Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

mix-up

Definition:(noun) A mistake that results from taking one thing to be another.
Synonyms:confusion
Usage: Due to a mix-up over travel arrangements, I missed my flight and had to rent a car and drive the 700 miles home.
Article of the Day

The Fauxhawk

In the early 1980s, the hairstyle known as the mohawk—named after the Native American tribe of the same name–became popular among young people in the punk subculture. The look is achieved by shaving both sides of the head and leaving a strip of hair on the crest of the scalp. Decades later, the fauxhawk was introduced. A portmanteau of faux—meaning fake—and mohawk, the hairstyle is created without shaving the hair on the sides of the head. What celebrities helped to popularize the fauxhawk? More...
This Day in History

Mikhail Gorbachev Becomes Leader of the Soviet Union (1985)

In 1985, after the death of the third Soviet leader in two years, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, ushering in an era of political reform with his policies of glasnost and perestroika. He cultivated warmer relations with the US and others and even supported the democratically elected governments that replaced the communist regimes of eastern Europe. In 1991, he resigned the presidency of the USSR, which ceased to exist the same day. How did his own policies lead to the end of his administration? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915)

In the 1950s, Licklider—who had studied math and physics and had a doctorate in psychology—began studying information technology. He was appointed head of information processing at ARPA, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the early 60s. There, he laid the groundwork for computer networking and ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is considered one of the most important figures in computing history and is often compared to what historical trailblazer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

housewarming (party)

A party thrown to celebrate when someone moves into a new apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Purim (2017)

Six hundred years before the Christian era, most Jews were slaves in Persia. The Persian prime minister Haman persuaded King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) to let him destroy the empire's entire Jewish population. The king did not realize that his own wife, Esther, was Jewish until she pleaded with him to spare her people. The Book of Esther is read aloud in synagogues on the eve and morning of Purim, and listeners drown out every mention of Haman's name by jeering and stamping their feet. Purim is also a time for sharing food with friends and for charity to the poor. More...
In the News

Work Calls at Home More Distressing for Women

According to a recent study, when women receive work-related e-mails, phone calls, and texts at home, they feel higher levels of guilt and psychological distress than men. This guilt persists even if the contact does not interfere with family life. Age, marital or parental status, and socioeconomic level do not appear to affect how women feel about such intrusions. Researchers suggest that women and men have different outlooks when it comes to the boundaries between work and family life and that this may cause women to perceive their family role performance more negatively when work intrudes upon home-life. More...
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