Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 19, 2021)
Word of the Day

induct

Definition:(verb) Place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position.
Synonyms:seat, invest
Usage: There was a ceremony to induct the president of the academy.
Article of the Day

Burial at Sea

Though some religions frown upon burials at sea, the practice has endured for millennia. In many cases, it is done to honor the wishes of the deceased—but not always. Sometimes it is performed out of necessity, as on ships in wartime. In preparation, the body may be sewn into weighted sailcloth or placed in a casket. If it is cremated, the ashes can be scattered or cast in concrete to act as an artificial reef. Per US environmental regulations, how far from land must full-body sea burials be? More...
This Day in History

British Parliament Expels John Wilkes for Libelous, Racy Writings (1764)

Despite his notoriously dissolute reputation, Wilkes became a champion of the freedom of the press as a journalist and politician. While a member of the British Parliament, he repeatedly published criticisms of King George III, riling the monarch. During the 1760s, he was variously arrested, prosecuted, shot in the stomach, and expelled from Parliament multiple times, ostensibly for his racy writings. When a constituent told Wilkes that he would rather vote for the devil, how did Wilkes respond? More...
Today's Birthday

Janis Joplin (1943)

Joplin began singing folk rock in Texas bars after running away from home at the age of 17. In 1966, she moved to San Francisco and became lead vocalist of the rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band catapulted Joplin to stardom. By the late 1960s, she was almost as well known for her unconventional lifestyle as for her gritty, memorable vocals. Before her death from a heroin overdose at 27, she released hit albums with two other bands beside Big Brother. What were they called? More...
Quotation of the Day
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Today's Holiday

Timqat (2021)

Because the Ethiopian Christmas, Ganna, falls on January 7, Epiphany (Timqat) is celebrated on January 19. It celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It begins at sunset on Epiphany Eve, when people dress in white and go to their local church. From there, they form a procession with the tabot, or holy ark, in which the ancient Israelites put the Tablets of the Law, or Torah. They accompany it to a lake, stream, or pond. It is placed in a tent, where it is guarded all night while the clergy and villagers sing, dance, and eat until the baptismal service the following morning. More...
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