Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 07, 2016)
Word of the Day

nosebag

Definition:(noun) A canvas bag that is used to feed an animal (such as a horse).
Synonyms:feedbag
Usage: The stableboy replaced the horse's nosebag, which had torn in two places.
Article of the Day

The Iroquois Confederacy

The Iroquois Confederacy is a North American confederacy of indigenous peoples founded by the prophet Deganawidah and his disciple Hiawatha around 1570. In the early 17th c, it inhabited New York State from the Hudson River north to the St Lawrence River and west to the Genesee River. Once their confederacy, complete with a constitution known as the Gayanashagowa, ceased infighting, the Iroquois rapidly became the one of the strongest forces in N America. What are wampum and how are they used? More...
This Day in History

Galileo Galilei Discovers Three of Jupiter's Four Largest Moons (1610)

Jupiter has more than 60 moons. The four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—were the first satellites of a planet other than Earth to be detected. They were discovered by Galileo in 1610, shortly after he invented the telescope, and are therefore known as the Galilean satellites. On January 7, 1610, Galileo observed near Jupiter what he described at the time as "three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness." How long did it take Galileo to discover the fourth? More...
Today's Birthday

Zora Neale Hurston (1891)

An anthropologist, folklorist, and author, Hurston spent much of her life collecting African-American folktales in the rural South and in other places, such as Haiti, Bermuda, and Honduras. She was a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and collaborated with her friend Langston Hughes on the play Mule Bone in 1931. Along with her folklore collections, she also wrote four novels, including the influential Their Eyes Were Watching God. Why did the book inspire controversy? More...
Quotation of the Day
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

hit the rocks

To encounter an especially difficult, troubled, or low point, as in a relationship or some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Russian Orthodox) (2017)

This celebration of the birth of Jesus is observed by the Russian Orthodox Church under the Julian calendar, which trails behind the Gregorian calendar by 13 days. In 1991, after the Soviet Union had been officially dissolved, Christmas was observed openly and as a state holiday in Russia for the first time in 70 years. In Moscow, banners were strung up and Nativity scenes were displayed in Red Square. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands jammed Red Square for performances by choirs and bellringers and gala fireworks. Midnight services were celebrated in churches. More...
In the News

What Should We Call the Periodic Table's Four Newest Elements?

What's in a name? When the four new elements just added to the periodic table get official names, don't expect Unobtanium or T.Lehreronium to emerge. Naming new chemical elements is a super-serious business. Biologists have the leeway to honor cartoon ... More...
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