Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

bilious

Definition:(adjective) Irritable as if suffering from indigestion.
Synonyms:dyspeptic, liverish
Usage: The man walked into my shop looking bilious and ill-tempered, and it was clear that my day was about to get a lot less pleasant.
Article of the Day

Lampworking

Unlike the technique of glassblowing, in which a blob of molten glass is made hollow by blowing into it through a tube, lampworking involves heating small rods of colored glass over a lamp or torch, then shaping the glass with handheld tools. It is used to make glass beads, paperweights, and other small items. The practice developed in Italy during the Renaissance, and in later centuries was used to produce popular trinkets in France. Fumes from vaporized gold can give the glass what color? More...
This Day in History

Original FIFA World Cup Trophy Is Stolen (1983)

The World Cup has been held every fourth year since 1930, except during WWII. The international soccer tournament's original prize was officially renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1946 in honor of the former Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president, who stipulated that the first team to win the World Cup three times could keep the trophy in perpetuity. Brazil earned this right in 1970, but, in 1983, the trophy was stolen while on display there. Was it ever recovered? More...
Today's Birthday

Édith Piaf (1915)

Encouraged by her father, a circus acrobat, Édith Giovanna Gassion began singing in the streets of Paris at age 15. She was eventually discovered by a cabaret owner who gave her her first nightclub job, taught her the basics of stage presence, and suggested she change her name to Piaf, Parisian slang for "sparrow." As her popularity grew, she began performing in clubs across Europe and the Americas and appeared in several films. How did she allegedly aid French prisoners of war during WWII? More...
Quotation of the Day
Even in a minute instance, it is best to look first to the main tendencies of Nature. A particular flower may not be dead in early winter, but the flowers are dying; a particular pebble may never be wetted with the tide, but the tide is coming in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

Saturnalia (2015)

This Ancient Roman Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held in honor of Saturn, the father of the gods, and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order. Grudges and quarrels were forgotten; businesses, courts, and schools closed down; and masquerading or change of dress between the sexes often occurred. The festivities were characterized by various kinds of excesses—giving rise to the modern use of the term "saturnalian," meaning "a period of unrestrained license and revelry." More...
In the News

Pakistani Polio Workers Pay with Their Lives

Five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers were killed in a series of coordinated attacks on Tuesday, during a three-day nationwide polio immunization campaign. Pakistan's vaccination workers have faced increasing distrust, hostility, and danger since 2005, when Muslim cleric Maulana Fazlullah, now a Taliban leader, began broadcasting accusations that polio immunization campaigns were actually an American conspiracy to sterilize Muslim children. Attacks on health workers and unofficial regional bans on vaccination have already had widespread impact on eradication efforts in the region. Polio incidence in Pakistan is on the rise, with nearly 200 cases reported in 2011. More...
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