Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

inextirpable

Definition:(adjective) Difficult or impossible to eradicate or destroy.
Synonyms:inexterminable
Usage: Some weeds seem inextirpable, but they all have at least one weakness that may be exploited.
Article of the Day

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Considered the father of modern conjuring, Houdin was a French magician after whom Harry Houdini named himself. Originally a clockmaker, he was celebrated for his optical illusions and mechanical devices. He was the first to use electromagnetism for his effects, and attributed his magic to natural instead of supernatural means. In 1856, he was sent to Algeria by the French government to counter the influence of the dervishes by outdoing their feats. What are some of his famous illusions? More...
This Day in History

José Rizal Executed by Firing Squad (1896)

Rizal was a Philippine nationalist, author, and physician. In 1886, he published his first novel, a diatribe against Spanish administration and the religious orders in the Philippines. Angered, Spanish officials forced Rizal to leave his homeland. When he returned to Manila five years later, he was arrested as a revolutionary agitator. He was executed for treason four years after that, and his martyrdom incited a full-scale rebellion against Spanish rule. How many languages did Rizal speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Rudyard Kipling (1865)

Kipling was raised in England but returned to his birthplace, India, as a 16-year-old journalist. He soon became famous for his stories and poetry, which often feature the heat, strife, and ennui of India and romanticize British imperialism. While in the US in the 1890s, he published The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, stories of the boy Mowgli in the Indian jungle that have become children's classics. In 1907, he became the first English language writer to win what award? More...
Quotation of the Day
He did each single thing, as if he did nothing else.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2015)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
In the News

Mother-Toddler Relationship Linked to Obesity

A new study finds that toddlers who have poor relationships with their mothers are more likely to end up obese as teens. More than a quarter of those who scored lowest on mother-child relationship tests as toddlers were obese at age 15, whereas only 13 percent of the children who had good relationships with their mothers went on to become obese. Though the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers speculate that an overlap between the areas of the brain that govern stress and energy balance could affect appetite regulation and lead to weight gain. More...
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