Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

lampoon

Definition:(verb) Ridicule with satire.
Synonyms:satirize
Usage: Joe's coworkers lampoon his affected way of speaking.
Article of the Day

The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition

Born Eduard Schnitzer, Emin Pasha was a German explorer and doctor who served as a medical officer and governor in Equatoria, part of the Egyptian Sudan. In 1885, he was cut off from the outside world by a Mahdist uprising, prompting a European rescue mission. The rescue party undertook a year-long steamer ship journey through densely forested "Darkest Africa," where food was scarce, disease was rampant, and natives shot them with poison arrows. When they finally reached Pasha, how did he react? More...
This Day in History

Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)

Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz's wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908)

Raised in California, Fisher moved to Dijon, France, after her first marriage. There, she was inspired by the gastronomist Brillat-Savarin, and her 1949 translation of his Physiology of Taste is considered a classic. She created a new literary genre with her culinary writing, producing witty essays evoking the pleasures of life and food in a graceful style. Her books include How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me. Where did Fisher spend her last 20 years? More...
Quotation of the Day
The years teach much which the days never know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

boil (something) down to (something)

To reduce or simplify (something) to the most basic, essential, or fundamental element(s). More...
Today's Holiday

Kutztown Dutch Folk Festival (2017)

The Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, is an annual celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch foods, crafts, and customs. There are special foods, such as apple butter, rivvel soup (rivvels are like dumplings), and the fruit pies that the Pennsylvania Dutch claim to have originated. Traditional artisans featured at the fair include tinsmiths, weavers, pretzel-makers, candlemakers, potters, and quilters. There are reenactments of a Pennsylvania Dutch funeral feast and demonstrations of nipsi—a complicated game that involves batting a piece of wood. More...
In the News

Former President of Chad Charged in Senegal for Torture, Killings

He has spent nearly 23 years living freely in exile in Senegal, but now former Chadian president Hissene Habre is under arrest and facing charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and torture. The 70-year-old stands accused of killing and torturing tens of thousands of his opponents during his eight years in power. After he was deposed in 1990, Habre fled to Senegal, which had until now resisted international pressure to either extradite or try the alleged human rights abuser. Senegal's prosecution of Habre is an important milestone, as it is the first time an African country is trying the former leader of another for crimes against humanity. More...
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