Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

clairvoyance

Definition:(noun) Apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses.
Synonyms:ESP, extrasensory perception, second sight
Usage: The police officer doubted my clairvoyance until I was able to lead him to the missing woman's remains.
Article of the Day

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II built the gardens around 600 BCE to soothe his wife, who was homesick for her mountainous homeland. Though extensively documented by ancient historians, no extant Babylonian texts mention the gardens, and there is little physical evidence of their existence. Alternative theories suggest that the gardens were built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib near what modern city? 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
Everyone is more or less master of his own fate.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

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)

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

Careful...Someone's Watching

A new UK law requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile companies to store user data reflects a growing and worrisome trend of mass surveillance by governments. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose off ice released a report concerning the issue, expressed concern that such government-approved programs are becoming "a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure" and that more needs to be done to ensure that people's personal freedoms are protected. More...
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