Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

cram

Definition:(verb) Study intensively, as before an exam.
Synonyms:bone up, drum, get up, grind away, mug up, swot
Usage: I spent the week before my Latin final exam cramming, a strategy that paid off when I aced the class.
Article of the Day

Potatoes Save the USS O'Bannon

The USS O'Bannon was a US Navy destroyer deployed to the Southwest Pacific during World War II. On patrol on April 5, 1943, the O'Bannon sighted a Japanese submarine on the ocean's surface and fired upon it, but the submarine soon moved too close to be attacked with the main guns. When the Japanese crew came topside, the US sailors pelted them with potatoes. Believing they were being assaulted with grenades, the Japanese panicked and threw their guns overboard. What happened next? More...
This Day in History

Eradication of Smallpox Is Certified (1979)

One of the deadliest diseases in history by sheer loss of life, smallpox was the target of a concerted, worldwide eradication campaign in the 20th century, and it became the first disease to have been successfully wiped out. Efforts focused on vaccination and quickly responding to and curtailing outbreaks. The last person to die from smallpox caught it at a laboratory, where samples of the now-vanquished disease remain. Who is the last person known to have contracted it in the wild? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717)

The son of a German cobbler, Winckelmann overcame years of hardship to pursue his love of ancient Greek art, becoming a renowned scholar and one of the founders of scientific archaeology and art history. He spent much of his later life studying in the vast Vatican Library, and his writings reawakened the popular taste for Classical art and helped spur the Neoclassical movement. In 1768, a fellow traveler—who did not know who Winckelmann was—murdered him at a hotel, ostensibly for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

lay down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua National Heroes Day (2017)

Antigua and Barbuda has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More...
In the News

Nasa discovers a planet so grim and hostile that scientists didn't believe it could be real

We all grumble about the misery of life here on Planet Earth. But just be glad you’re not planning to move to a newly-discovered world called WASP-18b which has conditions so appalling that it made Nasa scientists question whether they had accidentally ... More...
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