Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

calamari

Definition:(noun) Squid prepared as food.
Synonyms:squid
Usage: Lisa ordered calamari at the Italian restaurant.
Article of the Day

The White Rose Society

During the early 1940s, a group of German university students and their philosophy professor founded the White Rose resistance movement, secretly drafting, printing, and distributing leaflets urging Germans, particularly the intelligentsia, to rise up against the Nazi regime. In February 1943, 2 prominent White Rose members, Sophie and Hans Scholl, were arrested. The rest of the group's founding members were soon captured, and all 7 were sentenced to death. What were Sophie Scholl's last words? More...
This Day in History

George Bizet's Carmen Premieres in Paris (1875)

Though it is today one of the most popular operas ever written, Carmen was initially met with such scathing reviews that the opera house had to give away tickets to get people to see it. Shortly after its disastrous premiere, its author, Bizet, died of a heart attack and the director of the struggling opera house resigned. Later that year, however, Carmen opened in Vienna to wide acclaim. Why did critics initially hate Bizet's story of a soldier's doomed love for a wild Gypsy girl? More...
Today's Birthday

George Mortimer Pullman (1831)

Pullman was a successful American industrialist and the inventor of the railroad sleeping car. In 1893, he built a company town for his workers in Illinois, and it was showcased in the World's Fair as a grand social experiment. The next year, the town of Pullman was the scene of a violent workers' strike that nearly halted US rail traffic. When Pullman died in 1897, he had to be buried in a massive steel-and-concrete vault to keep activists from disinterring his body. What happened to his town? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

hit the big time

To become very famous or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia National Culture Day (2017)

This event was created in 1999 by the Cambodian government as a way to promote the country's arts and culture. The yearly event is composed of displays, exhibits, live theatrical performances, and conferences held throughout the country. The festival honors the living elder masters in different artistic and cultural fields. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts coordinates many of the events and uses the occasion to take stock of Cambodia's cultural infrastructure, including its historic temples, pagodas, and other landmarks important to the country's heritage and tourism. More...
In the News

In emergencies, people place too much trust in robots

Imagine that you're in an unfamiliar building, participating in a research experiment. A robot escorts you from room to room to complete a survey about robots and then read an unrelated magazine article. The robot that you are following around is a bit ... More...
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