Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

venerate

Definition:(verb) To hold in deep respect.
Synonyms:revere
Usage: In our culture, we venerate the elderly and pay heed to their wisdom.
Article of the Day

Bampfylde Moore Carew, King of the Beggars

Carew was an English rogue and vagabond who became a folk hero after The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew was published in 1745. The book portrayed him as a roaming trickster who lived off the money he made deceiving the wealthy. Carew's ruses included claiming alms as a shipwrecked sailor, dressing as an old woman, posing as a rat-catcher, and faking smallpox. Carew claimed to have been elected "King of the Beggars" by members of what group after the death of their leader? More...
This Day in History

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More...
Quotation of the Day
Yesterday, n.: The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

good going

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

Marine Day (Umi no Hi)

This holiday was established in 1941 to mark the return of Meiji the Great (1852-1912), Japan's 122nd emperor, from the northern island of Hokkaido in 1876. The vessel that transported the emperor, the Meiji-Maru, has been preserved as a national treasure and is open for public viewing on Marine Day. With the festival's new focus on marine environmental issues, organizations take advantage of the day to raise awareness by scheduling seaside cleanups and other special events. For Japanese schoolchildren, Marine Day also marks the beginning of their summer vacation. More...
In the News

Indian Schoolchildren Sickened and Killed by Contaminated Lunch

At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Bihar have died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India's Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world's largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook's warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More...
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