Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 17, 2017)
Word of the Day

exhilaration

Definition:(noun) The state of being stimulated, refreshed, or elated.
Synonyms:excitement
Usage: Few Yosemite visitors ever see snow avalanches and fewer still know the exhilaration of riding on them.
Article of the Day

Snake Oil

Snake oil is a traditional Chinese remedy for joint pain and inflammation derived from the Chinese Water Snake. Imitations with unidentified or mischaracterized ingredients have caused the term "snake oil" to become synonymous in Western culture with remedies fraudulently marketed by charlatans as miraculous panaceas but which actually provide little health benefit. What were some of the ingredients of these so-called snake oils? More...
This Day in History

The Luxor Massacre (1997)

Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists. What did the terrorists hope to achieve with the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Isamu Noguchi (1904)

Noguchi was a prominent American sculptor. After briefly studying medicine, he won two Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to study in Paris under renowned modern artist Constantin Brancusi. In his work in stone, wood, and metal, Noguchi integrated European modernism with Japanese traditionalism, harmonizing rough and smooth, geometric and organic. Among his diverse artistic creations are playgrounds, sculpture gardens, ballet sets, and furniture. With which inventor did he collaborate? More...
Quotation of the Day
History, n.: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2018)

On November 17, 1939, student-led demonstrations against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia led to the death of several students; on November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered again, this time to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the so-called Velvet Revolution to reestablish a democratic government. The day is now a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, ribbons in the national colors are often worn, and the flag is flown in all public places. More...
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