Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 3, 2012)
Word of the Day

penitent

Definition:(adjective) Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds.
Synonyms:repentant
Usage: She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
Article of the Day

The Siku Quanshu

Compiled at the height of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century, the Siku Quanshu, or Complete Library of the Four Treasuries, is a collection of more than 3,400 works of Chinese literature in more than 36,000 volumes. Over 10,000 works had been considered for inclusion, but many were rejected as anti-Manchu and destroyed. Of the seven original copies, which were painstakingly transcribed by hand, four have survived. How were the collection’s many scribes compensated for their work? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Panama Independence Days (2017)

Panama celebrates two Independence Days: November 28, the anniversary of freedom from Spain, and November 3, the anniversary of independence from Colombia. After gaining independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, Panama joined the Republic of Greater Colombia. For 50 years, Panama struggled for complete autonomy. In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether to let the U.S. build a canal at Panama. With U.S. backing, Panama broke away on November 3, 1903, and the canal was built. November 3 is celebrated with parades and fireworks in Panama City. More...
In the News

Devil's Nose or Emerald City?

Road workers in Colombia made an exciting find—emeralds—while digging in a remote area of the northwestern Boyacá region known to locals as The Devil's Nose. Colombia mines more than half of the world's emeralds, and Boyacá is one of the regions they come from. Once news of the find spread, people began flocking to the area in the hope of coming away with some emeralds of their own. Police have since closed the steep mountain road where the vein was unearthed, claiming it is a necessary safety measure. More...
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