Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 2, 2014)
Word of the Day

exemplify

Definition:(verb) To furnish or serve as an example of; typify.
Synonyms:represent
Usage: Her character exemplifies the emotional turmoil of many women.
Article of the Day

Tofu

Tofu is a protein-rich food that is a popular meat substitute. It originated in China some 2,000 years ago and is a staple of Asian cuisine. Though tofu itself is fairly bland, what it lacks in flavor it makes up for in versatility; it comes in a range textures and works well in both sweet and savory dishes. Like cheese, tofu is made from coagulated milk. The difference is that tofu uses soy milk, made by soaking, grinding, boiling, and straining dried soybeans. What is "thousand-layer tofu"? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Alcatraz Begins (1946)

The Battle of Alcatraz followed an escape attempt from Alcatraz Island's federal penitentiary by six inmates who got stuck inside a cellhouse after failing to secure a key to the prison yard. Trapped, the inmates took the guards prisoner and took control of the cellhouse. The US Marines were called in, and two guards and three inmates died in the ensuing confrontation. Two inmates were later executed for their role in the incident. How long was it before the next attempted escape from Alcatraz? More...
Today's Birthday

Yongle Emperor (1360)

Born Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the favorite son of the founder of China's Ming dynasty. He spent his youth developing a military career but was passed over for the throne. He rebelled and seized the throne from his nephew in 1402. As emperor, he greatly extended China's scope and influence. He moved the capital to Beijing, built the Forbidden City, and sponsored the compilation of an immense encyclopedia of Chinese culture and history. What was the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) view

In someone's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Flores de Mayo (2017)

Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls. More...
In the News

Prepare the Paddles: Human Activities Causing Cities to Sink

Human activities are speeding the sinking of major coastal cities around the globe, contributing to more frequent, severe, and protracted flooding. Land subsidence can occur naturally, but human activities have accelerated the process in some parts of the globe, leading the land there to descend 10 times faster than sea levels are rising. Tokyo, for example, sank two meters as a result of decades of groundwater extraction. Venice suffered similar subsidence until groundwater extraction was halted there in recent years. Unless action is taken, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok, among other cities, will sink below sea level. More...
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