Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

ireful

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or showing extreme anger.
Synonyms:irate
Usage: The ireful, angry chief was not so easily mollified.
Article of the Day

Carhenge

Built in western Nebraska in 1987, Carhenge is a replica of England's Stonehenge—made of vintage American cars instead of stones. The 38 cars that make up the monument are painted gray, closely matching the current, deteriorated condition of Stonehenge. Some are embedded in the earth standing on end, with others welded on top of them to form arches. Today, there is a visitor's center at the site, and Carhenge has even been featured on television and in film. It was created as a memorial to whom? More...
This Day in History

Anti-Comintern Pact Signed by Germany and Japan (1936)

The German-Japanese Anti-Comintern Pact was one of a series of agreements leading to the formation of the Axis Powers. Ostensibly directed against the Comintern, an association of national communist parties that degenerated under Stalin into an instrument of Soviet politics, the pact contained a secret agreement stating that if either signatory power went to war with the USSR, the other would maintain a benevolent neutrality. What other countries eventually signed the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Benz (1844)

Benz was a German engineer credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. His Motorwagen, the first commercial automobile, was first driven in 1885 and patented the next year. It had three wheels, an electric ignition, differential gears, and was water-cooled. Benz's familiarity with and fondness for bicycles inspired the design of his "horseless carriage." According to legend, who took one of Benz's early models on the first long-distance road trip? More...
Quotation of the Day
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Today's Holiday

St. Catherine's Day (Estonia) (2015)

Estonian folklorists believe that the customs associated with Kadripäev, or St. Catherine's Day, may date back to pre-Christian times. The holiday is strongly associated with women and their traditional activities, such as herding. People dress up in light-colored clothing, symbolizing winter's snow, and visit their neighbors, singing songs and offering blessings for the family's animals. In return, householders offer them cloth, wool, or food. An old superstition connected with the day forbade such activities as shearing as a means of protecting the sheep. More...
In the News

UN: Eradication of AIDS "Feasible"

Tens of millions of people around the world have lost their lives to AIDS, and tens of millions more are presently living with HIV. Still, the UN believes that current global efforts to control, treat, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS have set us on a path toward eradicating the disease. The number of people being newly infected with HIV is falling worldwide, and so is the number of annual deaths from AIDS. While recognizing that the disease remains "one of the world's most serious health challenges," a new UNAIDS report asserts that bringing an end to the AIDS epidemic is achievable. More...
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