Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

perjury

Definition:(noun) Criminal offense of making false statements under oath.
Synonyms:bearing false witness, lying under oath
Usage: After evidence of my innocence came to light, the so-called witness who testified against me was arrested on charges of perjury.
Article of the Day

Dead Man's Switch

A dead man's switch is an emergency brake that automatically activates to stop a vehicle or machine in the event that the operator becomes incapacitated. This sort of safety measure became necessary with the advent of electric trains, since they cut the number of required operators down to one, and has become standard in numerous devices, including snowblowers, lawn mowers, and saws. Though developed as a fail-safe, a dead man's switch can sometimes be a "fail-deadly," as when built into what? More...
This Day in History

King Macbeth Is Killed (1057)

Macbeth was originally a governor and military commander under Scottish King Duncan I, whose ancestors had seized power from the ancestors of Macbeth's wife. Macbeth ascended to the throne by killing Duncan in battle in 1040 and ruled Scotland for the next 18 years. In 1057, Macbeth was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan by Duncan's son Malcolm. Malcolm was crowned king the following year. Is Shakespeare's famous tragedy about Macbeth historically accurate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Walter Scott (1771)

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is widely regarded as both the inventor of the historical novel and one of the genre's greatest writers. His extremely popular "Waverley" series consists of more than two dozen romances of Scottish life. The first, published in 1814, was an immediate success, yet Scott continued to write anonymously until 1827. In 1825, his business nearly failed. By what means did he attempt to stave off bankruptcy, eventually achieving financial solvency after his own death? More...
Quotation of the Day
My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people's.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

be knocking on heaven's door

To be dying; to be approaching or very close to death (i.e., about to be admitted into the afterlife). More...
Today's Holiday

Korea Liberation Day (2017)

This Korean holiday commemorates the surrender of Japan to the Allies in 1945, liberating Korea from Japan's 35-year occupation. The day also commemorates the formal proclamation of the Republic of Korea in South Korea in 1948, but it is a national holiday in both Koreas. More...
In the News

Surgeon Allegedly Stole Drugs from Patients' Stomach

A surgeon who operated on a drug mule to remove packets of heroin from his stomach may well have saved the man's life, but instead of being hailed a hero, he is facing up to 15 years in prison. His crime? Stealing some of the drugs he was charged with extracting. The doctor came under suspicion after one of the heroin packets turned up missing. It turns out he had been investigated for illegal drug possession in the past, and when he was detained this time, he was found not only to have five grams of heroin on his person but also to be in a state of narcotic intoxication. More...
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