Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

veracious

Definition:(adjective) Precisely accurate.
Synonyms:right
Usage: The trial transcript provides me with a veracious account of all that transpired in the courtroom.
Article of the Day

Salo

Salo is often cited in European humor as a stereotypical staple of Ukrainian cuisine, analogous to the association of cheeseburgers with the US and bratwurst with Germany. The beloved traditional dish consists of smoked or salt-cured slabs of pork fatback, often flavored with paprika or garlic. It contains little to no meat and is usually consumed raw. It can also be rendered for use in cooking or chopped up for use as a condiment. What salo-based dish was invented as a joke? More...
This Day in History

Martyrs' Day: Riots over Sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone (1964)

Martyrs' Day is a Panamanian holiday commemorating the 1964 riots that began after a Panamanian flag was torn in a conflict between Panamanian and Canal Zone students over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the US flag. US Army units became involved in suppressing the violence, and 4 soldiers and more than 20 Panamanians were killed. The incident contributed to the US decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama. When was full control of the canal given to Panama? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Halliburton (1900)

Halliburton was an American adventurer and pioneer of adventure journalism. He liked to recreate historical and legendary feats in his travels, such as Hannibal's passage over the Alps on an elephant and Odysseus's journey around the Mediterranean, and made his living writing and lecturing about his experiences. He is, however, perhaps best known for having swum the length of the Panama Canal. He disappeared while attempting to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to where? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta (2016)

The Fiesta of Quiapo District is the largest festival in Manila, Philippines. It is held each year in honor of the Quiapo District's patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, January 9, there is a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to Calvary. More...
In the News

Searing Temperatures and High Winds Stoke Wildfires in Australia

Wildfires are burning in five of Australia's six states, with over 100 in New South Wales alone, and many have yet to be contained. High winds are making it more difficult to get the fires under control, as are record temperatures. Australia has been experiencing abnormally hot temperatures for months now, and recently, temperatures grew so extreme that the Bureau of Meteorology had to increase its temperature scale to 54° C (129° F) and introduce new colors to its forecast maps. More...
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