Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

ragbag

Definition:(noun) A motley assortment of things.
Synonyms:farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, melange, mishmash, mingle-mangle, oddments, omnium-gatherum
Usage: The bottom drawer of the teacher's desk contained a ragbag of confiscated items ranging from comic books to false teeth.
Article of the Day

Mauthausen-Gusen

A complex of Nazi concentration camps in northern Austria, Mauthausen-Gusen was the scene of terrible atrocities during World War II. Originally affiliated with the Dachau camp, it acquired dozens of its own satellite camps by the end of the war. Though the death toll at Mauthausen-Gusen is unknown, it is estimated that more than 100,000 died there. Many prisoners were used for slave labor in local industries. One quarry was home to the "Stairs of Death," where prisoners were forced to do what? More...
This Day in History

Ötzi the Iceman Is Discovered by German Tourists (1991)

In 1991, two hikers discovered a well-preserved corpse trapped in ice near the border between Austria and Italy. It proved to be that of a man who lived about 5,300 years ago—making it the oldest natural mummy ever found. He was nicknamed Ötzi, for the Ötztal Alps where he was found. Also recovered were clothes, shoes, tools, weapons, fire-starting materials, and medicine. Scientists have since determined that Ötzi ate about eight hours before his death. What did he eat, and how did he die? More...
Today's Birthday

Lajos Kossuth (1802)

Now considered a national hero, Kossuth was a Hungarian revolutionary who favored dissolving the union between the Hungarian and Austrian crowns. The fiery orator was a principal figure of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. Appointed provisional governor, he soon became virtual dictator. In 1849, Russian armies intervened in favor of Austria, forcing him to resign. He fled to Turkey and later to Italy, where he watched as Hungary reconciled with the Austrian monarchy. What did he do while in exile? More...
Quotation of the Day
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") More...
Today's Holiday

St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day (2017)

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island nation in the West Indies in the Leeward Islands. In 1782, the British took permanent control over the islands; the islands, along with nearby Anguilla, were united in 1882. Anguilla seceded in 1980, and Saint Kitts and Nevis gained independence on September 19, 1983. Every year, the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrate Independence Day on September 19. Various celebrations take place across the islands on this day, including a cultural program of dance, live music, local food, and traditional displays. More...
In the News

Surgeons Complete Mother-to-Daughter Womb Transplants

Doctors in Sweden have successfully performed the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants. In the procedures, two women received from their respective mothers the wombs in which they were carried. However, the doctors involved with the transplants say they will consider them completely successful only when the transplant recipients give birth. Both recipients began the process of in vitro fertilization prior to the surgery. If the women are considered well enough after a one-year observation period, their frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred into their new wombs. More...
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