Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

soul-searching

Definition:(noun) A penetrating examination of one's motives, convictions, and attitudes.
Synonyms:self-analysis
Usage: Mary's therapist told her she was going to have to be introspective and do much soul-searching if she hoped to learn what was at the root of her depression.
Article of the Day

Lahars

A lahar is a destructive mudflow that travels down the slopes of a volcano when water, often from a heavy rainfall, lake breakout, or water body or glacier displaced or melted by an eruption, mixes with rocky debris and volcanic ash. Lahars can travel up to 60 mph (100 km/h) and are similar to concrete in consistency. In 1985, lahars created by the eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz buried 22,000 people in 26 ft (8 m) of mud. What places are considered to be particularly at risk for lahars? More...
This Day in History

Riot at Ten-Cent Beer Night (1974)

In a disastrous effort to increase ticket sales, the Cleveland Indians decided to hold a "Ten-Cent Beer Night," allowing attendees to purchase unlimited cups of beer for just 10 cents each, during a home game against the Texas Rangers. The promotion did boost attendance, however, it also created a stadium full of drunken spectators who disrupted early innings of the game with streaking and flashing. Eventually, a violent mob flooded the field and clashed with players. How did the game end? More...
Today's Birthday

Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867)

Mannerheim was a Finnish-born soldier and statesman. A career officer in the Russian imperial army from 1889 to 1917, he went on to command the anti-Bolshevik forces in the Finnish Civil War and expelled the Soviet forces, serving as regent of Finland until the new republic was declared. He served as commander-in-chief of Finnish forces in the Russo-Finnish War and was named president of Finland in 1944, after which he negotiated a peace agreement with the Soviets. Why did he resign in 1946? More...
Quotation of the Day
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet; the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand—and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

a wild goose never laid a tame egg

Something will not be spontaneously different from that which came before. The phrase is used to describe things that are determined by nature and the environment, or else inherited from the generation before. More...
Today's Holiday

Malaysia Birthday of SPB Yangdi-Pertuan Agong

Malaysia practices a system of government based on a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the king, also known as Seri Paduka Baginda (SPB) Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Although the term "king" is used, this is not a hereditary position—the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term. Every year, the first Saturday in June is set aside as a national holiday in Malaysia to celebrate the birthday of the current and past SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agongs. More...
In the News

Teen Sells Kidney for iPad 2

After her 17-year-old son came home sporting a large red scar and in possession of expensive new electronic devices, a Chinese mother made a horrifying discovery—her child had sold one of his kidneys in exchange for 22,000 yuan, about $3,392. The boy says he did so because he wanted an iPad 2 but could not afford one. In 2006, the Chinese government banned the sale of human organs, but such transactions still take place on the black market. Authorities are now investigating the incident. More...
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