Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

intransigent

Definition:(adjective) Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
Synonyms:adamant, inexorable, adamantine
Usage: My father is an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency.
Article of the Day

Glassblowing

Glassblowing is the art of shaping molten glass into a vessel by blowing air into it through a tube. Its processes have remained essentially the same since ancient times. Glass materials are fused at high temperatures, boiled down, skimmed, cooled several hundred degrees, and then blown. The manufacture of simple glass objects, like light bulbs, is now done by machines, but ornamental objects are still made using traditional methods. One key glassblowing tool is a "punty." What is it used for? More...
This Day in History

New York Draft Riots (1863)

The New York Draft Riots, in which more than 100 civilians were killed, were the largest civil insurrection in US history after the Civil War. The rioters were mainly working-class men who were angry because, for a $300 fee, the wealthy could buy their way out of the Civil War draft. The rioters burned draft headquarters and other buildings. Mobs also attacked African Americans, whom they blamed for the war. The riots are portrayed in an alternate-history novel co-written by what politician? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Caesar (100 BCE)

Caesar, a Roman general and statesman, formed the First Triumvirate with Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus. He later precipitated the Roman Civil War, defeating Pompey and becoming dictator for life. His dictatorial powers, however, inspired great resentment. He was in the midst of launching a series of political and social reforms when he was assassinated on the Ides of March by conspirators led by Cassius and Brutus. His commentaries on what wars are considered classic military documents? More...
Quotation of the Day
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. More...
Today's Holiday

Apollonian Games

Apollo was an ancient Greek god, but his fame had spread to Rome where he was adopted as a healing god during a plague in the fifth century BCE. The Romans first held the Ludi Apollinares, or Apollonian Games, in 212 BCE. Originally the Games took place on July 13; they turned into an eight-day event due to the event's success. An ox with gilded horns was sacrificed to Apollo, and everyone feasted. Of the eight days, two were devoted to games and races in the Circus Maximus, a huge outdoor arena, and the other six were devoted to plays in the theaters and market fairs. More...
In the News

WHO Launches Program to Eliminate TB in 33 Rich Countries

The burden of tuberculosis falls most heavily on poor countries, but the World Health Organization is hoping that programs targeting tuberculosis in wealthy nations will serve as a model that harder-hit countries will later be able to implement. Thirty-three rich countries are included in the new plan to reduce the tuberculosis infection rate 10-fold by 2035 and effectively eliminate it by 2050. Currently, these countries see about 155,000 new cases of tuberculosis each year, 10,000 of which prove fatal. More...
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