Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

adenoidal

Definition:(adjective) Sounding as if the nose were pinched.
Synonyms:pinched, nasal
Usage: His voice has an adenoidal tone that I find quite irritating.
Article of the Day

The Atharvaveda

The oldest scriptures of Hinduism and the most ancient religious texts in an Indo-European language, the Veda consists of four types of literature. Most important are the four Samhitas, which are the basic Vedas. The fourth Samhita, the Atharvaveda, was written at a later period and included in the canon only after a long struggle. Influenced by popular religion, it included spells and incantations for the practice of magic. What some of the purposes of the spells? More...
This Day in History

Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania? (1913)

Witte was a German citizen and circus acrobat who claimed to have impersonated his way into being crowned King of Albania in 1913—by some accounts, on August 13. According to Witte, he enjoyed the royal harem and reigned for several days before being discovered as an impostor. Though he was likely lying, his story was picked up by several publications, including Time magazine. What novel may have given Witte the idea for his story, and what other novel was then based on Witte? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Stone (1818)

In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women's rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves "Lucy Stoners." She caused an uproar by wearing "bloomers." What were they, and why were they so named? More...
Quotation of the Day
He is wise who loveth well.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

knock Anthony

obsolete To knock one's knees together while walking or running (i.e., be "knock-kneed"). More...
Today's Holiday

Jour de Fête de Ste. Genevieve (2017)

Ste. Genevieve became the first permanent settlement in the state of Missouri when the French arrived in 1725. At one time it rivaled St. Louis in size and importance, and the town still prides itself on its authentic 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The annual Jour de Fête that has been held in mid-August each year since 1965 not only celebrates the area's French heritage but is a German and Spanish festival as well. Historic homes dating back to 1770 are opened to the public, people dress in colonial costumes, and arts and crafts are on display. More...
In the News

Experimental Hypersonic Glider Fails Test Flight

The US military project aimed at developing an aircraft that will enable the military to deliver a warhead anywhere on Earth within one hour has had its second failure in as many test flights. The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, an unmanned experimental aircraft designed to fly at speeds of 13,000 mph (20,900 km/h)—about 17 times the speed of sound—was launched aboard a rocket, successfully separated from it in the upper atmosphere, and began to glide back toward Earth along its planned trajectory. However, about nine minutes into its planned flight, the military lost contact with the craft and it presumably plunged into the Pacific Ocean. More...
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