Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

inundate

Definition:(verb) Fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid.
Synonyms:deluge, flood, swamp
Usage: If we inundate the senator's office with letters of protest, we are certain to get her attention.
Article of the Day

Free Speech Zone

Free speech zones are, in the US, fenced-in areas set aside in public places for activists to exercise their right to free speech. Though the zones give protesters space to voice their opinions, critics claim that the cages in fact censor dissenters by delineating where they must be when expressing themselves. Free speech zones were widely used during Vietnam-era protests and are still used at various political events. For whom did one California airport install free speech zones in the 1990s? More...
This Day in History

The 4th of August Regime Established in Greece (1936)

Political instability coupled with economic unrest undermined the Greek government for much of the 1920s and 30s and finally brought parliament to a standstill in 1936. On August 4 of that year, Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas declared a state of emergency, suspended parliament, and made himself dictator—with the blessing of the king. Though his 4th of August Regime suppressed political opposition, it also carried out beneficial economic and social reforms. What brought the regime to an end? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Wallenberg (1912)

In 1944, as Nazi troops rounded up hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary, Wallenberg—a Swedish citizen who had previously worked for a company run by a Hungarian Jew—asked to be posted there as a diplomat. Once there, he worked relentlessly to save tens of thousands of Jews by sheltering them on Swedish property and distributing counterfeit Swedish passports. He was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and his death while in their custody is shrouded in mystery. What might have happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
The truth is, we each of us have an inborn conviction that the whole world, with everybody and everything in it, was created as a sort of necessary appendage to ourselves. Our fellow men and women were made to admire us and to minister to our various requirements.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

keep a sharp lookout (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations (2017)

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, Indians in a longhouse in the Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

New Antibiotic Extracted from Marine Microbe

The emergence of antibiotic-resistan t strains of bacteria is a major threat to humans around the globe, but doctors may soon have another weapon in their arsenal, a compound dubbed anthracimycin. Extracted from a marine bacterium of the genus Streptomyces found in sediments off the coast of California, the new antibiotic compound appears to effectively kill anthrax and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). More...
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