Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

transliterate

Definition:(verb) To represent (letters or words) in the corresponding characters of another alphabet.
Synonyms:transcribe
Usage: The Arabic text had to be transliterated for the American actors so that they could learn to speak their lines convincingly.
Article of the Day

The Old Believers

The Old Believers were Russian dissenters who were excommunicated in 1667, after refusing to accept liturgical reforms imposed on the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Nikon. Numbering in the millions in the 17th century, they endured persecution until 1905, when Czar Nicholas II signed an act of religious freedom. In 1971, the council of the Russian Orthodox Church revoked the anathemas imposed upon the Old Believers. What were some of the changes included in Nikon's reforms? More...
This Day in History

Napalm Incendiary Bombs Dropped for First Time by US Air Force (1944)

Napalm is an organic compound used to thicken gasoline for use as an incendiary in flamethrowers and firebombs. The thickened mixture burns more slowly and can be propelled more accurately and farther than gasoline. When it comes in contact with surfaces, including the human body, it sticks and continues to burn. It was developed and first used by the US in World War II. Its use in the Vietnam War became highly controversial. "Napalm" is a combination of what two words? More...
Today's Birthday

S.Y. Agnon (1888)

Agnon was an Israeli writer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest modern Hebrew novelists and short-story writers. Born into a Polish Galician family in what is now Ukraine, Agnon settled in Palestine in 1907. His fiction explores Jewish life from the late 18th century to the post-WWI period. The Day Before Yesterday, perhaps his greatest novel, examines the problems faced by the westernized Jewish immigrant to Israel. In 1966, Agnon shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

good job

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Lu Pan (2016)

This holiday commemorates the birth of Lu Pan, the Taoist patron saint of carpenters and builders. In Hong Kong, people in the construction industry observe the day with banquets to give thanks for their good fortune in the past year; they also pay their respects at noon at the Lu Pan Temple in Kennedy TownKennedy Town. Because his inventions are indispensable to building, it is common practice at the start of major construction projects for employees to have feasts, burn incense, and offer prayers to Lu Pan so that he may protect them and the construction work from disaster. More...
In the News

Lost Rainbow Toad Rediscovered in Borneo

After months of searching remote mountain forests for the Bornean rainbow toad, last seen 87 years ago and never before photographed, scientists from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak rediscovered the toxic creature. The team was also able to capture the first photographs of the toad, which is covered with brightly colored warts and has long, spindly limbs. As it was last spotted in the 1920s, the toad was feared to be extinct and had been designated by Conservation International, which launched its Global Search for Lost Amphibians in 2010, as one of the "world's top 10 most wanted frogs." More...
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