Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

lustrous

Definition:(adjective) Reflecting light.
Synonyms:glistening, shiny, glossy
Usage: There arrived through the post a small card-board box addressed to me, which I found to contain a very large and lustrous pearl.
Article of the Day

The Xinhai Revolution

Beginning with the 1911 Wuchang Uprising and ending with the abdication of China's last emperor in 1912, the Xinhai Revolution ended China's Qing dynasty and established one of the first Asian republics. The revolution was motivated by frustrations with foreign intervention and a weak and corrupt government, and its leader, Sun Yat-sen, is considered a Chinese hero. The "Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution" is celebrated in mainland China, while "Double Tenth Day" is celebrated where? More...
This Day in History

Pontiac's Rebellion: Ojibwas Capture Fort Michilimackinac (1763)

In 1763, immediately after the French and Indian Wars, several Native American tribes allied against the British in an uprising that became known as Pontiac's Rebellion, after the Ottawa leader Pontiac. They captured and destroyed many British outposts. On the day of the surprise attack on Fort Michilimackinac, the Ojibwas, or Chippewas, approached the fort without arousing suspicion among the watching British soldiers by staging a game of baaga'adowe—the precursor of what modern sport? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Elgar (1857)

Elgar was an English composer whose oratorio The Dream of Gerontius is considered one of the finest examples of English choral music in history. He received his training from his father and succeeded him as organist of St. George's Church, Worcester, in 1885. He earned recognition for his Imperial March, composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, and for his Enigma Variations. His most popular works are his five marches, the first of which is what famous song? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Elmo's Day

The day known as St. Elmo's Day is actually St. Erasmus's Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes, at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as "St. Elmo's Fire." More...
In the News

Men Have Germier Offices than Women

Men have been shown to wash their hands and brush their teeth less often than women, and this trend may be to blame, at least in part, for the fact that men's offices contain more bacteria than women's offices. Researchers collected samples from offices in three major US cities and found more than 500 species of bacteria. Overall, the bacteria count in men's offices was 10 to 20 percent higher than in women's. The most contaminated surfaces in the offices were phones and chairs. More...
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