Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

arc-boutant

Definition:(noun) A buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch.
Synonyms:flying buttress
Usage: The architect favors the arc-boutant in his designs because it is practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Article of the Day

Japanese Sake

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Although there are multiple theories about how it was developed, the first sakes were likely made from rice, millet, chestnuts, and acorns that people chewed and spit into a tub. The enzymes from the saliva converted the starches to sugars, resulting in a sweet mixture that was combined with freshly cooked grain and allowed to ferment. What does drinking sake from another's cup signify in Japanese culture? More...
This Day in History

Huygens Probe Lands on Titan (2005)

It took the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft more than six years to reach Saturn. During the trip, the Huygens probe remained dormant, preserving its battery life for a landing on Saturn's largest moon. The only moon in the solar system known to have clouds and a dense atmosphere, Titan resembles Earth in many ways. It was not known whether the probe would land on solid ground or in an ocean. After Huygens touched down, Titan's surface was described as being similar to what food? More...
Today's Birthday

Kimitake Hiraoka, AKA Yukio Mishima (1925)

Born into a samurai family, Mishima served briefly in the finance ministry before going on to become one of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century. His novels are known for their exquisite attention to detail and character and often involve paradoxes—such as when a troubled monk destroys the temple he loves in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Following a failed coup attempt in 1970, he tried to commit seppuku, ritual suicide by self-disembowelment. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration ... and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose—as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

on the long finger

In a state of postponement or procrastination. (Used especially in the phrase "put something on the long finger.") Primarily heard in Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Meitlisonntag (2018)

In the Seetal district of Aargau, Switzerland, the girls of Meisterschwanden and Farhwangen hold a procession on the second Sunday in January known as Meitlisonntag, or "Girls' Sunday." They dress in historical uniforms and stage a military parade before an all-female General Staff. The custom dates from the second Villgermen War of 1712, a conflict in which the women of Meisterschwanden and Fahrwangen played a vital role in achieving victory. The military procession is followed by a popular festival. More...
In the News

Was Our Moon Formed from a Bunch of Moonlets All Mashed Together?

A steady fixture in the night sky, the moon seems to have always been present. As such, it lies at the center of many spiritual beliefs, cultural symbols, and calendars. But it hasn't always been there. So how did the moon form? Scientists long thought that a giant ... More...
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