Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

uncultivated

Definition:(adjective) (Of persons) lacking art or knowledge.
Synonyms:uncultured, artless
Usage: Never had they witnessed such power of mastication, and such marvelous capacity of stomach, as in this native and uncultivated gastronome.
Article of the Day

Grolar Bear or Pizzly?

An ursid hybrid is a bear that is the offspring of two different species or subspecies of the bear family. Brown bears, black bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears have all produced hybrid offspring, but nearly all were bred in captivity. In 2006, a bear shot by a hunter in Canada's Northwest Territories was later confirmed by DNA testing to be a grizzly-polar bear hybrid. This is thought to be the first recorded case of interbreeding in the wild. What unusual features did the bear possess? More...
This Day in History

Dos de Mayo Uprising (1808)

Shortly after Napoleon occupied Madrid, Spain, on March 23, 1808, the people of Madrid rose up against the French in the Dos de Mayo uprising, which was sparked by the attempt to move two of the Spanish king's children to France. The uprising culminated in a fierce battle that was fought in the Puerta del Sol, the city's central square. The French suppressed the rebellion and, in reprisal, shot hundreds of citizens the following day. What painter immortalized the events of that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Catherine II of Russia (1729)

Catherine II was empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. The daughter of a German prince, she was chosen at 14 to be the wife of the future czar, Peter III. In 1762, conspirators led by her lover staged a coup and proclaimed her empress. Peter was murdered shortly thereafter. As czarina, she increased Russia's power by skillful diplomacy and by extending its frontiers into central Europe. She was a patron of the arts and corresponded with many of the prominent minds of her era, including whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

don't go there

Don't get into that topic of conversation; I don't want to talk about that. Used humorously, the phrase usually implies that the speaker has a potentially scandalous, sensitive, or otherwise complicated association with the topic. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Sant' Efisio

The Sagra di Sant' Efisio at Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, commemorates the martyrdom of a 3rd-century Roman general who was converted to Christianity and credited with saving the town from the plague. On May 1, a procession accompanies a statue of St. Efisio through the streets of Cagliari to the church of Pula, the town where he suffered martyrdom. Three days later, the statue returns to Cagliari. Several thousand pilgrims, wearing costumes that date from the 17th century and earlier, take part in the procession, which culminates in a parade down Cagliari's main avenue. More...
In the News

Armadillos Transmitting Leprosy to Humans

Researchers have found that a strain of leprosy found in humans in the southern US is also carried by nine-banded armadillos living in the region. Of the 50 human patients and 33 wild armadillos analyzed, 25 patients and 28 armadillos shared a genetically identical strain of leprosy bacteria. Furthermore, at least 8 of those 25 patients reported contact with armadillos. Though there have been reports of leprosy in humans who have handled, killed, or eaten armadillos or gardened in soil where the animals burrow, experts had been unable to confirm that armadillos could pass the disease to humans until now. More...
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