Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

lampoon

Definition:(verb) Ridicule with satire.
Synonyms:satirize
Usage: Joe's coworkers lampoon his affected way of speaking.
Article of the Day

The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition

Born Eduard Schnitzer, Emin Pasha was a German explorer and doctor who served as a medical officer and governor in Equatoria, part of the Egyptian Sudan. In 1885, he was cut off from the outside world by a Mahdist uprising, prompting a European rescue mission. The rescue party undertook a year-long steamer ship journey through densely forested "Darkest Africa," where food was scarce, disease was rampant, and natives shot them with poison arrows. When they finally reached Pasha, how did he react? 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
The years teach much which the days never know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

Former President of Chad Charged in Senegal for Torture, Killings

He has spent nearly 23 years living freely in exile in Senegal, but now former Chadian president Hissene Habre is under arrest and facing charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and torture. The 70-year-old stands accused of killing and torturing tens of thousands of his opponents during his eight years in power. After he was deposed in 1990, Habre fled to Senegal, which had until now resisted international pressure to either extradite or try the alleged human rights abuser. Senegal's prosecution of Habre is an important milestone, as it is the first time an African country is trying the former leader of another for crimes against humanity. More...
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