Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

subside

Definition:(verb) Wear off or die down.
Synonyms:lessen
Usage: The doctor told me that the pain should subside during the night and that I should feel much better by morning.
Article of the Day

Church of St. George, Lalibela

The Church of St. George, Lalibela, is a monolithic church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, hewn entirely from a single block of stone. Known as Bete Giyorgis in Amharic—a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia—it was built in the early 13th century as the last of the 11 stone churches in the Lalibela area. According to Ethiopian cultural history, the church was built after King Lalibela had a vision in which he was instructed to construct the church. According to the story, who told him to do so? More...
This Day in History

Gustav III of Sweden Dies of Infected Gunshot Wound (1792)

Gustav III was King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792. Having inherited a weakened Swedish throne, he established a new constitution that increased the crown's power. His numerous enlightened reforms antagonized the nobility, and when a group of Swedish officers mutinied during his unpopular war on Russia, he reinstated absolute monarchy. Gustav planned to form a league of European monarchs to oppose the French Revolution, but Swedish nobles had him assassinated. Where was Gustav when he was shot? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Jünger (1895)

Early in his career, Jünger, a German writer and WWI veteran, published novels based on his army experience. Strongly influenced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, they glorified war and its sacrifice as the greatest physical and mental stimulants. He later opposed Hitler and rejected his own militarism, expressing instead a desire for peace in his wartime diaries and in futuristic novels like On the Marble Cliffs, an allegorical attack on Nazism. What is Jünger's best known work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death!...Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

come close to blows

To nearly devolve into a physical fight. More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Martyrs' Day (2016)

Madagascar Martyrs' Day memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Madagascar had been a French colony since 1896 and then was named an overseas territory within the French Union in the 1946 constitution. On March 29, 1947, the people staged a nationalist uprising against colonial forces. Casualties from the conflict were reported as high as 80,000. French military courts tried the leaders of the revolt and executed 20 of them. On March 29, the Malagasy government and people remember those patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country's freedom. More...
In the News

Turmeric Component Can Detect Explosives

Curcumin, the molecule that gives turmeric its orangey-yellow color, is already used as an antioxidant, chemoprotective, and anti-inflammatory, but researchers now plan to put it to use as an explosives-detecting agent. As the substance gathers molecules of explosive material from the air, its light emitting properties change in a measurable way. By harnessing these properties, researchers hope to develop inexpensive, portable, easy-to-use devices that can detect the presence of explosives and help in the process of clearing the estimated 60 to 70 million land mines still buried throughout the world. More...
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