Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

foment

Definition:(verb) Try to stir up public opinion.
Synonyms:agitate, stir up
Usage: They accused him of trying to foment a revolution and threw him in jail for treason.
Article of the Day

Dürer's Rhinoceros

Based on secondhand descriptions, German printmaker Albrecht Dürer—who never actually saw a rhinoceros himself—made a woodcut of the exotic beast gifted to the king of Portugal in 1515. The image became wildly popular in Europe despite its inaccuracies, which include a horn on the animal's back and rivets in its armor. The rhino that inspired the woodcut perished in a shipwreck while being sent to the pope, but not before the king arranged for it to battle an elephant. Which animal won? More...
This Day in History

Innocent III Becomes Pope (1198)

Lotario di Segni became Pope of the Catholic Church in 1198 at the age of 37, taking the name "Innocent III." He believed that just as things of the spirit take preeminence over things of the body, so should earthly monarchs be subject to the pope, and he set out immediately to realize this ideal. He was the virtual overlord of Christian Spain, Scandinavia, Hungary, and the Latin East and launched the Fourth Crusade, which went awry when the crusaders did what instead of going to the Holy Land? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Greene Balch (1867)

Balch was an American economist and sociologist who taught at Wellesley College until her dismissal in 1918 for opposing US involvement in World War I. She was a co-founder, along with Jane Addams, of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and served as its international secretary from 1919 to 1922. In 1946, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with longtime YMCA leader John R. Mott. Balch was among the first graduates of what American college in 1889? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Today's Holiday

Battle of New Orleans Day

When British soldiers attacked near the Chalmette plantation outside New Orleans on January 8, 1815, they were met by a ragtag army of militiamen, sailors, and pirates fighting from behind barricades. The defending US troops were led by General Andrew Jackson, whose stunning victory—the British suffered some 2,000 casualties, while the Americans lost only eight men—made him a national hero. This day remains a legal holiday in Louisiana, where it is also known as Jackson Day or, in honor of Jackson's nickname, as Old Hickory's Day. More...
In the News

For Safety's Sake, Crank Up the Volume on Quiet Cars

Since they do not rely on gas-powered engines when traveling slower than 18 miles an hour, electric and hybrid cars make relatively little noise at low speeds. This places pedestrians, particularly those who are visually impaired, and bicyclists at increased risk of accident and injury, since they cannot hear these cars approaching. To minimize this danger, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed that electric and hybrid cars be equipped with a sound system programmed to emit a certain sound at low speeds, thereby alerting those within earshot to their presence. More...
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