Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

functionary

Definition:(noun) A worker who holds or is invested with an office.
Synonyms:official
Usage: The functionary next in consequence to the agent was the blacksmith, a most important, and, indeed, indispensable personage in a frontier community.
Article of the Day

Grimoires

A grimoire is an instruction manual for performing magic. Such books have been written by members of various cultures throughout history, and copies of prominent, ancient grimoires are still in circulation. Frequently, grimoires are attributed to earlier or more notable authors than likely wrote them. Famous grimoires include the Key of Solomon, the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, and the fictional Necronomicon, which was created as a plot device by what horror author? More...
This Day in History

John Quincy Adams Elected US President by Congress (1825)

Without a strong party system in place, the 1824 US presidential election was based on regional, rather than party, support. Consequently, of the five candidates who ran for office, none received enough electoral votes to take office, sending the decision to the House of Representatives under the terms of the twelfth amendment. Although Andrew Jackson had earned a plurality of the popular vote, Adams was elected because, according to the Jacksonians, he had struck a "corrupt bargain" with whom? More...
Today's Birthday

James Whitaker Wright (1846)

The son of a poor minister, Wright went on to become an extremely wealthy mining company owner. He lived a lavish lifestyle and mingled with the social elite, giving off the appearance of a legitimate and successful businessman. Yet, when his companies collapsed in 1900, it was revealed that he had earned his fortune by defrauding investors. Convicted in 1904 of fraud, he chose to end his own life rather than serve out his prison sentence. How did he kill himself while still in the courthouse? More...
Quotation of the Day
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

hustle (one's) bustle

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up; to get moving quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Thaipusam (2017)

Thaipusam is a dramatic Hindu festival celebrated in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and elsewhere. The day marks the victory of the god Subramaniam (Lord Murugar) over the demons, and it is a time of penance, usually involving self-mortification. In Malaysia, a statue of Subramaniam is taken from the Sri Mariamman temple and placed in a silver chariot. Then begins a grand procession to his tomb in the Batu Caves, where the statue is carried up 272 steps and placed beside the permanent statue kept there. The next day about 200,000 people begin to pay homage. More...
In the News

Moles Make Up for Lack of Vision with Stereoscopic Sniffing

Given that the mole is nearly blind and lives in dark underground burrows, its sense of smell is vital to its survival. But only now are researchers beginning to understand just how refined and specialized the creature's olfactory sense truly is. They have learned that moles have a "stereoscopic sense of smell" that allows them to locate food in their environments in much the same way that humans pinpoint the source of a sound using both of their ears. Amazingly, despite the closeness of one nostril to the other, moles are able to compare subtle differences in the odors that each detects and use this information to navigate to prey. More...
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