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Definition: (adjective) Coming into existence; emerging.
Usage:The nascent republic had to formulate its laws while continuing its war for independence. Discuss.

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The Black Watch

The Black Watch—or Royal Highland Regiment—is a Scottish infantry regiment of the British Army. Its first companies were originally raised in 1725 to occupy and watch the rebellious Scottish highlands, in order to keep the peace. The regiment was formed about 15 years later and became known as the Black Watch, after the dark colors of the regimental tartan. In 2006, a military reorganization made the Black Watch the 3d Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. What is the regiment's motto? More... Discuss

In the News


Littering Singapore Smoker Slapped with $15,000 Fine

A Singapore man recently racked up a record $15,000 in fines, and five hours of community service, after surveillance cameras caught him throwing 34 cigarette butts out of his apartment window over a four-day period. Such drastic measures are not uncommon in Singapore, which is known for its fastidiousness—caning is a typical punishment for vandalism, and the import of chewing gum is banned altogether, to avoid gunking up city streets. Singapore's National Environment Agency claims to have doled out 206 punishments in 2014 to high-rise litterers captured on some 600 surveillance cameras. More... Discuss

This Day in History


Original Apple Macintosh Computer Released (1984)

Named after the McIntosh variety of apple, the original Macintosh computer was released by Apple Inc. in 1984. Using a graphical user interface and mouse instead of the then-standard command line interface, the "Mac" garnered an immediate, enthusiastic following, especially among tech neophytes. One of the Mac's major breakthroughs was the ability to delete a file by dragging it to an on-screen trashcan, rather than by typing in a command. How did Apple officially announce the Mac's launch? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Frederick II of Prussia (1712)

Frederick the Great was the Hohenzollern King of Prussia from 1740 to 1786. One of the "enlightened despots" of 18th-century Europe, he instituted numerous economic, civil, and social reforms, was tolerant in religious matters, and promoted education and the arts. He was also an excellent military commander and tactician under whose leadership Prussia became a recognized power in Europe. Why did Frederick's father have him arrested at 18 and force him to watch the beheading of his friend? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


Alasitas Fair (2015)

Each year on this day, a large marketplace in La Paz, Bolivia, is full of merchants who traditionally call out "Alasitas," an Aymara word meaning "buy from me," to potential buyers of their miniature wares. Shoppers can find tiny replicas of just about every kind of object—cars, houses, foods, furniture, clothes, tools, household goods, and, especially, money—and seek those which represent items they would like to have in the coming year. Presiding over all this downsized commerce is Ekeko, an Aymara god of material wealth, fertility, and good luck. More... Discuss