6N1 bird flu in humans has been reported in Taiwan has prompted dire warnings from scientists about "unpredictable pandemics" caused by influenza viruses making the jump from birds to humans. There are many subtypes of avian influenza, but only some strains can be transmitted to humans, and fewer still are capable of being transmitted from person to person. Nevertheless, these viruses are constantly evolving, so health authorities must remain vigilant if future pandemics are to be prevented. More...
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