Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

fetter

Definition:(verb) Restrain with fetters.
Synonyms:shackle
Usage: My foes fettered me hand and foot and imprisoned me in a dank dungeon.
Article of the Day

The World's Largest Flower

Native to the rain forests of Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines, Rafflesia arnoldii is a plant species that produces the largest individual flower on Earth. The rare parasitic plant has no roots, stems, or leaves and consists only of threadlike growths on the vine that hosts it. However, it produces huge, five-petaled flowers that can measure 3 ft (1 m) across and can weigh up to 24 lbs (11 kg). The flowers emit a distinctive scent that is akin to what fetid odor? More...
This Day in History

Karen Carpenter Dies of Anorexia-Related Heart Failure (1983)

Anorexia nervosa was a little-known disorder during Carpenter's life, but her death brought it lasting media attention. Performing alongside her brother Richard as half of the Carpenters duo, she had become a successful pop singer in the 1970s. Behind the scenes, however, her obsessive dieting and extreme weight fluctuations took a toll on her health, straining her heart. She succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 32. What is her husband said to have thrown into the casket at her funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (1917)

Yahya Khan was the president of Pakistan from 1969 to 1971. As president, he inherited a two-decade old constitutional problem of interethnic rivalry, complicated by economic grievances and the problem of transforming a virtual autocracy into a democracy. He declared martial law, but it failed to curb domestic unrest, and civil war between East and West Pakistan broke out. Pakistan's army was defeated, and Yahya Khan resigned after the establishment of what independent republic in 1971? More...
Quotation of the Day
Have you ever had a difference with a dear friend? How his letters, written in the period of love and confidence, sicken and rebuke you! What a dreary mourning it is to dwell upon those vehement protests of dead affection!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

St. Agatha Festival (2021)

Sant' Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania's various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks that are carved with episodes from the saint's martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More...
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