Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

farinaceous

Definition:(adjective) Composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency.
Synonyms:grainy, granular, gritty, coarse-grained, mealy
Usage: My husband's cooking efforts have left a farinaceous residue in my frying pan that I do not look forward to cleaning.
Article of the Day

Academic Fencing

Academic fencing is a traditional form of sword-fighting practiced primarily by members of college fraternities in German-speaking countries. During a bout, or mensur, participants exchange blows without moving their feet. Flinching or dodging is not allowed, as the aim is less to avoid injury than to endure it stoically. While protective clothing makes serious injury rare in modern bouts, facial wounds are common, and the scars are seen as a badge of honor. How does one win such a match? More...
This Day in History

United States Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the US embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks, linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to American attention and resulted in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. The bombings took place on the eighth anniversary of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Bunche (1904)

Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General. In what unusual way did he conduct many of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a bit out of it

Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out. More...
Today's Holiday

Dublin Irish Festival

During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as the ceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations. More...
In the News

Curiosity Lands on Martian Soil

After an 8-month, 352 million-mile (567 million-kilometer) journey, the multibillion-dollar Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, touched down on the surface of Mars early Monday morning. NASA scientists waited with bated breath through the challenging landing and rejoiced at the news that it was a success. A few minutes later, the rover transmitted its first pictures from the planet's surface. Curiosity will spend the next couple of years studying the climate and geology of Mars, assessing the planet's capacity to support life. More...
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