Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 27, 2012)
Word of the Day

factious

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension.
Synonyms:divisive
Usage: Fouquet has raised against your majesty a troop of factious rioters to extricate his friends from punishment.
Article of the Day

Crowns of Silla

Established in 57 BCE, the ancient Korean kingdom of Silla lasted for more than a millennium. The nearly impenetrable royal Sillan tombs—located near the modern South Korean city of Gyeongju—have yielded lavish treasures. Among them are a number of fragile, solid gold crowns, crafted with an intricate tree branch motif. Because they are so delicate, they were probably used only for formal occasions or burials. Why did the Sillan practice of opulent burials end by the end of the 6th century? More...
This Day in History

Harvey Milk and George Moscone Are Assassinated (1978)

After gaining a following as a leader of San Francisco's gay community, Milk was elected to the city's Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in US history. In 1978, he and Moscone, the city's mayor, were shot and killed in City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor. White's conviction on the less serious charge of voluntary manslaughter sparked riots in the city. What now infamous defense did White's attorneys present at his murder trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Chaim Weizmann (1874)

A Russian-born chemist, Weizmann became a British subject in 1910, developed a process for creating a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of explosives in 1912, and was director of the British admiralty laboratories for much of WWI. An active Zionist, Weizmann helped negotiate the 1917 Balfour Declaration pronouncing British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. When the republic of Israel was eventually founded, he was elected its first president. What is the Weizmann organism? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death...She could not say, "I'm glad to go," for life was very sweet for her. She could only sob out, "I try to be willing."

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

No good deed goes unpunished.

Due to the cruelty, ignorance, or selfishness of the world or others, one's good deeds or good intentions will often result in more trouble than they are worth. An ironic and sardonic twist on the more standard moral that "no good deed goes unrewarded." More...
Today's Holiday

Lopburi Monkey Banquet (2016)

Yongyuth Kijwattananuson first offered this banquet to the long-tailed macaque monkeys who live in the city of Lop Buri, Thailand, in 1988, to thank them for making his hotel so attractive to visitors. It has since become an institution, especially for the hundreds of monkeys who normally spend their time begging and stealing food from townspeople and tourists. Dozens of chefs prepare numerous dishes featuring fruit and vegetables on tables covered with red tablecloths. The monkeys eventually approach the tables to feast on the offerings, playing and throwing food in the process. More...
In the News

Over 100 Workers Die in Bangladesh Factory Fire

A blaze on Saturday that claimed over 100 lives at a Bangladeshi garment factory has drawn protests from outraged textile workers, who regularly labor under notoriously poor and unsafe conditions. Fatal fires are common in Bangladesh's garment manufacturing industry, as there is little enforcement of safety laws and conditions like overcrowding, shoddy electrical wiring, and locked fire doors abound. This weekend's fatal factory fire, which began on the ground floor of the nine-story building and quickly spread, was reportedly the worst in the country's history. More...
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