Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

agendum

Definition:(noun) Something to be done, especially an item on a program or list.
Synonyms:order of business
Usage: It was getting late, so the members of the board decided to leave the last agendum for the next meeting.
Article of the Day

Chinatown

A Chinatown is a section of an urban area outside of China that is associated with a large number of Chinese residents or commercial activities. These are most common in Southeast Asia and North America. Today, some Chinatowns are focused on commercial tourism while others are actual living and working communities; some are a synthesis of both. Many Chinatowns have beautifully crafted paifang, large red arched entrance structures. Who traditionally financed paifang construction? More...
This Day in History

Pueblo Revolt Begins (1680)

The Pueblo Revolt was an uprising of Native American communities against Spanish colonization in New Mexico. Organized by a medicine man called Popé and other Pueblo leaders, the uprising led to the deaths of some 400 colonists and missionaries and forced the surviving Spaniards to retreat to El Paso, freeing the Pueblo of Spanish rule for the first time in 82 years. However, internal dissension and Apache raids soon weakened the unity of the Pueblo. What happened in 1692 after Popé's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Darrow (1889)

Darrow was a heating engineer who is generally credited with developing "Monopoly," a board game in which players compete to purchase real estate and bankrupt their opponents, though there is evidence that he merely adapted Elizabeth Magie's realty and taxation game "The Landlord's Game." "Monopoly" was initially rejected by Parker Brothers, but after Darrow met with success selling the game himself, the toy firm reconsidered and bought it in 1935. What were their initial objections? More...
Quotation of the Day
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

Elysian Fields

A place or time of perfect, happy contentment, likened to the paradisiacal afterlife of Greek mythology. More...
Today's Holiday

Ecuador Independence Day

Independence Day, or National Day, in Ecuador celebrates its independence movement of 1809. Freedom from Spanish rule was finally achieved on May 24, 1822. (That event is commemorated each year on May 24 with another holiday called Battle of Pichincha Day.) Patriotic festivities are held throughout the country, but particularly in the colorful capital city of Quito. More...
In the News

These Parasitic Wasps Turn Spiders into Web-Building Zombies

You do not want to mess with the Reclinervellus nielseni wasp. Especially if you're a spider. These parasitic wasps deposit their eggs onto spiders, which, yuck. But it gets worse: the wasp larvae force spiders to build reinforced webs to keep them safe ... More...
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