Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

mottle

Definition:(verb) Mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained.
Synonyms:blotch, streak
Usage: Her first words had caused the red of humiliation to mottle his already ruby visage to a semblance of purple.
Article of the Day

Gastropod Shells

Known as a univalve shell, the shell of gastropods like snails, periwinkles, conches, whelks, limpets, and abalones is usually coiled or spiraled. This exoskeleton protects them from predators and defends land snails against the sun and drying out. Most gastropod species have shells that coil clockwise. Rarely, a member of one of these species produces a shell that coils in the opposite direction. Such shells are prized by collectors. What has the largest shell of any living gastropod? More...
This Day in History

Saint Wenceslas Murdered by His Brother (935 CE)

During his reign, the Good King Wenceslaus, as he was known, was noted for his piety and worked vigorously to strengthen Christianity in Bohemia. His religion and his friendly relations with King Henry I—with whom he had negotiated a peace when Henry invaded—caused discontent among the nobles, and Wenceslaus was assassinated by his brother Boleslav I, who succeeded him. By the 11th century, he was already recognized as the patron saint of Bohemia. What legends exist about the saintly king? More...
Today's Birthday

Confucius (551 BCE)

Positive evidence concerning the life of the Chinese sage Confucius is sparse, and modern scholars base their accounts largely on the Analects, a collection of sayings and conversations apparently recorded by his disciples. Distressed by the constant warfare between the Chinese states and by the venality and tyranny of the rulers, Confucius urged a system of morality and government that would promote peace and stability. According to tradition, he compiled or edited what corpus of books? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not better...to lead a good fashion than to follow a bad one?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Today's Holiday

Czech Statehood Day (St. Wenceslas Day) (2015)

Czech Statehood Day marks the assassination of Duke Vaclav Wenceslas of Bohemia by his brother on September 28, c. 929-935. Wenceslas was canonized as a saint due to his martyr's death. Czech Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. Every year, the Czech president awards St. Wenceslas medals to people who contributed to Czech statehood. This ceremony takes place at Prague Castle, where a memorial wreath is placed on the statue of St. Wenceslas. In addition, a pilgrimage takes place at Stara Boleslav, the site of his murder. More...
In the News

Dead Sea Scrolls Make First Online Appearance

Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were discovered in caves near the Dead Sea, several of the Dead Sea Scrolls have made their way online. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in partnership with Google, made high-resolution, searchable copies of five of the ancient texts available on its website. Doing so involved carefully photographing the fragile scrolls using ultraviolet-protected flash tubes that would light the scrolls for less than a millisecond to minimize damage. Whereas access to these manuscripts was once limited to a select group of scholars, they can now be examined by anyone with Internet access. More...
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