Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

char

Definition:(verb) Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color.
Synonyms:blacken, sear, scorch
Usage: The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece, and my mother had to hire a painter to cover up the discoloration.
Article of the Day

Jogo do Pau

Literally translated as "stick game," Jogo do Pau is a Portuguese martial art that is perhaps more accurately described as "stick fencing." First used for self-defense and the settlement of disputes, the art evolved into a sporting competition during the 19th century. Urban migration and greater access to firearms later led to the art's decline, but it was revived in the 1970s. Still, the origins of the art are not known. What are some of the theories about how and why it was developed? More...
This Day in History

Renowned Surgeon James Barry Dies, Revealing Lifelong Secret (1865)

During the 19th century, Barry was a top British military surgeon who worked to improve conditions during the Crimean War. Known for a fiery temper, Barry famously argued with Florence Nightingale and fought in at least one duel. After Barry's death, a maid claimed that in the course of preparing the corpse for burial she had learned that Barry was actually a woman, but the British Army sealed all records on Barry for 100 years. What was revealed when the records were accessed in the 1950s? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosalind Franklin (1920)

The double helix model of DNA formulated by James D. Watson and Francis Crick is considered one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever made. However, it would not have been possible without the work of Franklin, a British X-ray crystallographer. Without her knowledge, Maurice Wilkins, her close colleague at King's College, showed her research to Watson and Crick, who based their findings on her images. Why didn't Franklin share the 1962 Nobel Prize awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Furrinalia (2018)

Furrina (or Furina) was an ancient Roman deity whose reason for existence has been largely forgotten. She might have been associated with a spring or springs, and some experts regard her as a spirit of the darkness. Others say she was the goddess of robbers. All that is known for certain is that she possessed a grove (on the slopes of the Janiculum, a ridge near the Tiber River), a festival (the Furrinalia, on July 25), and her own flamen, or priest, named Furrinalis. Although Furrina belongs to the earliest of Roman religions, the Furrinalia continued to be observed in later Roman times. More...
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