Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

menage

Definition:(noun) A domestic establishment.
Synonyms:household
Usage: What sort of a menage is it which pays double the market price for a governess but does not keep a horse, although six miles from the station.
Article of the Day

Bodie, California: A Preserved Ghost Town

Once boasting a population of nearly 10,000 during a mining boom in the late 1800s, Bodie, California, is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. Visitors can walk the deserted streets to see the remnants of a town whose mines produced more than $34 million worth of gold. That success brought to Bodie the amenities of larger towns, including a railroad, banks, a brass band, and a jail. What type of business had 65 different locations along Bodie's main street at the peak of the city's popularity? More...
This Day in History

Quebec City Founded by Samuel de Champlain (1608)

Frenchman Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City as a trading post at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and St. Charles rivers. From this and subsequent settlements Catholic missionaries, explorers, and fur traders pushed across N America. Begun with just 32 colonists, the city is now home to about 500,000. Most residents are of French descent, despite the fact that the area was ceded to the British in 1763. By what name was Quebec originally known? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (1879)

Korzybski was a Polish-American linguist who developed a school of thought known as general semantics. He aimed to distinguish between words and the objects they describe, as well as between individual objects all described by the same word. He stressed the arbitrary nature of language and other symbols and the problems that result from misunderstanding their nature. Why did Korzybski once trick his students into eating dog biscuits during a lecture? More...
Quotation of the Day
As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church-steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

go to Canossa

To become or make oneself humble; to do a penance or seek absolution for some wrong. A reference to Canossa Castle in Emilia Romagna, Italy, where Emperor Henry IV humbled himself before Pope Gregory VII in 1077 to have his excommunication lifted. More...
Today's Holiday

Belarus Independence Day (2016)

After nearly 70 years under Soviet rule, Belarus declared its sovereignty on July 27, 1990, and issued its declaration of independence on August 25, 1991. Belarus officially became autonomous on December 26, 1991, as did other former Soviet republics. On April 2, 1997, however, a treaty was signed to unite Belarus with the Russian Federation. Thus, Belarus reverted to its earlier Independence Day, July 3, which commemorated the liberation of the capital, Minsk, from German occupation in 1944. More...
In the News

These 6000-Year-Old Tombs May Have Been Used as Telescopes

Astronomers believe they may have found humanity's first stargazing tools. At the National Astronomy Meeting held this week in Nottingham, England, researchers presented evidence that simple apertures like tunnels and doorways might have been used to ... More...
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