Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

malcontent

Definition:(adjective) Discontented as toward authority.
Synonyms:disaffected, ill-affected, rebellious
Usage: The film follows three malcontent teenagers as they gather a following of like-minded peers and wreak havoc with their attempts to buck the system.
Article of the Day

The Disappearance of Donald Crowhurst

In October 1968, Crowhurst entered a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race from England. A weekend sailor, he was gravely unprepared in a dangerously inadequate boat but had invested heavily in the race. Realizing he would face death if he continued past Africa but would face humiliation and ruin if he quit, he chose to linger in the Atlantic until the end of the race and then slip back in for the last leg. Seven months later, his boat was found adrift without him. What happened? More...
This Day in History

Tanganyika and Zanzibar Merge to Form Tanzania (1964)

Located in central East Africa, Tanzania has been inhabited by humans or their ancestors perhaps longer than any other place on Earth, with hominid fossils discovered there dating back over two million years. The country of Tanzania is a more recent development, forming in 1964 with the merger of two newly independent republics—Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The former leaders of Tanganyika and Zanzibar then became Tanzania's first president and vice president. What is Tanzania's official language? More...
Today's Birthday

John James Audubon (1785)

Audubon was a US ornithologist and artist known for his drawings and paintings of North American birds. After failing in business, he concentrated on compiling his extraordinary four-volume Birds of America, published between 1827 and 1838. Though his bird poses are sometimes unrealistic—the result of painting dead birds wired into position—and some details are inaccurate, his studies were fundamental to New World ornithology. How many bird species are featured in Birds of America? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation never falls but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

do the right thing

To act or behave correctly, appropriately, or with the best intentions. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanzania Union Day

On April 26, 1964, the East African countries of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Union Day celebrates this merger. In the city of Dar es Salaam, speeches and a parade mark Union Day. Dignitaries from nearby countries join Tanzanian government officials in these festivities. In 2004, to mark Union Day, Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa pardoned nearly 4,500 prisoners who had been sentenced for minor crimes or who had less than three years to serve of a longer sentence. More...
In the News

Rare White Orca Spotted off Russian Coast

Scientists have captured the first images of an adult white orca—or killer whale—in the wild. Iceberg, as he has been affectionately named, was spotted swimming with his pod off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia. Orcas are typically black, with white on their undersides, above each eye, and on each flank. Until now, the only all-white orcas that had been observed were young, and none had ever been recorded surviving into adulthood. Researchers hope that future observation will help them determine whether Iceberg is a true albino or whether some other factor is responsible for his unique lack of pigmentation. More...
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