Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 4, 2012)
Word of the Day

congee

Definition:(verb) A Chinese rice gruel eaten for breakfast.
Synonyms:jook
Usage: When the weather is cold, I like to drive to Chinatown first thing in the morning and enjoy a steaming hot bowl of congee.
Article of the Day

The Pursuit of Goeben and Breslau

At the outbreak of WWI, Germany ordered its two ships in the Mediterranean—the Goeben and Breslau—to head for Turkey in an attempt to draw the Ottoman Empire into the war. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill ordered British ships to find and intercept them. The British accidentally stumbled across the Germans near Algeria and gave chase. Why did Churchill later describe the outcome of the chase as more ruinous than any that "has ever before been borne within the compass of a ship"? More...
This Day in History

Charlie Chaplin Is Knighted (1975)

Though he spent most of his career in the US, British-born silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin never applied for citizenship. The US took advantage of this fact in 1952, while Chaplin was overseas, revoking his re-entry permit over his alleged Communist ties. His political leanings, as well as his many affairs with young women, nearly cost him a knighthood, but after decades of debate, he was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. What was stolen from Chaplin's grave shortly after his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Miriam Makeba (1932)

Nicknamed "Mama Africa," Makeba was a Grammy Award-winning singer and activist. In 1963, after she testified against apartheid before the UN, South Africa revoked her citizenship and right to return to the country. She settled in the US, where her musical career flourished, then moved to Guinea after being criticized for marrying a Black Panther. She remained in exile for 30 years, finally returning to her homeland in 1990 at the end of apartheid. Why did she spend six months in jail as a baby? More...
Quotation of the Day
An American monkey,…after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus was wiser than many men.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

hold (one's) nerve

To remain calm, steady, and resolute, especially in the face of danger or adversity. More...
Today's Holiday

Bal du Rat Mort (2017)

A huge carnival and ball, Bal du Rat Mort is concentrated in the casino of Ostende, Belgium, but also spread out all over the town. The carnival began at the end of the 19th century, launched by members of the Oostende Art and Philanthropic Circle (Circle Coecilia) who named the affair for a café on Montmartre (a hilly part of northern Paris, home to many artists) where they had whiled away pleasant hours. People are masked at the ball, and there's a competition for the best costume. More...
In the News

Raspberry Pi Hits the Market

A credit card-sized computer aimed at inspiring a new generation of computer programmers has gone on sale for the first time. Priced at a mere $35 (£22), the device sold out in just hours. Though it does not include a monitor or keyboard, Raspberry Pi, as it is called, has ports that allow it to be connected with any TV as well as a keyboard, a mouse, the Internet, a power source, and other devices. Its developers hope that their low-cost computer will eventually make its way into classrooms and homes and get youngsters interested and involved in learning about programming. More...
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