Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 09, 2016)
Word of the Day

affectation

Definition:(noun) A show, pretense, or display.
Synonyms:pose, mannerism
Usage: Strickland would not go near them, not from any affectation of stoicism, for I found him seated on a three-legged stool when I went into the studio one day and he was alone, but because he did not like them.
Article of the Day

The Tree-Kangaroo

These marsupials are generally found in the rainforests and mountainous regions of New Guinea and Queensland. They are related to the kangaroos endemic to Australia, with whom they share many similar features, including their large hind legs and long, narrow feet. In contrast to the kangaroo, however, these macropods live in trees, have the ability to move their hind legs independently of one another, and leap great distances from tree to tree. How far can a tree-kangaroo jump? More...
This Day in History

Zeno Crowned Co-Emperor of Byzantine Empire (474 CE)

A military leader, Zeno married the daughter of Byzantine emperor Leo I in about 466 CE. When Leo I died, Zeno's seven-year-old son Leo II became emperor and Zeno was appointed co-emperor. Leo II died within the year, making Zeno sole emperor. Zeno made peace with the Vandals in Africa, put down a rebellion in Asia Minor, got the Ostrogoths to leave the Eastern Empire, and tried to solve the Monophysite controversy, causing a schism with Rome. Why did Zeno change his name from Tarasicodissa? More...
Today's Birthday

Carmen Miranda (1909)

Miranda was a Brazilian singer and actress who, in the 1930s, was the most popular recording artist in Brazil, where she appeared in five films. Recruited by a Broadway producer, she made her US film debut in Down Argentine Way. Typecast as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and given such caricatural roles as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" in The Gang's All Here, she became the highest-paid female performer in the US during World War II. What was her final film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing exists; all is a dream. God—man—the world—the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!...And you are not you—you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

bankers' hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Maron's Day (2016)

St. Maron (also spelled St. Maroun), the patron saint of Lebanon, was a monk who died in 410 CE. The Feast of St. Maron, as it is known in Lebanon, does not have the cultural significance for its citizens that it had in past eras—today, Maronites only make up one-quarter of the Lebanese population (between one-half and one million). In Lebanon and abroad, the most common ceremony of the feast day is the Maronite liturgy, which is a distinctive blend of Catholic doctrine, Arabic music, and singing in Syriac-Aramaic, a classical language that was spoken by Jesus. More...
In the News

Scientists Discover Prehistoric "Jurassic Butterfly"

Scientists have discovered an insect that went extinct for more than 120 million years and featured many of the traits associated with modern butterflies including markings on the wing called eye spots. Known as Kalligrammatid lacewings, paleobotanists ... More...
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