Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

philology

Definition:(noun) The humanistic study of language and literature.
Synonyms:linguistics
Usage: Another master had come, with a degree of doctor of philology from the University of Heidelberg...to teach French to the upper forms and German to anyone who cared to take it up.
Article of the Day

The Bunyip

The bunyip is a legendary monster said to inhabit swamps and lagoons of the Australian interior. Its name comes from a word meaning "evil-spirit" in Wemba-wemba, an Aboriginal language of southeast Australia. Descriptions of the bunyip vary widely. In most stories, it appears as a giant starfish-like creature, but it is also described in many accounts as having a dog-like face, dark fur, a horse-like tail, flippers, and walrus-like tusks. What phenomena could have given rise to the bunyip myth? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi Assassinated (1921)

Cofounder of one of Japan's first political parties, Hara served as prime minister of Japan from 1918 to 1921, becoming the first commoner to be appointed to that office. During that time, he suppressed labor organization while extending suffrage to small landholders by lowering the property qualifications for voting. Hara also attempted to reduce the power of the military, which led to his assassination by a fanatic. Which of his possessions did he describe as his most valuable in his will? More...
Today's Birthday

Will Rogers (1879)

Rogers was an American humorist and actor. A cowboy in his youth, Rogers traveled the world before returning to the US to perform in vaudeville and Wild West shows as a rider and trick roper. The "cowboy philosopher's" homespun wit and salty commentary on current political and social events soon earned him a following through movies, books, radio, and a syndicated newspaper column. A champion of airplane travel, Rogers made several long plane trips, but died in a crash with what famous aviator? More...
Quotation of the Day
A most paradoxical mixture of sound and silence pervades the shady parts of the wood. The noise from the insects is so loud...; yet within the recesses of the forest a universal silence appears to reign.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Today's Holiday

Mischief Night (2015)

The idea of letting children have a "lawless night" originated in England, and was often celebrated on May Day Eve (April 30) or on Halloween. But in the mid-17th century, when Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) became a national holiday, Guy Fawkes Eve became the most popular night for mischief in England, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is sometimes called Mischievous Night or Danger Night. More...
In the News

Dispelling the Myth of the "Freshman 15"

Almost anyone who has ever attended college has heard of the dreaded "Freshman 15," the popular term for the 15-pound weight gain first-year students are rumored to undergo as they adjust to college life. It turns out, though, that college students have little to fear. Data show that the "Freshman 15" is really more like the "Freshman 2.4 to 3.4," with female students gaining an average of 2.4 pounds in their first year of college and males gaining an average of 3.4—only about half a pound more than their peers who do not attend college. In fact, on average students gain less than 15 pounds over the course of their entire college experience. More...
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