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

McGurk's Bar Bombing (1971)

One of the first major atrocities of "the Troubles," a period of political violence in Ireland that began in the late 1960s, the bombing of Belfast's predominantly Roman Catholic Tramore Bar—better known as McGurk's—killed 15 people and injured 17. The first major attack on civilians by any of the region's paramilitary organizations, the bombing provoked widespread political and public reaction. After losing both his wife and daughter in the bombing, the bar's owner made what televised request? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Carlyle (1795)

Carlyle was a Scottish historian and writer. His adherence to Calvinist values despite his loss of faith in traditional Christianity proved appealing to many Victorians, and he gained notice with his first major work, Sartor, Resartus. Simultaneously factual and fictional, the work forces the reader to confront the problem of where "truth" is to be found and was initially considered bizarre and incomprehensible by some. It had some success in the US, however, where it was admired by whom? 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)

Today's Holiday

River Kwai Bridge Week (2015)

River Kwai Bridge Week in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, commemorates World War II's infamous Death Railway and the River Kwai Bridge. Between 1942 and 1945, more than 16,000 Allied prisoners of war and 49,000 Asian laborers were forced by the Japanese to build a railway from Bangkok, Thailand, into Burma (now Myanmar); it is said that one person died for every railway tie on the track. During the week-long festival, the reconstructed bridge (it was bombed during the war) hosts sound-and-light presentations, and there are also historical exhibitions and rides on World War II-era trains. 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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