Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

occult

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
Synonyms:supernatural
Usage: His superstitions led him to the study of occult subjects, much to the dismay of his highly rational parents.
Article of the Day

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy is a cartoon that was created in 1931 by Chester Gould, who continued to produce it until 1977. The strip reflects the dark mood of film noir and is filled with treachery. Its title character is a hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and supremely intelligent police detective who matches wits with a variety of colorful villains. Who is Tracy's infamous large-headed enemy? More...
This Day in History

King John of England Signs the Magna Carta (1215)

The Magna Carta—Latin for "Great Charter"—was signed by King John under pressure from his barons. Resentful of high taxes and aware of the king's waning power, the barons demanded a solemn grant of their rights. Among the charter's provisions were clauses reforming law and controlling the behavior of royal officials. Though it reflects the feudal order rather than democracy, the Magna Carta is traditionally considered the foundation of British constitutionalism. How did King John sign it? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward, the Black Prince (1330)

The eldest son of King Edward III, Edward was the prince of Wales. Joining his father as a commander in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War, he established a reputation for valor. However, his rule as the prince of Aquitaine from 1362 to 1372 was a failure, and he returned sick and broken to England and formally surrendered his principality to his father. Though the heir apparent, he never became king, dying one year before his father. Edward was the first in England to be granted what title? More...
Quotation of the Day
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

after a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vitus's Day

According to legend, St. Vitus was raised as a Christian by his nurse and his foster father. All three suffered persecution and were eventually put to death for their beliefs around 303 CE, when Vitus was still a young boy. A chapel was later built in his honor at Ulm, Germany, and it was believed that anyone who danced before his shrine there on June 15, St. Vitus's Day, would be assured of good health in the coming year. St. Vitus is the patron saint of those suffering from epilepsy and other disorders of the nervous system, as well as actors and dancers. More...
In the News

Ancient DNA Sheds Light on How Language, Cultures Evolved in Bronze Age Europe

It's tricky studying the history of a time when no one wrote things down. Archaeology pieces together how people lived in the past by studying artifacts they left behind; linguistics by analyzing newer languages to reconstruct the old. This week ... More...
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