Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

palliate

Definition:(verb) Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of.
Synonyms:extenuate, mitigate
Usage: There has been in the past no excuse, no circumstance, that could palliate the offense.
Article of the Day

South African Taxi Wars

In 1987, South Africa's lucrative taxi industry—serving over 60 percent of commuters—was deregulated. Since then, it has been dominated by turf wars among rival associations of taxi operators that use mafia-like tactics, including hired killings. The wars intensified with the end of apartheid in 1994. In addition to the violence, the industry is also plagued by the inherent danger created by outdated vehicles and reckless drivers. How many taxi-related deaths occurred annually in the 1990s? 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
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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

Saudi Arabia Arrests Men over Free Hugs

For nearly a decade, people around the globe have been setting up shop in public spaces to offer a single ware—hugs—gratis. The Free Hugs campaign is a movement aimed at promoting random act of kindness, but not everyone approves of the movement or its methods. Two men were recently arrested in Saudi Arabia for offering free hugs to passers-by, charged with indulging in exotic practices and offending public order. They were reportedly made to sign a pledge stating that they would not engage in the practice again. More...
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