Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

redolence

Definition:(noun) A pleasingly sweet olfactory property.
Synonyms:bouquet, fragrance
Usage: The moonlight and the redolence of flowers made the garden a romantic spot.
Article of the Day

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art that originated in 16th-century Thailand. Once used as military training, it gained international fame in the 20th century when its practitioners defeated those of other martial arts. Today's “sport” version of Muay Thai takes place in a ring and features gloves like those used in boxing. It is called "The Art of Eight Limbs" because the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all involved—giving each combatant eight points of contact. Who was Nai Khanomtom? 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
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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

12 Days of Christmas Cost a Little More

Alas, ambitious shoppers, the cost of all the gifts mentioned in the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has risen yet again. According to the annual analysis by a US financial services firm, the overall price tag for the items—including five golden rings and a partridge in a pear tree—rose 1.4 percent from last year, from $114,651.18 to $116,273.06. Over the history of the analysis, the average of the cost increases has closely mirrored the US inflation index. The increase is the smallest since 2002, when the cost of the items dropped 7.6 percent in the wake of the Dot-com bust. More...
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