Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

mickle

Definition:(noun) A large number or amount or extent.
Synonyms:hatful, lot, mint, muckle, peck, slew, spate, tidy sum, wad, stack, raft, pile, plenty, mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight
Usage: It was only when he found a mickle of old letters in the basement that he learned his grandmother had been a prolific and talented writer.
Article of the Day

The Golem

While the term golem, a Hebrew word meaning “undeveloped lump,” is used today to refer to someone who is clumsy or slow, the golem of Jewish folklore is a very different creature—an automaton-like servant made of clay that is supernaturally endowed with life. The most famous golem legend involves 16th century rabbi Judah Löw, who created a massive clay servant to protect Prague's Jewish ghetto from violence and persecution. What events compelled Rabbi Löw to later destroy his golem? More...
This Day in History

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon (49 BCE)

When it appeared that the Roman Senate would replace him as governor of the province of Cisalpine Gaul, the increasingly powerful Julius Caesar set out for Rome with an army. By law, he was allowed to command troops only within his own province, so by crossing the Rubicon River into Italy proper, he committed an act of war. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has thus come to refer to passing the point of no return. According to legend, what famous remark did Caesar make about his risky decision? More...
Today's Birthday

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton (1834)

Denied admission to Cambridge University because of his Roman Catholicism, Acton studied instead in Munich. He went on to become a noted historian and member of English Parliament. Outspoken against arbitrary power, he was also an editor of a Catholic monthly but resigned due to papal criticism of his scientific approach to history. He coined the saying "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." Another of Acton's sayings is that a strong man with a dagger is followed by whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven; and every countenance, bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the ways of a supreme and ever-shining benevolence.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

lone it

To go somewhere or do something alone; to be by oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2018)

Vodoun is an ancient, African, pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

The Smallest Chameleons Give the Biggest Tongue Lashings, Say Scientists

Chameleons shoot their long, sticky tongues out at high speeds to snag an unsuspecting snack. Scientists have long known about the color-changing animals' tricky prey capture. But new research reveals that the tiniest chameleons actually have the most powerful ... More...
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