Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

malediction

Definition:(noun) The calling down of a curse.
Synonyms:imprecation
Usage: They muttered maledictions and curses, but we ignored them.
Article of the Day

The Wedding Dress

A wedding dress is the traditional article of clothing worn by a bride during the marriage ceremony. The color, style, and ceremonial importance of the gown vary in accordance with the religious and cultural traditions of the wedding participants. In Western countries, brides traditionally wear ornate white gowns symbolizing purity. China's brides generally wear red, a color of good luck. Why was it considered inauspicious that Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a white gown to her 16th century wedding? More...
This Day in History

Victoria Woodhull Is Nominated for President of the US (1872)

Woodhull was a prominent US women's rights advocate, suffragist, and owner of a weekly publication known for printing the first English translation of The Communist Manifesto. In May of 1872, she became the first female candidate for president when a group of suffragists formed a political party and nominated her, but because she was a woman many disputed the legality of her candidacy. What famous African-American was nominated to be her vice-president—possibly without his knowledge? More...
Today's Birthday

John Wilkes Booth (1838)

Born into a family of famous actors, Booth made his acting debut at the age of 17. Touring widely, he soon became a wealthy celebrity, earning acclaim for his Shakespearean roles. However, he harbored deep Confederate sympathies and viewed President Abraham Lincoln as a tyrant. In April of 1865, he assassinated Lincoln at Ford's Theater, where Lincoln had previously watched him perform. Twelve days later, Booth was shot and killed by a Union soldier. Who else had Booth conspired to have killed? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in hospital

Receiving medical or surgical treatment, care, or attention at a hospital. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Vesak (Buddha's Birthday) (2017)

This is the holiest of Buddhist holy days, celebrating the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, or attaining of Nirvana. In Theravada Buddhist countries, all three anniversaries are marked on the full moon of Vaisakha. Activities are centered on the Buddhist temples, where people gather to listen to sermons by monks. In the evening, there are candlelit processions around the temples. Homes are also decorated with paper lanterns and oil lamps. Because it's considered important to practice kindness to all living things, it's traditional in some countries to free caged birds on this day. More...
In the News

New DNA Research Sheds New Light on Ice Age Europe

Over the past two decades, the technology used to analyze the degraded DNA of ancient remains has dramatically advanced. As a result, researchers in a new study were able to map the genomes of 51 individuals who lived in Europe between 45,000 and ... More...
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