Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

feeder

Definition:(noun) A branch that flows into the main stream.
Synonyms:confluent, tributary, affluent
Usage: This stream in which he stood was a feeder to the Coppermine River, which in turn flowed north and emptied into Coronation Gulf and the Arctic Ocean.
Article of the Day

Tarring and Feathering

Dating at least to the Crusades, tarring and feathering is a physical punishment that was used to enforce formal justice in feudal Europe and, later, vigilante justice in the American frontier. The practice involves stripping victims to the waist, covering them in hot tar and feathers, and often parading them around in public with the intent of causing enough harm and humiliation to drive them out of town. In 2007, a Belfast man was tarred and feathered for doing what? More...
This Day in History

Ötzi the Iceman Is Discovered by German Tourists (1991)

In 1991, two hikers discovered a well-preserved corpse trapped in ice near the border between Austria and Italy. It proved to be that of a man who lived about 5,300 years ago—making it the oldest natural mummy ever found. He was nicknamed Ötzi, for the Ötztal Alps where he was found. Also recovered were clothes, shoes, tools, weapons, fire-starting materials, and medicine. Scientists have since determined that Ötzi ate about eight hours before his death. What did he eat, and how did he die? More...
Today's Birthday

Lajos Kossuth (1802)

Now considered a national hero, Kossuth was a Hungarian revolutionary who favored dissolving the union between the Hungarian and Austrian crowns. The fiery orator was a principal figure of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. Appointed provisional governor, he soon became virtual dictator. In 1849, Russian armies intervened in favor of Austria, forcing him to resign. He fled to Turkey and later to Italy, where he watched as Hungary reconciled with the Austrian monarchy. What did he do while in exile? 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

be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") More...
Today's Holiday

St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day (2017)

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the West Indies in the Leeward Islands. In 1782, the British took permanent control over the islands; the islands, along with nearby Anguilla, were united in 1882. Anguilla seceded in 1980, and Saint Kitts and Nevis gained independence on September 19, 1983. Every year, the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrate Independence Day on September 19. Various celebrations take place across the islands on this day, including a cultural program of dance, live music, local food, and traditional displays. More...
In the News

It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

Electric eels sometimes leap out of the water to increase the power of their jolt — and one scientist has been trying to understand this behavior more fully by letting a small eel repeatedly shock his arm. Ken Catania, a Vanderbilt University neurobiologist who ... More...
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