Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 9, 2019)
Word of the Day

ennoble

Definition:(verb) Give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility.
Synonyms:gentle
Usage: It would be interesting to see how brave he was; besides, the King would have good reason to ennoble him if he overcame them.
Article of the Day

Bisha'a

Also known as "ordeal by fire," Bisha'a is a ritual practiced by some Bedouin tribes for the purpose of lie detection. In cases where no evidence of an alleged transgression exists, the accused is asked to lick a hot metal object, such as a spoon or ladle. His tongue is subsequently inspected by the official who presides over the ceremony. If his tongue is burnt, he is deemed to have been lying. What physiological response might make liars more susceptible to burns during this ritual? More...
This Day in History

Singapore Is Expelled from Malaysia (1965)

After more than a century of British rule, Singapore gained independence in 1959. Four years later, it joined with nearby territories to form Malaysia. However, racial and economic tensions arose, and two years later, the Malaysian parliament unanimously voted to expel Singapore. Despite being left unexpectedly autonomous with few defenses or natural resources, Singapore rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse. Still, it remains dependent on Malaysia for what one critical thing? More...
Today's Birthday

Izaak Walton (1593)

A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton's protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Drachenstich (Spearing the Dragon) (2020)

This annual event centers around the performance of an open-air play, Drachenstich, in Fürth, Germany, in the Bavarian Forest. The climax of the play is a battle between a knight on horseback and a huge (about 50 feet long and 10 feet tall), fire-spewing dragon. The knight, of course, wins—by thrusting his spear into the dragon's throat, thereby piercing a pig's bladder filled with ox blood. The celebrations also include various merrymaking events and a street procession. The play has been performed for about 500 years and is thought to be the oldest folk play in Germany. More...
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