Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 3, 2013)
Word of the Day

retread

Definition:(verb) To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash.
Synonyms:make over, rework
Usage: I refuse to write a script that retreads old romantic comedies, no matter how many times producers request that I do.
Article of the Day

Sita

Sita is one of the most revered figures in the Hindu pantheon. She has become a symbol of women's strength and suffering and appears in the epic Sanskrit poem the Ramayana. Sita married Prince Rama, hero of the Ramayana and an incarnation of the god Vishnu, but was abducted by the demon-king Ravana. Afterward, Sita walked on fiery coals to prove that she had remained faithful to Rama during her long imprisonment. However, once Rama became king, he exiled his pregnant wife. Why? More...
This Day in History

George Washington Creates Thanksgiving Day (1789)

Though the feast held in 1621 may be better remembered, the first official national Thanksgiving in the US was declared in 1789. On that day, Washington, the president at the time, offered thanks for "the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty" following the revolution. Thanksgiving feasts were declared sporadically until 1863, when President Lincoln established it as a lasting holiday. Traditionally, the president pardons a live turkey each year. Why have recent presidents pardoned two? More...
Today's Birthday

Alain-Fournier (1886)

Henri-Alban Fournier, who published as Alain-Fournier, was a French novelist known for his single full-length work, Le Grand Meaulnes. The poetic novel about a youthful search for the ideal was published in 1913 and is now considered a classic of French literature. Set in an imaginary locale, it is a blend of the author's own childhood and his mystical ideas. Though he began work on a second novel in 1914, he was killed in action in WWI that year. When was his body finally identified? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Korea National Foundation Day (2017)

This national holiday in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), also known as Gaecheon-jeol, commemorates the legendary founding of the Korean nation in 2333 BCE by Tangun. Prince Hwan-ung left heaven to rule earth from Mt. T'aebaek and bore a son called Tangun Wanggom, meaning Sandalwood King. When he grew up, he built his own city and called his new kingdom Choson. The myth is important in that it links the Korean people with a heavenly origin. The holiday is celebrated with ceremonies at the ancient rock altar of Tangun, on the summit of Mt. Mani on Kanghwa Island, about 25 miles west of Seoul. More...
In the News

Six Seconds to Minty Freshness

Would you like to have a few spare minutes in the morning? If so, the new Blizzident toothbrush might be right for you. Instead of spending minutes brushing your teeth, you could have perfectly clean pearly whites in seconds. The key, apparently, is brushing all the teeth at once. This is accomplished using a custom-made brush created to precisely fit the user's teeth. One simply bites down on and grinds against the Blizzident, and in six seconds the device's hundreds of bristles supposedly scrub the teeth, gum line, and interdental spaces clean. According to its makers, six seconds of Blizzident use is equivalent to three minutes of conventional brushing. More...
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