Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

enlace

Definition:(verb) Spin, wind, or twist together.
Synonyms:intertwine
Usage: Thanks to her naval training, Megan was able to enlace the threads and form a complicated knot, securing the lumber safely to the roof of my truck.
Article of the Day

Cock Throwing

Widely practiced in England until the 19th century, cock throwing was a blood sport in which people took turns throwing heavy sticks at a rooster tied to a stake until it died. If a rooster became too injured to stand, it could be propped up on sticks for the remainder of the game. It was a popular pastime for people of all classes, particularly among the young, and was traditionally practiced on Shrove Tuesday—even after it was banned. What were some variations on the brutal game? More...
This Day in History

Fire at the US Library of Congress (1851)

The Library of Congress, the national library of the US, contains more than 115 million items, including more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, and 54 million manuscripts. Established in 1800 with about 740 books, the collection, which had swelled to about 55,000 volumes by 1851, was largely destroyed by a fire, the second in the library's history. The collection lost in the 1851 fire had been started with the acquisition of which statesman's personal library of 6,487 books? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905)

Before he became an infamously eccentric recluse, Hughes was a brilliant aviator and movie producer. At 17, he left college to take control of his late father's Hughes Tool Company, which would form the future basis for his vast fortune. After founding the Hughes Aircraft Company, he set a speed record of 352 mph (567 km/h) in a plane he designed, and in 1938, he flew around the world in a record 91 hours. A recluse in his later years, Hughes spent the last decade of his life living where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Wigilia (2015)

Wigilia means "to watch" or "keep vigil" in Polish. It takes place on Christmas Eve and commemorates the vigil that the shepherds kept on the night of Christ's birth, but it's very possible that the celebration goes back to pre-Christian times. Because some people still cling to the ancient belief that wandering spirits roam the land during the darkest days of the year, it is not uncommon for Poles to make an extra effort to be hospitable at Christmas time, leaving out a pan of warm water and a bowl of nuts and fruits for any unexpected visitors. More...
In the News

Elephant Dung Coffee—Um, Yum?

Would you pay $50 for a cup of coffee? How about if the beans used to brew it were harvested from a pile of elephant dung? The newest trend in extravagant coffee comes from the northern hills of Thailand, where a herd of 20 elephants spends its days eating, digesting, and then excreting the beans, which are then collected, washed, processed, and roasted to create one of the world's most expensive brews. This is not the first specialty coffee to rely on an animal's digestive process; pricey civet coffee is so named because its beans have passed through the intestines of a civet. More...
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