Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

straddle

Definition:(verb) Range or extend over; occupy a certain area.
Synonyms:range
Usage: With his car straddling two lanes of traffic and with fifteen police cruisers in hot pursuit, the out-of-control driver sped down the highway.
Article of the Day

The Q Document

In the 19th century, New Testament scholars noted that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which display similarity in word choice and event placement, share material not found in their generally recognized common source, the Gospel of Mark. Accordingly, some theorized that, independently of one another, the authors used the Gospel of Mark along with a hypothetical second source, dubbed the Q document, when composing their manuscripts. What is the theoretical lost text said to contain? More...
This Day in History

IRA Bomb Kills British Statesman and Naval Commander Louis Mountbatten (1979)

A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten's boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Stewart Rolls (1877)

A member of the British aristocracy, Rolls developed an interest in engines and cars while studying at Cambridge. He became the first person there to have a car—a Peugeot—and, in 1902, he went into the automobile sales business. Striking a deal with manufacturer Frederick Royce in 1906, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce automobile company, which quickly earned a reputation for its engineering. In 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls became the first Briton to die in what unusual way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Breed is stronger than pasture.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Dai-Chochin Matsuri (Lantern Festival) (2020)

Chochin are cylindrical lanterns made out of paper stretched over a split bamboo frame. One of the best-known Chochin festivals is held on August 26-27 in Isshiki, Aichi Prefecture. The primary attractions are 12 huge chochin, each about 30 feet high and 18 feet across, that are hoisted by means of pulleys up three huge pillars at the Suwa Shrine. As night nears, priests begin to illuminate the lanterns—a process that may take several hours. At the end of the festival the lanterns are lowered after religious dances and songs have been offered. More...
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