Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

pokey

Definition:(noun) A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence).
Synonyms:jail, slammer, clink
Usage: The burglar was caught red-handed and thrown in the pokey.
Article of the Day

The Slow Loris

With gradual, quiet movements, the aptly-named slow loris adeptly creeps up on its insect prey. However, the unhurried pace and adorable appearance of the small, wide-eyed primate make it a prime target for the exotic—and illegal—pet trade. Though lorises are venomous—they are known to slather their young in toxic saliva for protection—traders minimize the danger they pose to owners by removing their teeth. What unusual loris-derived food product is used for pain relief in traditional medicine? More...
This Day in History

Chávez Leads Coup d'État against Venezuelan President Pérez (1992)

In 1989, Venezuelan President Carlos Pérez returned to office amid demonstrations and riots sparked by deteriorating social conditions. Three years later, Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez led an unsuccessful coup against Pérez and was jailed as a result. Pérez escaped another coup attempt later that year, but in 1993 he was removed from office on corruption charges and later imprisoned on charges of embezzlement and misuse of public funds. When did Chávez become president? More...
Today's Birthday

Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (1917)

Yahya Khan was the president of Pakistan from 1969 to 1971. As president, he inherited a two-decade old constitutional problem of interethnic rivalry, complicated by economic grievances and the problem of transforming a virtual autocracy into a democracy. He declared martial law, but it failed to curb domestic unrest, and civil war between East and West Pakistan broke out. Pakistan's army was defeated, and Yahya Khan resigned after the establishment of what independent republic in 1971? More...
Quotation of the Day
As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

15 minutes of fame

A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agatha Festival

Sant' Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania's various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks that are carved with episodes from the saint's martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More...
In the News

Poisoning Suspected in Deaths of 10 Endangered Elephants

The smallest elephant subspecies, the Borneo pygmy elephant is growing ever rarer as its population dwindles due to logging, hunting, and other human activities. With fewer than 1,500 of these elephants now in the wild, conservationists are concerned about their very survival. However, it would appear that not everyone feels kindly toward these endangered animals. In recent weeks, 10 of the elephants at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state were found dead under suspicious circumstances, and officials suspect that they were deliberately poisoned. More...
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