Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

execrate

Definition:(verb) Find repugnant.
Synonyms:abhor, abominate, loathe
Usage: I was raised to execrate all those whose skin color differs from mine, but I have learned to look beyond the external and get to know people for who they truly are.
Article of the Day

Hanno the Navigator

Hanno was a Carthaginian explorer who, in the 5th century BCE, led about 60 ships to explore and colonize the northwestern coast of Africa. Attempts to identify the places mentioned in early accounts of the voyage have failed, possibly because the Carthaginians altered details to discourage competitors. Still, it is believed that Hanno traveled at least as far as Senegal, and possibly as far as Cameroon or Gabon. At the end of the journey, Hanno reported finding an island populated with what? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Compact Signed (1620)

The decision to settle outside the boundaries of established colonial government rather than within Virginia territory, as originally planned, led some Mayflower passengers to assert that they would not be bound by laws. Concerned Pilgrim leaders drafted a compact providing for the temporary government of the colony. The 41 adult male signers agreed to combine themselves into a "civil Body Politick" that would enact "just and equal laws" that were made for the "general good" of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Voltaire (1694)

Voltaire was the pseudonym of French philosopher and writer François-Marie Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire was a prolific writer who authored tragedies, poems, and works on philosophical and moral problems, including Lettres philosophiques and Candide, a satire on philosophical optimism. During his lifetime, he was twice imprisoned in the Bastille and, in 1726, was exiled to England. How did Voltaire create his pen name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Today's Holiday

Surin Elephant Round-Up (2015)

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, elephant basketball, and other sports. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing. More...
In the News

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High in 2011

Despite environmentalists' best efforts, greenhouse gas concentrations in Earth's atmosphere reached record levels in 2011. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), carbon dioxide levels rose to 391 parts per million in 2011, while methane hit 1,813 parts per billion and nitrous oxide crept up to 324 parts per billion. These gases are thought to be the primary drivers of global warming, and their effects will likely be felt for centuries to come. More...
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