Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

frumpish

Definition:(adjective) Primly out of date.
Synonyms:dowdy
Usage: One look around the room was enough to know that my frumpish attire was out of place in this sea of little black dresses and stiletto heels.
Article of the Day

Umar ibn al-Khattab

After serving as an adviser to Muhammad, Umar succeeded Abu Bakr as caliph of Islam in 634 CE. During his 10-year reign, Islam became an imperial power, with conquests in Syria, Egypt, and the Persian Empire. Umar further laid the administrative base of the empire and reopened the canals of Mesopotamia and the waterway from the Nile to the Red Sea. Before he converted, Umar was hostile to Islam and had in fact plotted to kill Muhammad. Ultimately, however, it was he who was assassinated—by whom? More...
This Day in History

First Transatlantic Radio Signal Received (1901)

Marconi was the Nobel Prize-winning Italian creator of the radio telegraph system. At 21, while experimenting with a homemade apparatus, he successfully sent signals across a distance of more than a mile and set off to London with his mother to find support for his work. He patented his system, organized a company to develop its commercial applications, and, in 1901, transmitted the first transatlantic wireless signal. During what disaster did his invention play a key role in saving lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustave Flaubert (1821)

Flaubert was a French writer considered one of the supreme masters of the realistic novel. At 22, he abandoned law studies to pursue a career as an author. In 1856, after five years of work, he published his masterpiece, Madame Bovary, about the frustrations and love affairs of a romantic young woman married to a dull provincial doctor. A sharply realistic portrayal of bourgeois boredom and adultery, the novel led to his prosecution on moral grounds. What was the verdict? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Old Saybrook Torchlight Parade and Muster (2015)

In early December each year, in colonial America, the village militia would muster with their fifes and drums and march to the town green, where a community meeting and carol sing would take place. Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is the only community in the United States that is known to have revived this tradition. Today's procession follows the ritual with at least 58 fife and drum corps, and marchers often augment their colonial-style costumes with seasonal decorations. The fifes and drums play not only colonial martial music but also the songs of Christmas. More...
In the News

Uruguay Legalizes Marijuana

In recent years, various countries have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana for certain uses and in certain quantities, but none has gone so far as Uruguay, which on Tuesday became the first country in the world to legalize the growing, sale, and smoking of marijuana. When the law goes into effect in a few months, Uruguayans above the age of 18 will be allowed to buy as much as 1.4 ounces (40 grams) of the drug per month from licensed pharmacies. The law also permits residents to grow six marijuana plants in their homes each year and to organize clubs that may grow up to 99 plants per year. More...
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