Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

hard-bitten

Definition:(adjective) Tough and callous by virtue of experience.
Synonyms:hard-boiled, pugnacious
Usage: He graduated from college a naïve idealist, but just a few years of chasing down stories had turned him into a cynical, hard-bitten journalist.
Article of the Day

Form Follows Function

"Form follows function" is a principle of 20th-century architecture. Coined by American architect Louis Sullivan, it asserts that the form of a building should be primarily based upon its intended function. He developed the idea while working on a new aesthetic for skyscrapers amid the late 19th-century revival of traditional classicism. Sullivan is widely misquoted—he actually said "form ever follows function"—but perhaps the greater error is that the saying is often wrongly attributed to whom? More...
This Day in History

Delta and Northwest Merge to Form World's Largest Airline (2008)

Founded as an aerial crop dusting operation in Georgia, Delta became the world's largest commercial air carrier more than 80 years after its inception when it merged with Northwest Airlines. The consolidation process was completed by January 31, 2010. Today, Delta has approximately 75,000 employees, and its headquarters in Atlanta includes the world's largest connecting hub. What employee relations issue caused problems during and after the merger with Northwest? More...
Today's Birthday

Bill Mauldin (1921)

After joining the US Army as an infantryman in 1940, Mauldin began sketching cartoons about enlisted life. In 1944, he began producing his cartoons full time for the US military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. His portrayal of two cynical and unkempt American soldiers, Willie and Joe, made Mauldin a hero to American soldiers in World War II. Later, Mauldin became a political cartoonist for civilian papers. What fate had Mauldin intended for Willie and Joe at the end of the war? More...
Quotation of the Day
To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkey Republic Day (2017)

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More...
In the News

I Can't Come to Work Today Because...

Most employees use their sick days when they are legitimately ill, but about a third call in sick when they are actually perfectly well. Some come up with incredibly outlandish excuses to explain why they must miss a day of work, and employment website CareerBuilder.com has highlighted a few of the more bizarre ones from the past year in its annual survey of absenteeism. One worker apparently told his boss that he would have to miss work because his false teeth flew out the car window while he was driving down the highway, and another claimed her home's windows and doors had been glued shut, trapping her inside. More...
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