Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

dustup

Definition:(noun) An angry dispute.
Synonyms:quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words
Usage: The teacher put a stop to the boys' dustup before it could come to blows.
Article of the Day

The Capture of the Hodag

In 1893, newspapers reported the discovery of a monstrous creature in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Called the "Hodag," it had the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, the back of a dinosaur, huge claws, and a long tail with spears on the end, according to townsman Eugene Shepard, who reported killing the beast with dynamite and later claimed to have captured one alive. Thousands came to see the creature, which he put on display at his home. What forced him to finally admit it had all been a hoax? More...
This Day in History

Man Shoots Four Would-Be Robbers on NYC Subway (1984)

Dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by the tabloids, Bernard Hugo Goetz became a symbol of New Yorkers' frustrations with rampant crime when he shot four men intending to rob him on a city subway train, paralyzing one of them. The publicity following the incident and his ensuing trial for attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and firearms offenses divided the public. While some believed Goetz rightly acted in self-defense, others felt he had overreacted. What was the result of the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson (1912)

Taylor married future US President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. In 1943, she bought a debt-ridden radio station and built it into a multimillion-dollar broadcasting company, later helping to finance her husband's first election campaign. As first lady, she played an active role in politics while supporting the "war on poverty," environmental causes, early education, and national beautification projects. She later wrote A White House Diary. How did she get the nickname "Lady Bird"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue never has been as respectable as money.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Soyaluna (Hopi Soyal Ceremony) (2015)

The Hopi traditionally believed that at the time of the Winter Solstice, the Sun had traveled as far from the Earth as he ever did. The purpose of Soyaluna is to prevent the disappearance of the Sun at the time of year when the days are at their shortest. The main ceremony takes place in the kiva, a large, circular underground room. Hopi priests prepare the kiva by scattering cornmeal around the floor. A stack of corn serves as an altar, surrounded by stalks and husks. At the solstice, everyone assembles in the kiva for rituals designed to bring the sun back for another agricultural year. More...
In the News

Surgical Case Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "Hand and Foot"

A Chinese man who lost his hand in a work-related accident was able to have it reattached a month later, once his injured arm had had time to heal, thanks to an unusual procedure that involved stitching the severed extremity to his ankle to keep it alive in the interim. Without a blood supply, a severed hand is only viable for replantation for a few hours. By providing this man's hand with an alternative blood supply, surgeons were able to extend this window by weeks. More...
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