Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

dissemble

Definition:(verb) Hide under a false appearance.
Synonyms:cloak, mask
Usage: So artfully can this people dissemble their sentiments that we had not been able hitherto to distinguish our real from our pretended favorers.
Article of the Day

The Business Plot

In 1933, retired US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that business tycoons were plotting to use a veterans' organization to overthrow President Franklin D Roosevelt and install a fascist dictator. The media ridiculed the claim, but a congressional committee concluded that his allegations were credible. Although historians question whether a coup was close to execution, most agree that a political conspiracy was at least contemplated. What businessmen were implicated in the plot? More...
This Day in History

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Begins (1971)

When East Pakistan demanded greater autonomy from West Pakistan in 1971, civil war erupted. Millions of East Pakistanis fled to India, which West Pakistan then attacked. India responded by attacking both East and West Pakistan, occupying the eastern half and throwing its support behind the independence movement. The war lasted 13 days and ended with Pakistan's surrender. East Pakistan then declared independence and became Bangladesh. Why was the Taj Mahal covered with burlap during the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a kindred spirit

A person who shares several or many fundamental beliefs, ideas, convictions, sentiments, attitudes, and/or interests with oneself. More...
Today's Holiday

Dattatreya Jayanti (2017)

Dattatreya's birthday is celebrated all over India. Hindus rise early and bathe in sacred streams, fast, and spend the day in worship and prayer. They also meditate on sacred works that include the Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita. Recently, Dattatreya is identified with the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, for it is believed that portions of these deities were incarnated in him. He is usually depicted with three heads and six hands. More...
In the News

Soft-Bodied Robot Design Inspired by Sea Creatures

Engineers—inspired by sea creatures like starfish, which lack hard skeletons and use a system of fluid-filled tubes to get around—have developed a soft, pneumatically-driven robot that can change its gait to navigate different obstacles and squeeze into and under tight spaces. The robot was made from flexible materials known as elastomers and contains a series of inflatable chambers that drive its movement. It is therefore able to navigate obstacles and terrain that would hinder the typical, rigid robot. More...
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