Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

raze

Definition:(verb) To level to the ground; demolish.
Synonyms:pull down, tear down
Usage: They would raze our cities, leaving not one stone upon another.
Article of the Day

Casanova

Casanova was an 18th-century adventurer and writer whose memoirs became world-famous. After a short career in the Church, he turned to a life of adventure, traveling all over Europe and supporting himself by gambling, spying, writing, and by his powers of seduction—his lasting legacy. He was imprisoned for blasphemy at age 30 but managed to escape and later amass a great fortune. A man of learning and taste, he wrote numerous books and produced a translation of what famous epic poem? More...
This Day in History

Last Hanging at Tyburn Gallows (1783)

In 1571, a novel triangular gallows allowing for the hanging of several people at once was erected in the English village of Tyburn, which became so famous for its executions that thousands of paying spectators would turn out for hangings. During a 1649 mass execution, 24 prisoners were hanged there. The site became synonymous with capital punishment and was commonly invoked in euphemisms like "to take a ride to Tyburn," meaning to go to one's hanging. Who was "Lord of the Manor of Tyburn"? More...
Today's Birthday

Vincenzo Bellini (1801)

Bellini was an Italian composer who was born into a musical family and began composing in his childhood. He wrote his first opera at age 24 and went on to complete nine more before his death at age 33. His most celebrated works, which rely strongly on beautiful vocal melody and include the operas Norma and La Sonnambula—Italian for "The Sleepwalker"—greatly influenced the work of Giuseppe Verdi. According to legend, what musical feat could Bellini perform at just 18 months of age? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day (2015)

The only public holiday in the world dedicated to a horse race, Melbourne Cup Day has been observed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, since the first Cup race was held there in 1867. For those who attend, it is a particularly glamorous event: the champagne flows, huge sums of money are wagered, and the women wear lavish hats while the men turn out in grey top hats and dark morning suits. A six-week festival, known as the Spring Racing Carnival, leads up to the big day and lasts well into November. More...
In the News

Milk Makes for Stronger Bones?

Milk is rich in calcium, a key component of our bones, and has long been touted as an important part of a healthy diet for just this reason. However, it turns out that drinking lots of milk may not actually lead to stronger bones. A Swedish study finds that women who drink more than three glasses of milk a day are in fact more likely to suffer a bone fracture than those who consume less. They also have a higher risk of death. Interestingly, consumption of fermented milk products, such as yogurt, is linked to a lower risk of fractures. More...
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