Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

nightstick

Definition:(noun) A short stout club used primarily by policemen.
Synonyms:truncheon, billy, billy club, billystick, baton
Usage: The policeman ordered the loiterers to disperse, tapping his nightstick for effect.
Article of the Day

The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Perhaps the most famous lost mine in US history, the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is a legendary gold mine allegedly located in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. It is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz, who, in most versions of the story, was told of the mine's location as a reward for aiding a member of the Peralta mining family. Though many say the mine is a legend, some historians argue that the story has some basis in fact. Whose suspicious death sparked renewed interest in the mine? 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
The stains of her grief became her as raindrops do the beaten rose.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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

A Super-Cool Science Story about a Really Cold Thing

“Absolute zero” isn't just cold — it's still. It is the point at which the motion of the atoms that make up an object stops completely, when the object has no energy left to give. The rules of physics say it's impossible to cool an object to absolute ... More...
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