Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

dovecote

Definition:(noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.
Synonyms:columbary
Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord's dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird.
Article of the Day

The Huaorani

Known pejoratively as "Aucas," meaning "naked ones" or "savages," the Huaorani are an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Oriente in the Amazon basin. With a population of approximately 2,000, the Huaorani speak Huao Terero, a language unrelated to any other known living language. Several Huaorani communities have rejected all contact with outsiders and move often to progressively more isolated areas. During the mid-20th c, what led them to become one of the most violent cultures ever known? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Hale Is Hanged for Spying (1776)

A young teacher at the start of the American Revolution, Hale joined the Continental Army and volunteered for the dangerous mission of spying on British forces. The inexperienced 21-year-old managed to penetrate the British lines but was captured and hanged without trial. His last words, reported as, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," became a symbol of the Revolutionary spirit. Yet, some question whether these were his exact words. What might he have actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

legal eagle

An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. More...
Today's Holiday

Mali Independence Day (2017)

Mali gained its independence from France on September 22, 1960. As a colony since the 1890s, it was known as French Sudan. In ancient and medieval times Mali had a prominent role in a series of illustrious empires that spanned western Africa. Also known as Republic Day, this is an important national holiday in Mali. More...
In the News

Scientists Uncovered a Skeleton from the Ancient World's Most Famous (and Mysterious) Shipwreck

Brendan Foley was only three minutes into his first dive on his first day at the 2,100 year old Antikythera shipwreck when a colleague came swimming over to him. "You've gotta see this," they said. "We found bones. We found a skull!" Archaeologists have ... More...
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