Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A receptacle for spit (usually in a public place).|
|Usage:||Louisa was revolted when their mysterious guest coughed, spitting mucus into his already brimming cuspidor.|
Idiom of the Day
— slang To understand or be knowledgeable of modern times, especially as relates to the contemporary trends, ideas, or fashions. (Usually said as a jocular or sarcastic imperative).
John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851)
Holliday was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter. After graduating from dental school in 1872, he moved to the drier climate of the West to help treat his tuberculosis. He briefly practiced dentistry in Texas, then took up gambling and began drifting. Settling in Tombstone, Arizona, he joined Wyatt Earp and his brothers in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Having earned a reputation as a gunman, he resumed drifting and died of tuberculosis at the age of 36.
Mount Ceahlau Feast
A folk event that has ancient roots, the Mount Ceahlau Feast is held at Durau, Romania, at the foot of Mount Ceahlau. The mountain was considered sacred to the Dacians, the ancestors of the present Romanians, and was the scene of their annual celebrations. In those days, people climbed to the summit to greet the sun with religious ceremonies and feasts. Today there are demonstrations of such sports as wrestling and foot racing, and exhibits and sales of folk art.
We Finally Know Who Forged Piltdown Man, One of Science's Most Notorious HoaxesWhen Piltdown Man was unveiled before a meeting of London geologists in 1912, he was heralded as paleoanthropology's "missing link," the long-sought transitional form between modern humans and our great ape ancestor.
1248 - The rebuilding of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, began after being destroyed by fire.
1880 - The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding.
1888 - A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver B. Shallenberger.
1896 - Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.
1935 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The act created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
1953 - The wiffle ball was invented.
1959 - The first meeting was held to organize the American Football League.
1995 - Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet in the history of The Citadel, South Carolina's state military college. She quit the school less than a week later.
2000 - It was announced that Charles Grodin would be joining CBS' "60 Minutes II" as a commentator.
An assignat banknote, issued in 1792, with a face value of 400 livres. An early French banknote first issued in 1789, during the French Revolution, the assignat was backed by the value of seized properties. Amidst widespread counterfeiting, limited use, and opposition from counter-revolutionaries, the assignat devalued quickly and was replaced by the mandat in 1796.
Flood of Color
Photograph by Phero Art, National Geographic
Floods bring a mosaic of color to the rice fields of Y Ty, Vietnam. The wet season typically lasts from May to June in the mountainous village.
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