Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

nitty-gritty

Definition:(noun) The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.
Synonyms:essence, heart and soul, inwardness, gist, pith, substance, meat, nub, kernel, sum, core, marrow, center
Usage: While I will devote some time to Thomas Edison's personal life, his many inventions will compose the nitty-gritty of my presentation.
Article of the Day

Thuggee

Thuggee was a historic form of organized crime that existed in India for centuries before its extinction in the mid-1800s. Because early travel was so dangerous, travelers typically undertook long-distance journeys in groups for protection. In India, members of a highly organized professional fraternity of robbers would pose as innocent wayfarers in order to join a group of travelers, only to strangle and rob the entire group at night. Through what means did Thuggee society acquire new members? More...
This Day in History

Kyoto Protocol Is Adopted (1997)

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to fight global warming that calls on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was adopted during a UN Conference on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Later that year, international representatives settled the details necessary to convert the agreement into a binding international treaty, and it came into force in 2005 after ratification by more than 125 nations. What nations declined to adopt the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Hector Berlioz (1803)

Berlioz was a French Romantic composer. He studied music in Paris against his parents' wishes, and his first great score, Symphonie fantastique, became a landmark of the Romantic era. An impassioned and contentious critic, he was constantly at war with the musical establishment. Although he was the most compelling French musical figure of his time, his distinctive compositional style kept almost all his music out of the repertory until the mid-20th century. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Why are women...so much more interesting to men than men are to women?

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have a/the wolf by the ear(s)

To be in a difficult situation from which it is as dangerous to extricate oneself as it is to remain in it. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2016)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"); more than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
In the News

Vienna Bus Driver Proves He Has Heart of Gold

The news nowadays is often filled with tales of despicable people doing dastardly deeds, but this is not one of those stories. Instead, this is a heartwarming tale of honesty and integrity. It all began when Austrian bus driver Wolfgang R, inspecting his vehicle at the end of its route, came across a bag that had been left behind by a passenger. He initially assumed that it contained medicine or shopping and was shocked to find it instead stuffed with 390,000 euros ($509,700). Rather than pocket the cash, the honest driver alerted authorities, who were able to track down the 77-year-old owner and return what turned out to be her life savings. More...
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