Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

arcadian

Definition:(adjective) (Used with regard to idealized country life) Idyllically rustic.
Synonyms:bucolic, pastoral
Usage: Often she found herself dreaming of the arcadian days of her people, when they had not lived in cities nor been vexed with labor unions and employers' associations.
Article of the Day

Elam

Elam was an ancient country situated in what is today western Iran. The Elamite population was neither Sumerian nor Semitic, and their language—unrelated to any other—survives in a copious cuneiform literature. Elam seems to have maintained its independence through numerous invasions and counter-invasions, and a distinct Elamite culture flourished from the 13th century BCE. Though Elam was eventually absorbed in the rise of Persia, its culture persisted. What religion did the Elamites practice? More...
This Day in History

First Version of Perl Programming Language Released (1987)

Perl is a high-level computer programming language written by Larry Wall that combines syntax from several Unix utilities and languages. Introduced in 1987, Perl is designed to handle a variety of system administrator functions and provides comprehensive string handling functions. Its use has grown significantly since its adoption as the language of choice of many Web developers, and Perl is now one of the most popular languages for writing CGI scripts. How did the language get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Moses (1888)

For 40 years, Moses—"master builder" of mid-20th-century New York—held a series of municipal positions that allowed him to radically change the city and its environs by creating a system of parkways, bridges, tunnels, and housing projects. Arguably the most powerful person in state government from the 1930s to the 1950s, he is credited with building 416 miles of parkway, 13 major bridges, and 658 playgrounds and setting aside over 2 million acres of parkland. Why was his approach controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Solitude (2015)

The Virgen de la Soledad, or Our Lady of Solitude, is the patroness of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Preparations for her fiesta begin several days before December 18, when carnival rides and food booths are set up in the vicinity of the church. For several evenings there are calendas, processions of men and women carrying colored paper lanterns illuminated by candles. There are also floats and huge papier-mâché caricatures of well-known individuals. Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the state of Oaxaca to see the Virgin, who is dressed in velvet and satin gowns. More...
In the News

A Century Later, Piltdown Hoax Case Reopened

It has been 100 years since the announcement of the Piltdown man's discovery, and scientists at London's Natural History Museum have chosen to mark the occasion by reopening the investigation into who perpetrated the hoax that convinced many in the scientific community that the missing evolutionary link between man and ape had been found. It took 40 years to definitively determine that the skull was not that of a primitive hominid species but rather a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an ape. Experts hope that modern forensic and scientific techniques will finally allow them to identify the party or parties responsible for the fraud. More...
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