Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 08, 2011)
Word of the Day

remunerative

Definition:(adjective) For which money is paid.
Synonyms:compensable, paying, salaried, stipendiary
Usage: I have worked as an unpaid intern for long enough and am now seeking remunerative employment.
Article of the Day

Bisha'a

Also known as "ordeal by fire," Bisha'a is a ritual practiced by some Bedouin tribes for the purpose of lie detection. In cases where no evidence of an alleged transgression exists, the accused is asked to lick a hot metal object, such as a spoon or ladle. His tongue is subsequently inspected by the official who presides over the ceremony. If his tongue is burnt, he is deemed to have been lying. What physiological response might make liars more susceptible to burns during this ritual? More...
This Day in History

8888 Popular Uprising (1988)

In the early 1970s, various insurgent groups controlled about one third of Burma. Economic strife and ethnic tensions throughout the 1970s and 80s led to antigovernment riots that began on August 8, 1988—08-08-88—and led to the resignation of President Ne Win. Succeeding governments failed to restore order, and the military seized control under the name of the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Burma was renamed Myanmar three years later. What 1995 film is set during the 8888 uprising? More...
Today's Birthday

Esther Hobart Morris (1814)

Morris was the first female justice of the peace in the US. A mother of three, she began her tenure as justice in 1870, after the previous justice resigned in protest of Wyoming's passage of the women's suffrage amendment. She attracted national attention and tried some 70 cases, becoming a legendary figure in the suffrage movement. The state of Wyoming officially commemorated her role as a leading suffragist in 1890. Why then is the extent of her contribution to the suffrage movement debated? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

brainwave

A sudden idea or moment of inspiration; a brainstorm. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Rhode Island) (2016)

V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) commemorates the anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allies in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and the Soviet Union's invasion of Manchuria in the previous week made the surrender inevitable. V-J Day is a legal holiday only in the state of Rhode Island, where it is called Victory Day. It is celebrated on the second Monday of August. More...
In the News

Indonesians Turn to Track Therapy for Cures

To many, it goes without saying that train tracks are a dangerous place to be lying around, but in Indonesia, where the practice of so-called electric therapy has surged in popularity, officials have had to erect a sign warning of the dangers of lying on railroad tracks and threatening fines and prison time for those caught doing so. Proponents of the risky therapy say the electric current that runs through one's body when it is stretched across the rails can cure a host of diseases, but medical professionals say there is no evidence that the practice works and that it could in fact damage vital organs. More...
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