Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

pernicious

Definition:(adjective) Tending to cause death or serious injury.
Synonyms:baneful, pestilent, deadly
Usage: The pernicious effects of alcoholism are well documented in the medical literature.
Article of the Day

Atlantis

According to legend, Atlantis was an ancient island that long ago sank into the sea and was lost. Plato is the primary source of the legend, writing in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias of the flourishing Atlantean civilization and the island's destruction 9,000 years before his time. Many have sought the missing island to no avail. While it likely never existed as Plato described, elements of his story may have been drawn from real events. What does he say sank Atlantis? 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
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and it may not have been an accident. Ukraine has accused terrorists of shooting down the commercial flight, while the rebels have pointed the finger back at Ukraine. All 295 persons on board—280 passengers and 15 crew—are presumed dead. This is the second tragedy to strike the airline this year. In March, another flight went missing without a trace, and it has yet to be found. More...
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