Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

semiannual

Definition:(adjective) Occurring or payable twice each year.
Synonyms:biyearly
Usage: Our semiannual family vacation to France usually occurs in December and July.
Article of the Day

Yoruba Twins

While the birth rate of monozygotic—identical—twins is relatively constant worldwide, the rate for dizygotic—fraternal—twins varies widely. Fraternal twins are most common among persons of African ancestry, and the highest incidence of fraternal twins is among the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, with a frequency of more than 40 per 1,000 births. This has made twins an important part of Yoruba culture, in which twins are said to share one soul. What traditions do the Yoruba follow regarding twins? More...
This Day in History

Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

The Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians. On November 28, 1912, Albanian independence was declared by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

William Blake (1757)

Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake's paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect. When did he finally gain recognition as a visionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
Capital, n.: The seat of misgovernment.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

good enough for jazz

Sufficient to suit the purpose(s) at hand without needing to be perfect. More...
Today's Holiday

Timor-Leste Proclamation of Independence Day (2016)

After the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfill the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbor between 1975 and 1999. Observances for the November 28 anniversary honor the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honor to distinguish individuals who fought for the country's freedom. More...
In the News

Prehistoric Whale Graveyard Uncovered in Chile

A prehistoric whale graveyard has been unearthed in one of the driest places on the planet, the Atacama Desert. So far, more than 75 whale skeletons have been discovered, all within an area about 260 yards (240 meters) long and 22 yards (20 meters) wide, and scientists suspect that hundreds more lie hidden there. The whales probably died between 2 and 7 million years ago, but experts have yet to determine whether they all died at the same time and why so many died in the same place. One theory is that the whales may have congregated in a lagoon and then become trapped there as a result of some natural disaster, dying once the lagoon dried up. More...
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