Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

hideaway

Definition:(noun) An area where you can be alone.
Synonyms:retreat
Usage: During the summers, we leave the city behind and get some much-needed rest and relaxation at our secluded mountain hideaway.
Article of the Day

Trench Warfare

Although trenches were used in ancient and medieval warfare, they are mainly associated with WWI. Because the introduction of rapid-firing artillery made the infantry charges of earlier wars virtually impossible, opposing sides attacked and defended from sets of trenches dug into the ground in zigzag patterns. The advent of mechanized warfare made it possible to circumvent these defenses, however, and trench warfare was little used in WWII. In what more recent wars was it nevertheless employed? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi Assassinated (1921)

Cofounder of one of Japan's first political parties, Hara served as prime minister of Japan from 1918 to 1921, becoming the first commoner to be appointed to that office. During that time, he suppressed labor organization while extending suffrage to small landholders by lowering the property qualifications for voting. Hara also attempted to reduce the power of the military, which led to his assassination by a fanatic. Which of his possessions did he describe as his most valuable in his will? More...
Today's Birthday

Will Rogers (1879)

Rogers was an American humorist and actor. A cowboy in his youth, Rogers traveled the world before returning to the US to perform in vaudeville and Wild West shows as a rider and trick roper. The "cowboy philosopher's" homespun wit and salty commentary on current political and social events soon earned him a following through movies, books, radio, and a syndicated newspaper column. A champion of airplane travel, Rogers made several long plane trips, but died in a crash with what famous aviator? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Mischief Night (2015)

The idea of letting children have a "lawless night" originated in England, and was often celebrated on May Day Eve (April 30) or on Halloween. But in the mid-17th century, when Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) became a national holiday, Guy Fawkes Eve became the most popular night for mischief in England, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is sometimes called Mischievous Night or Danger Night. More...
In the News

SARS Likely Started in Bats

Researchers believe the deadly SARS virus that emerged in China in 2002 and quickly spread around the globe, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 800 of them in just months, originated in bats. Two novel SARS-like coronaviruses that closely resemble the one responsible for the 2002-2003 outbreak have been identified in Chinese horseshoe bats. The way in which these newly identified pathogens infect bats is the same as the way they infect human cells, suggesting that coronaviruses could be directly transferred from bats to people and that this is how the SARS epidemic began. More...
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