Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

cincture

Definition:(noun) A band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers.
Synonyms:waistband, waistcloth, girdle, sash
Usage: Their adornments were completed by passing a few loose folds of white tappa, in a modest cincture, around the waist.
Article of the Day

Axis Mundi

The axis mundi, or world axis, is a symbolic representation of the point of connection between heaven and earth and offers a means of travel and communication between the two realms. The concept of a central world axis appears in many cultures and takes many forms, both natural and man-made. This connection point can be a high mountain, a plant, an altar, or even a person's home. Which religious disciplines explore the concept of the human form as world axis? More...
This Day in History

The May Fourth Movement (1919)

The May Fourth Movement was the first mass movement in modern Chinese history. It began with about 5,000 university students in Beijing protesting the Versailles Conference's decision to transfer former German concessions in China to Japan. Demonstrations and strikes spread, and a nationwide boycott of Japanese goods followed. The movement began a patriotic outburst of new urban intellectuals against foreign imperialists and warlords and is often cited as the seminal event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Audrey Hepburn (1929)

Hepburn was a Belgian-born film actress who combined elegance with a radiant, elfin innocence. After spending World War II in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, she studied ballet and acting in London and was discovered by French writer Colette, who insisted she play the lead in Gigi on Broadway. She made her US film debut in Roman Holiday, for which she won an Academy Award, and then returned to Broadway and won a Tony Award in Ondine. What was Hepburn's last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) down cold

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. More...
Today's Holiday

Cassinga Day (2016)

On May 4, 1978, South African forces attacked a SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) base located in the old Angolan mining town of Cassinga. Hundreds of Namibians died during the attack. Namibia eventually won its political independence in 1990 and is currently ruled by the SWAPO party government, and a national holiday is declared every year on the anniversary of the attack to commemorate those who died in their country's struggle for independence. More...
In the News

Slumber Party: Reptiles, like Us, Have REM Sleep and May Dream

Research in a German laboratory involving five lizards called Australian bearded dragons indicates that these reptiles may dream and could prompt a fundamental reassessment of the evolution of sleep. Scientists said on Thursday they have documented for ... More...
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