Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

scoundrel

Definition:(noun) A wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately.
Synonyms:villain
Usage: I am afraid to leave you here with these devilish scoundrels.
Article of the Day

The Moscow Trials

During the Soviet Union's Great Purge in the 1930s, a series of show trials were conducted to eliminate the potential rivals and critics of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Accused of conspiring to remove Stalin from power, many prominent Bolsheviks were found guilty on the basis of confessions that had either been obtained through torture or had been fabricated. They were then imprisoned or executed. At one trial, the defendants "confessed" in exchange for what promise that Stalin later broke? More...
This Day in History

Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1972)

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan. He was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, before Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura. What did Yokoi allegedly say upon his return? More...
Today's Birthday

Hadrian (76 CE)

The nephew of Roman emperor Trajan, Hadrian became emperor when he was adopted and named successor just before Trajan's death, after years of intrigue. After executing his senatorial opponents and abandoning many of Trajan's conquests, he began to travel widely, and many of his accomplishments were related to his visits abroad, including the beginning of construction of Hadrian's Wall. The wall is one of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation of what area? More...
Quotation of the Day
I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not dispersed over that tempting range of relevancies called the universe.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

farmer's tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. More...
Today's Holiday

Jizo Ennichi

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or "Buddha-to-be." Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More...
In the News

Horses Helping South Korea's Internet Addicted Teens

Spending time with horses and forming emotional connections with them could help teens combat Internet addiction, at least, that is the hope in South Korea, where youth are paying the price for living in the world's most Web-connected country. The government estimates that about 10 percent of South Koreans between the ages of 10 and 19—about 680,000 children and teens—are Internet addicts. One unconventional treatment method that has seen some success is therapeutic horseback riding. The Korean Riding Association currently operates two therapy centers, but it plans to build 30 more over the course of the next decade to meet rising demand. More...
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