Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 14, 2011)
Word of the Day

enchantress

Definition:(noun) A woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive.
Synonyms:femme fatale, temptress, Delilah, siren
Usage: Though his wife stood lovingly by his side all evening, he had eyes only for the enchantress in the emerald dress whose every look, movement, and breath seemed to beckon him.
Article of the Day

Tonsure

Tonsure is the practice in some Christian churches and other religious orders of cutting some of the hair from the scalps of clerics. In the West, the tonsure consisted of a circular patch on the crown of the head that was kept bald. Different religious orders had different tonsures: some kept the entire head shaved above the ears; others retained a broad band of hair around the head. The Catholic Church abolished the practice in 1972. What modern religious organizations still practice tonsure? More...
This Day in History

First Group of Explorers Reaches South Pole (1911)

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had been planning for a trip to the North Pole until he heard that someone had beaten him to it. Instead, he and his team set sail for Antarctica. There, they spent nearly a year preparing for the final two-month trek that made them the first people to reach the South Pole. With good equipment and plenty of sled dogs, the team was extremely well prepared compared to other polar expeditions of the day, some of which ended badly. How was their clothing better? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Chase Smith (1897)

Smith served as her husband's secretary following his election as a US representative. After he died in 1940, she was elected to finish his unexpired term, becoming Maine's first congresswoman. Noted for her integrity and independence, she joined the Senate in 1948 and continued to be reelected until 1972. In 1950, she gave her famed "Declaration of Conscience" speech opposing the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The speech earned her what derisive nickname from McCarthy's staff? More...
Quotation of the Day
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

leave home

To cease living with one's parents; to strike out on one's own. More...
Today's Holiday

Third Night of Hanukkah (2017)

Hanukkah commemorates the successful rebellion of the Jews against the Syrians in the Maccabean War of 162 BCE, but the military associations are played down. What is really being celebrated is the survival of Judaism. Jewish families today celebrate this holiday by lighting a special Hanukkah menorah, a candelabrum with holders for eight candles, one for each day of celebration, plus a ninth, the shammash, used to light the others. A special prayer is recited during the lighting, and while the candles burn it is a time for songs and games, including the four-sided toy called the dreidel. More...
In the News

Man Hurls Grenades, Shoots Shoppers in Belgian City

Armed with hand grenades, a revolver, and an assault rifle, a man once convicted for illegal weapons possession and drug offenses attacked crowds of Christmas shoppers in the Belgian city of Liège yesterday, killing at least three and injuring more than 100 others before taking his own life. The attack took place near a bus stop at Place Saint Lambert, a central shopping area that hosts an annual Christmas market and is the site of a main courthouse building. Two teenage boys and a 75-year-old woman were confirmed dead. A number of others are listed in critical condition, and the death toll is expected to rise. More...
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