Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

emancipate

Definition:(verb) Free from slavery or servitude.
Synonyms:manumit
Usage: The abolitionists fought to put an end to the slave trade and emancipate all of those who had been so cruelly enslaved.
Article of the Day

Bride Kidnapping

Almost always illegal, but still prevalent in parts of Asia, the Caucasus, and elsewhere, bride kidnapping is a custom in which a man abducts a woman for the purpose of marriage. The two may or may not be acquainted, and the man sometimes has help with the abduction. In some cases, the process includes rape. In others, the kidnapper apologizes to the woman's family. In Kyrgyzstan, the man's family may gather to convince the kidnapped woman to marry her captor. How does she signal her acceptance? More...
This Day in History

Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)

California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)

Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he? More...
Quotation of the Day
Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Cyprus Independence Day (2016)

Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain on August 16, 1960. On that day, British governor Hugh Foot departed amid much ceremony, and Greek Cypriot freedom fighters landed on a plane from Athens with a heroes' welcome. The new Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977), gave a speech inspiring Cypriots to improve their new nation. Independence Day is observed as a public holiday on October 1 each year. More...
In the News

Great Apes Running Out of Living Space

A continent-wide survey of suitable great ape habitat in Africa has found that the creatures are rapidly losing ground, literally. Over the past 20 years, the amount of habitat suitable for great apes has been dramatically reduced. Eastern gorillas and Cross River gorillas have lost more than half of their habitat, while Western gorillas and bonobos have each lost about a third. Various other species have suffered considerable losses as well. In some regions, the loss of habitat is the result of extensive deforestation and hunting. In others, it is due to widespread hunting of the great apes themselves for bushmeat. More...
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