Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

odium

Definition:(noun) Strong dislike, contempt, or aversion.
Synonyms:abhorrence, detestation, execration, loathing, abomination
Usage: He rather deserved the odium which he had incurred.
Article of the Day

Survivalism

In the 1970s, widespread fear of imminent natural and artificial disasters and societal collapse led to the development of survivalism, a subculture based on the anticipation of catastrophic events and the preparations involved in surviving disaster. The movement is still popular today. Survivalists stockpile food and water, build shelters, and learn skills that they believe will help them live through apocalyptic chaos. In survivalist terminology, what is a "BOB"? More...
This Day in History

Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed (1927)

The 1920 armed robbery and murder trial of the young Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was one of the most controversial in US history. Though some believed the verdict was just, others argued that the two men were innocent and were only found guilty because they were immigrants and political radicals. Their defenders waged a fierce legal and public relations battle to save the men's lives, but they were executed in 1927. What declaration about the verdict was made in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Kelly (1912)

Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh? More...
Quotation of the Day
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vulcanalia (2016)

Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of volcanic or destructive fire. The Vulcanalia, or festival in honor of Vulcan, was held on August 23, right at the time of year when forest fires might be expected and when the stored grain was in danger of burning. For this reason, Vulcan's cult was very prominent at Ostia, where Rome's grain was stored. At the Vulcanalia, which was observed in Egypt, in Athens, and in Rome, the priest or flamen Volcanis performed a sacrifice, and the heads of families burned small fish they had caught in the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Surprising Find at the Smithsonian: An Ancient Dolphin Skull

Sometimes, the most fascinating scientific discoveries happen not out in the field, but in dusty archives and museum boxes. Smithsonian paleontologists have identified a cetacean skull, which had been left to the museum more than half a century ago, as ... More...
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