Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

rascality

Definition:(noun) The trait of indulging in disreputable pranks.
Synonyms:prankishness, roguishness
Usage: I had underestimated the rascality of my roommate, who had replaced my shoelaces with spaghetti yet again.
Article of the Day

PETA: Ethical or Extremist?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, claiming to have 800,000 members worldwide. PETA's main objectives include fighting factory farming, animal testing/vivisection, and fur farming. The organization, however, has been widely criticized for immorality, deception, and the targeting of vulnerable groups in its advertising campaigns, as well as for the use of shock tactics to elicit reactions and attract attention to its cause. More...
This Day in History

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Published (1925)

Considered to be Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a devastating critique of the American Dream and materialism at the height of the Roaring Twenties. It is the story of a bootlegger, Jay Gatsby, whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Today used as required reading in many high schools, the book has been cited as the paragon of the Great American Novel. Why did Fitzgerald dislike the title, and what did he want to call his novel? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo Grotius (1583)

Grotius was a Dutch jurist, philosopher, and writer. He enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of 11 and became a lawyer at 15. Among his key legal treatises is the first definitive text on international law, On the Law of War and Peace, which prescribes rules for the conduct of war and advances the idea that nations are bound by natural law. In 1615, he became involved in a religious controversy that extended to politics and was eventually imprisoned. How did he escape? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

I'd say

In my opinion; it is my estimation that. More...
Today's Holiday

Passover (2017)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and by Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Pennsylvania Student Goes on Stabbing Rampage

A 16-year-old boy went on a stabbing rampage at his Pennsylvania high school on Wednesday, injuring 19 students—some as young as 14—with at least two knives before being taken into custody. A school security officer was also injured before the knife-wielding sophomore was subdued. Some of the wounded are in critical condition, but doctors are optimistic about their survival. Officials have yet to determine what motivated the attack. More...
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