Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 5, 2014)
Word of the Day

pusillanimous

Definition:(adjective) Lacking courage; cowardly.
Synonyms:spineless, craven
Usage: Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you'd run with your tail between your legs if I said boo!
Article of the Day

Netiquette

Had early 20th-century etiquette expert Emily Post had access to the Internet, she certainly would have had some choice words for today's Web users—and they would not have included profanity. The idea that cussing on the Net is poor form is just one part of "netiquette"—the Internet's informal code of manners. Typing ENTIRELY IN UPPER CASE is also generally frowned upon, as it is considered akin to shouting. A good rule of thumb is "Think before you post." What is the Eternal September? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Portsmouth Ends Russo-Japanese War (1905)

The Russo-Japanese War—fought over territorial claims in East Asia—was a costly endeavor both monetarily and in terms of lives lost, and both sides soon realized the need for peace. With US President Theodore Roosevelt acting as a mediator, Russian and Japanese representatives met at a US naval base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The resulting treaty marked the temporary decline of Russian power in East Asia and the emergence of Japan as a regional power. What territory did both agree to cede? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Koestler (1905)

Born in Hungary, Koestler was an influential Communist journalist in Berlin in the 1930s. He was captured by fascist forces while on assignment during the Spanish Civil War and was later held in a concentration camp after the German invasion of France. In 1940, inspired by his break with Communism, he published his most important novel, Darkness at Noon, an examination of the moral dangers of totalitarianism. How did the terminally ill Koestler show his support for voluntary euthanasia? More...
Quotation of the Day
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

latchkey kid

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general due to his or her parents being away for work. More...
Today's Holiday

Anant Chaturdashi (2017)

Among Hindus, this is a day for worshipping and meditating on the god Vishnu. A day-long fast is observed, with offerings of fruits, sweets, and flowers to Vishnu. A thread colored in turmeric paste and having 14 knots is tied on the upper right arm while meditating in the belief that it will protect the worshipper from evil and bring prosperity and happiness. The Pandava princes in exile observed this fast on the advice of Sri Krishna and, as a result, they defeated the Kauravas and regained their lost kingdom. More...
In the News

Suicide Takes a Life Every 40 Seconds

The suicide of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams last month brought the typically taboo subject to the fore, yet this "major public health problem" is all too often ignored. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 800,000 people take their own lives each year. That is about one person every 40 seconds. The introduction of a national suicide prevention strategy has proven effective, but just 28 countries have done so. The WHO is therefore calling on the nations of the world to take action, with the goal of reducing suicide deaths by 10 percent by 2020. More...
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