Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

prorogue

Definition:(verb) Hold back to a later time.
Synonyms:postpone, put off, defer, set back, shelve, table, remit, hold over
Usage: My students begged me to prorogue the upcoming European history exam so that they could have more time to study.
Article of the Day

The Photophone

Though Alexander Graham Bell is best known for his telephone, he was proudest of his photophone, a device that uses rays of light to transmit sound. He made the first wireless call with it in 1880 and was so smitten with the invention that, to his wife's dismay, he wanted to name his second daughter "Photophone." Although outdoor interference from rain and clouds made the device impractical and it never caught on, it is considered the precursor to what modern method of information transfer? More...
This Day in History

King Alexander I of Serbia Assassinated (1903)

Twelve-year-old Alexander Obrenovic became king of Serbia in 1889, when his father, King Milan I, abdicated. Proclaiming himself of age in 1893, he took over the government, abolished the relatively liberal constitution of 1889, and restored the conservative one of 1869. In 1903, after Alexander temporarily suspended the liberal constitution he had granted in 1901 so that he could replace certain government officials, he and his wife were assassinated. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918. Her older sister, Elizabeth, was the first woman licensed to do what in Britain? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Chagu-Chagu Umakko

People in Morioka, a horse-breeding district of Iwate Prefecture in Japan, hold the Chagu-Chagu Umakko Festival to honor the god of horses. The parade begins at the Komagata-jinja shrine and ends at the Morioka Hachimangu shrine. Using white ropes, people lead richly decorated horses to the shrines. When they reach the shrine, prayers are said for the horses' well-being and the owners' financial success. Chagu-chagu refers to the sound of the bells that are hung on the horses' heads; Umakko comes from uma, the Japanese word for "horse." More...
In the News

Oreos Filled with Chewing Gum?

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is now the largest automobile market in the world, and is expected to be the top market for luxury goods by 2015. The rise in Chinese prosperity and consumption has led many Western companies to tailor their products to suit local preferences. Levi Strauss & Co. has done so literally, creating a brand of blue jeans to better fit Chinese body types. KFC has attempted to cater to local tastes by serving a rice porridge dish alongside its fried chicken. However, not all products make it out of the development phase, like the Oreo cookie with a chewing gum center that was tested by Kraft Foods. More...
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