Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

walkaway

Definition:(noun) An easy victory.
Synonyms:blowout, romp, runaway, shoo-in, laugher
Usage: Stanley has a gift for science and has won first prize at his past four science fairs, so this year's fair is almost a guaranteed walkaway for him.
Article of the Day

Inari

Though its origin is unclear, worship of Inari, the Shint­­o god of rice and prosperity, dates to at least the 8th century BCE. Today, shrines to Inari are among the most numerous in Japan. Throughout history, Inari has been variously depicted as a woman with long hair carrying sheaves of rice or as a bearded old man riding a fox, which is sometimes identified as his messenger. As an offering to the fox statues at Inari's shrines, worshippers leave a dish known as Inari-zushi. What is it? More...
This Day in History

Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht Murdered While Under Arrest (1919)

During WWI, Luxemburg and Liebknecht formed a revolutionary, antiwar socialist group in Germany that became the Spartacus League. After the proclamation of the German republic in 1918, they opposed the moderate government formed by the Social Democrats and advocated its violent overthrow, to be replaced by a dictatorship of the proletariat. They transformed their league into the German Communist Party and led an uprising, which was crushed. Arrested, they were murdered by whom while in custody? More...
Today's Birthday

Mihai Eminescu (1850)

Eminescu is considered Romania's greatest poet. His first poems were published when he was just a teen, and a few years later he joined the literary circle Junimea and began contributing to its journal, Convorbiri literare. His lyrical, passionate, and revolutionary poems had a profound influence on Romanian letters. Eminescu suffered from periodic attacks of insanity and died shortly after one such attack. He is honored in a monument in the capital city of what Islamic country? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be left holding the bag

To have responsibility or guilt for something foisted upon oneself; to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Black Christ of Esquipulas (2017)

For many people in Central and South America, the pilgrimage to the Black Christ of Esquipulas begins well in advance of the January 15 festival. Quite a number make the journey to Esquipulas entirely on foot. Many don wide-brimmed straw hats, to which they attach gray Spanish moss and chiches (breasts), a yellow fruit that resembles a gourd; those making the journey from Quetzaltenango blacken their hands with the juice from a special fruit. Ceremonial sites resembling altars, built from rocks brought by pilgrims, are scattered through the hills surrounding Esquipulas. More...
In the News

Royal Baby to Be Prince or Princess

Fear not, Anglophiles! If William and Kate have a daughter, she will get to be called "Princess." A 1917 proclamation from King George V dictated that only the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales would receive the titles "His Royal Highness" and "Prince," but Queen Elizabeth has now overturned this with a "Letters Patent" declaring that all of the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales—meaning all of Prince William's offspring—will have the title of "Royal Highness" and either "Prince" or "Princess." More...
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