Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

spellbound

Definition:(adjective) Having your attention fixated as though by a spell.
Synonyms:fascinated, hypnotized, mesmerized, transfixed
Usage: Nobody thought about her appearance when the power and magic of her voice caught and held her listeners spellbound.
Article of the Day

The Rock of Gibraltar

Home to the British colony of Gibraltar, the Rock of Gibraltar is a limestone promontory at the tip of Spain that guards the northeastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It contains many caves and defense works and is home to a colony of macaques—the only wild primates in Europe. Known also by its Latin name, Calpe, the Rock of Gibraltar is considered one of the Pillars of Hercules described in ancient mythology. What is the other "pillar"? More...
This Day in History

WWII: First Armed Insurgency in Warsaw Ghetto (1943)

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the Jewish armed resistance that took place in the Warsaw Ghetto of Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. By July 1942, the Nazis had forced 500,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto. Starvation killed thousands each month and thousands more were transferred to "labor" camps every day. When word reached the ghetto that the destination was actually the gas chambers at Treblinka, the newly formed Jewish insurgency attacked the Nazis. How long did the insurgency last? More...
Today's Birthday

Archibald Alexander Leach, AKA Cary Grant (1904)

Grant performed with an acrobatic comedy troupe in England before he found parts in stage musicals. After he made his film debut in 1932, his debonair charm, good looks, and distinctive voice made him a popular star in sophisticated comedies such as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and The Philadelphia Story. He also starred in many Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, including North by Northwest. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1970. What was his last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

holy crickets

An exclamation of surprise, shock, or astonishment. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Sebastian's Day Festival (Zinacantán) (2017)

In Zinacantán, Chiapas State, Mexico, there is a celebration for several days in honor of St. Sebastian that marks the transfer of authority from the Big Alcalde (or chief magistrate) to his successor. There is an elaborate ritual during which he hands over an image of San Sebastian and other symbols of his authority. The festival also features a jousting pantomime, dancing to the rhythm of a special drum, two feasts, and a mock healing ceremony. The connection between the Día de San Sebastián festivities and the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, however, remains obscure. More...
In the News

Researchers to Resurrect Extinct Mammoth

An international team of researchers plans to use cloning technology to resurrect the long-extinct woolly mammoth within the next five to six years. They expect to use DNA gathered from a mammoth carcass preserved in a Russian research laboratory. Nuclei from the mammoth cells will then be inserted into elephant egg cells that have had their nuclei removed, creating mammoth embryos that may be implanted into an elephant's uterus and grown into baby mammoths. More...
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