Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 11, 2021)
Word of the Day

bamboozle

Definition:(verb) To take in by elaborate methods of deceit.
Synonyms:lead by the nose, play false, snow, hoodwink
Usage: I don't know how he did it, but Johnny managed to bamboozle me into swapping my pudding for his carrot sticks.
Article of the Day

Nehushtan

According to the Hebrew Scriptures, God sent poisonous serpents to bite the Israelites for speaking against him and Moses. When Moses prayed for help on the people’s behalf, God advised him make the Nehushtan—a bronze serpent set upon a pole—which would cure the snakebites of anyone who looked upon it. The Talmud asserts that it was not the act of looking up at the snake that cured victims but of looking up at God. Eventually, however, the Nehushtan became an object of worship. Who destroyed it? More...
This Day in History

First US Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty (1794)

Born in Scotland, Robert Forsyth moved to America as a teen and distinguished himself in the Continental Army. After the Revolutionary War, he was appointed by US President George Washington to be the first US Marshal in the state of Georgia. Forsyth was serving in this capacity when he knocked at the door of Beverly Allen to serve him some court papers. The reluctant recipient shot Forsyth through the door, making him the first US Marshal killed in the line of duty. What happened to Allen? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Stokes Paul (1885)

A militant leader of the US suffrage movement, Paul is best remembered as the author of the Equal Rights Amendment. Written in 1923, the proposed constitutional amendment has been the source of nearly a century of legislative wrangling. While fighting for women's rights, Paul—who earned doctorate degrees in both sociology and law—picketed the White House, was imprisoned, and was force-fed after she staged a hunger strike. Paul was recently selected to appear on a US coin—in place of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
It does make a difference what you call things.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Today's Holiday

Burning the Clavie (2021)

The Burning of the Clavie takes place in Burghead, a fishing village in the region of Moray, Scotland. Local residents make the clavie by sawing a tar barrel into a larger and smaller half, breaking the larger half into pieces and stuffing it inside the smaller half along with tinder and tar. At dusk, the Clavie King sets the clavie on fire and leads a procession through town to a high headland along the coast, where the flames ignite a huge bonfire. At the end of the festivities, townsfolk gather pieces of the clavie to light a New Year fire believed to keep witches and evil spirits away for a year. More...
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