Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

vitiate

Definition:(verb) To corrupt morally; debase.
Synonyms:debauch, deprave, pervert
Usage: Ten minutes with these ruffians would vitiate the most honorable gentlemen.
Article of the Day

Gargoyles

Gargoyles are waterspouts that were used in medieval Europe to draw rainwater from church and cathedral roofs. They were fashioned imaginatively in the forms of human grotesques, beasts, and demons, supposedly to scare off evil spirits. This form of sculpture reached its peak in the Gothic period and declined with the introduction of lead drainpipes in the 16th century. A similar type of sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental function is called what? 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
To be wise and love Exceeds man's might: that dwells with gods above.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

Colombia to Honor Late Author on Banknotes

The government of Colombia will honor famed writer and native son Gabriel García Márquez by featuring his portrait on banknotes, a form of tribute already bestowed upon figures from the Colombian independence movement. Marquez, who died this past April, is heralded as the father of magical realism and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. The Colombian government will also take steps to preserve certain places from Márquez's life. More...
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