Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

hibernal

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to winter.
Synonyms:brumal, hiemal
Usage: Our teacher described the first activities of bears as they emerge from hibernal sleep.
Article of the Day

The Imperial Camel Corps

The Imperial Camel Corps was a brigade-sized military formation that fought for the Allies in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of World War I. After being evacuated to Egypt following the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign, Allied troops looking to suppress a tribal rebellion in the west formed four companies of camel-mounted infantry. The units were so successful that 14 more camel companies were eventually formed. What advantages did the camel companies have over horse-mounted cavalry units? More...
This Day in History

The Virginia Tech Massacre (2007)

The Virginia Tech massacre was the deadliest peacetime shooting episode in US history by a single gunman. Seung-Hui Cho, the perpetrator, had a long history of mental illness when he enrolled at Virginia Tech University and was, in 2005, declared mentally ill by a Virginia court and ordered to seek treatment. Sixteen months later, Cho, in two separate attacks hours apart, shot and killed 32 people at the university and then himself. What did he do in the time between the two shooting sprees? More...
Today's Birthday

Mercier "Merce" Philip Cunningham (1919)

Cunningham was an American modern dancer and choreographer. He studied with Martha Graham, presented his first work in 1942, and formed his own company in 1953. His innovative dances were set to the music of avant-garde composers, including his longtime partner, John Cage. He was known for collaborating with contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, who created sets and costumes for him. In 2003, his Split Sides featured music by what two experimental rock bands? More...
Quotation of the Day
All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

win (something) in a walk

To win (something) easily, handily, or without much or any effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter (Ukraine) (2017)

Decorating eggs is the Easter custom for which Ukrainians are known all over the world. The pysanky are presented as gifts to friends and relatives on Easter morning. One of the decorated eggs that has been hard-boiled is shelled, sliced up, and served at the beginning of the Easter dinner to symbolize the end of the Lenten fast. Due to the eggs' religious significance and the work that goes into decorating them, the shells are never dropped on the ground or discarded. If broken, they are usually thrown into fire or water. More...
In the News

No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home

Leave no man behind. That's an old idea in warfare — it's even part of the Soldier's Creed that Army recruits learn in basic training. And never leaving a fallen comrade is also the rule for some warriors who are ants, according to a report published ... More...
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