Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

akin

Definition:(adjective) Similar in quality or character.
Synonyms:kindred
Usage: The students watched the principal approaching with a feeling akin to terror.
Article of the Day

The Vending Machine

Today, there are few things that cannot be purchased from vending machines. Most vending machines in the US dispense snacks, beverages, and other inexpensive merchandise, but in the 1950s, some airports featured life insurance policy-dispensing machines. In Japan, where there is approximately one vending machine for every 23 people, you can buy everything from live lobsters to iPods to underwear from machines. Who is believed to have invented the first vending machine and what did it dispense? More...
This Day in History

The Green March Begins (1975)

Extremely arid and almost entirely sand and gravel, the sparsely populated territory of Western Sahara was a protectorate of Spain until the 1970s. Despite internal calls for independence, the king of neighboring Morocco led a march of more than 300,000 unarmed Moroccans into the territory as a show of support for annexation. Known as the Green March, the mass demonstration led to Spanish withdrawal, but control of the region is still contested. What other group claims the territory? More...
Today's Birthday

Joanna the Mad (1479)

Joanna was the first queen regnant of both Castile and Aragon, which would become modern Spain. Though Joanna likely suffered from depression, the extent of her mental illness may have been exaggerated for political reasons. Throughout much of Joanna's reign, her father, husband, and son vied for power, each ruling on her behalf by attesting to her insanity. Joanna remained confined for much of her life. How old was she when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
I will praise any man that will praise me.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a little leery

Cautious, wary, or uncertain of a given person, place, or thing. More...
Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2017)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
In the News

Ready, Set, Swat!

If you live in southern Taiwan and your mosquito squashing skills are up to snuff, you have a chance at pocketing some cash. In an effort to curb the mosquito population, which has caused an outbreak of dengue fever in the region, the health department of the city of Kaohsiung is holding a contest. It is offering NT$3,000 (US$100) to the person who captures or kills the most mosquitoes during the contest period. Runners-up will walk away with insect repellant and mosquito nets. More...
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