Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

pent-up

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions.
Synonyms:repressed
Usage: A fierce fighter, he releases much of his pent-up anger in the boxing ring and has been known to knock out opponents with a single punch.
Article of the Day

Deindustrialization

Deindustrialization is a process of social and economic change brought about by the reduction or removal of industrial production. It represents an economic shift that usually occurs in mature economies, such as that of the US. Although it can be beneficial to some sectors, deindustrialization can cause widespread joblessness and poverty in industrial cities like Detroit, Michigan, the onetime "automobile capital of the world." What percent of the city’s population lives below the poverty line? More...
This Day in History

Led Zeppelin Officially Disbands (1980)

On September 25, 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham asphyxiated on his own vomit and died after a day of heavy drinking. Two months later, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin issued a press release stating that the band would not continue without Bonham. For decades, rumors of the band's imminent reunion persisted, but the surviving members made only sporadic appearances to perform together. In 2007, they reunited for a single concert as Led Zeppelin. Who played drums in Bonham's place? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillian Russell (1861)

One of the most popular stars of the musical stage in her day, Russell debuted in New York as a teenager and soon became a star. She was known for her flamboyant personal life, her hourglass figure, and her voice. Though she was married four times, her affair with "Diamond Jim" Brady has become legendary. She also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and was a popular lecturer. She died shortly after completing a fact-finding mission—on behalf of US President Warren Harding—to investigate what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soldier never becomes wholly familiar with the conception of his foes as men like himself; he cannot divest himself of the feeling that they are another order of beings, differently conditioned, in an environment not altogether of the earth.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

king of the jungle

The lion, especially in cultural or artistic depictions. (Usually a misnomer, as lions typically inhabit deserts or dry forests, as opposed to jungles.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Barbara's Day (2017)

In parts of France, Germany, and Syria, St. Barbara's Day is considered the beginning of the Christmas season. In southern France, especially in Provence, it is customary to set out dishes holding grains of wheat soaked in water on sunny window sills. If the "St. Barbara's grain" grows quickly, it means a good year for crops. There is a similar custom in Germany and the Czech and Slovak republics, where cherry branches are placed in water and tended in the hope that they will bloom on Christmas Eve. In Syria, St. Barbara's Day is for feasting and bringing food to the poor. More...
In the News

Intelligence Agency Using Web Competition to Recruit

Britain's Go vernment Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), an intelligence agency responsible for electronic surveillance operations, is using an unusual method to recruit potential candidates—a web-based code-breaking competition. Potential applicants, who must be British citizens and must never have engaged in illegal hacking, have the opportunity to crack a code placed on an unbranded standalone website. If they are successful, they gain access to GCHQ's recruitment website. More...
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