Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

stockpile

Definition:(noun) Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.
Synonyms:reserve, backlog
Usage: Over the years, Gina has amassed quite a stockpile of office supplies from her job.
Article of the Day

Late 16th-Century European Fashions

From 1550 to 1600, European fashions became increasingly opulent. Garments were embellished with slashed and puffed fabric and gemstones. Ruffs grew from a narrow frill at the neck to a broad "cartwheel" style requiring wire support. Women dressed in bodices with narrower sleeves and fuller skirts, with supportive farthingales underneath. Men sported linen shirts with ruffs, doublets, jerkins, hose, and stockings. Platform shoes, called chopines, also originated at this time. How tall were they? More...
This Day in History

Farhud Begins (1941)

During the Farhud, the pogrom carried out against the Jewish population of Baghdad after the fall of the short-lived pro-Nazi government of Rashid Ali, rioters killed about 200 Jews and injured hundreds more. It took place during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and, according to some, marked a turning point for Iraq's 150,000 Jews, who were thereafter targeted for persecution. Jews had lived in Iraq since about 600 BCE, but by 1951, 80% had left. How many Jews are thought to live in Baghdad now? More...
Today's Birthday

John Marshall Harlan (1833)

After commanding a Union regiment in the American Civil War, Harlan served as a state attorney general before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. During his tenure, which lasted until his death in 1911, he became the court's outstanding liberal justice and one of the most forceful dissenters in its history. His best-known dissenting opinion came in Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the Supreme Court established what infamous doctrine? More...
Quotation of the Day
Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

get in touch (with someone)

To initiate or establish contact or communication with someone More...
Today's Holiday

Kenya Madaraka Day (2016)

June 1 is a public holiday set aside to commemorate the day that Kenya became a self-ruling nation. On this day, the main event takes place at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. The President addresses the nation, and the uniformed military, singers, and traditional dancers from around the country provide entertainment for the crowds. The day is full of festive activities, including family picnics and games in the public parks. Many people take this opportunity to go back to their hometowns for the occasion, and often a big meal of goat or chicken is prepared for the special day. More...
In the News

Mutant Cockroaches Evolve Bait Avoidance Mechanism

Cockroaches have survived and thrived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years, but the hardy pests do—or at least did—have one fatal flaw: a sweet tooth. For years, humans have exploited this weakness in their efforts to fight cockroach infestations, baiting the pests with glucose-coated insecticide. Unfortunately, it seems that at least some German cockroaches have evolved a protective aversion to glucose, perceiving it as bitter rather than sweet. More...
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