Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

tomboy

Definition:(noun) A girl who behaves in a boyish manner.
Synonyms:hoyden, romp
Usage: Dana often plays sports with the neighborhood boys and is proud that she has earned a reputation for being a tomboy.
Article of the Day

Hortensia

The daughter of Roman orator Quintus Hortensius, Hortensia earned fame of her own by giving a speech before the members of the Second Triumvirate in 42 BCE on behalf of the women of Rome. That year, Rome's state-sponsored military legions were at war with the assassins of Julius Caesar. To fund the war, lawmakers imposed a tax on Rome's 1,400 wealthiest women, who were outraged at the prospect of being taxed for a war over which they had no control. How did the lawmakers respond to her speech? More...
This Day in History

Chinese Seize Control of Taiwan from Dutch East India Company (1662)

In 1624, the Dutch founded forts in southern Taiwan. Two years later, the Spanish occupied the northern part of the island. The Dutch expelled the Spanish in 1641 and assumed control of the entire island but were, in turn, forced to abandon it when Koxinga, a general of the Ming dynasty of China, successfully laid siege to the main Dutch settlement, Fort Zeelandia, and took the island in 1662, establishing an independent kingdom. What happened to the colony's governor, Frederick Coyett? More...
Today's Birthday

Langston Hughes (1902)

Hughes was an American poet and a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. His writing is largely concerned with depicting African-American life, particularly the experience of the urban African American, and often uses dialect and jazz rhythms. Along with several collections of poetry, Hughes published numerous other works, including several plays, books for children, and novels. While working as a busboy, Hughes launched his literary career by presenting his poems to what poet as he dined? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

riffraff

Undesirable, disreputable, or vulgar people, often used in a condescending manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Imbolc (2016)

One of the "Greater Sabbats" during the Wiccan year, Imbolc celebrates the coming of spring and the recovery of the Earth Goddess after giving birth to the Sun God at Yule. The Greater Sabbats (or Sabbaths) take place four times a year, at the Cross-Quarter Days of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. In ancient days, some of these were huge get-togethers that involved dancing, singing, and feasting all night. Revolving around the changing of the seasons and the breeding of animals, they served as a way to give thanks for the bounties of the earth. More...
In the News

Pythons Wiping Out Mammal Species in Everglades

A surge in the Burmese python population in Florida's Everglades is likely responsible for the major decline of mammals there. The snakes are not native to the area and were likely introduced to the environment through the pet trade. Without natural predators to curb their spread, the python population has swelled, with devastating consequences for native mammal populations. Raccoon, opossum, and bobcat sightings in Everglades National Park have fallen as much as 99 percent since 2000, and not a single rabbit was detected during the nine years researchers spent investigating how the invasive species has affected the area. More...
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