Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

faint-hearted

Definition:(adjective) Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.
Synonyms:timid
Usage: Crupp...became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavor to hide her portly form behind doors...or would shrink into dark corners.
Article of the Day

The Absent-Minded Professor

The absent-minded professor is a stock character in popular fiction, usually portrayed as an intelligent but bumbling academic whose focus on scientific matters causes him or her to lose track of the everyday world. Isaac Newton, Adam Smith, and Archimedes were all considered absent-minded professors by their contemporaries. What philosopher is said to have fallen down a well because he had his eyes focused on the heavens instead of the ground in front of him while walking at night? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be just the same (to someone)

To make no difference (to someone) one way or another; to be unimportant (to someone) what happens. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Revolution and Independence Day (2017)

On March 15, Hungarians observe the anniversary of the beginning of the revolution in 1848 against the Habsburg monarchy. The revolutionaries called for the creation of a nation-state with freedom of the press and an independent parliamentary government. In 1989, celebrations were open for the first time since the Soviet invasion, and took place all over the country. More...
In the News

Depressed New Dads More Likely to Spank Kids

A survey of new dads in the US has found that those who were depressed were nearly four times more likely to report spanking their children in the past month than those without symptoms. About 40 percent of depressed fathers said they had spanked their kids, compared to just 13 percent of fathers who were not depressed. Researchers are particularly troubled by their findings because the children involved in the study were only one year old. At such a young age, children are more easily injured and are unlikely to understand why they are being harmed. More...
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