Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

bambino

Definition:(noun) A young child.
Synonyms:toddler, yearling, tot
Usage: Up on the hill, Aunt Joan sat with my new cousin on a picnic blanket, cradling the little bambino in her arms.
Article of the Day

Cannibal Holocaust

Released in 1980, the film Cannibal Holocaust was immediately successful—and controversial. The extremely graphic Italian exploitation film landed director Ruggero Deodato in the unusual position of having to prove in court that the murders shown were not real, but merely created by special effects. The film's supporters claim that it is not only one of the greatest horror movies ever filmed but also a serious social commentary. Though acquitted of murder, Deodato was sentenced for what? More...
This Day in History

Dr. James Bedford Becomes First Person to Undergo Cryopreservation (1967)

The field of cryonics involves techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, and organs—or the entire body—in the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. In 1967, Bedford became the first person to have his entire body frozen in perpetuity. Since then, hundreds have undergone the procedure. What celebrities have been frozen? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Burke (1729)

Burke was a British parliamentarian, orator, and political philosopher. Essays he published in the late 1750s gained the attention of Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant, and he was hired to edit a yearly survey of world affairs. In his many and diverse writings, he left a monumental construction of British political thought that had a profound and long-term influence in England, America, and France. Burke held contrasting opinions on the American and French revolutions. Which did he support? More...
Quotation of the Day
Light is the task where many share the toil.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

hold on to your hat

Get ready for what's coming or about to happen! More...
Today's Holiday

Zanzibar Revolution Day (2017)

In December 1963, the African island of Zanzibar won independence from England. On January 12, 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party overthrew the sultan who ruled Zanzibar. Abeid Karume was named president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar (now a semiautonomous part of Tanzania since merging with neighboring Tanganyika). Zanzibar Revolution Day marks the occasion of the revolt that installed Karume as president. Celebrations are held at the Amaan Stadium and a wreath is officially placed at the gravesite of Abeid Karume. More...
In the News

Hundreds to Hunt Pythons in Florida Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a unique way to raise awareness and combat the threat presented by the surging Burmese python population in Everglades: a python-hunting contest. While the wisdom of inviting club-, machete-, and gun-wielding amateurs into a swamp filled with alligators, crocodiles, and venomous snakes could be called into question, the contest has had no shortage of interested parties. Hundreds of people signed up. A prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the contestant who kills the most pythons, and $1,000 will go to the one who bags the longest specimen. More...
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