Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

labored

Definition:(adjective) Requiring or showing effort.
Synonyms:heavy
Usage: He knocked again, harder than before, for behind him he heard the steps and the labored breathing of his persecutors.
Article of the Day

The London Monster

A century before Jack the Ripper came on the scene, a mysterious assailant was already terrorizing the women of London. Between 1788 and 1790, dozens of reports surfaced of women being stabbed with a spike hidden in a man’s floral arrangement or slashed across the buttocks by knives attached to a man’s knees. After a reward was offered for the capture of "the Monster," vigilantes began assaulting suspicious men. In 1790, a suspect in the attacks was convicted of what unusual charge? 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
History, n.: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

riffraff

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

Imbolc

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

Cuddly Killers Threaten Wildlife

Domestic cats are valued by humans both for their companionship and their skill at hunting vermin and other household pests. Yet, it appears that we have long underestimated their killing prowess. A recent study estimates that cats are responsible for an astounding number of bird and mammal deaths each year, reaching well into the billions in the US alone. The numbers are so staggering that researchers have named the domestic cat the top threat to US wildlife, particularly the country's native birds. More...
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