Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

olfaction

Definition:(noun) The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents.
Synonyms:smell
Usage: My stuffed nose not only impeded my olfaction, it also dulled my sense of taste.
Article of the Day

Nasreddin

Nasreddin is a semi-historical, legendary wise man and wit who features in the folklore of many peoples of the Middle East and Asia. He is said to have lived in Turkey in the 13th century. As tales about him spread throughout the world, he came to be known by a variety of names and titles. Most of the thousands of Nasreddin stories are humorous anecdotes that can be seen to convey morals or deeper meanings that seemingly transcend cultures and national borders. What are some Nasreddin tales? More...
This Day in History

The Old Man of the Mountain Collapses (2003)

The Old Man of the Mountain was an iconic rock formation in the Franconia Notch mountain pass of New Hampshire. Protruding from the side of a cliff, about 1,200 feet (366 m) above a lake, it looked like a craggy, 40-ft (12-m) human face. Years of freezing weather and the feature's already precarious position caused the beloved local symbol and tourist destination to collapse in 2003. American statesman Daniel Webster once said that the Old Man was God's way of saying what? More...
Today's Birthday

William Motter Inge (1913)

Inge worked as a teacher and newspaper critic before winning recognition as a dramatist. His plays sympathetically portray the aspirations and frustrations of Midwestern small-town life. He first earned notice in 1950 with Come Back, Little Sheba, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for Picnic. Several of his works were made into films. By the 1960s, his reputation as a dramatist declined, and he turned to writing novels. Plagued by alcoholism and illness, he died in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in the view of (someone)

In someone's or some group's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de la Santa Cruz (2017)

The Day of the Holy Cross, known elsewhere as the Exaltation of the Cross, is an important one throughout Latin America. Crosses that are normally found in the churches are repaired and repainted, or carried in procession through the streets. In Venezuela, the celebration is known as Velorio de Cruz. People set up special altars in their homes that include crosses, lighted candles, and images of the saints. Musicians and poets from all over the country come to perform in front of these altars. While playing their instruments, they improvise rhymed couplets and other poetic forms. More...
In the News

Secrets and Lies: Accidents and Tickets Prompt Spousal Deception

When it comes to fender benders and traffic tickets, it seems many people have a hard time telling the truth. In a recent online survey, 35 percent of respondents admitted to damaging the family car and then lying about who was at fault when discussing it with their spouses. A quarter of drivers surveyed also admitted to hiding a traffic ticket from their partners. Though men were more frequently the guilty parties when it came to this sort of behavior, they tended to be more suspicious of their wives than their wives were of them. More...
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