Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

ameliorate

Definition:(verb) To make better.
Synonyms:improve, amend
Usage: I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone.
Article of the Day

The Haka

The haka is a traditional dance of the Maori of New Zealand, performed by a group in unison and incorporating rhythmic shouting, foot stamping, and contorted facial expressions. It was traditionally performed when two groups met, whether for war or diplomacy. Many people today are familiar with this type of dance because it is performed by New Zealand's international rugby team, the All Blacks, while facing the opposing team before each match. How is the haka said to have originated? More...
This Day in History

The Fall of Saigon (1975)

On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People's Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country's capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugen Bleuler (1857)

Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia." While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against the prevailing opinion, that such patients were not incurable. "Schizophrenia" replaced what term for the disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

Don't call us, we'll call you.

cliché Do not be in further contact with us regarding your application/submission/inquiry/etc., we will contact you if we wish to proceed further (generally meaning that no such contact is to be expected). More...
Today's Holiday

May Day Eve (Czech Republic)

According to an old Czech superstition, witches try to enter people's homes on the eve of May Day and do them harm. The "Burning of the Witches" ceremony is observed in some parts of the country by building bonfires on the mountain tops. In Postupice, a town in the Bohemian region, a Maypole and Burning of the Witches Festival is held April 30-May 1 every year. The young men put up a maypole in the village square on the afternoon of April 30. The next day the burning of the witches takes place, when the villagers throw their broomsticks into the bonfire and burn the witches in effigy. More...
In the News

Hen Births Live, "Eggless" Chick

For one Sri Lankan chick, the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first may have an answer—because it emerged from its mother's body fully formed and without an egg. Examination of the mother hen found that a fertilized egg had developed within her reproductive system but then remained inside her body to incubate. After 21 days, the chick hatched and emerged from the hen. The hen died as a result of internal wounds caused by the unusual birth, but the chick survived and is doing well. More...
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