Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

skullduggery

Definition:(noun) Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
Synonyms:hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, slickness, trickery
Usage: No one trusted Glenn enough to invest in his new business venture, as he had a history of skullduggery.
Article of the Day

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA), or cage fighting, is a combat sport incorporating various fighting techniques. Professional bouts began in the US in the 1990s and were in the style of vale tudo—"anything goes" in Portuguese—but as MMA gained more mainstream popularity, some safety rules were adopted. Though it is often seen as brutal, MMA may actually be safer than boxing because it results in fewer knockouts. How many deaths have been attributed to injuries sustained in sanctioned MMA events? More...
This Day in History

Denmark Becomes a Constitutional Monarchy (1849)

After a flowering of literature and philosophy in the early 19th century, plans for a liberal, centralized constitution led Danish King Frederick VII to become involved in a war with Prussia over the status of the duchy of Schleswig-Holstein. Denmark was defeated and a new constitution was adopted, ending the absolute monarchy, securing civil rights for citizens, and establishing a bicameral parliament and wide suffrage. How many times has the constitution been rewritten since 1849? More...
Today's Birthday

Pancho Villa (1878)

Villa was a legendary Mexican guerrilla leader. He fought for land reform and joined with revolutionaries against dictator Porfirio Díaz as well as his successor but was forced to flee after breaking ties with Venustiano Carranza, who had assumed power in 1914. Angered by US support for Carranza, Villa raided a New Mexico town in 1916. A US force was sent to apprehend him, but he managed to evade capture. Three years after he was finally pardoned, he was assassinated. What was his real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

above the salt

Of or in a position of high standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "below" it. More...
Today's Holiday

World Environment Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day in 1972. The date was chosen because it marked the opening day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme. The General Assembly urges countries and organizations to mark this day with activities that educate people about threats to the environment and encourage them to strike a balance between development and concern for Earth's future. More...
In the News

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Starved Before Mass Stranding

In January, more than 800 crown-of-thorns starfish were found stranded on a beach in southern Japan, and now researchers believe they have discovered the cause of the mass stranding—the creatures were starving and too weak to return to the sea after they washed ashore. Crown-of-thorns starfish feed on coral and can consume up to 65 square feet (6 sq m) of living coral reef per year. In 2009, their population near the island of Ishigaki surged considerably, and since that time, the amount of coral in the area dwindled to nearly nothing. With their food source depleted, the starving starfish likely moved closer to the beach in search of more coral and became stranded. More...
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