Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

hearth

Definition:(noun) The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.
Synonyms:fireside
Usage: They sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire.
Article of the Day

Danites

In 1838, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Caldwell County, Missouri, founded a fraternal organization known as the Danites. Though it is believed that the Danites operated as a vigilante group during the Mormon War, historians disagree as to the exact nature and scope of the organization. Nevertheless, the Danites and their alleged atrocities have become part of Mormon folklore and were even featured in the first novel starring which fictional detective? More...
This Day in History

Singapore Is Expelled from Malaysia (1965)

After more than a century of British rule, Singapore gained independence in 1959. Four years later, it joined with nearby territories to form Malaysia. However, racial and economic tensions arose, and two years later, the Malaysian parliament unanimously voted to expel Singapore. Despite being left unexpectedly autonomous with few defenses or natural resources, Singapore rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse. Still, it remains dependent on Malaysia for what one critical thing? More...
Today's Birthday

Izaak Walton (1593)

A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton's protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soul most free is that most bound in thraldom to the ancient tyrant Love.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Drachenstich (Spearing the Dragon) (2020)

This annual event centers around the performance of an open-air play, Drachenstich, in Fürth, Germany, in the Bavarian Forest. The climax of the play is a battle between a knight on horseback and a huge (about 50 feet long and 10 feet tall), fire-spewing dragon. The knight, of course, wins—by thrusting his spear into the dragon's throat, thereby piercing a pig's bladder filled with ox blood. The celebrations also include various merrymaking events and a street procession. The play has been performed for about 500 years and is thought to be the oldest folk play in Germany. More...
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