Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

purlieu

Definition:(noun) An outer adjacent area of any place.
Synonyms:environs
Usage: These skulking visitors would keep about the purlieus of the camp until daylight; when, on the first stir of life among the sleepers, they would scamper off until they reached some rising ground.
Article of the Day

Clothing in the Ancient World

Clothing in the ancient world served more than just a protective function; it reflected climatic necessity, class distinctions, and religious beliefs. Ornamentation was an important part of ancient clothing, and charms, trophies, and other valuables were worn to enhance attractiveness and signify one's social position. In ancient Egypt, for example, jewelry was used to symbolize power and religious standing. What was the purpose of wearing a cone of ox tallow and myrrh on top of the head? More...
This Day in History

Liliuokalani Becomes Hawaii's Last Monarch (1891)

Liliuokalani ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt, fostered largely by sugar planters—mostly American residents of Hawaii—that led to her dethronement early in 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Failing in an attempt to regain the throne in 1895, she formally renounced her royal claims. What well-known song was composed by Liliuokalani? More...
Today's Birthday

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688)

Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, theologian, and mystic. He studied almost every field of scientific investigation and wrote copiously, publishing Sweden's first scientific journal and anticipating many discoveries and inventions. However, his writing gradually shifted toward philosophy and metaphysics. In 1744, he claimed to have had a divine vision. He spent the rest of his career interpreting the Bible and relating what he had seen in his visions, and he called himself a servant of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be hounded (by someone or something)

To be pursued, chased, badgered, or pestered (by someone or something), especially persistently or relentlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Zora! Festival (2017)

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (also known as the Zora! Festival) is an eight-day, multi-disciplinary event held every year in late January in Eatonville, Florida. The Zora! Festival was launched in 1990 to showcase her life and work, as well as to celebrate her hometown and the cultural contributions of people of African descent. It features a three-day street festival of the arts, art exhibits, literary readings, and academic presentations, conferences, and lectures devoted to Hurston and African-American arts in general. More...
In the News

Underground Leaves Used to Trap Prey

Scientists have long wondered why flowering plants of the genus Philcoxia grow leaves underground, and now they finally have an answer. It turns out that the leaves act as traps for tiny roundworms, which the plants then digest. This adaptation is vital to the survival of these plants, as they are native to the nutrient-poor savannas of central Brazil. Only a few hundred plant species are known to be carnivorous, but this finding suggests that there may be many more that have developed less obvious trapping mechanisms. More...
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