Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

countrified

Definition:(adjective) Characteristic of rural life.
Synonyms:rustic
Usage: The house was very handsome, with a lovely countrified garden.
Article of the Day

The Taiping Rebellion

Perhaps the most important event in 19th-century China, the Taiping Rebellion was a large-scale revolt against the Qing dynasty. The rebellion was led by Hong Xiuquan, a self-proclaimed visionary who garnered many followers among the poorer classes, who were discontented with the government after having suffered floods and famines in the late 1840s. The rebels captured Nanjing in 1853 and made it their capital but were later defeated. The rebellion resulted in how many millions of deaths? More...
This Day in History

Sputnik 1 Launch Begins the Space Race (1957)

The first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, was launched by the USSR in 1957 and spurred the dormant US space program into action, leading to an international competition popularly known as the "space race." Explorer I, the first American satellite, was launched just months later, in January 1958. In the decade that followed, the US and the USSR launched approximately 50 space probes between them to explore the Moon. What project is said to have marked the end of the space race? More...
Today's Birthday

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822)

After fighting in the Union army in the American Civil War, Hayes served in the US House of Representatives and then as governor of Ohio. In 1876, he won the Republican nomination for president. His opponent, Samuel Tilden, won a larger popular vote, but the election was so close that a special commission had to decide the issue. It eventually ruled in Hayes's favor. What concessions did Hayes make as part of a secret compromise reached with Southerners during the electoral dispute? More...
Quotation of the Day
You, who are blessed with shade as well as light, you, who are gifted with two eyes, endowed with a knowledge of perspective, and charmed with the enjoyment of various colors, you, who can actually see…the Three Dimensions—how shall I make clear to you the extreme difficulty which we in Flatland experience in recognizing one another's configuration?

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

have a say (in something)

To have an active and participatory role in making or influencing a decision about something. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Francisco (San Pacho) (2016)

In Quibdó, Colombia, the Fiesta of San Francisco is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The procession on October 4 is the highlight of the festival, but several days of sports—including boxing, horse racing, cycling, and pig-catching contests—precede this. The streets are filled with people dressed up as devils, savages, and various animals, and there are dancing and fireworks every night. On the final day, there is an afternoon procession, in which everyone accompanies the statue of St. Francis as it is carried through the streets of Quibdó. More...
In the News

Marijuana Smokers May Have Lower Obesity Risk

People who smoke marijuana may be prone to "the munchies," but they may actually have a lower risk of obesity than people who abstain. This may seem counterintuitive, but French researchers say that this is just what an analysis of data from surveys of more than 50,000 American adults revealed. Just 14 to 17 percent of respondents who reported smoking marijuana at least three days a week were obese. In comparison, about a quarter of those who said they had not used the drug within the past year were obese. More...
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