Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

wretch

Definition:(noun) A person pitied for his misfortune.
Synonyms:poor devil
Usage: If the poor wretch waked in the flames and perished, no one cared.
Article of the Day

The Futurist Manifesto

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 1909 Futurist Manifesto glorified the powerful, new technology of the automobile and spawned futurism—an art and literary movement that sought to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age. Futurist artists glorified danger and war. Focused on speeding cars and trains, racing cyclists, and urban crowds, they often depicted several views of an object simultaneously with fragmented planes. What brought about the end of futurism? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)

One of Australia's worst natural disasters took place in January 1939, when bushfires broke out in the state of Victoria. Over the course of several days, fires burned nearly 5 million acres of land, killing 71 people, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and ravaging entire towns. An extremely hot and dry summer had preceded the fires, and the day they broke out, temperatures in Melbourne soared to a record 114.1 °F (45.6 °C). How long was it before the city had a hotter day than that? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Tucker (1884)

Tucker was a Russian-born American singer and entertainer who began performing vaudeville as a child, singing ragtime melodies in blackface. She later abandoned the makeup but continued in the African-American style, helping popularize the songs of black composers. Known for her racy songs, she enjoyed great success on tour and went on to appear in several stage and movie musicals but was best known as a nightclub torch singer. In her later years, she was billed under what moniker? More...
Quotation of the Day
From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Today's Holiday

Togo National Liberation Day (2016)

On January 13, 1967, Togo president Nicolas Grunitzky was overthrown by Gnassingbé Eyadema, who remained president of Togo until 2005. He was succeeded by his son, Faure Gnassingbé. To celebrate National Liberation Day, the Togo military joins with civilian bands to mount several colorful parades in the city of Lomé. Dissident groups have long opposed the celebrations, noting that January 13, 1963, saw the assassination of the nation's first president, Sylvanus Olympio. In 2008, President Gnassingbé called for an end to the public celebrations on National Liberation Day. More...
In the News

Lions and Wolves and Bears, Oh My

The majority of the world's large carnivores—among them lions, wolves, and bears—are in decline, and we are already feeling the effects of this shift. In many areas, the loss of these predators has allowed species that were their prey, such as elk, deer, and baboons, to thrive. The unchecked growth of these animals' populations threatens crops, damages vegetation, and disrupts the lives of birds and small mammals. However, we need not despair just yet, as ecosystems tend to respond well when large carnivores are reintroduced to an area. More...
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