Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

readjust

Definition:(verb) Adjust anew.
Synonyms:readapt
Usage: Some soldiers find it hard to readjust to civilian life when they leave the army.
Article of the Day

The Singapore Flyer

At 541 feet (165 m)—or 42 stories—high, the Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it was opened to the public in 2008. The wheel contains 28 enclosed capsules, each of which is capable of holding 28 passengers. A complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. The wheel originally rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from the nearby Marina Centre, but its direction was later changed. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Johnny Bright Incident (1951)

The Johnny Bright Incident was an allegedly racially-motivated on-field assault against black football star Johnny Bright by white player Wilbanks Smith during a college football game between Bright's Drake University and Smith's Oklahoma A&M. The assault—which resulted in a broken jaw for Bright—was captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo sequence. The incident highlighted the racial tensions of the times and even provoked changes in college football rules. What happened to Smith? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Christopher Wren (1632)

Though now known as the greatest architect of the English baroque style, Wren was first a celebrated astronomer and mathematician who was one of the founders of the Royal Society. His architectural career began in 1661 when King Charles II appointed him assistant to the royal architect. Wren went on to help rebuild more than 50 churches destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. He also designed Saint Paul's Cathedral, where he is buried. What famous epitaph appears on Wren's burial marker? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice, and the general reason of mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Today's Holiday

Ebisu Festival (2015)

This Japanese festival is named after Ebisu, one of the seven Japanese gods of luck, who is the protector of businessmen and fishermen. According to legend, all the other gods leave their shrines during October, which is known as "the godless month," and gather at the temple of Izumo to discuss issues of great importance. Because he is deaf, Ebisu cannot hear the summons and does not accompany them. The Ebisu Festival is a time for members of trade associations and political and literary societies to socialize. The festival is also a time to pray for prosperity. More...
In the News

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Officials in eastern Ohio were urging residents to stay indoors and school districts to close earlier this week because of some unusual predators loose in the area—lions, tigers, and bears to name a few. Dozens of exotic animals escaped Tuesday from a wild animal preserve, after the site's owner apparently opened their cages and left fences open before taking his own life. Police managed to shoot down a number of the animals and tranquilize others, and by Wednesday afternoon, nearly all of the animals had been tracked down. The bizarre and frightening incident has many calling on Ohio lawmakers to toughen the state's regulations regarding exotic pet ownership. More...
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