Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-possession

Definition:(noun) The trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior.
Synonyms:self-command, willpower, self-control, self-will
Usage: My life depended on my keeping my self-possession, and the desperate nature of the situation lent me a desperate courage.
Article of the Day

Coup d'État

A coup d'état, French for "stroke of state," is a sudden, often violent overthrow of a government. Coups differ from revolutions in that coups are usually carried out by small groups of people in or previously in positions of authority to install their leaders as heads of government, while revolutions are mass uprisings by the people. Coups depend on surprise and speed and rarely change a country's basic social or economic policies. What current world leaders assumed power through coups? More...
This Day in History

Quebec City Founded by Samuel de Champlain (1608)

Frenchman Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City as a trading post at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and St. Charles rivers. From this and subsequent settlements Catholic missionaries, explorers, and fur traders pushed across N America. Begun with just 32 colonists, the city is now home to about 500,000. Most residents are of French descent, despite the fact that the area was ceded to the British in 1763. By what name was Quebec originally known? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski (1879)

Korzybski was a Polish-American linguist who developed a school of thought known as general semantics. He aimed to distinguish between words and the objects they describe, as well as between individual objects all described by the same word. He stressed the arbitrary nature of language and other symbols and the problems that result from misunderstanding their nature. Why did Korzybski once trick his students into eating dog biscuits during a lecture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Buy an annuity cheap, and make your life interesting to yourself and everybody else that watches the speculation.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

go to Canossa

To become or make oneself humble; to do a penance or seek absolution for some wrong. A reference to Canossa Castle in Emilia Romagna, Italy, where Emperor Henry IV humbled himself before Pope Gregory VII in 1077 to have his excommunication lifted. More...
Today's Holiday

Belarus Independence Day

After nearly 70 years under Soviet rule, Belarus declared its sovereignty on July 27, 1990, and issued its declaration of independence on August 25, 1991. Belarus officially became autonomous on December 26, 1991, as did other former Soviet republics. On April 2, 1997, however, a treaty was signed to unite Belarus with the Russian Federation. Thus, Belarus reverted to its earlier Independence Day, July 3, which commemorated the liberation of the capital, Minsk, from German occupation in 1944. More...
In the News

Report: UN Peacekeepers Brought Cholera to Haiti

According to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, evidence strongly suggests that the strain of cholera responsible for an epidemic in Haiti that has killed 5,500 people and sickened more than 363,000 others was brought there by UN peacekeepers from Nepal. The study is the first to establish a direct link between the arrival of the Nepalese force at a base near the town of Mirebalais and the appearance of the first cases of cholera a few days later. Poor sanitation at the base likely led to contamination of a nearby river, which then spread the disease. More...
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