Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

endocarp

Definition:(noun) The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
Synonyms:pit, stone
Usage: I bit into the prune and nearly broke my tooth on the hard endocarp inside.
Article of the Day

The Marsi

The Marsi were an ancient people of Italy who lived in the hilly central region now known as Marsica. Although they aided Rome in its wars, they were denied the privileges of Roman citizenship. With other Roman allies, they organized a confederacy and began an uprising for independence in 90 BCE. Called the Social War, the conflict is also known as the Marsic War due to the prominence of the Marsian rebels. What became of the Marsi? More...
This Day in History

Principality of Liechtenstein Is Created (1719)

Occupying 62 square miles (160 sq km) between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein was formed when the Austrian family of the same name purchased the lordships of Schellenberg and Vaduz in the Holy Roman Empire. It became fully independent in 1866. Today, the tiny mountainous country has no airport, no military, and very little crime. It is best known for its financial industry but is also a leading producer of sausage casings and false teeth. What is Liechtenstein's population? More...
Today's Birthday

Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day (2021)

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More...
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