Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

firedrake

Definition:(noun) A fire-breathing dragon of Germanic mythology.
Synonyms:dragon
Usage: Unlike other firedrakes, the dragon in this story liked to recite poetry and was a connoisseur of fine wines.
Article of the Day

The Snowball Earth Hypothesis

Snowball Earth is a strongly disputed hypothesis developed to explain sedimentary glacial deposits at tropical latitudes from the Cryogenian period. The hypothesis proposes that, about 800 million years ago, the Earth was entirely covered with ice and that multicellular evolution accelerated when the climate began to warm up. Some dispute the feasibility of an entirely frozen ocean and prefer a “slushball” scenario to explain the ice's rapid movement. How could life survive in such a climate? 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
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

New US Dietary Guidelines Limit Sugar, Rethink Cholesterol

Just in time to help with your New Year's resolution to eat more healthily, the government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday. The 2015 guidelines recommend a "healthy eating pattern" with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and ... More...
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