Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

ferocious

Definition:(adjective) Extremely aggressive or violent.
Synonyms:fierce, furious, savage
Usage: There were rumors that Miller's guard dog was as feriocious as they come, but in reality he was just a docile hound.
Article of the Day

Abdus Salam

Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who helped develop the electroweak theory explaining the relationship between electromagnetic and weak forces. For this work, he shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. He was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim scientist to be so honored. To support physicists from developing countries, he founded the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 1964. He died in England and was brought back to Pakistan for burial. Who defaced his grave? More...
This Day in History

Dominican Republic Dictator Rafael Trujillo Is Assassinated (1961)

Trujillo was a military strongman who seized control of the Dominican Republic in 1930 and ruled it as a dictator for the next 30 years. He renamed the capital after himself and forced all citizens to join his political party. He brutally suppressed dissent and ordered the infamous 1937 Parsley Massacre, in which up to 30,000 Haitians living near the Dominican border were murdered. In 1961, Trujillo was ambushed and shot to death by seven men. Why was the CIA said to be involved? More...
Today's Birthday

Mel Blanc (1908)

One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, Blanc began his career in radio. In 1933, he began to work for a daily radio program, for which he created several voices. In 1937, he joined the cartoon department of Warner Brothers. During his 50-year career, he supplied voices in more than 3,000 animated cartoons for hundreds of characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker. What nod to Blanc's career is inscribed on his tombstone? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be kicked upstairs

To be promoted to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. More...
Today's Holiday

Kaamatan Festival (2017)

Kaamatan is a festival and public holiday in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. The festival is celebrated by the Kadazandusun people, the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah. Irrigated rice is their principal crop, and the harvest is a ritual dedicated to the Bambaazon, or rice spirit. If the harvest has been good, this is a thanksgiving; if it has been poor, the ritual is an appeasement of the spirit. This festival is celebrated during the month of May with carnivals, special exhibits, sports competitions, and a regatta, all leading up to the harvest rituals on May 30-31 in Penampang. More...
In the News

Arthritis Drug Could Improve Treatment of Dysentery

Preliminary tests on animals have shown that a drug used since 1985 to treat arthritis is 10 times more effective at treating amebic dysentery than the best drug currently in use. Not only was auranofin more effective than metronidazole at killing Entamoeba histolytica, a parasite that causes dysentery, it is also relatively inexpensive, an important factor given that most of the 70,000 people killed by the disease each year live in developing countries. While further studies are needed to determine whether auranofin can cure the infection in humans, experts are optimistic. More...
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