Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 1, 2011)
Word of the Day

typify

Definition:(verb) Embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of.
Synonyms:epitomize
Usage: The fugue typifies Bach's style of composition.
Article of the Day

Homeric Troy

Troy was an ancient city located beside Mount Ida in northwest Anatolia. For 10 years in the 12th century BCE, it was besieged by the Greeks and finally destroyed. Centuries later, Homer described the war in his Iliad and Odyssey. German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used these works to identify the site of Troy in what is now Hisarlik, Turkey. Excavations began in 1871 and revealed several layers dating to the Bronze Age, when Troy was known as Wilusa to what people? More...
This Day in History

Los Angeles Times Bombing (1910)

In 1910, amidst the Los Angeles Times's editorial crusade against local unions, two brothers belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers bombed the newspaper's headquarters with dynamite. The resulting fire killed 21 newspaper employees and injured dozens more. The American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, James and Joseph McNamara, who eventually pleaded guilty. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Besant (1847)

Besant was an English social reformer who, in 1889, embraced theosophy, a religious philosophy with mystical concerns. She served as international president of the Theosophical Society from 1907 until her death. After moving to India in 1893, she became an independence leader and established the Indian Home Rule League. She was president of the Indian National Congress in 1917 but later split with Gandhi. Besant lost custody of her children and was nearly imprisoned for publishing what in 1877? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Mountain State Forest Festival (2015)

This festival is an eight-day celebration of the timber industry in the small town of Elkins, West Virginia. A highlight of the festival is the crowning of Queen Silvia, who wears an elaborate embroidered velvet gown. Events today salute the timber industry but also include non-timber events. Hence, there are forestry and wood-products exhibits and lumberjack contests along with a horseshoe tournament, live musical entertainment, a motorcycle race, arts and crafts exhibits, and a mammoth buckwheat cake and sausage feed. More...
In the News

Bedbug Insecticides Causing Illnesses

As the bedbug problem spreads across the US, it brings with it another health threat—insecticides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a recent spike in the number of people being sickened by the chemicals used to kill the insects. Between 2003 and 2010, 111 people became ill and one died from exposure to bedbug insecticide. Three-quarters of those incidents occurred between 2008 and 2010. While the number of cases is still relatively low, experts worry that they may continue to rise as bedbugs become increasingly resistant to common pesticides. More...
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