Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 2, 2021)
Word of the Day

exteriorize

Definition:(verb) Make external or objective, or give reality to.
Synonyms:objectify, externalize
Usage: We exteriorize our feelings of grief by erecting monuments to the deceased.
Article of the Day

The London Monster

A century before Jack the Ripper came on the scene, a mysterious assailant was already terrorizing the women of London. Between 1788 and 1790, dozens of reports surfaced of women being stabbed with a spike hidden in a man’s floral arrangement or slashed across the buttocks by knives attached to a man’s knees. After a reward was offered for the capture of "the Monster," vigilantes began assaulting suspicious men. In 1790, a suspect in the attacks was convicted of what unusual charge? More...
This Day in History

New Amsterdam Incorporated as a City (1653)

In 1625, the Dutch West India Company decided to build a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island, in close proximity to the fur-rich forests bordering the Hudson River. Named Fort Amsterdam, it became the capital of New Netherland and was incorporated as the city of New Amsterdam a few decades later. In 1664, it was captured by the British and renamed New York. The Dutch retook the city in 1673, and before the British claimed it yet again, it was briefly known by what third name? More...
Today's Birthday

Ayn Rand (1905)

1926, Rand fled post-revolution Russia for the US, which she considered the "country of the individual." She worked for many years as a screenwriter before winning a cult following with two influential novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Her works present her belief in rational self-interest, a philosophy she called "objectivism," and made her an icon of radical libertarianism. What unusual floral arrangement was placed near the casket at Rand's funeral? More...
Quotation of the Day
History, n.: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Yemanjá Festival (2021)

Yemanjá is a major festival of the Candomblé religion in the Rio Vermelho district of Salvador, Bahia state, Brazil. Maes-de-santo and filhas-de-santo (men and women mediums, or followers of the saints) sing and dance from daybreak on, summoning Yemanjá, or Iemanjá (the goddess of the ocean), to the festival. Offerings are placed in boats and carried down to the sea, where they are set afloat. Thousands of people flock to the coast for the festivities. More...
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