Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

diadem

Definition:(noun) An ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty.
Synonyms:crown
Usage: Standing upright within the chariot was a beautiful girl clothed in flowing robes of silver gauze and wearing a jeweled diadem upon her dainty head.
Article of the Day

Supermax

Supermax prisons provide long-term, segregated housing for the most dangerous criminals. An early supermax-style prison unit opened in Australia in 1975 but was shuttered after just two years due to human rights concerns. Since then, the supermax model has been adopted by many corrections systems around the globe despite continued criticism. "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski and 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui are among the most infamous US supermax inmates. What is everyday life like for them? More...
This Day in History

First Electric Traffic Light Is Installed (1914)

Prior to 1914, there had been several attempts to create automobile traffic signals similar to those used by railroads, but it was only after a four-way electric signal was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, that the modern traffic light system began to take root. The signal had only two colors, green and red, but the three-color version still in use today was not far off. What US city claims to be home to the oldest working traffic light in the country? More...
Today's Birthday

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930)

Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared "one giant leap for mankind." Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

keep an eye peeled (for something or someone)

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

Icelandic Festival (2017)

The Icelandic Festival, or Islendingadagurinn, held in Gimli, Manitoba, each year is one of the oldest ethnic festivals in Canada, dating back to 1890. The Icelandic settlers who emigrated to Canada wanted to do something to preserve their heritage and customs, and the current festival continues to reflect this interest in Icelandic culture. The events include choral singing and cultural and artistic displays. Participants dress in native Icelandic costumes and eat traditional foods such as smoked lamb and skyr, which is similar to yogurt. More...
In the News

Climate Change Linked to Global Violence

A team of US researchers has found a strong correlation between changes in climate and violence around the globe. Warmer temperatures and changes in rainfall were linked to increases in assaults, rapes, murders, group conflicts, and even wars. The researchers believe that climate change actually drives up the level of human conflict and suggest a couple of possible explanations for this. Economics, they say, could play a role, as climate change can affect economic conditions that then influence individuals' decision-making. Physiology could also be involved, as studies indicate that heat makes people prone to aggression. More...
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