Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 09, 2011)
Word of the Day

subtitle

Definition:(noun) Translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Synonyms:caption
Usage: Despite having to read the subtitles for the duration of the film, I found myself lost in the storyline and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Article of the Day

Giordano Bruno

Bruno was a 16th-century Italian philosopher who theorized that the universe is infinite. He entered a Dominican convent as a teen but abandoned the order after being accused of heresy and began traveling Europe lecturing and teaching. His cosmological theories anticipated modern conceptions of the universe but led to his excommunication by the Roman Catholic, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches. Arrested by the Inquisition in 1593, he was burned at the stake after a trial lasting how many years? More...
This Day in History

Singapore Is Expelled from Malaysia (1965)

After more than a century of British rule, Singapore gained independence in 1959. Four years later, it joined with nearby territories to form Malaysia. However, racial and economic tensions arose, and two years later, the Malaysian parliament unanimously voted to expel Singapore. Despite being left unexpectedly autonomous with few defenses or natural resources, Singapore rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse. Still, it remains dependent on Malaysia for what one critical thing? More...
Today's Birthday

Izaak Walton (1593)

A friend and fishing companion of John Donne, Walton wrote one of the most famous and frequently reprinted books in the English language, The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation. The book not only describes the strategies and techniques of fishing, it also draws a picture of peace and simple virtue that was Walton's protest against the civil wars taking place at the time. Though the book was first published in 1653, Walton continued to add to it—for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man tends to increase at a greater rate than his means of subsistence.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the knacker's yard

A state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. More...
Today's Holiday

Singapore National Day (2017)

Singapore National Day is a public holiday in Singapore to commemorate its independence. Singapore was the administrative seat for the Straits Settlements, a British crown colony, from 1867 until it was occupied by Japan in World War II. It was restored to Britain in 1945, became a part of Malaysia in 1963, and became independent in 1965. The holiday is celebrated with a spectacular parade, cultural dances, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Rioting Continues in London

Rioting, which began on Saturday night in the Tottenham area of north London, has spread to other parts of the city. The clashes began after a peaceful protest of a police shooting that took the life of a 29-year-old father of four turned violent. Police vehicles were set alight and shops were looted and burned. The riots continued and spread on Sunday and Monday, resulting in dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage and leading to more than 200 arrests. The rioters appear to be using social media services and cell phones to coordinate attacks on shops and police. More...
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