Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

specie

Definition:(noun) Coin money, as distinguished from bullion or paper money.
Synonyms:coinage, metal money, mintage
Usage: The king then descended and went himself to see the barrels of specie, in gold and silver, which ... four men had just rolled into a cellar.
Article of the Day

Ha-Ha

In garden design, a ha-ha is a trench that forms a physical barrier, usually to keep out livestock, without interrupting the view or aesthetics of the garden. Before the advent of mechanical lawnmowers, the ha-ha—also called a sunk fence—ensured that grazing sheep trimmed outside grasses without destroying the lawn. In 2005, the Washington Monument was surrounded by a ha-ha for security purposes. How, according to English writer Horace Walpole, did the ha-ha supposedly get its name? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Falkirk (1298)

The Battle of Falkirk was a major battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. It was fought between the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, and King Edward I of England, also known as the Hammer of the Scots. In 1298, Edward I invaded Scotland and defeated a smaller force led by Wallace at Falkirk. Edward's longbowmen and cavalry decimated Wallace's spearmen, forcing him to retreat. What did Wallace do shortly after losing the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Lazarus (1849)

Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. She also worked for the relief of new immigrants to the US, and the famous closing lines of her sonnet "The New Colossus" were engraved on what monument? More...
Quotation of the Day
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Festival) (2016)

The Wild Horse Festival, or Soma-Nomaoi, takes place annually in Soma City and Minami-Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan over four days, July 22-25. It is a historical re-enactment of military exercises that are more than 1,000 years old. In the event's highlight, about 600 mounted samurai warriors in traditional Japanese armor gallop across the vast Hibarigahara plain and vie for 40 shrine flags propelled into the air by fireworks. Other colorful spectacles include a procession on July 24 summoned by conch shell horn and war drums, and the Nomagake ritual on July 25. More...
In the News

Snail Facials, Coming to a Spa near You?

If the idea of touching a snail makes your skin crawl, then the newest trend in beauty is not for you. At least one spa in Tokyo, Japan, is offering patrons the opportunity to have live snails crawl all over their faces—for a price, of course. Proponents of the snail facial claim that the slime the slow-moving mollusks secrete contains compounds that help regenerate skin cells and promote healing. Would you shell out for a snail facial? More...
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