Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

entwine

Definition:(verb) Spin, wind, or twist together.
Synonyms:interlace
Usage: He entwined his fingers with hers.
Article of the Day

Horsepower Indeed

Early streetcars had horsepower, literally; they were drawn by horses or mules and called "horsecars." By the late 1880s, there were 415 street railway companies in the US. However, horses could only work for about four hours a day and needed to be groomed, fed, and housed—and they left behind tremendous amounts of waste. These issues, coupled with the introduction of the overhead trolley system in 1887, spelled the end of the horsecar era. Where was the last functional horsecar in the US? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Assassinated (1170)

Becket was a brilliant administrator and diplomat who served as chancellor of England under Henry II. In a bid to reinforce royal control of the church, Henry appointed Becket archbishop of Canterbury in 1162. However, Becket embraced his duties devoutly and opposed royal interference in the church. This led him to be denounced as a traitor, whereupon he fled to France to live in exile. Upon his return in 1170, he once again drew the ire of the king and was murdered by whom soon after? More...
Today's Birthday

William Ewart Gladstone (1809)

Gladstone, a British statesman, served as prime minister four times between 1868 and 1894, a period in which he was the Liberal party's dominant personality. A great orator and master of finance, he was deeply religious and brought a highly moralistic tone to politics. To many, he represented the best qualities of Victorian England, but he was also passionately disliked, most notably by Queen Victoria and his chief political rival, Benjamin Disraeli. What famous quips resulted from the rivalry? More...
Quotation of the Day
A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers ... marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Fiesta of the Black St. Benito (2015)

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito's statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing an unusual bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito's image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More...
In the News

"Ice" Beneath the Ice?

Researchers have found deposits of kimberlite, a type of rock that frequently contains diamonds, in Antarctica, suggesting that the ice-covered continent could be hiding considerable riches. Environmentalists need not worry yet about diamond seekers, though; a 1991 treaty banned mining in Antarctica for 50 years, and many experts expect the ban to be extended when it expires in 2041. Some, however, are concerned that the recent find, added to the previous discoveries of gold, platinum, copper, iron, and coal on the continent, will induce signatories to let the ban lapse. More...
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