Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

diffidence

Definition:(noun) The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
Synonyms:self-distrust, self-doubt
Usage: The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.
Article of the Day

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

L. Frank Baum was an American journalist, playwright, and author. In 1900, he published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a story about a girl named Dorothy who is carried by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. Baum's fame rests largely on his 14 stories of Oz, all of which emphasize the virtues of practicality, self-reliance, tolerance, and egalitarianism. In 1938, the story was made into an extraordinarily popular motion picture. Who played the role of Dorothy? 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
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

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

Pregnant Women are a Lot like Male Seahorses, Say Scientists

What do a seahorse father and a human mother have in common? Pregnancy. But the similarities go further than simply carrying a baby, say scientists. "Surprisingly, seahorse dads do a lot of the same things human mums do," said Camilla Whittington ... More...
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