Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

disciple

Definition:(noun) One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
Synonyms:adherent
Usage: An avowed disciple of Jonson and his classicism and a greater poet than Fletcher is Robert Herrick, who, indeed, after Shakespeare and Milton, is the finest lyric poet of these two centuries.
Article of the Day

The Sonnet

A sonnet is a poem with 14 lines, invented in 13th-century Italy and perfected by Petrarch. The Italian sonnet is divided into an octave and a sestet. The octave states a problem, and the sestet gives its resolution, with a clear break between the two sections. When the sonnet reached England in the 16th century—chiefly through translations of Petrarch's works—poets changed its meter, rhyme scheme, and line grouping, creating the Elizabethan sonnet. What is the origin of the term "sonnet"? 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
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Navajos Win Bidding War to Buy Back Sacred Artifacts

After failing to stop an auction of artifacts held sacred by their tribe and others, members of the Navajo Nation outbid art collectors to win the objects in Paris this week. The auction was conducted despite efforts by the tribes and US government officials, who requested that the sale be postponed until the items' provenance was determined. The artifacts include several Navajo ceremonial masks dating to the 19th and early 20th century, as well as dolls used in rituals of the Hopi tribe. Hopi representatives considered the sale of the items sacrilegious and refused to take part in the auction. More...
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