Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 06, 2016)
Word of the Day

neonate

Definition:(noun) A newborn infant, especially one less than four weeks old.
Synonyms:newborn
Usage: The doctor examined the writhing neonate with great care but with a seeming coldness that bothered the baby's mother.
Article of the Day

The Phoenix Program

Coordinated with South Vietnam's security network during the Vietnam War, the Phoenix Program was a military and intelligence program designed by the US Central Intelligence Agency to "neutralize"—via capture or assassination—the insurgency's civilian support infrastructure, which included between 70,000 and 100,000 civilians in 1967. Although some saw it as a success, the program is widely criticized as an "assassination campaign." How many people were "neutralized" during the program? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tigranocerta (69 BCE)

Through an alliance with his father-in-law, Mithradates VI of Pontus, Armenian King Tigranes the Great extended his conquests across Asia Minor and founded Tigranocerta—the modern Siirt, Turkey—as the capital of his large empire. In 69 BCE, Roman forces led by General Lucullus captured Tigranocerta. With the aid of Tigranes's son, Pompey vanquished Tigranes, who lost all of his conquests and had to pay tribute to Rome. What early form of chemical warfare was employed during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (1289)

Wenceslaus III was king of Bohemia and of Hungary. Unable to assert his authority in Hungary, even with the help of his father, Wenceslaus II, he relinquished his claim to Duke Otto of Bavaria in 1305. He attempted to assert his hereditary claim to the Polish crown but was assassinated while marching to Poland. After an interregnum, John of Luxemburg, who married Wenceslaus's sister, was elected king of Bohemia. Wenceslaus III was the last member of what dynasty? More...
Quotation of the Day
The evolution of man is slow. The injustice of men is great.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have (a) skeleton(s) in (one's)/the closet

To have (an) embarassing, unpleasant, damaging, or incriminating secret(s) from one's past. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Vegetarian Festival (2016)

The Vegetarian Festival is an annual nine-day affair observed on the island of Phuket off southwestern Thailand by residents of Chinese ancestry. During the nine days, observers eat only vegetarian foods. The festival begins with a parade in which devotees wear white, and continues with ceremonies at temples, performances of special feats by ascetics, and acts of self-mortification—walking on hot coals, piercing the skin, and so on. The festival celebrates the beginning of the month called "Taoist Lent," when devout Chinese abstain from meat. More...
In the News

What Spiral 'Arms' around a Star Tell Us about Planet Formation

Spirals can be found throughout nature, from the smallest sea shells to the largest galaxies. As stars from from clouds of gas, the gravitational pull of a star will collapse the gases into a disk around it, often forming spirals in a manner similar to the ... More...
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