Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

semiannual

Definition:(adjective) Occurring or payable twice each year.
Synonyms:biyearly
Usage: Our semiannual family vacation to France usually occurs in December and July.
Article of the Day

Yoruba Twins

While the birth rate of monozygotic—identical—twins is relatively constant worldwide, the rate for dizygotic—fraternal—twins varies widely. Fraternal twins are most common among persons of African ancestry, and the highest incidence of fraternal twins is among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, with a frequency of more than 40 per 1,000 births. This has made twins an important part of Yoruba culture, in which twins are said to share one soul. What traditions do the Yoruba follow regarding twins? More...
This Day in History

Panama Gains Independence from Spain (1821)

Situated on the thin isthmus that connects North and South America but divides the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama has long been a vital crossroad for trade and travel. Under Spanish control for more than 300 years, Panama finally broke with Spain to join a newly independent Colombia as the Spanish empire faltered. Today, in addition to celebrating that Independence Day, the country observes another. When did Panama separate from Colombia, gaining a second independence—and another holiday? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon (1661)

Not long after Hyde allegedly attended his wife's funeral dressed in women's clothes, the queen of England—whom Hyde had also reportedly dressed as during an official event—dismissed him from his post as governor of New York and New Jersey. The decision was purportedly prompted by mounting complaints from the colonists he governed, including myriad charges of corruption. He was later imprisoned for debt. What is known about the portrait that supposedly depicts him wearing a gown? More...
Quotation of the Day
Capital, n.: The seat of misgovernment.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

kick the tires

To inspect or test something or someone to ensure that he, she, or it meets the required or expected standard of quality. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha (2017)

The Ascension of Abdul'l-Baha is a holy day in the Baha'i religion that commemorates the death of Abbas Effendi in 1921 in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel). The eldest son of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith, he was named the leader of the Baha'i community in his father's will. In turn, Abdu'l-Baha appointed his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi (1896-1957) as his successor. Today the affairs of the worldwide Baha'i community are administered by the Universal House of Justice, a body that meets in Haifa and is elected every five years. More...
In the News

Prehistoric Whale Graveyard Uncovered in Chile

A prehistoric whale graveyard has been unearthed in one of the driest places on the planet, the Atacama Desert. So far, more than 75 whale skeletons have been discovered, all within an area about 260 yards (240 meters) long and 22 yards (20 meters) wide, and scientists suspect that hundreds more lie hidden there. The whales probably died between 2 and 7 million years ago, but experts have yet to determine whether they all died at the same time and why so many died in the same place. One theory is that the whales may have congregated in a lagoon and then become trapped there as a result of some natural disaster, dying once the lagoon dried up. More...
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