Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

empower

Definition:(verb) Give or delegate power or authority to.
Synonyms:authorize
Usage: The army is now empowered to operate on a shoot-to-kill basis.
Article of the Day

Chinchorro Mummies

Dating to 6,000 BCE, the Chinchorro mummies of South America are the world’s oldest—a few thousand years older than their Egyptian counterparts. The Chinchorro mummification process evolved over centuries and typically involved removing the skin; stripping tissue from bone; replacing the tissue with ash paste, fur, or plant fiber; and re-covering the body with its skin. The face and other details were modeled in clay, and the body was painted. What was unique about the people who were mummified? More...
This Day in History

Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa's First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Today's Birthday

Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire's most popular films? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

every single one

Every individual person or item within a group, without exception. More...
Today's Holiday

Golden Spike Anniversary (2016)

This reenactment of the completion of America's transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, has been held since 1952. Reproductions of the Central Pacific's "Jupiter" and Union Pacific's "119" meet at the site of the ceremony. Then, the Golden Spike and three other spikes are tapped into a special railroad tie; at 12:47 PM, an ordinary iron "last spike" is driven into the last tie, and the message "D-O-N-E" is sent by ham radio to the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. More...
In the News

Smugglers Caught with Pills Made of Baby Flesh

Recent smuggling operations in South Korea lend a whole new meaning to the term human trafficking. Customs officials there have seized thousands of pills filled with the powdered flesh of babies and fetuses, which some believe can cure disease and boost stamina. Since August, the Korea Customs Service has foiled 35 attempts to smuggle the capsules into the country from China. Citing diplomatic concerns, officials declined to reveal information about who is producing the pills or how they are obtaining the human remains. More...
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