Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 9, 2016)
Word of the Day

animus

Definition:(noun) A feeling of ill will arousing active hostility.
Synonyms:bad blood, animosity
Usage: Dorothea had observed the animus with which Will's part in the painful story had been recalled more than once.
Article of the Day

Galen Clark

In 1853, after being told by doctors that he had just six months to live, Galen Clark moved to Yosemite National Park. There, he defied medical expectations and lived for another 57 years. During this time, he discovered the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees and dedicated himself to exploring the park and teaching others about the massive trees. His passion for the area earned him his reputation as guardian of the park and led to the passing of the Yosemite Grant, which ensures what? More...
This Day in History

Bosnian War: 427-Year-Old Stari Most Destroyed (1993)

Arching high above the Neretva River, the Stari Most—or "Old Bridge"—was a 16th-century bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the greatest architectural works of its time. Despite being of little strategic value, it was shelled during wartime by Croat forces. After the war, it was carefully rebuilt as close to its original dimensions as possible. Divers were even brought in to recover materials that had fallen into the river. What dangerous competition is held on the bridge each summer? More...
Today's Birthday

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818)

Considered one of the foremost Russian novelists and dramatists, Turgenev became known for his realistic, affectionate portrayals of Russian peasantry as well as for his penetrating studies of the intelligentsia. His works, which include the controversial masterpiece Fathers and Sons, are thought to have influenced the end of serfdom in Russia. His rocky friendship with Leo Tolstoy included a 17-year period during which the men did not speak to each other after Tolstoy did what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fiddle, n.: An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve

To openly display or make known one's emotions or sentiments. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran (2017)

This Roman Catholic observance commemorates Pope Sylvester's consecration of the Basilica of the Most Holy Savior, commonly known as St. John Lateran, in Rome on November 9, 324. Churches as they are known today—that is, buildings set apart as places of worship—did not exist for the first two centuries of the Christian era; believers gathered in each other's homes. Thus, the pope's public dedication of this church at the beginning of the fourth century was a first in Christianity and merited a special celebration. More...
In the News

To Find Life on Mars, NASA Starts Looking in Hawaii

The search for Martian life will soon take NASA to an unexpected swath of rocky landscape – Mauna Ulu, Hawaii. The agency’s Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) mission, which is designed to test technologies for future crewed missions ... More...
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