Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

idiosyncrasy

Definition:(noun) A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
Synonyms:peculiarity
Usage: Of all her idiosyncrasies, I find her tendency to dance while cooking the most charming.
Article of the Day

The Lily of the Valley

The lily of the valley, or Convallaria majalis, lives in shady places and has delicate bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers that grow on a stalk between two shiny leaves. This common garden plant is a symbol of humility in religious paintings. It has also long been used medicinally for cardiac disorders—even though it contains poisonous substances and has been labeled unsafe by the US Food and Drug Administration. The lily of the valley is the national flower of what country? 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
Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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

McDonald's Rationing French Fries in Japan

The 3,100 some McDonald's restaurants in Japan have begun offering only the small size of French fries in an emergency step to avoid the possibility of completely running out of fries at some locations before the end of the year. The shortage of French fries is due to delays in the shipping of frozen fries from ports on the West coast of the US. A number of factors have led to the delays, including a lengthy labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping terminals. A representative of McDonald's Japan said restaurants will not limit the amount of orders of small fries a customer can purchase. More...
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