Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

dovecote

Definition:(noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.
Synonyms:columbary
Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord's dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird.
Article of the Day

The Huaorani

Known pejoratively as "Aucas," meaning "naked ones" or "savages," the Huaorani are an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Oriente in the Amazon basin. With a population of approximately 2,000, the Huaorani speak Huao Terero, a language unrelated to any other known living language. Several Huaorani communities have rejected all contact with outsiders and move often to progressively more isolated areas. During the mid-20th c, what led them to become one of the most violent cultures ever known? More...
This Day in History

Sara Jane Moore Attempts to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford (1975)

In September 1975, Ford was the target of two assassination attempts. Just 17 days after Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme unsuccessfully attempted to shoot Ford, Moore shot at him outside a San Francisco, California, hotel. The bullet just missed the president, and Moore was then subdued by a bystander, who likely saved Ford's life. Moore was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 2007. What has she since said about the assassination attempt? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Cleves (1515)

Anne was the fourth queen consort of King Henry VIII of England. She was the sister of a powerful German Protestant leader and was considered a desirable match for Henry by English councilors, most notably Thomas Cromwell, who sought to ally England with Protestants in Germany. The marriage was agreed upon in 1539, and although Henry tried to break the contract after actually seeing his bride, they married in 1540. The marriage was never consummated, however, and they divorced after how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have a crush on (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. More...
Today's Holiday

Bulgaria Independence Day (2016)

On September 22, 1908, Prince Ferdinand (1861-1948) of Bulgaria declared the country's independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which had ruled since the 14th century. In 1944, the former Soviet Union invaded Bulgaria and imposed its communist system for nearly 50 years. Like many other eastern European countries, Bulgaria became an independent republic with a new constitution in 1991. In 1998, the Bulgarian Parliament reinstituted September 22 as Bulgarian Independence Day. More...
In the News

Scientists Uncovered a Skeleton from the Ancient World's Most Famous (and Mysterious) Shipwreck

Brendan Foley was only three minutes into his first dive on his first day at the 2,100 year old Antikythera shipwreck when a colleague came swimming over to him. "You've gotta see this," they said. "We found bones. We found a skull!" Archaeologists have ... More...
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