Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

valiant

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing valor.
Synonyms:valorous
Usage: The hostages made a valiant attempt to overtake their captors and paid dearly for their bravery.
Article of the Day

The Gratuitous Umlaut

An umlaut is a diacritical mark consisting of two dots placed over a letter to alter pronunciation. However, the so-called "heavy metal umlaut" is used in the names of bands, such as Mötley Crüe and Motörhead, not to change pronunciation, but to evoke the stereotypes of boldness and strength commonly attributed to peoples whose languages incorporate such marks. It has since been widely parodied, including in the mockumentary This Is Spin¨al Tap. Which band first used a gratuitous umlaut? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Hale Is Hanged for Spying (1776)

A young teacher at the start of the American Revolution, Hale joined the Continental Army and volunteered for the dangerous mission of spying on British forces. The inexperienced 21-year-old managed to penetrate the British lines but was captured and hanged without trial. His last words, reported as, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," became a symbol of the Revolutionary spirit. Yet, some question whether these were his exact words. What might he have actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Today's Holiday

Mabon (2020)

In ancient history, Celtic peoples observed the year's equinoxes and solstices as the four Quarter Days: Ostara (Vernal Equinox), Litha (Summer Solstice), Yule (Winter Solstice), and Mabon (Autumnal Equinox). Today, Wiccans and Neo-pagans retain the Mabon tradition. Typical celebrations of Mabon, which take place throughout the world, are circle ceremonies that recognize various harvest themes. A ceremonial site will be decorated with items like corn, apples, wine, or black and white candles. Participants may tell stories, light candles, chant, dance, or recite invocations. More...
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