Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

incendiary

Definition:(adjective) Arousing to action or rebellion.
Synonyms:inflammatory, incitive, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious
Usage: The incendiary remarks in the pamphlet spurred the villagers to revolt.
Article of the Day

The Shetland Pony

Although the Shetland is one of the smallest breeds of horse, measuring no more than 46 inches (117 cm) high, it is extremely hardy and needs little care, having adapted to the harsh climate and scarcity of food in Scotland's Shetland Islands. Shetland ponies were thus used as pack horses and worked in England's coal mines in the 19th century. These diminutive horses are also known for their gentle disposition and are a favorite mount for children. Shetland ponies can live to be how old? More...
This Day in History

Samuel Morse Successfully Tests the Electrical Telegraph (1838)

In 1832, Morse, an American painter-turned-inventor, began working on a system for transmitting messages as electrical pulses across a wire. Five years later, he was granted a patent for his electromagnetic telegraph, and he successfully tested the device a year after that. Public use of Morse's telegraph system, as well as the code he developed to represent letters and numbers as electrical pulses, began in 1844 and lasted over 100 years. What was the first message sent on the public system? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard II of England (1367)

Richard II was perhaps the most enigmatic of the English kings, reigning from 1377 to 1399. He inherited the throne as a boy, but his uncle John of Gaunt and other nobles dominated the government, limiting his power. Taking revenge, he banished John's son, Henry, and confiscated his vast Lancastrian estates. Not long after, while Richard was away on an expedition, Henry returned and seized power. Forced to abdicate, Richard was imprisoned and died in captivity. What likely caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is better not to live at all than to live disgraced.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

hit the gas

To move quickly; to accelerate or go faster. Used especially while riding in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Dezome-shiki (New Year's Parade of Firemen) (2017)

Each year on January 6, the Tokyo Fire Department hosts a parade of vehicles and a display of ladder stunts to remind citizens of the dangers of fire. The event dates from the Edo Period. In those days, ladders were indispensable tools, and the firefighters needed great agility and strength to scale them. The highlight of the present-day parade hearkens back to this tradition, as men dressed from the Edo Period perform acrobatic stunts on bamboo ladders. The event also features large-scale fire-fighting and emergency drills, and a parade of more than 100 fire engines and helicopters. More...
In the News

Ancient Palindrome Unearthed in Cyprus

An ancient amulet bearing a 59-letter palindrome has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus. The Greek inscription, made roughly 1,500 years ago, translates to "Iahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine." The reverse side of the amulet features depictions of mythological beings including Harpocrates, the Greek god of silence, and a figure thought to represent the Egyptian god Osiris. More...
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