Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-reliance

Definition:(noun) Personal independence.
Synonyms:self-direction, self-sufficiency, autonomy
Usage: I should have thought you had learned self-reliance on Berande, instead of needing to lean upon the moral support of every whisky-guzzling worthless South Sea vagabond.
Article of the Day

Slime Molds

Possessing complex life cycles that can be divided into both animallike and plantlike phases, slime molds are any of about 500 species of primitive organisms that contain true nuclei. Consequently, they have gone from being regarded as fungi to being classified within the kingdom Protista. They typically thrive in dark, cool, moist places, like forest floors, and feed on living microorganisms, such as bacteria, yeasts, and decaying vegetation. Can slime molds move on their own? More...
This Day in History

Seven Japanese Military Leaders Executed for War Crimes (1948)

In the aftermath World War II, thousands of people in Europe and Asia were tried for war crimes. In Tokyo, US General Douglas MacArthur presided over the years-long trial of 28 high-ranking Japanese military and political leaders, all of whom were found guilty. Seven of them—including Hideki Tojo, the former prime minister of Japan—were sentenced to death. A month later, they were executed by hanging. At the execution, MacArthur defied the wishes of US President Harry S. Truman in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Richard Arkwright (1732)

Arkwright was a British textile industrialist whose inventions marked an integral step in the Industrial Revolution. His first spinning machine was patented in 1769, and with further innovations he was able to mechanize much of the fabric-production process. The huge cotton mills he founded helped bring about the factory system. Though Arkwright's patents were later disputed, his inventions nevertheless made him very wealthy. As a young man, Arkwright developed a dye for use in what product? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Larentalia (2020)

In ancient Rome, the lares were the beneficent spirits of household and family. Along with the penates (the gods of the storeroom) and the manes (spirits of the dead), they were worshipped privately within the home. Eventually they came to be identified with the spirits of the deceased. During the Larentalia, observed on December 23, offerings were made to the dead, especially at the shrine of Acca Larentia, the nurse of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. A sacrifice was offered on the spot where Acca Larentia was said to have disappeared. More...
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