Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

poultice

Definition:(noun) A soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance, usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body.
Synonyms:cataplasm, plaster
Usage: I heard from the ship's doctor that he had been obliged to put a large mustard poultice on this very gentleman's stomach.
Article of the Day

Dol Hareubang

Found on Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea, dol hareubang statues are associated with fertility and protection from demons. Their distinctive features include mushroom-shaped hats and large, bulging eyes. Though their origin is uncertain, the large stone statues are today one of the most widely recognized symbols of the island, and replicas of them are sold as souvenirs to visitors of the popular honeymoon destination. What does the name dol hareubang mean? More...
This Day in History

Central African Federation Collapses (1963)

The Central African Federation was a semi-independent state in southern Africa that existed from 1953 to 1963. Created by the British government to unite the self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia with the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, the federation ultimately crumbled when black African nationalists demanded a greater share of power than the dominant minority white population was willing to concede. What are Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland called today? More...
Today's Birthday

Isma'il Pasha (1830)

Isma'il Pasha was appointed viceroy of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire and was involved with work on the Suez Canal. He planned but failed to unify the Nile valley by creating a new southern Egyptian province in the Sudan. Educated in Paris and sent on diplomatic missions throughout Europe, he helped to modernize Egypt before being dismissed by the sultan because of fiscal mismanagement. The enormous debt he incurred led to the British occupation of Egypt in 1882. Who captured his son Hassan? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Hogmanay (2015)

In Scotland and the northern part of England, the last day of the year is known as Hogmanay. Scottish children used to call at the homes of the wealthy on this day and ask for their traditional gift of an oatmeal cake. They would call out, "Hogmanay!" and recite traditional rhymes or sing songs in return for which they'd be given their cakes to take home. Today, Hogmanay is celebrated much as is New Year's Eve around the rest of the Western world, with street and house parties. Such fire ceremonies as torchlight processions and lighting New Year's fires are popular traditions as well. More...
In the News

Sunken Soviet Sub Found by Swedes

More than seven decades after it disappeared while on patrol in the Baltic Sea, a World War II-era Soviet submarine has been located. Civilian divers came across the submarine's wreckage this summer in waters southeast of the Baltic island of Öland, and the Swedish Armed Forces recently confirmed the find. Video and photographs of the wreckage show that the sub had been blown apart, and the prevailing theory is that a German mine was responsible for this—a likely scenario given that the area in which the sub was found had been heavily mined by the Germans during the war. More...
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