Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

serviette

Definition:(noun) A small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing.
Synonyms:napkin
Usage: He sat down and tucked his serviette into his waistcoat, raised his glass, and suddenly set it down again.
Article of the Day

Passiflora Caerulea: Blue Passion Flower

Native to Brazil and Argentina, where it is valued for its intricate, scented blooms, the blue passion flower was long ago adopted by Christians as a symbol of the Passion of Jesus. The flower's three stigmas are said to represent the three nails used in Jesus' cross, its five anthers are thought to symbolize Jesus' wounds, and the corona is seen as the crown of thorns. Is the fruit of the plant edible? More...
This Day in History

US Secretary of State George Marshall Announces the Marshall Plan (1947)

World War II left the finances and industry of Europe crippled. In 1947, Marshall proposed a plan for the US to finance the European recovery. From 1948 to 1952, it provided almost $13 billion in grants and loans to 17 countries and was a key factor in reviving their economies and stabilizing their political structures. While most of Europe embraced the plan, it was strongly opposed by the Soviet Union and some Eastern European nations. How, according to Marshall, would this plan benefit the US? More...
Today's Birthday

John Couch Adams (1819)

Before the planet Neptune was discovered, Adams—an English astronomer and mathematician—correctly predicted its existence and position based on irregularities in the motion of Uranus. However, the credit for the discovery went to Urbain Leverrier, who had come to the same conclusion later but published his findings earlier. In 1846, the planet was first observed by a German astronomer using Leverrier's calculations. A modest man, Adams also declined to publish what other findings? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are as liable to be corrupted by our books as by our companions.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Ramayana Ballet (2020)

The most spectacular dance-drama on the island of Java, Indonesia, is held on an open-air stage at the Prambanan Temple near Yogyakarta. The ballet is a contemporary abbreviated version of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, unfolding over the four nights to tell the story of Prince Rama banished from his country to wander for years in the wilderness. More than 100 dancers and players in gamelans (percussive orchestras) present spectacles of monkey armies, giants on stilts, and clashing battles. The rich carvings of the Prambanan temple complex in the background are spotlighted by the moon. More...
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