Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

verisimilitude

Definition:(noun) The quality of appearing to be true or real.
Synonyms:vraisemblance
Usage: While recounting the preposterous tale, he threw in a few convincing details to add verisimilitude to the narrative.
Article of the Day

Merkava

The Merkava series of main battle tanks is developed and manufactured by Israel Military Industries, Ltd for the Israel Defense Forces. It is designed to ensure crew survival, battle perseverance, and quick revival in case of bad damage, though it is still is vulnerable to remotely operated land mines. The heavily shielded engine is placed at the front of the tank, while the crew is able to escape through doors at the rear. When and why did Israel decide to develop the Merkava? More...
This Day in History

Lei Áurea: Slavery Abolished in Brazil (1888)

By the 1870s, the plantation culture of northeast Brazil was already crumbling, and the growth of the movement to abolish slavery threatened it even more. The slave trade had been abolished in 1850, and a law for gradual emancipation was passed in 1871. In 1888, while Pedro II was in Europe and his daughter Isabel was governing, slavery was completely abolished—making Brazil the last Western nation to do so. The law that officially abolished slavery was called Lei Áurea, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (1922)

Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose lengthy career began on the stage. In 1966, she won a Tony award for her role in the musical Mame. She went on to achieve fame on television as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. Arthur appeared in what notoriously poorly received 1978 holiday TV special? More...
Quotation of the Day
I needed some real danger and some mortal risk to run, to tranquilize me.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

fair-weather fan

A person who is supportive of and enthusiastic about a sports team only when that team is performing well. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemuralia (2016)

In ancient Rome, the lemures were the ghosts of the family's dead, who were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia, or Lemuria, was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More...
In the News

Mom's Cellphone Photo Leads to Son's Cancer Diagnosis

For all intents and purposes, Avery Fitzgerald is an ordinary 2-year-old boy— one who jumps on the couch with his older brother when his mother looks away. But a snapshot that his mom took on her cellphone revealed something different about the little boy, ... More...
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