Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 8, 2012)
Word of the Day

horologist

Definition:(noun) Someone who makes or repairs watches.
Synonyms:watchmaker
Usage: My neighbor, Paula, is an amateur horologist, so she may be able to figure out why your watch has stopped.
Article of the Day

Shark Fin Soup

The ingredient that gives shark fin soup its name actually lends little flavor to the dish. Instead, it is added to improve the soup’s texture—and the perceived status of the consumer. Considered a delicacy in Asia, where it is often served at weddings as a symbol of prosperity, the soup has led to an increased demand for fins, and shark populations have been decimated as a result. After their fins are removed, the still-living sharks are often returned to the water, where what happens to them? More...
This Day in History

American Pledge of Allegiance First Published (1892)

The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty to the United States. It first appeared in the September 8, 1892, issue of The Youth's Companion, and its authorship has been ascribed to magazine staff member Francis Bellamy. Officially recognized by the government in 1942, the pledge became compulsory in some public schools, but the following year the Supreme Court ruled that recitation could not be required of any individual. What two words were inserted into the pledge in 1954? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansgar (801 CE)

The patron saint of Scandinavia, Ansgar was a missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He was sent by Louis I to help King Harald Christianize Denmark and King Bjorn Christianize Sweden. He initiated a mission to all Scandinavians and Slavs and was appointed archbishop of Hamburg in 832. When Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism by 845, Ansgar thwarted the pagan rebellion. He was recognized as a saint soon after his death. Ansgar is often called the Apostle of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The knight's bones are dust,
And his good sword rust;
His soul is with the saints, I trust.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

hangdog look

A self-pitying expression of abjection, defeat, shame, or guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Nativity of the Theotokos (2016)

The Greek word theotokos means "god-bearer," or "mother of God." The feast known as the Nativity of the Theotokos is observed in Orthodox Christian churches on September 8. Western Christian churches celebrate the feast on the same day, but call it the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast of Mary's nativity is believed to have originated in the East, probably in Syria or Palestine, some centuries ago. By the 11th century, the observation of this feast had spread throughout the Christian world. More...
In the News

Putin Leads Bird Migration

Russian President Vladimir Putin continued to cultivate his image as a nature-lover this week, flying in a motorized deltaplane to introduce several young Siberian cranes to the wild. The flight in the Yamal Peninsula was intended to prompt the birds, which were born in captivity, to follow the plane in preparation for their migration route. The effort is part of a larger project to protect the species, which is endangered. More...
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