Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

cuspidor

Definition:(noun) A receptacle for spit (usually in a public place).
Synonyms:spittoon
Usage: Louisa was revolted when their mysterious guest coughed, spitting mucus into his already brimming cuspidor.
Article of the Day

Energy Vampires

In New Age terminology, an energy vampire is a being said to have the ability to feed off the "life force" of other creatures. Such entities include the tiger-women of Asia and the incubi and succubi of Judeo-Christian mythology. Though not as popular as their blood-sucking counterparts, energy vampires have nonetheless made appearances in a number of works of popular fiction. Who popularized the term "psychic vampire" in the 1960s? 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
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

We Finally Know Who Forged Piltdown Man, One of Science's Most Notorious Hoaxes

When Piltdown Man was unveiled before a meeting of London geologists in 1912, he was heralded as paleoanthropology's "missing link," the long-sought transitional form between modern humans and our great ape ancestor. He had a smallish skull, a chimp-like ... More...
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