Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

discalced

Definition:(adjective) Barefoot or wearing sandals. Used of certain religious orders.
Synonyms:unshod
Usage: When a procession of discalced friars passed through the doors, I wondered if I should remove my shoes.
Article of the Day

Sea Routes of the Ancient World

Before the invention of modern navigational tools, sailors in the ancient world navigated sea routes using periploi, documents that list ports, coastal landmarks, and the approximate distances between them. The Greek Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, dated between the first and third century CE, details navigation and trading opportunities at Roman Egyptian ports on the Red Sea and along the coasts of E Africa and India. According to the document, where is the "Frankincense kingdom"? More...
This Day in History

"Wrong Way" Corrigan Flies from New York to Ireland (1938)

In 1938, American aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan made his infamous, unauthorized transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland. He claimed that during a planned flight to California, foggy conditions and a misread compass made him fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction without noticing. In the years leading up to his "navigational error," he had applied several times for permission to make the transoceanic trip, but was always rejected. How was he punished for his actions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Cagney (1899)

After cutting his teeth on stage as a vaudeville and Broadway song-and-dance man, Cagney established himself as the quintessential gangster in the 1931 film The Public Enemy. He continued to play thugs in films like Angels with Dirty Faces and White Heat and won an Oscar for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He had a passion for farming and died on his secluded farm in 1986. In 1981, he broke a 20-year retirement to appear in one of his last films. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

Jersey justice

A punishment or act of justice that is or appears to be much more severe than the offence warrants. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Birthday (Lesotho) (2017)

Veneration for royalty is still customary for the Basotho, the majority group living in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Accordingly, the birthday of monarch King Letsie III is a momentous occasion. Born in 1963, King Letsie is the son of King Moshoeshoe II, who became Lesotho's first monarch after the country gained full independence from Great Britain in 1966. Many citizens honor the king on his birthday by attending his parade, at which he appears in regal attire and is usually accompanied by his wife, Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso. More...
In the News

Are Ducks Capable of Abstract Thinking?

Humans might not be such standout thinkers after all. Ducklings just might be capable of abstract thought too. A new study suggests that ducklings can learn, and imprint on, the relationship between objects, beyond just the characteristics of the objects ... More...
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