Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

sumptuous

Definition:(adjective) Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish.
Synonyms:deluxe, opulent, princely, luxurious
Usage: The sumptuous homes of the wealthy were full of gilding and ornament.
Article of the Day

Paragliding

Paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport that has its roots in parachuting. Unlike parasailing, in which a water-skier wearing a parachute becomes airborne while being towed by a speedboat, paragliding uses a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. Paragliding took off in the 1970s, and today, the world's best paragliding pilots compete in the Paragliding World Cup and other competitions. What do pilots do to reduce their chances of injury in this extreme sport? More...
This Day in History

The Nanking Massacre (1937)

Upon capturing the city of Nanking, which had been the Nationalist Chinese capital, Japanese forces under orders to destroy the city proceeded to kill and rape the Chinese residents on a mass scale. Tens of thousands were raped and between 100,000 and 300,000 are estimated to have been killed during the Nanking Massacre. The tense relations between the two nations into the 21st century is, in part, due to the brutality of Japanese troops during this time. What happened to those responsible? More...
Today's Birthday

Dick Van Dyke (1925)

After appearing in television variety shows during the 1950s, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut and earned his first Tony Award starring in Bye, Bye Birdie. He won several Emmy Awards for the successful television comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show and also danced and sang in the films Mary Poppins and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Van Dyke appeared infrequently during the 80s but made a career comeback with what dramatic TV series that co-starred his son? More...
Quotation of the Day
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?

James Madison (1751-1836)

Today's Holiday

Susuharai (2015)

In Japan, many people choose to give their houses a thorough cleaning at year's end. Worn or broken furniture and utensils and items that have been lost are replaced. New tatami mats, the thick straw mats on which people sit and sleep, are brought in, and damage to the paper sliding doors in traditional Japanese houses is repaired. In some areas, it is customary to tie pounded rice cakes (mochi-bana, "rice-cake flowers") to the branches of willow trees as an offering to the gods. Friends and co-workers may also throw "year-end forgetting parties" known as bonen-kai. More...
In the News

Greenpeace Sorry for Stunt at Peru's Nazca Lines

Members of the environmental activist group Greenpeace are now apologizing for a publicity stunt this week in which they placed banners next to one of Peru's iconic Nazca Lines—without permission. Like the giant figure of a hummingbird next to where they were placed, the banners were meant to be seen from above. The message was directed at United Nations representatives meeting in Lima for global climate talks. However, the protestors angered Peruvian authorities by leaving footprints at the ancient site, where special footwear is required to be worn. More...
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