Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

promulgate

Definition:(verb) To make known (a decree, for example) by public declaration; announce officially.
Synonyms:exclaim, proclaim
Usage: Where is the staircase from which Charles VI promulgated his edict of pardon?
Article of the Day

Capacocha: Pre-Columbian Child Sacrifice

The ritualistic killing of children was a common religious practice in some of the prominent pre-Colombian cultures. The Olmec civilization, which flourished in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico between 1200 and 400 BCE, may have been one such society. Evidence of the brutal practice was found in the El Manatí sacrificial bog, where the skeletons of an unknown number of infants were uncovered. How many times a year did the Aztecs celebrate religious festivals with child sacrifice? More...
This Day in History

Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)

Savonarola was an Italian preacher and religious reformer. After the overthrow of the Medici family, he became the ruler of Florence, setting up a democratic but severely puritanical government. He was opposed by the allies of the Medici and by Pope Alexander VI, who attempted to restrain Savonarola's unusual interpretations of scripture and his claim of prophecy. He was tried, convicted of heresy, and hanged. His government was known for its "bonfire of the vanities," which was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Artie Shaw (1910)

Considered one of swing's two great clarinetists—along with his rival, Benny Goodman—Shaw was a virtuoso at his instrument. He began playing professionally as a teen before becoming leader of one of the most popular big bands of the swing era. In 1935, he performed with a string quartet that he later expanded into a more conventional dance band. He led a US Navy band during World War II and various ensembles later on, retiring in 1954. How many times was Shaw married? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

fork over the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. More...
Today's Holiday

Declaration of the Bab (2016)

Declaration of the Bab is a joyous Baha'i festival to celebrate the Bab's announcement in 1844 in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the "gate" (which is the meaning of Bab) to the coming of the promised one of all religions. This proclamation is considered the beginning of the Baha'i faith, although the religion was founded after the Bab's death. This day is holy to Baha'is and a day on which work is suspended. Its observation begins at about two hours after sunset on May 22. More...
In the News

Two Studies Find One Gene for Red Beaks and Feathers

A pair of scientific papers has identified the same single gene as the source of red colouring in birds. The gene makes an enzyme that lets the birds convert yellow pigments, which they eat, into red ones, which are deposited in their feathers or beaks. Two ... More...
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