Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

avowal

Definition:(noun) An open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.
Synonyms:avouchment
Usage: He had no right to extort a confession of attachment from me when he had made no correspondent avowal himself.
Article of the Day

Borobudur

Borobudur is a magnificent 9th-century Buddhist shrine located in Java, Indonesia. The ruins resemble a stepped pyramid, and its intricately carved blocks of stone illustrate the life of the Buddha. A seated Buddha may be seen from three platforms above the seven stone terraces that encircle the pyramid. The simple and spacious upper terraces carry 72 bell-shaped shrines, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Hidden for centuries, Borobudur was rediscovered in the 19th century by whom? More...
This Day in History

Chinese Seize Control of Taiwan from Dutch East India Company (1662)

In 1624, the Dutch founded forts in southern Taiwan. Two years later, the Spanish occupied the northern part of the island. The Dutch expelled the Spanish in 1641 and assumed control of the entire island but were, in turn, forced to abandon it when Koxinga, a general of the Ming dynasty of China, successfully laid siege to the main Dutch settlement, Fort Zeelandia, and took the island in 1662, establishing an independent kingdom. What happened to the colony's governor, Frederick Coyett? More...
Today's Birthday

Langston Hughes (1902)

Hughes was an American poet and a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. His writing is largely concerned with depicting African-American life, particularly the experience of the urban African American, and often uses dialect and jazz rhythms. Along with several collections of poetry, Hughes published numerous other works, including several plays, books for children, and novels. While working as a busboy, Hughes launched his literary career by presenting his poems to what poet as he dined? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

riffraff

Undesirable, disreputable, or vulgar people, often used in a condescending manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Imbolc

One of the "Greater Sabbats" during the Wiccan year, Imbolc celebrates the coming of spring and the recovery of the Earth Goddess after giving birth to the Sun God at Yule. The Greater Sabbats (or Sabbaths) take place four times a year, at the Cross-Quarter Days of February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. In ancient days, some of these were huge get-togethers that involved dancing, singing, and feasting all night. Revolving around the changing of the seasons and the breeding of animals, they served as a way to give thanks for the bounties of the earth. More...
In the News

Several Years On, Los 33 Struggling

On October 13, 2010, the world collectively held its breath as 33 brave miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine were painstakingly hauled to the surface one by one. However, after the news crews moved on, the miners, promised all manner of support at the time of their rescue, found themselves in many ways abandoned. It has been over three years, and the men have yet to see any compensation from the mine's owners. More than half never got the pensions they were promised. A civil suit against the mine owners is still pending, but in the meantime, the miners are struggling to cope. More...
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