Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 14, 2014)
Word of the Day

lassitude

Definition:(noun) A state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness.
Synonyms:lethargy, sluggishness
Usage: Her rapid footsteps shook her own floors, and she routed lassitude and indifference wherever she came.
Article of the Day

"Beowulf"

Considered the highest achievement of Old English literature, "Beowulf" is an epic poem chronicling the exploits of the young warrior for which it is named. Likely composed in the 8th century, it survives today in only one manuscript. The poem is derived mainly from Scandinavian history, folk tale, and mythology. It contains a remarkable fusion of pagan and Christian elements and provides a vivid picture of old Germanic life. What is the name of the monster that Beowulf defeats? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Aljubarrota (1385)

At a time of war, famine, and plague in Europe, the Portuguese village of Aljubarrota became the site of a momentous battle in which the Portuguese, aided by English archers, defeated the forces of the Spanish King John I of Castile, assuring Portuguese independence from the Castilian crown. Nuno Álvares Pereira, the man who led the revolt against Castilian domination, emerged from the battle a hero. He later became a monk and was recently canonized. Who was the Portuguese king at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851)

Holliday was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter. After graduating from dental school in 1872, he moved to the drier climate of the West to help treat his tuberculosis. He briefly practiced dentistry in Texas, then took up gambling and began drifting. Settling in Tombstone, Arizona, he joined Wyatt Earp and his brothers in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Having earned a reputation as a gunman, he resumed drifting and died of tuberculosis at the age of 36. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fair weather friends are not worth much.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

get with the times

slang To understand or be knowledgeable of modern times, especially as relates to the contemporary trends, ideas, or fashions. (Usually said as a jocular or sarcastic imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Mount Ceahlau Feast

A folk event that has ancient roots, the Mount Ceahlau Feast is held at Durau, Romania, at the foot of Mount Ceahlau. The mountain was considered sacred to the Dacians, the ancestors of the present Romanians, and was the scene of their annual celebrations. In those days, people climbed to the summit to greet the sun with religious ceremonies and feasts. Today there are demonstrations of such sports as wrestling and foot racing, and exhibits and sales of folk art. More...
In the News

Fields Medal Goes to Woman for First Time

Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal, regarded as the Nobel Prize of math. The prize was established in 1936 and is awarded every four years to between two and four researchers no older than 40. The age cutoff is meant to ensure that recipients are not yet at the end of their careers, because one purpose of the award is to encourage further achievements in the field. Mirzakhani, a professor at California's Stanford University, was selected by the International Mathematical Union for her work on complex geometry. More...
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