Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

pretermit

Definition:(verb) Leave undone or leave out.
Synonyms:neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, miss, drop
Usage: Tom overslept and would need to pretermit his usual morning workout if he wanted to make it to work on time.
Article of the Day

Scrolls

A scroll is a roll of paper, parchment, or papyrus that can be unwound for writing upon or reading. A popular format for recording texts prior to the development of codices, scrolls fell out of common use by the Middle Ages. However, some Hebrew scribes still copy scrolls of the Torah by hand, adhering to extremely strict guidelines used since antiquity. If a copy differs from the original by a single letter, the entire scroll can be invalidated. How many letters are contained in a Torah scroll? More...
This Day in History

First Edition of the Los Angeles Times Is Published (1881)

Established in 1881, the Los Angeles Times was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis. The newspaper prospered and became an influential force in conservative politics in California. Long dominated by the Chandler family, beginning with Otis's son-in-law Harry Chandler, it developed into a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism in the 1960s, with Otis Chandler at the helm, and came to be seen as one of the world's top papers. Why were its offices bombed in 1910? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Butler (1835)

Butler was a British novelist and critic. Descended from clergymen, he grappled for years with Christianity and evolution in his writings, first embracing, then rejecting, Charles Darwin's theories. He is best known for his autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh. During his lifetime, his reputation rested on the utopian satire Erewhon (1872), which foreshadowed the end of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. What prediction did Butler make about human evolution? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have always a sacred veneration for any one I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher; because the richest minerals are ever found under the most ragged and withered surface of the earth.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

(not) half the person/man/woman (one) used to be

Having a reduced, diminished, or weakened physique, disposition, conviction, prowess, or mental acuity, as after some action, event, or trauma. Sometimes used in the negative but to the same effect. More...
Today's Holiday

Siaosi Tupou I Day (2016)

King George Tupou I, also known by his Tongan name of King Siaosi Tupou I, was the first king of the Pacific island nation of Tonga. He took on the title on December 4, 1845, and the date is a Tongan national holiday. Tupuo's rule was marked by a number of landmark events. He abolished serfdom and introduced the nation's first written laws. He also opened the country's first parliament and introduced its first constitution. Tonga honors King Tupou I for establishing much about their country, both good and bad, that still distinguishes it today. More...
In the News

Mysterious World War II Message Stumps Code-Breakers

With winter and Christmas just around the bend, 'tis the season for chimney cleaning. For one Surrey man, this seemingly mundane chore took a fascinating turn when he discovered a dead carrier pigeon in a disused chimney in his home. The bird had apparently been stuck there since World War II, and attached to its leg was a canister containing a coded wartime message. Without access to the proper codebooks, decrypting the message is a near-impossible task, so this may be one World War II mystery that remains unsolved. More...
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