Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 10, 2020)
Word of the Day

staunch

Definition:(adjective) Firm and dependable, especially in loyalty.
Synonyms:steadfast, unswerving
Usage: John is a staunch supporter of free speech, but it nonetheless pains him when hate groups abuse the privilege.
Article of the Day

Hijras

In South Asia, hijras are members of a transgender community of biological males who have assumed a female gender identity. Many live together in communities, and some are eunuchs. Activists have lobbied for recognition of the hijras under a third gender. Despite discrimination against them, hijras have historically fulfilled specific ceremonial roles in society, such as dancing at weddings. It is believed that if a hijra is not paid for such ritual services, what might happen? More...
This Day in History

Sesame Street Premieres (1969)

Today, Sesame Street is an American institution. However, at the time of its debut, the show was revolutionary. Developed by the Children's Television Workshop, Sesame Street was the first educational children's show to base its content on laboratory research. Much of that research went into determining what would capture the attention spans of young viewers, and Muppets—such as Elmo and Oscar the Grouch—were found to be particularly effective. Which US state once banned the show? More...
Today's Birthday

Vachel Lindsay (1879)

Lindsay was an American poet who, in an attempt to revive poetry as an oral art form of the common people, traveled the country reciting his poems in return for food and shelter. He first received wider recognition for 1913's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven," about the founder of the Salvation Army. His works are known for their strong, musical rhythms and vivid imagery. Despite his popularity, he was crushed by personal and financial worries and committed suicide by drinking what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The remedy is worse than the disease.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Martinsfest (2020)

Martin's Festival in Germany honors both St. Martin of Tours and Martin Luther (1483-1546), the German theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation. In Düsseldorf, a man dressed as St. Martin rides through the streets followed by hundreds of children. Many carry lanterns made from hollowed-out pumpkins. In Erfurt, where Martin Luther attended the university, there is a procession of children carrying lanterns. With their lanterns the children form the "Luther rose," or the escutcheon of Martin Luther. More...
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