Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

spongy

Definition:(adjective) Easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility.
Synonyms:squishy, squashy
Usage: I like nothing better than butter on a slice of freshly baked, spongy white bread.
Article of the Day

Tupac Amaru II

Born José Gabriel Condorcanqui, Tupac Amaru II was a leader of the indigenous people of Peru who adopted name of the last Inca leader, a man executed by the Spaniards for leading a rebellion in 1572. After failing to persuade officials to improve living and working conditions for indigenous Peruvians, Amaru II led a rebellion against Spain in 1780. He was soon captured and brutally executed. His entire family was also killed, with the exception of his 12-year-old son. What became of him? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)

The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during World War I between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." The Allies had planned to launch the attack sooner, but were delayed by what? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its "appalling ugliness"? More...
Quotation of the Day
States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

nice one

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

Myanmar Martyrs' Day

On July 19, 1947, Aung San and six of his cabinet members, including his older brother, were assassinated during an Executive Council meeting. His political adversary, U Saw, was found guilty of participating in the assassinations and was later executed for his part in the killings. July 19 has been declared Martyr's Day, a national holiday on which the people of Myanmar remember their slain leader Aung San. On this day, the country holds a moment of silence, and a ceremony is held as family members of Aung San and the other assassinated cabinet members lay wreaths on their tombs. More...
In the News

Ecuador Temporarily Bans Alcohol Sales

In an effort to stop contaminated alcoholic beverages from reaching consumers, Ecuador temporarily banned the sale of alcohol throughout the entire country. Authorities imposed the three-day ban after 21 people died and more than 100 were sickened over the course of a week as a result of drinking bootleg liquor containing methanol, an industrial-grade alcohol that is toxic to humans. Most of the deaths were in Los Ríos province, prompting authorities there to implement an alcohol ban, but after reports of bootleg liquor in other provinces surfaced, the ban was extended nationwide. More...
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