Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

subterfuge

Definition:(noun) Something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity.
Synonyms:blind
Usage: The manner in which he said this made Ned feel sure that Tom had had other thoughts, and that he had used a little subterfuge in his answer.
Article of the Day

Yakuza

Yakuza are members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan. Although yakuza membership declined in the 1990s following an anti-gang law passed by the Japanese government, there are thought to be nearly 90,000 active yakuza members in Japan today. Though, as a matter of principle, yakuza do not recognize direct theft as a legitimate enterprise, they frequently engage in a form of extortion known as sokaiya. How does it work? More...
This Day in History

Mayan Long Count Calendar Begins (3114 BCE)

The Long Count is one of the various ancient Mayan calendars that maintained complicated, cyclical measurements of time. It was intended to provide an accurate record of historical events and counts the days elapsed from a fixed starting point—calculated as August 11, 3114 BCE, the date of creation according to the Maya. Some believe that the calendar predicts the world's end on December 21, 2012, but scholars have widely rejected this claim. What was the significance of that date to the Maya? More...
Today's Birthday

Alex Haley (1921)

A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976's Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watched programs in America, spurring interest in genealogy. Why then was the work excluded from a prominent anthology of literature? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

knick-knack

Any miscellaneous trinket or toy, especially one that is delicate or dainty. More...
Today's Holiday

Omak Stampede and Suicide Race (2017)

The Omak Stampede and Suicide Race includes three days of professional rodeo in Omak, Washington. What makes this different from other rodeos is the World Famous Suicide Race, a terrifying hoof-thundering gallop by 15-20 mounted horses down an almost vertical hill, across the Okanogan River, and then into the rodeo arena. The rodeos top off a week of activities that include Indian ceremonies and dances, a western art show, and a grand parade. Animal rights activists have protested the race because of the extreme danger to the horses. More...
In the News

Humans First Used Tools to Eat Meat 250000 Years Ago. Here's What the Discovery Means.

If you're a developing species with dreams of dominating your home planet one day, you're going to have to do two things first: grow a big brain and get yourself a nice set of opposable thumbs. With a big brain you can figure out how to use tools and ... More...
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