Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

paladin

Definition:(noun) Someone who fights for a cause.
Synonyms:champion, fighter, hero
Usage: Like the ancient paladins, he has only undertaken this war to obtain a look from his lady love.
Article of the Day

Kabul University

Established in the 1930s, Afghanistan's Kabul University became a premier educational institution. By the 60s, it was so highly regarded that it was even attracting foreign scholars, who introduced students to topics like communism. However, Afghanistan's civil war greatly disrupted university operations. Much of the faculty fled, and many of the library's 200,000 books were sold or destroyed. The school has since regained some of its former prominence. How many of its 7,000 students are women? More...
This Day in History

Davy Lamp Tested at Hebburn Colliery (1816)

The Davy lamp was an early safety lamp used in the mining and quarrying industries. It was designed by English chemist and physicist Sir Humphrey Davy to prevent the accidental ignition of flammable gases. This was achieved by enclosing the flame of the oil-burning lamp in wire gauze that distributed heat over a large area and brought its temperature below the ignition temperature of methane. Why did the introduction of the Davy lamp initially lead to an increase in the rate of mining accidents? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913)

After serving as vice president of the US under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon ran for president but lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected president in 1968 and 1972, but his second term was cut short by the Watergate scandal, which involved the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic party headquarters. Likely facing impeachment, he became the first president to resign. Although never convicted, he was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford. What pet did Nixon receive as a political gift? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

hog (something)

To take or use something all for oneself; to not allow others to have or use something. More...
Today's Holiday

Agonalia (2017)

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and of doorways. The worship of Janus is believed to have been started by Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome. Usually depicted with two faces, one looking forward to the future and the other looking back to the past, his image appeared on an early Roman coin with a ship's prow on the reverse side. During the festival in honor of Janus known as the Agonalia, the rex sacrorum or officiating priest sacrificed a ram. Offerings of barley, incense, wine, and cakes called Januae were also common. More...
In the News

Cocaine Smugglers Go Bananas

Drug traffickers in Germany are having a very, very bad week. They managed to lose about 8.2 million dollars (6 million euros) worth of cocaine as a result of what appears to have been a "logistical error." The drugs were smuggled into the country from Colombia in a shipment of bananas, but somehow the smugglers failed to retrieve their stash before the fruit was delivered to supermarkets. When employees at five Berlin shops went to unpack the banana cartons, they got an unexpected surprise in the form of 309 lb (140 kg) of cocaine. The drugs are now in the hands of the authorities. More...
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