Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

crackpot

Definition:(noun) A whimsically eccentric person.
Synonyms:fruitcake, nut case, screwball, crank
Usage: By wearing a tinfoil hat everywhere he goes, Mr. Williams has earned himself a reputation as the town crackpot.
Article of the Day

The Siege Tower

Dating to antiquity, siege towers were large, portable structures that aided soldiers in scaling defensive walls and shielded them as they did so. The massive towers were filled with soldiers and then wheeled up to the walls of a besieged fortress, whereupon gangplanks would be lowered to allow the invading force access. Archers and catapults were often positioned on top of the towers so that they could fire upon enemies during an assault. What protected the wooden towers from flaming arrows? More...
This Day in History

The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687)

Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway. What does the word "Parthenon" mean in Greek? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Hine (1874)

Hine was an American photographer whose career began shortly after he bought his first camera in 1903. Devoted to capturing images of the dark side of the industrial revolution in the US, he documented the poverty of immigrants and the plight of child laborers. The power of his images placed him at the forefront of 20th-century documentary photographers and helped bring about the passage of child labor laws. Some of his most famous images document the construction of what iconic skyscraper? More...
Quotation of the Day
The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have a good day

cliché An expression of farewell. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen September Revolution Day

Yemen observes two Revolution Days: one commemorates the revolutionary movement that overthrew the monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr on September 26, 1962, and helped pave the way for the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic. Before that could occur, however, British occupation of the area remained another force impeding independence. Revolts against the British then ensued in 1962-63, and, by 1967, the British granted Yemen its sovereignty. These revolts are commemorated on October 14. More...
In the News

New, Deadly Virus Linked to SARS

A new respiratory illness that has killed one and left another in critical condition has been identified, and researchers say the virus that causes it is in the same family as the SARS virus, which infected thousands and killed hundreds around the world in an outbreak in 2002 and 2003. International health authorities are on alert, but no travel restrictions have yet been issued, as there have been only two confirmed cases of the new illness thus far. Both of those cases have been traced to the Middle East, and there is no indication that the disease has spread. More...
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