Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 9, 2012)
Word of the Day

buccaneer

Definition:(noun) Someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation.
Synonyms:sea rover, pirate
Usage: The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become at once if he chose, a man of probity and piety on land.
Article of the Day

Hijras

In South Asia, hijras are members of a transgender community of biological males who have assumed a female gender identity. Many live together in communities, and some are eunuchs. Activists have lobbied for recognition of the hijras under a third gender. Despite discrimination against them, hijras have historically fulfilled specific ceremonial roles in society, such as dancing at weddings. It is believed that if a hijra is not paid for such ritual services, what might happen? More...
This Day in History

Kristallnacht (1938)

In 1938, using the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris as a pretext, Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels urged violent reprisals against Jews. The resulting pogrom left 91 Jews dead and hundreds injured. Some 30,000 Jewish males were arrested and taken to concentration camps, and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues were destroyed. The incident marked a major escalation in the Nazi program of Jewish persecution, foreshadowing the Holocaust. Why is it called Kristallnacht? More...
Today's Birthday

Hedy Lamarr (1913)

Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress known primarily for her beauty and her successful film career—including her role as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah. However, she also co-invented an early form of spread spectrum encoding—intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder to detect or jam—in the 1940s with her neighbor, composer George Antheil. They patented the technology in 1942, but it did not come into use until later. Who introduced Lamarr to military technology? More...
Quotation of the Day
The remedy is worse than the disease.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal (2015)

In Pakistan, November 9 is a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a famous Pakistani poet and philosopher. Iqbal was born in the city of Sialkot in the Punjab province of Pakistan on November 9, 1877. On this day, a number of functions are held to honor the great poet. Many educational institutions sponsor programs that showcase his life and achievements. In addition to the main function at Iqbal's tomb, the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi exhibits Iqbal's personal belongings, including his costumes, books, and publications. More...
In the News

Scientist's Search for Bigfoot Taking to the Sky

Most scientists scoff at the notion that Bigfoot is anything more than a creature of legend, but Jeffrey Meldrum, a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, is convinced the ape-like creature exists and is determined to prove this once and for all. The university has already approved his proposal to seek evidence of the creature using a remote-controlled blimp equipped with a thermal-imaging camera, and Meldrum is now trying to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to fund the project. More...
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