Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

disbelieve

Definition:(verb) Reject as false; refuse to accept.
Synonyms:discredit
Usage: He was inclined to disbelieve her story, but she had several documents to support her claims.
Article of the Day

Follies

In architecture, a folly is an eccentric, generally nonfunctional and often deliberately unfinished structure erected to enhance a romantic landscape. Follies were particularly popular in England in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They resemble medieval towers, ruined castles overgrown with vines, or crumbling classical temples complete with fallen, eroded columns. In the US, the term has been applied to ornate gazebos. How did the Irish Potato Famine lead to the building of several follies? More...
This Day in History

Mayan Long Count Calendar Begins (3114 BCE)

The Long Count is one of the various ancient Mayan calendars that maintained complicated, cyclical measurements of time. It was intended to provide an accurate record of historical events and counts the days elapsed from a fixed starting point—calculated as August 11, 3114 BCE, the date of creation according to the Maya. Some believe that the calendar predicts the world's end on December 21, 2012, but scholars have widely rejected this claim. What was the significance of that date to the Maya? More...
Today's Birthday

Alex Haley (1921)

A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976's Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watched programs in America, spurring interest in genealogy. Why then was the work excluded from a prominent anthology of literature? More...
Quotation of the Day
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

knick-knack

Any miscellaneous trinket or toy, especially one that is delicate or dainty. More...
Today's Holiday

Omak Stampede and Suicide Race (2017)

The Omak Stampede and Suicide Race includes three days of professional rodeo in Omak, Washington. What makes this different from other rodeos is the World Famous Suicide Race, a terrifying hoof-thundering gallop by 15-20 mounted horses down an almost vertical hill, across the Okanogan River, and then into the rodeo arena. The rodeos top off a week of activities that include Indian ceremonies and dances, a western art show, and a grand parade. Animal rights activists have protested the race because of the extreme danger to the horses. More...
In the News

Hacker Group Anonymous Planning Facebook Attack

Some members of the hacker group Anonymous are vowing to bring down Facebook as punishment for the social networking service's alleged misuse of personal information. The attack is set to be carried out on November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, the anniversary of the 1605 discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, in which Fawkes and others attempted to blow up the British House of Lords. Not all members of the hacker group support the move, and it remains to be seen whether Anonymous has the capacity to actually take down or even disrupt a site possessing the amount of server space that Facebook does. More...
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