Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 15, 2020)
Word of the Day

roister

Definition:(verb) Engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking.
Synonyms:carouse, riot
Usage: Grab your hats and your flasks, lads; we're going to roister till sunup.
Article of the Day

Demoparties

The demoscene is an international subculture of computer programmers who create non-interactive, real-time audio-visual computer presentations, or "demos," for fun. The scene formed in the 1980s, and today, people from the demoscene gather at demoparties. Such events can last days, allowing time for competitions and demo-making as well as social interaction. Some large, well-known demoparties take place annually and can attract thousands of people from around the world. Where do attendees sleep? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher and Garret FitzGerald Sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Though it did not bring an immediate end to the Troubles, the Anglo-Irish Agreement addressed some specific points of contention. It granted the Republic of Ireland a role in the government of Northern Ireland for the first time, while confirming that Northern Ireland would remain a part of the UK until a majority of its citizens decided otherwise. The agreement met with fierce opposition in Northern Ireland. One politician compared Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, to what biblical villain? More...
Today's Birthday

Jérôme Bonaparte (1784)

Jérôme Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon. The two men became estranged after Jérôme married an American in 1803 without Napoleon's consent. Napoleon personally had the marriage annulled and arranged Jérôme's wedding to Princess Catherine of Württemberg instead. Jérôme was made king of Westphalia, but his kingdom collapsed and became part of Prussia in 1815, after which he returned to France. Which one of his grandsons founded the precursor of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Sending the Winter Dress (2020)

This is the day on which the Chinese send winter clothes to their dead ancestors. They are not real items of clothing but paper replicas. People display the paper clothes in their homes before wrapping them up and addressing them. That done, families proceed to the graves of their departed ones and burn the packages. This is one of three annual occasions in remembrance of ancestors who have passed on; the other two are Chung Yeung and Qing Ming. More...
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