Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 13, 2021)
Word of the Day

boondocks

Definition:(noun) A remote and undeveloped area.
Synonyms:backwoods, hinterland
Usage: I have fond memories of my childhood home, but I would never trade city life to go back to the boondocks.
Article of the Day

Hattusa

In 1700 BCE, the city of Hattusa was burned to the ground by invaders who then officially cursed the city to prevent it from being resettled. Soon after, the Hittites made Hattusa their capital. Today, the impressive remains of the ancient Turkish city include huge fortifications, gates, and temples—below which archaeologists have found even earlier levels. In recent years, Turkey used what tactic to pressure Germany into returning an ancient sphinx removed from Hattusa nearly a century ago? More...
This Day in History

Nashville Sit-Ins Begin (1960)

Just before it became first major Southern US city to begin integrating public spaces, Nashville was the scene of a months-long peaceful protest at the lunch counters of the city's department stores. Scores of African-American college students calmly occupied seats at the counters while employees refused to serve them. Some protesters were assaulted or jailed. That May, the counters were desegregated. The protesters' code of conduct became a model for other demonstrations. What did it say? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarojini Naidu (1879)

Known as "the Nightingale of India," Naidu was an Indian child prodigy who began writing poetry as a young girl. She went on to pursue politics and became the first Indian woman to serve as president of the Indian National Congress and the first female governor of Uttar Pradesh. She enjoyed a close relationship with Mohandas Gandhi, and her participation in passive disobedience campaigns landed her in jail on multiple occasions. What humorous nickname did she bestow upon Gandhi? More...
Quotation of the Day
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Parentalia (2021)

This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. More...
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