Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

dobbin

Definition:(noun) A quiet plodding workhorse.
Synonyms:farm horse
Usage: The dobbin had been a loyal and faithful worker, and the farmer was sad to see the quiet horse's health decline.
Article of the Day

The Vision Serpent

In Maya mythology, the serpent symbolizes rebirth and renewal. Of the serpents, the Vision Serpent is most important, representing a direct link between the spirit realm of the gods and the physical world. It is, therefore, depicted frequently in Maya jewelry, pottery, and architecture. During Maya bloodletting ceremonies, participants experienced visions in which they communicated with ancestors or gods in the form of the Vision Serpent. How is the vision quest performed in modern times? More...
This Day in History

Lebanon Hostage Crisis: Last US Captive Released after 7 Years (1991)

After reporting from Vietnam as a war correspondent, American journalist Terry A. Anderson became chief correspondent for the Associated Press in Lebanon. In March 1985, he was abducted from a Beirut street by Shiite Hezbollah militants retaliating against the US for supplying Israel with weapons. Held with other American hostages taken at around the same time, Anderson remained in captivity for nearly seven years and was the last to be released. What has he done since regaining his freedom? More...
Today's Birthday

Francisco Franco (1892)

A career army officer and skillful leader, Franco was appointed the Spanish army's chief of staff in 1935. The next year, he joined the military uprising that precipitated the Spanish Civil War and became the leader of the Nationalist forces bent on overthrowing the republican government. Over the next few years, a bloody war was waged. The Nationalists emerged victorious, and from 1939 until his death in 1975, Franco served as virtual dictator of Spain. Whose aid helped secure Franco's victory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Today's Holiday

River Kwai Bridge Week (2015)

River Kwai Bridge Week in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, commemorates World War II's infamous Death Railway and the River Kwai Bridge. Between 1942 and 1945, more than 16,000 Allied prisoners of war and 49,000 Asian laborers were forced by the Japanese to build a railway from Bangkok, Thailand, into Burma (now Myanmar); it is said that one person died for every railway tie on the track. During the week-long festival, the reconstructed bridge (it was bombed during the war) hosts sound-and-light presentations, and there are also historical exhibitions and rides on World War II-era trains. More...
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