Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 31, 2013)
Word of the Day

gangly

Definition:(adjective) Tall and thin and having long slender limbs.
Synonyms:lanky, rangy
Usage: The gangly man's suit sleeves and pant legs flapped like empty fire hoses as he walked.
Article of the Day

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

When Prasutagus, king of a British Celtic tribe under Roman suzerainty, died in 60 CE with no male heir, he left his estate to his daughters and Emperor Nero, hoping for protection. Instead, Nero annexed his kingdom and mistreated his family and tribesmen. Rather than accept the new order of things, the king's widow, Boudicca, raised a rebellion. Her forces allegedly massacred some 70,000 Romans and pro-Roman Britons and destroyed the Roman 9th Legion before being defeated. How did Boudicca die? More...
This Day in History

Union of South Africa Created (1910)

In 1910, the British colonies of Cape Colony, Transvaal, Natal, and Orange River were unified into the new Union of South Africa. Under the Union's constitution, power was centralized. Elections were held, and Louis Botha became the first prime minister. The Dutch language was given equal status with English, and each province retained its existing franchise qualifications. The Union became independent and withdrew from the Commonwealth exactly how many years after its founding? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Sidgwick (1838)

Sidgwick was a British philosopher whose Methods of Ethics is considered by some to be the most significant 19th-century ethical work in English. Drawing on the utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and the categorical imperative of Immanuel Kant, he proposed a system of "universalistic hedonism" that would reconcile the conflict between the pleasure of self and the pleasure of others. He promoted higher education for women and cofounded what society devoted to studying paranormal events? More...
Quotation of the Day
By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

get (the hell) out of Dodge

To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the clichéd setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Visitation (2016)

On this day, Christian churches in the West commemorate the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. After learning that she was to be the mother of Jesus, Mary went into the mountains of Judea to see her cousin, the wife of Zechariah, who had conceived a son to be known as John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth's baby "leaped in her womb" (1:41) at the sound of Mary's voice. It was at this moment, according to the belief of some Roman Catholics, that John the Baptist was cleansed from original sin and filled with heavenly grace. More...
In the News

Feet Hotbeds of Fungal Activity

It may surprise many to learn that regardless of how meticulous they are about personal hygiene, their skin harbors hundreds of types of fungi. Researchers cataloguing fungal populations typically found on the skin identified nearly 200 kinds on study participants' feet alone. Many fewer species were found populating other areas of the body, like behind the ears, on the palms, and in the crooks of the elbows, but they are still plentiful. The good news is that these are, for the most part, harmless. Problems can arise, however, if they multiply and cause an infection. More...
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