Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 04, 2014)
Word of the Day

exteriorize

Definition:(verb) Make external or objective, or give reality to.
Synonyms:objectify, externalize
Usage: We exteriorize our feelings of grief by erecting monuments to the deceased.
Article of the Day

Jomsvikings

Though their existence is debated due to a lack of records, Jomsvikings are said to have been a selective brotherhood of 10th-century Viking mercenaries with a strict code of conduct. According to accounts, each Jomsviking was expected to defend all others—avenging their deaths if necessary—and could show no fear. Reportedly, a Jomsviking was forbidden to speak ill of his brothers, and all spoils of battle were equally distributed among them. What was the punishment for breaking the rules? More...
This Day in History

Topsy the Elephant is Executed by Electrocution (1903)

Topsy was a circus elephant at Coney Island's Luna Park. After killing three people—at least one of whom was mistreating her at the time—in as many years, she was deemed a threat and scheduled to be put down. After hanging was ruled out after being deemed too cruel, Thomas Edison suggested electrocution in an attempt to further his campaign to portray alternating current electricity as dangerous. Electrocuted with 6,600 volts, Topsy died in seconds. How many people witnessed the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785)

More than just a compiler of fairy tales, Jacob Grimm was a German philologist who formulated the linguistic principle known as Grimm's law and who, along with his brother Wilhelm, began work on a vast historical dictionary of the German language that took over a century to complete. The Brothers Grimm are best known, however, for their compilation of some 200 German folk tales, known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, that helped establish the science of folklore. How did they collect the stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Independence Day (2017)

The southeast Asian country of Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government, was given independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. The former capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is decorated for the Independence Day festivities, and the day is marked by sports and fairs in most cities. Burmese people dress in their national costume, which consists of an aingyi (blouse or shirt) and a longyi (skirt); panthay khowse (noodles and chicken) is traditionally served on this day, as is nga sak kin (curried fish balls). More...
In the News

199,000 Disappointed Mars Hopefuls

Are you one of the 1,058 lucky people selected for a possible spot on a one-way trip to Mars? When the call went out for applicants for the Mars One mission, which aims to colonize the Red Planet by 2025, more than 200,000 people responded. There are just 24 spots. Before the final list is drawn up, the shortlisted candidates will have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are both physically and mentally fit enough to endure the challenges of journeying to Mars and establishing a permanent colony there. More...
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