Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

infest

Definition:(verb) To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious.
Synonyms:overrun
Usage: During the year that followed, Clayton was several times attacked by the great apes which now seemed to continually infest the vicinity of the cabin.
Article of the Day

Etruscan Mythology

Etruscan civilization reached its height in the 6th century BCE in what is now Italy, and much of its religion was later adopted by the Romans. Famous for divination, the Etruscans believed that the will of the gods was present in every aspect of nature and looked for divine signs everywhere, including in lightning, the livers of sacrificed animals, and the flight of birds. What example did the Roman philosopher Seneca use to illustrate the different religious approaches of Romans and Etruscans? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of Lhotse (1956)

Reaching 27,890 ft (8,501 m), Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth. Tibetan for "south peak," it is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border and is connected to Mount Everest by a 25,000-ft (7,620-m) ridge. The first ascent of the mountain was made by Swiss climbers Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss in 1956. Thirty years later, what mountaineer summited Lhotse, becoming the first climber to have ascended all 14 mountains on Earth that peak more than 8,000 m above sea level? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Käsebier (1852)

Käsebier was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century and a promoter of photography as a career for women. She photographed famous figures like the sculptor Auguste Rodin and American showman Buffalo Bill, but she is best known for her evocative images of motherhood and portraits of Native Americans. In 1899, Alfred Stieglitz declared her "the leading artistic portrait photographer of the day," but a decade later, he was speaking out against her work. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

final cut

The completed and finalized edited version of a film, as authorized by its director and producer. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2016)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. The next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

EU Attacks Pirate Bases

Seaborne piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue, particularly in the waters off the coast of Somalia, where the hijacking of commercial vessels and their crew for exorbitant ransoms is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence. Military vessels from countries around the globe have long patrolled the dangerous waters, and now the EU is taking the fight to the pirates’ doorsteps. In an effort to deny the pirates a safe haven on shore and to disrupt their operations, EU forces conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the mainland. The strike destroyed a key supply center and rendered at least five of the pirates’ fast attack vessels inoperable. More...
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