Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

have-not

Definition:(noun) A person with few or no possessions.
Synonyms:poor person
Usage: The have-nots of the world often do not have access to the technology that many others take for granted.
Article of the Day

Orc

Poet and artist William Blake is known for the complex mythology he created in his Prophetic Books. Among the characters that take shape in these writings is Orc, a positive figure symbolizing rebellion, passion, freedom, and revolution. He stands opposed to Urizen, a figure of order and tradition. Through characters such as these Blake analyzes the American and French revolutions, which took place during his lifetime. Orc's life, which ends in rebirth, bears parallels to what religious figures? More...
This Day in History

Norman Conquest of England Begins (1066)

In 1066, King Edward the Confessor of England died childless. His cousin William of Normandy claimed that he had been promised the throne years earlier, yet Harold, duke of Wessex, was crowned instead. William then assembled a force of 5,000 knights and invaded. He was crowned less than three months later, following a swift and brutal conquest that had a profound and lasting effect on English life. When William landed at Pevensey on September 28, Harold's forces were busy elsewhere—doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Schmeling (1905)

Schmeling was a German boxer who, in his greatest upset, knocked out future world heavyweight champion Joe Louis—then an unbeaten 22-year-old contender—in 1936. When they met again in a hugely hyped 1938 match, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. The rivals later became fast friends. When Louis died in 1981, Schmeling helped pay for the funeral. Though lauded as an Aryan idol in Germany, Schmeling was neither political nor racist. How did he save two Jewish children from the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
We drink one another's health and spoil our own.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

let down (one's) guard

To become less guarded or vigilant; to stop being cautious about potential trouble or danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Czech Statehood Day (2017)

Czech Statehood Day marks the assassination of Duke Vaclav Wenceslas of Bohemia by his brother on September 28, c. 929-935. Wenceslas was canonized as a saint due to his martyr's death. Czech Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. Every year the Czech president awards St. Wenceslas medals to people who contributed to Czech statehood. This ceremony takes place at Prague Castle, where a memorial wreath is placed on the statue of St. Wenceslas. In addition, a pilgrimage takes place at Stara Boleslav, the site of his murder. More...
In the News

Buddhist Statue Taken by Nazis has Extraterrestrial Origins

The fascinating history of a priceless Buddhist statue could be the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster; it spans millennia and brings together Nazis, Buddhism, and meteorites. The statue, thought to feature the god Vaisravana, first received notice in the 1930s, when it was brought back to Germany by a Nazi-funded expedition sent to Tibet to find the origins of the Aryan race. In a surprising new turn of events, researchers have now identified the extraterrestrial origins of the 1,000-year-old artifact. It appears to have been carved from a piece of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed on Earth about 15,000 years ago. More...
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