Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

roughage

Definition:(noun) Coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis.
Synonyms:fiber
Usage: Fruits and vegetables should be eaten every day to ensure that one gets enough roughage in his diet.
Article of the Day

Looted Art

For millennia, artworks have been looted during times of war. By the time Alexander the Great invaded Egypt in 332 BCE, the tombs of almost all the Pharaohs had already been looted, and as recently as the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, thieves looted Baghdad's national museum. Much of the Louvre's collection was amassed through Napoleon's systematic plundering, an example the Nazis followed in WWII, looting an estimated 20% of the art in Europe. What happened to this art after Germany's defeat? More...
This Day in History

Tokyo Tower Completed (1958)

In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was searching for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, architects designed the 1,093-foot- (333-meter-) tall Tokyo Tower, the world's tallest self-supporting steel structure. Today, the Tokyo Tower serves as a television and radio communications tower and is also a major tourist attraction. What was the source of about a third of the metal used in the tower's construction? More...
Today's Birthday

Yousuf Karsh (1908)

Karsh was a Canadian photographer of Armenian descent noted for his portraits of the world's most prominent figures. Born in Turkey, he immigrated to Canada at 16, after losing his sister in the Armenian Genocide. He opened his own studio in the early 1930s and was appointed official portrait photographer of the Canadian government in 1935. His portrait of a scowling and defiant Winston Churchill is said to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. What made Churchill so mad? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

Festivus (2015)

The holiday of Festivus first originated on the Seinfeld television program in the 1990s. The character Frank Costanza, father of George Costanza, invented the holiday when he found that the usual year-end holidays did not fulfill him. Festivus, he explains, is "for the rest of us." To mark Festivus, a plain aluminum pole is placed in a bucket of cement. One by one, those present grab the pole and air their grievances about how other people disappointed them in the past year. After this comes the "feats of strength," in which all those present try to subdue the head of the household. More...
In the News

Lucky Lamborghini Winner Reckless or Luckless?

Car enthusiasts will likely wince when they hear what one US man who won a $380,000 Murcielago Roadster did just hours after it was delivered—he crashed it. David Dopp was giving family and friends rides in his new luxury sports car when it hit a patch of ice, started spinning, and crashed through some fence posts before coming to rest in a field. The Lamborghini sustained front-end damage, a punctured wheel, and scratches. Luckily for Dopp, the car was insured and will be repaired. Once the car is fixed, however, Dopp will have to part with it for good. The taxes on the car and the $7,000 annual insurance premiums are beyond his means, so he will have to sell it. More...
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