Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

paladin

Definition:(noun) Someone who fights for a cause.
Synonyms:champion, fighter, hero
Usage: Like the ancient paladins, he has only undertaken this war to obtain a look from his lady love.
Article of the Day

Kabul University

Established in the 1930s, Afghanistan's Kabul University became a premier educational institution. By the 60s, it was so highly regarded that it was even attracting foreign scholars, who introduced students to topics like communism. However, Afghanistan's civil war greatly disrupted university operations. Much of the faculty fled, and many of the library's 200,000 books were sold or destroyed. The school has since regained some of its former prominence. How many of its 7,000 students are women? 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
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta

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

Cocaine Smugglers Go Bananas

Drug traffickers in Germany are having a very, very bad week. They managed to lose about 8.2 million dollars (6 million euros) worth of cocaine as a result of what appears to have been a "logistical error." The drugs were smuggled into the country from Colombia in a shipment of bananas, but somehow the smugglers failed to retrieve their stash before the fruit was delivered to supermarkets. When employees at five Berlin shops went to unpack the banana cartons, they got an unexpected surprise in the form of 309 lb (140 kg) of cocaine. The drugs are now in the hands of the authorities. More...
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