Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

judder

Definition:(verb) Shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively.
Synonyms:shake
Usage: The old engine was juddering and smoking, so I took the car to the mechanic.
Article of the Day

Genius

In Roman mythology, a genius was the guardian spirit of a man, an institution, a city, a state, or a large family unit known as a gens. As the guardian spirit of an individual, the genius was largely the force of one's natural desires. An individual's notable achievements or intellectual prowess was attributed to his genius, and, eventually, a high achiever was said to have genius or be a genius. Today, by contrast, a genius is considered a person with an intelligence quotient of what? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. He first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which focuses on the complexities of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. To prevent the use of his nickname, Lee sought legal action against whom in 2003? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

beer muscles

An inflated notion of one's strength, ego, or bravado due to excess consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day is a public holiday commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
In the News

Guatemalans Sue US over Syphilis Experiments

Guatemalans who were deliberately infected with syphilis by US doctors in the 1940s have filed a class action lawsuit against the US government. Between 1946 and 1948, US scientists studying the effects of the disease infected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners, psychiatric patients, and orphans without their consent. The tests were kept secret for decades, but a medical historian discovered evidence of the program and revealed the findings last year. The US government has since apologized for the "reprehensible" experiments but failed to agree to a compensation settlement. More...
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