Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

lettered

Definition:(adjective) Highly educated; having extensive information or understanding.
Synonyms:knowledgeable, well-read, learned
Usage: They are few in number, but it is a choice audience, a lettered audience.
Article of the Day

The Hammock

A hammock is a length of canvas or heavy netting suspended between two trees or other supports and used as a seat or bed. The hammock and its name were introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus, who encountered them in the New World. Hammocks have been used to save space on naval vessels and as a means of conveyance—similar to a stretcher—in tropical areas. They are symbolic of relaxation and are popular with hikers. A spreader bar can make a hammock wider but comes with what drawback? More...
This Day in History

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Is Assassinated (1995)

Rabin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in the historic Oslo Accords—widely considered a major milestone in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—but not everyone supported the treaty, which stipulated that Israel would withdraw from certain contested Palestinian territories. Following a Tel Aviv peace rally, Rabin was shot and killed by Yigal Amir, an extremist Israeli law student who opposed Rabin's peace efforts. What Jewish law did Amir claim justified the assassination? More...
Today's Birthday

Carlos Polestico Garcia (1896)

After graduating from law school, Garcia became a schoolteacher, poet, and public official in his native Philippines. Elected vice president in 1953, he became president upon his predecessor's unexpected death in 1957. Though he maintained ties with the US, he was known for his "Filipino First" policy, which emphasized the sovereignty and economic interests of the Filipino people over those of outsiders. He retired from public life in 1961. However, in 1971, he died just days after doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who talks everlastingly and promiscuously, who seems to have an exhaustless magazine of sound, crowds so many words into his thoughts that he always obscures, and very frequently conceals them.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

glimmer of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. More...
Today's Holiday

Kartika Purnima (2017)

Hindus celebrate Kartika Purnima in honor of the day when God incarnated himself as the Matsya Avatar in fish form. According to Hindu mythology, the purpose of this incarnation was to save Vavaswata, the seventh Manu and progenitor of the human race, from destruction by a deluge. Bathing in the Ganges or in other holy water is considered to be of special religious significance. Hindus spend the day fasting, meditating, and performing charitable acts. It is also believed the Shankara killed the demon Tripurasura on this day, for which he is also called the Tripurari. More...
In the News

Color-Changing Liquid Can Detect HIV

Researchers in the UK have designed an inexpensive test that can detect HIV and some forms of cancer. The test can be customized to detect a specific signature of a certain disease or virus, causing a liquid to change either blue, for positive, or red, for negative. Scientists say the test can identify HIV in patients whose viral load is too low to be detected by current testing methods. Because it is less expensive than existing tests, it could make HIV testing more accessible to residents of poorer countries. However, the test is only a prototype, and requires further testing. More...
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