Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

cleave

Definition:(verb) Separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument.
Synonyms:rive, split
Usage: The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.
Article of the Day

Hannibal Lecter

Among the most memorable literary and film villains of all time, Lecter is a character in the series of psychological thriller novels by author Thomas Harris. Introduced in Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Lecter is best known from the film adaptation of its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. In the film, Lecter is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his chilling performance. What other actors have played Hannibal Lecter? More...
This Day in History

Basketball Star Earvin "Magic" Johnson Announces He Has HIV (1991)

Johnson had been a basketball star for more than a decade when he announced, at a press conference, that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire. He vowed to battle the disease, while confirming that neither his pregnant wife nor their unborn child was infected. As a popular athlete, Johnson helped combat the stigma of HIV, which was then predominantly associated with disproportionately affected groups such as drug addicts and homosexuals. Did Johnson ever return to basketball? More...
Today's Birthday

Lise Meitner (1878)

An eminent Austrian physicist, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Sweden in 1938. There, she formulated the concept of nuclear fission and proposed the term for the process. Though the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to physicist Otto Hahn, the element meitnerium was named in her honor. She was critical of scientists who remained in Germany during the Nazi era yet staunchly refused to participate in the atomic bomb research that resulted from her work. Why did Hahn once give her a diamond ring? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Hogbetsotso Festival (2020)

The Hogbetsotso festival commemorates the migration of the Anlo-speaking Ewes, an ethnic group on the eastern coast of Ghana, from the ancient walled city of Notsie in present-day Togo to their current home in Ghana. The Anlo-Ewes begin the observance with a period of peacemaking. They perform a ceremony to purify the traditional stool that is an important fixture in Ghanaian culture, and they clean their villages by sweeping and burning garbage. The festival culminates with a grand durbar, or reception, of chiefs and their people, which takes place on the first Saturday of November in Anloga. More...
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