Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

interpolate

Definition:(verb) To alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
Synonyms:falsify
Usage: He interpolated a lot of spurious matter into the manuscript.
Article of the Day

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Possibly inhabited more than 100,000 years ago, the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a series of caves in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh that exhibit traces of early human life. Bhimbetka was first recorded in 1888 as a Buddhist site, and since archaeologists began visiting it in the 1950s, more than 700 rock shelters have been identified. They are mainly painted in red and white and depict many everyday activities, such as hunting, dancing, and worshipping. What is "Zoo Rock"? More...
This Day in History

Papal Bull Bestows Authority to Prosecute Witchcraft in Germany (1484)

In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued the papal bull Summis desiderantes affectibusDesiring with supreme ardor. Sometimes blamed for inspiring the witch-hunts that became increasingly common in the coming centuries, the bull recognizes the existence of witches, gives Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany, and urges local ecclesiastical authorities to cooperate with inquisitors. Kramer later retired and co-wrote what treatise on witchcraft? More...
Today's Birthday

George Armstrong Custer (1839)

In the American Civil War, Custer was a cavalry officer whose pursuit of Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee hastened the South's surrender. After the war, Custer participated in the government's campaign to force the Cheyenne and Sioux onto reservations. In 1876, after dividing his force, he rashly commanded an attack against Native Americans in Little Bighorn, Montana. He and all of his more than 200 troops were killed in the battle against how many Indian warriors? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was easier to know it than to explain why I knew it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Today's Holiday

Closing the Gates Ceremony (2015)

The celebration that takes place on this day in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, commemorates the seige of 1688, when James II stormed the Protestant city's walls. Londonderry's governor, Colonel Lundy, wanted to surrender, but his scheme was foiled by 13 boy apprentices who shut the Ferryquay Gate just as the British were about to enter the city. The celebrations held annually in December are set up by the Association of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. The festivities include a historical pageant, the climax of which is the burning of Colonel Lundy's effigy. More...
In the News

Brain Connections Differ for Men and Women

It is not news that men and women think differently—this is a topic that has been discussed and debated time and again throughout the ages—but the idea now has new scientific backing. Brain scans of nearly 1,000 male and female volunteers indicate that there are striking differences in the way that they are wired. Male brains appear to have connections that run front to back with little bridging across the hemispheres, whereas brain pathways in females frequently crisscross the hemispheres. The findings do not demonstrate whether or how these brain differences translate into actual behavioral differences. More...
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