Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

execrate

Definition:(verb) Find repugnant.
Synonyms:abhor, abominate, loathe
Usage: I was raised to execrate all those whose skin color differs from mine, but I have learned to look beyond the external and get to know people for who they truly are.
Article of the Day

Hanno the Navigator

Hanno was a Carthaginian explorer who, in the 5th century BCE, led about 60 ships to explore and colonize the northwestern coast of Africa. Attempts to identify the places mentioned in early accounts of the voyage have failed, possibly because the Carthaginians altered details to discourage competitors. Still, it is believed that Hanno traveled at least as far as Senegal, and possibly as far as Cameroon or Gabon. At the end of the journey, Hanno reported finding an island populated with what? More...
This Day in History

Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922)

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick unsuccessfully fought the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote—and to vote against him in retaliation when he ran for US Senate. Before the election, he tried to appease female voters by naming Felton, an 87-year-old suffragist and white supremacist, to be Georgia's interim senator for the shortest term in history—one day. Felton thus became the first woman, one of the last former slave-owners, and the oldest freshman to serve. Did Hardwick's ploy work? More...
Today's Birthday

Mollie Steimer (1897)

After immigrating to New York City from Russia as a teen, Steimer worked in the garment industry, where she became involved in workers' rights and anarchism. After joining a Jewish anarchist collective, she began publishing leaflets that opposed US involvement in World War I. Arrested for distributing them, she was convicted under the Espionage Act and deported to Russia. She was soon forced to leave Russia, and later fled both Germany and France. Where did she spend the rest of her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

in (the) bud

In an undeveloped, immature, or incipient state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2017)

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the eighth century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More...
In the News

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High in 2011

Despite environmentalists' best efforts, greenhouse gas concentrations in Earth's atmosphere reached record levels in 2011. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), carbon dioxide levels rose to 391 parts per million in 2011, while methane hit 1,813 parts per billion and nitrous oxide crept up to 324 parts per billion. These gases are thought to be the primary drivers of global warming, and their effects will likely be felt for centuries to come. More...
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