Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

reticent

Definition:(adjective) Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself.
Synonyms:untalkative
Usage: She was so reticent about her personal life that even her roommates did not know she had a boyfriend.
Article of the Day

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is prepared in a special pot called a cezve and is made from finely ground coffee, cold water, and sometimes sugar. In Turkey, sugar content is determined based on a ranking system that includes 4 levels of sweetness. The coffee is served in small fincan similar to Italian espresso cups, and its sludgy grounds settle in a thick layer at the bottom. Often, a finished cup is turned upside down on a saucer and the patterns left by the grounds are examined for what? More...
This Day in History

The Paddington Tram Depot Fire (1962)

In 1962, the Paddington Tram Depot in Brisbane, Australia, and 65 of its trams were destroyed in one of the largest fires in the city's history. The strain that the destruction put on local transportation resources is generally considered to have brought about the beginning of the end for Brisbane's tram system, which closed in 1969. After the fire, parts were salvaged from the destroyed trams and incorporated into new ones. What mythical creature adorns the trams bearing the salvaged parts? More...
Today's Birthday

Ed Sullivan (1901)

Famed American TV host Ed Sullivan started out as a journalist and gossip columnist but was hired by CBS to host the variety program that eventually became The Ed Sullivan Show because of his talent for discovering interesting performers. The program, featuring diverse entertainment, became a national institution for over 20 years, while Sullivan's terse introductions of guests and distinctive mannerisms made him a popular target for comedians. What acts were banned from Sullivan's show? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a handle on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Confucius's Birthday (2016)

This is a time to commemorate the birth of the teacher Confucius, perhaps the most influential man in China's history. In Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the birthplace of Confucius, there is a two-week-long Confucian Culture Festival. During the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, Red Guards defaced many of the buildings in Qufu. They have since been restored, and the festival held there attracts scholars from China and abroad. The festival opens with a ceremony accompanied by ancient music and dance and includes exhibitions and lectures on the life and teachings of Confucius. More...
In the News

Oldest Decapitated Skull in South America had Ritual Significance

An international team of scientists says they've discovered the oldest known beheaded skull in the Americas – arranged in a strange, possibly symbolic pose. The skull, described in the journal PLOS ONE, was found in a rock shelter at an archaeological ... More...
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