Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

wizened

Definition:(adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms:shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage: The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile.
Article of the Day

The Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan laws protect those who choose to aid people who are injured or ill. The laws are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist strangers in emergency situations due to fear of being prosecuted for injury or wrongful death. The law takes its name from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, in which a man from Samaria helps someone who has been beaten, robbed, and ignored by other passers-by. What country has gained notoriety for its poor treatment of Good Samaritans? 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
One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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

Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

The next time you take a flight, you may want to check that the passenger next you is human. Last week, Athena, a humanoid robot, took what was hailed as the first flight by a robot as a paying passenger on a commercial airline. Built by an American robotics company, Athena was accompanied on her flight from Los Angeles to Germany by researchers from the Max Planck Society, who are exploring the potential for robots to do life-threatening jobs, such as cleaning up nuclear waste. The flight served no scientific purpose, but Athena's handlers said buying a seat was cheaper than stowing the robot as cargo. More...
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