Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

storyteller

Definition:(noun) Someone who tells lies.
Synonyms:fabricator, fibber
Usage: Ms. Jordan is a veteran teacher, so she has no patience for storytellers who try to weasel out of her assignments with fanciful excuses.
Article of the Day

Llullaillaco

Perpetually snow-capped and dormant since 1877, Llullaillaco is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world. Towering above the border of Chile and Argentina, it is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere and was once the site of human sacrifices. The mummified, well-preserved bodies of three Inca children were found on Llullaillaco in 1999. They are believed to have been drugged and abandoned at the summit more than 500 years ago. What force of nature damaged one of the mummies? More...
This Day in History

The Rum Rebellion (1808)

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia. It began when New South Wales governor William Bligh was deposed by George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales Corps. The coup was a retaliation against attempts by successive governors to curb the power of the Corps and interfere with its lucrative rum trade—which gave the rebellion its name. The coup was the second time Bligh had been the victim of a rebellion. What was the first? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and earned a living as a stunt pilot in air shows, earning the nickname "Queen Bess." She died in an aviation accident in 1926, but her legacy inspired countless aviators. What led to the accident that resulted in Coleman's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
In free society, art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the sphere of polemics and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

false friend

A phrase, word, or letter that sounds or looks similar to one in another language or dialect but has a significantly different meaning. More...
Today's Holiday

India Republic Day (2016)

This holiday is an important national festival in India, celebrating the day in 1950 when India's ties with Britain were severed and the country became a fully independent republic. The holiday is marked with parades and much celebration in all the state capitals, but the festivities in Delhi are especially grand. There is a mammoth parade with military units, floats from each state, dancers and musicians, and fly-overs. Independence Day on August 15 is also a national holiday, but it is observed chiefly with speech-making and none of the grandeur of Republic Day. More...
In the News

Garlic Smugglers Swindle Swedes out of Millions

Smuggling garlic may seem like a paltry offense, but the practice is costing countries millions each year. In Sweden, two Britons stand accused of masterminding a Chinese garlic-smuggling ring that cheated the Swedish government out of an estimated $13.1 million (10 million euro) in taxes in just two years. This is apparently not an isolated incident. In 2010, Polish authorities intercepted 144 tons of illegal garlic shipments. More...
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