Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

arcadian

Definition:(adjective) (Used with regard to idealized country life) Idyllically rustic.
Synonyms:bucolic, pastoral
Usage: Often she found herself dreaming of the arcadian days of her people, when they had not lived in cities nor been vexed with labor unions and employers' associations.
Article of the Day

Elam

Elam was an ancient country situated in what is today western Iran. The Elamite population was neither Sumerian nor Semitic, and their language—unrelated to any other—survives in a copious cuneiform literature. Elam seems to have maintained its independence through numerous invasions and counter-invasions, and a distinct Elamite culture flourished from the 13th century BCE. Though Elam was eventually absorbed in the rise of Persia, its culture persisted. What religion did the Elamites practice? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Moon Epimetheus Is Discovered (1966)

Epimetheus, a nonspherical body measuring about 89 mi (144 km) by 67 mi (108 km) by 61 mi (98 km), is one of Saturn's 48 confirmed natural satellites. It was discovered in 1966 and photographed in 1980 by the Voyager 1 probe. Epimetheus and another moon, Janus, are co-orbital, meaning that they share nearly the same orbit. About every fourth year, the lower, faster satellite overtakes the other and is boosted into the higher orbit. After what mythological figure is Epimetheus named? More...
Today's Birthday

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1886)

Cobb was one of the greatest offensive players and perhaps the fiercest competitor in baseball history. During his 24-year career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, he set records that would stand for decades, including 892 stolen bases—a feat partly attributed to the brutality with which he used his cleats. Cobb provoked controversy on and off the field but was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936. Which of his records remain unbroken? More...
Quotation of the Day
Patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

have a gas

To have a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and/or amusing time. More...
Today's Holiday

Niger Republic Day (2016)

On August 3, 1960, Niger gained full independence from France, after having been a colony since 1922. Niger had voted to become a republic on December 18, 1958. August 3 is a national holiday celebrating Independence Day, while December 18 is Republic Day. More...
In the News

A Century Later, Piltdown Hoax Case Reopened

It has been 100 years since the announcement of the Piltdown man's discovery, and scientists at London's Natural History Museum have chosen to mark the occasion by reopening the investigation into who perpetrated the hoax that convinced many in the scientific community that the missing evolutionary link between man and ape had been found. It took 40 years to definitively determine that the skull was not that of a primitive hominid species but rather a fake constructed from a human cranium and the jawbone of an ape. Experts hope that modern forensic and scientific techniques will finally allow them to identify the party or parties responsible for the fraud. More...
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