Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 09, 2017)
Word of the Day

smidgen

Definition:(noun) A very small quantity or portion; a bit or mite.
Synonyms:whit, iota, scintilla, shred, tittle
Usage: He did not possess even a smidgen of courage and readily yielded his sandwich to an irate squirrel.
Article of the Day

The Vrba-Wetzler Report

Two weeks after their 1944 escape from Auschwitz, Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler met with Jewish officials in Slovakia and gave them a detailed report on the Nazi concentration camp as well as sketches of its layout, gas chambers, and crematoria. Although the report's release to the public was controversially delayed, it was the first detailed report on Auschwitz that the Allies found credible and is credited with having saved many lives. Why did Vrba claim the report was deliberately withheld? More...
This Day in History

John Quincy Adams Elected US President by Congress (1825)

Without a strong party system in place, the 1824 US presidential election was based on regional, rather than party, support. Consequently, of the five candidates who ran for office, none received enough electoral votes to take office, sending the decision to the House of Representatives under the terms of the twelfth amendment. Although Andrew Jackson had earned a plurality of the popular vote, Adams was elected because, according to the Jacksonians, he had struck a "corrupt bargain" with whom? More...
Today's Birthday

James Whitaker Wright (1846)

The son of a poor minister, Wright went on to become an extremely wealthy mining company owner. He lived a lavish lifestyle and mingled with the social elite, giving off the appearance of a legitimate and successful businessman. Yet, when his companies collapsed in 1900, it was revealed that he had earned his fortune by defrauding investors. Convicted in 1904 of fraud, he chose to end his own life rather than serve out his prison sentence. How did he kill himself while still in the courthouse? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation never falls but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

hustle (one's) bustle

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up; to get moving quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Thaipusam (2017)

Thaipusam is a dramatic Hindu festival celebrated in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and elsewhere. The day marks the victory of the god Subramaniam (Lord Murugar) over the demons, and it is a time of penance, usually involving self-mortification. In Malaysia, a statue of Subramaniam is taken from the Sri Mariamman temple and placed in a silver chariot. Then begins a grand procession to his tomb in the Batu Caves, where the statue is carried up 272 steps and placed beside the permanent statue kept there. The next day about 200,000 people begin to pay homage. More...
In the News

Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here's Why

If you've ever been tempted to confront someone slurping their soup in a restaurant, or if a person breathing loudly next to you in the movie theater is enough to make your blood boil, then you're not alone: You're one of many people suffering from a ... More...
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