Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

telamon

Definition:(noun) A figure of a man used as a supporting pillar.
Synonyms:atlas
Usage: The portico of the Hermitage Museum in Russia features ten enormous telamones carved from granite.
Article of the Day

Pole Weapons

The idea of creating a weapon by attaching a sharp end to a long shaft is an old one—the first spears date back to the Stone Age. Over the centuries, pole weapons have taken many different forms, from the European fauchard to the Chinese guan dao to the Japanese naginata. Masses of soldiers carrying pole weapons were recognized as effective military units early in the history of organized warfare. What infantry weapon resembled a kitchen knife? More...
This Day in History

King Abdullah I of Jordan Is Assassinated (1951)

Abdullah I was the king of Jordan from 1946 until his death. With Britain's support, he led Arab revolts against Turkish rule in WWI and, after the Ottoman Empire's collapse, became emir of the British mandate of Transjordan in 1921. When the mandate ended, he became king of the renamed Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1948, he attacked the newly established state of Israel, annexing the portions of Palestine now known as the West Bank. In 1951, he was assassinated in Jerusalem by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrarch (1304)

The "Father of Humanism," Petrarch was the greatest scholar of his age. He traveled widely, visiting fellow scholars and searching out manuscripts, and wrote numerous lyrics, sonnets, and canzoni. His awareness of the classical past as a source of literary and philosophical meaning for the present left a lasting influence on European literature and paved the way for the Renaissance. Many of Petrarch's poems are devoted to what woman, who awoke a lasting passion in him on Good Friday in 1327? More...
Quotation of the Day
Observation is an old man's memory.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

good-natured

Of or having a kindly, affable, beneficent, and/or obliging propensity, inclination, or personality. More...
Today's Holiday

Elijah Day (2016)

Considered to be among the greatest of prophets, Elijah is commemorated on this day in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. An Old Testament Jew who is revered by Jews and Muslims as well, Elijah's story appears in the first book of Kings, with the final episode appearing in Second Kings, chapter two. The highpoint of Elijah's ministry occurred when he called the priests who worshipped Baal, the pagan fertility god, to the top of Mount Carmel and challenged them to a contest that would prove who was the true God. More...
In the News

Scientists a Step Closer to Making "Invisibility Cloak" a Reality

Could Harry Potter's invisibility cloak be one step closer to becoming a reality? A research team from Queen Mary University of London's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science says it has demonstrated a cloaking device that could make ... More...
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