Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

teem

Definition:(verb) To be full of things; abound or swarm.
Synonyms:pullulate, swarm
Usage: The street teemed with hundreds of policemen who questioned every potential witness.
Article of the Day

The Alhambra

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex built during the Middle Ages by the Moorish monarchs of Granada. It is the finest example of the once flourishing Moorish civilization's architecture. Its halls and chambers surround a series of open courts, and the interior is adorned with magnificent examples of honeycomb and stalactite vaulting. Detailed geometric designs in marble, alabaster, and carved plaster also decorate the interior. What artist came to study the Alhambra's tiles in 1922? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Officials Decide on "The Final Solution" (1942)

In early 1942, Nazi officials held a conference at Lake Wannsee in Berlin to discuss what "final solution" would be used to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe. On paper, the plan called for gathering Jews into camps for deportation to work details in the East. The official record of the meeting does not mention killing but notes that the "evacuation" was to happen as soon as possible. Who later admitted that the actual conversation at the meeting differed significantly from the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Allan Haines Lockheed (1889)

Though Malcolm and Allan Loughead attended only elementary school, the mechanically gifted brothers built their first airplane in 1913. Malcolm soon left the industry, but Allan persisted. Though several of his aircraft companies failed, his name—with the spelling changed to Lockheed—would eventually be connected to one of the world's largest aerospace manufacturers. Who once turned down a flight in Lockheed's first plane by saying he would not fly in any plane "for all the money in California"? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be a long shot

To be very risky, uncertain, or unlikely to succeed. (Of an attempt, proposition, or guess.) More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde National Heroes' Day (2018)

Citizens of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde have great reverence for Amílcar Cabral (1921–1973), a nationalist leader who was assassinated before he could see his native Guinea-Bissau and nearby Cape Verde achieve independence from Portugal. The two countries settled on January 20 as their National Heroes' Day because it falls on the anniversary of Cabral's murder. A public holiday, National Heroes' Day commemorates the legacies of Cabral and other freedom fighters. Leftist associations have observed the day by holding symposiums on the writings and political theories of Cabral. More...
In the News

Global fishing catch significantly under-reported, says study

The amount of fish taken from the world's oceans over the last 60 years has been underestimated by more than 50%, according to a new study. Researchers say that official estimates are missing crucial data on small scale fisheries, illegal fishing and ... More...
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