Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

enlace

Definition:(verb) Spin, wind, or twist together.
Synonyms:intertwine
Usage: Thanks to her naval training, Megan was able to enlace the threads and form a complicated knot, securing the lumber safely to the roof of my truck.
Article of the Day

Cock Throwing

Widely practiced in England until the 19th century, cock throwing was a blood sport in which people took turns throwing heavy sticks at a rooster tied to a stake until it died. If a rooster became too injured to stand, it could be propped up on sticks for the remainder of the game. It was a popular pastime for people of all classes, particularly among the young, and was traditionally practiced on Shrove Tuesday—even after it was banned. What were some variations on the brutal game? More...
This Day in History

The Ku Klux Klan Is Formed (1865)

The Ku Klux Klan is the name of two distinct secret societies that played a part in American history. The first Klan was an organization that thrived in the South during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The second was a nationwide organization that flourished after World War I. Subsequent groups calling themselves the Ku Klux Klan sprang up in much of the South after World War II and in response to civil-rights activity during the 1960s. How did the Ku Klux Klan gets its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Isidor Feinstein Stone (1907)

Stone worked on several newspapers in his native Philadelphia and in New York before starting his own investigative newsletter, I. F. Stone's Weekly. It was believed to have an influence far greater than the size of its readership, which included some of the nation's most prominent politicians, academicians, and journalists. The sole author, Stone created a unique blend of wit and pointed political commentary. After his death, Stone was alleged to have been a secret agent for what nation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

heavy lifting

Any serious, difficult, or arduous work or activities. More...
Today's Holiday

"Silent Night, Holy Night" Celebration (2016)

"Silent Night, Holy Night" was written and composed by Franz Gruber and Father Josef Mohr. The carol was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1818, at St. Nickola Church in Oberndorf, Austria. This event is commemorated in Oberndorf, Hallein, Wagrain, Salzburg, and other towns in the state of Salzburg by holding a candlelight procession on December 24. Everyone sings the carol as they march to the church and again when they are inside. It is usually sung in various languages to honor the many nations where the birth of the Christ child is celebrated. More...
In the News

Elephant Dung Coffee—Um, Yum?

Would you pay $50 for a cup of coffee? How about if the beans used to brew it were harvested from a pile of elephant dung? The newest trend in extravagant coffee comes from the northern hills of Thailand, where a herd of 20 elephants spends its days eating, digesting, and then excreting the beans, which are then collected, washed, processed, and roasted to create one of the world's most expensive brews. This is not the first specialty coffee to rely on an animal's digestive process; pricey civet coffee is so named because its beans have passed through the intestines of a civet. More...
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