Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 13, 2018)
Word of the Day

off-key

Definition:(adjective) Inaccurate in pitch.
Synonyms:sour, false
Usage: Her wailing, off-key vocals made me cringe.
Article of the Day

Nymphs

Nymphs are the minor female deities of Greek mythology that act as guardians of nature. Represented as beautiful maidens, they are distinguished from one another by the aspect of nature—tree, body of water, mountain—or locality with which they are associated. Though generally described as young, beautiful, amorous, and gentle, some nymphs are associated with the wilder aspects of nature and some may be vengeful. Nymphs are also depicted as being in the retinue of which gods? More...
This Day in History

Young Readers Get Their First Taste of Paddington Bear (1958)

Michael Bond first introduced Paddington Bear to the world in his 1958 children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Paddington, a polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, is taken in by the Brown family after they find him in a London train station. A variety of books feature the well-meaning bear, whose adventures have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. An award-winning TV show helped the series retain its popularity well into the 1990s. What inspired Brown to create Paddington? More...
Today's Birthday

Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow (1821)

A German pathologist, anthropologist, and statesman, Virchow contributed to nearly every branch of medical science, was a member of the Prussian lower house and later the Reichstag, and was a leader of the liberal party opposed to Bismarck. He coined the terms "thrombosis" and "embolism" and supported emerging ideas on cell division and metabolism. His many contributions earned him the appellation "Father of Modern Pathology." What was the "Sausage Duel," and how was Virchow involved in it? More...
Quotation of the Day
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Today's Holiday

Eo e Emalani i Alaka i Festival (2018)

This annual outdoor celebration takes place on the second Saturday in October in Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i, Hawaii. It is a joyous commemoration of the journey of Queen Emma Naea Rooke in 1871 to the upper reaches of Kilohana Viewpoint. At the festival, a woman from the Halau and an entourage re-enacts Queen Emma's entrance to the mountain meadow, where they are greeted by hula dancers who offer ancient chants and special dances to the party. The day's activities also include demonstrations of local crafts, including lauhala (fan and matt) weaving and Ni'ihau shell lei-making. More...
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