Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

transmigrate

Definition:(verb) Be born anew in another body after death.
Synonyms:reincarnate
Usage: Oh, if our souls could transmigrate I'd be a seamew above all birds that fly.
Article of the Day

Siberia

Siberia is a vast region stretching from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and from the Arctic Ocean to central Kazakhstan and the borders of China and Mongolia. The area was annexed by Russia in stages during the 16th and 17th centuries, when it came to be used as a place of exile for political prisoners. It was settled after the completion of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1905 and developed for its mineral resources after World War II. What record low temperature was recorded in Siberia? More...
This Day in History

Topsy the Elephant is Executed by Electrocution (1903)

Topsy was a circus elephant at Coney Island's Luna Park. After killing three people—at least one of whom was mistreating her at the time—in as many years, she was deemed a threat and scheduled to be put down. After hanging was ruled out after being deemed too cruel, Thomas Edison suggested electrocution in an attempt to further his campaign to portray alternating current electricity as dangerous. Electrocuted with 6,600 volts, Topsy died in seconds. How many people witnessed the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785)

More than just a compiler of fairy tales, Jacob Grimm was a German philologist who formulated the linguistic principle known as Grimm's law and who, along with his brother Wilhelm, began work on a vast historical dictionary of the German language that took over a century to complete. The Brothers Grimm are best known, however, for their compilation of some 200 German folk tales, known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, that helped establish the science of folklore. How did they collect the stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Independence Day (2017)

The southeast Asian country of Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government, was given independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. The former capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is decorated for the Independence Day festivities, and the day is marked by sports and fairs in most cities. Burmese people dress in their national costume, which consists of an aingyi (blouse or shirt) and a longyi (skirt); panthay khowse (noodles and chicken) is traditionally served on this day, as is nga sak kin (curried fish balls). More...
In the News

Facebook, Not Google, Most Visited Site of 2010

In both 2008 and 2009, Google.com was ranked the most visited website in the US; but according to Hitwise, in 2010, Facebook claimed that title. Between January and November of 2010, the social network site received 8.9 percent of unique online visits in the US. Google.com, by comparison, received only 7.2 percent. However, if all of Google's properties, like YouTube and email, are assessed together, the company reclaims the top spot with 9.9 percent of all visits. No matter how the numbers are broken down, though, one thing remains clear—Facebook has become a force to be reckoned with on the Internet. More...
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