Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

absolutism

Definition:(noun) A form of government in which all power is vested in a single ruler or other authority.
Synonyms:dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, despotism
Usage: Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life.
Article of the Day

MREs

An MRE—or Meal, Ready-to-Eat—is a complete, self-contained field ration provided to members of the US military. MREs are carefully developed to provide enough calories for soldiers in the field and may include condiments, utensils, and matches. They are lightweight and capable of withstanding a parachute drop. Today, MREs come in 24 varieties, some of which are reportedly more palatable than others—inspiring such nicknames as "Meals, Rarely Edible." What is the shelf life of an MRE? More...
This Day in History

US Planes Embark on First Successful Aerial Circumnavigation Attempt (1924)

Just two decades after the first successful powered flight, pilots from the US Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The trip took 175 days, and not all of it was smooth sailing—or flying, as it were. Weeks after the group of four airplanes set out from Seattle, Washington, one crashed in Alaska. Luckily, the crew survived, as did that of another of the planes, which later went down over the Atlantic. How many of the original planes completed the journey? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Henry Gosse (1810)

An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund, who was also his what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

can't be bothered

Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably.) More...
Today's Holiday

Chakri Day (2016)

Chakri Day is a national holiday in Thailand to commemorate the enthronement of Rama I, who founded the Chakri Dynasty in 1782. He was born Chao Phraya Chakri in 1737 and had become Thailand's leading general when a palace coup took place in Thon Buri. The dynasty he established has headed the country to this day, although the end of absolute monarchy came in 1932. The king was given the title Rama after his death. Ceremonies on April 6 honor his deeds and the founding of Bangkok as the capital. More...
In the News

Alarming New Bird Flu Strain Emerging in China

Flu experts and epidemiologists are scrambling to figure out just how concerned we need to be about a new strain of bird flu that has begun making its way into the human population. More than a dozen people in China have been sickened by the H7N9 virus and six have already died as a result. Thankfully, there is no evidence to suggest that the strain is able to spread from person to person. Scientists and world leaders are closely monitoring the situation and have begun developing a vaccine in case it is needed. More...
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