Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

habitant

Definition:(noun) A person who inhabits a particular place.
Synonyms:denizen, dweller
Usage: The cave's only habitant appeared filthy and unshaven, suggesting that he had been living there for some time.
Article of the Day

The Roman Limites

A limes—plural limites—was a fortified military road of the Roman Empire. Over time, the term came to be associated with continuous barriers punctuated by watchtowers and forts. In Germany and Raetia, one such limes stretched 345 miles (555 km) along the Roman border. Though not impenetrable, limites deterred raiding parties and allowed the Romans to control communications along frontiers. In some places, they were used to guard caravan routes. What two famous limites were built across Britain? More...
This Day in History

9-Month-Old Mary Stuart Is Crowned "Queen of Scots" (1543)

When King James V of Scotland died in 1542, his two sons had already died in infancy and his only surviving child—a daughter—was just a week old. The infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned nine months later in an elaborate coronation at Stirling Castle, where she would spend her early years. Laden with regal robes, the tiny sovereign cried throughout the entire ceremony. Soon thereafter, King Henry VIII of England attacked Scotland in an attempt to force what to happen to Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828)

Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Considered one of the world's greatest writers, he is perhaps most famous for his masterpieces, War and Peace, a vast prose epic of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, and Anna Karenina, about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love. Tolstoy was an anarchist and disapproved of all organizations based on the premise of force, including the government and the church. How many characters are there in War and Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
In many ways doth the full heart reveal
The presence of the love it would conceal.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

lay (oneself) out

To put in a great deal of effort; to inconvenience oneself or go through a lot of trouble. More...
Today's Holiday

Yellow Daisy Festival (2017)

The Yellow Daisy Festival is a tribute to a rare flower, the yellow daisy, that blooms on Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. They were discovered in 1846 by missionary Thomas Porter, who sent a specimen to noted botanist Asa Gray for identification. The only other place in the United States the yellow daisy has been identified is California, but there the plant is larger and woodier. The festival, held since 1969 at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, offers tours to view the daisy and much more: one of the South's largest arts and crafts shows, live music, and children's activities. More...
In the News

Pope Gets Electric Car

Pope Benedict XVI, who has focused on several environmental issues throughout his papacy, is now even greener thanks to an electric car presented by automaker Renault. During Benedict's tenure, the Vatican has installed photovoltaic cells on some buildings and has attempted to offset some of its carbon emissions. The pope will now be able to further reduce his carbon footprint by using the car within the grounds of the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. The vehicle is not considered a Popemobile, however, and is not customized with bulletproof windows or other security features. More...
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