Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

trounce

Definition:(verb) Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict.
Synonyms:beat, vanquish, crush, shell
Usage: Australia trounced France by sixty points to four.
Article of the Day

Nag Hammadi Library

Nag Hammadi is an Egyptian town where, in 1945, a large cache of gnostic texts in the Coptic language was discovered. The Nag Hammadi manuscripts, dating from the 4th century, consist of 53 works, including 12 codices of tractates, one loose tractate, and a copy of Plato's Republic. The codices include theological treatises, accounts of the life of Jesus, and predictions of the apocalypse. Why were some of the manuscripts intentionally burned after they were first discovered? More...
This Day in History

Second "Palmer Raid" Takes Place (1920)

During the "Red Scare" that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious "Palmer Raids." The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach's works destroyed or confiscated as "degenerate art"? More...
Quotation of the Day
A child miseducated is a child lost.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

high-handed

Haughtily presumptuous; arrogantly or inconsiderately overbearing. More...
Today's Holiday

Handsel Monday (2017)

A secular holiday, Handsel Monday was important among the rural people of Scotland. "Handsel" was something given as a token of good luck, particularly at the beginning of something; the modern house-warming gift would be a good example. Thus Handsel Monday was an occasion for gift giving at the start of the new year, and it remained a Scottish tradition from the 14th until the 19th century. Eventually it was replaced by Boxing Day, and the custom of giving farm laborers and public servants some extra money or a small gift on this day continues. More...
In the News

Stressed Elephants Raiding Crops

High levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in elephant dung collected from crop-raided fields suggest that the elephants were under high physiological stress in the 30 hours leading up to the crop raid. Experts say the findings could mean that African elephants, highly intelligent creatures, are able to anticipate the potential risks involved in raiding a farmer's crops and are more stressed as a result. During such raids, elephants are often chased and attacked by farmers trying to protect their livelihoods and their families. More...
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