Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

pretermit

Definition:(verb) Leave undone or leave out.
Synonyms:neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, miss, drop
Usage: Tom overslept and would need to pretermit his usual morning workout if he wanted to make it to work on time.
Article of the Day

Scrolls

A scroll is a roll of paper, parchment, or papyrus that can be unwound for writing upon or reading. A popular format for recording texts prior to the development of codices, scrolls fell out of common use by the Middle Ages. However, some Hebrew scribes still copy scrolls of the Torah by hand, adhering to extremely strict guidelines used since antiquity. If a copy differs from the original by a single letter, the entire scroll can be invalidated. How many letters are contained in a Torah scroll? More...
This Day in History

Led Zeppelin Officially Disbands (1980)

On September 25, 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham asphyxiated on his own vomit and died after a day of heavy drinking. Two months later, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin issued a press release stating that the band would not continue without Bonham. For decades, rumors of the band's imminent reunion persisted, but the surviving members made only sporadic appearances to perform together. In 2007, they reunited for a single concert as Led Zeppelin. Who played drums in Bonham's place? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillian Russell (1861)

One of the most popular stars of the musical stage in her day, Russell debuted in New York as a teenager and soon became a star. She was known for her flamboyant personal life, her hourglass figure, and her voice. Though she was married four times, her affair with "Diamond Jim" Brady has become legendary. She also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and was a popular lecturer. She died shortly after completing a fact-finding mission—on behalf of US President Warren Harding—to investigate what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have always a sacred veneration for any one I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher; because the richest minerals are ever found under the most ragged and withered surface of the earth.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

king of the jungle

The lion, especially in cultural or artistic depictions. (Usually a misnomer, as lions typically inhabit deserts or dry forests, as opposed to jungles.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Barbara's Day (2017)

In parts of France, Germany, and Syria, St. Barbara's Day is considered the beginning of the Christmas season. In southern France, especially in Provence, it is customary to set out dishes holding grains of wheat soaked in water on sunny window sills. If the "St. Barbara's grain" grows quickly, it means a good year for crops. There is a similar custom in Germany and the Czech and Slovak republics, where cherry branches are placed in water and tended in the hope that they will bloom on Christmas Eve. In Syria, St. Barbara's Day is for feasting and bringing food to the poor. More...
In the News

Mysterious World War II Message Stumps Code-Breakers

With winter and Christmas just around the bend, 'tis the season for chimney cleaning. For one Surrey man, this seemingly mundane chore took a fascinating turn when he discovered a dead carrier pigeon in a disused chimney in his home. The bird had apparently been stuck there since World War II, and attached to its leg was a canister containing a coded wartime message. Without access to the proper codebooks, decrypting the message is a near-impossible task, so this may be one World War II mystery that remains unsolved. More...
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