Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

self-worth

Definition:(noun) Respect for or a favorable opinion of oneself.
Synonyms:dignity, self-regard
Usage: This is the third time Luke has been fired in the past year, and I can only imagine the damage that it is doing to his self-worth.
Article of the Day

A Sandwich for Sandwich

It has been said of John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, that "seldom has any man held so many offices and accomplished so little." An unpopular, corrupt politician, he was criticized for prosecuting a friend for obscenity, despite being notoriously dissolute himself. Today, he is known for a 1762 incident in which he asked to be served meat stuck between slices of bread so that he would not have to interrupt his gambling to eat. What alternate tale explains Sandwich's connection to the sandwich? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of the Planet Vulcan Is Announced (1860)

To account for inconsistencies between Mercury's predicted and observed orbital path, French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier postulated that a tiny, hypothetical planet, which he named Vulcan, was present within Mercury's orbit. Sightings of Vulcan were reported until 1878, and Leverrier died believing he had discovered another planet. Eventually, however, the orbital anomalies were explained by Einstein's general theory of relativity. After what was the hypothetical planet named? More...
Today's Birthday

Mehmed IV (1642)

After the deposition and murder of his father, Sultan Ibrahim, 7-year-old Mehmed IV ascended the throne of the Ottoman Empire. Chaos and corruption followed, and though grand vizier Mehmed Köprülü managed to restore order, the empire suffered severe setbacks. In 1683, the Turks besieged Vienna but were repulsed by King John III of Poland, and a Holy League was formed to carry the war into Ottoman territory. Mehmed was deposed after a Turkish defeat by Charles V of Lorraine. Who succeeded him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Today's Holiday

Haiti Ancestors' Day (2016)

In Haiti, the Independence Day festivities that occur on the first day of the year continue into the second with Jour des Aieux (Ancestors' Day), an occasion for remembering the founders of Haiti and those who sacrificed their lives during the revolution of the early 19th century. A large meal often accompanies the day's festivities, and military processions may also take place on Ancestors' Day. In years past, particularly during the reign of President François Duvalier (1971-1986), the executive leader used this day to deliver radio and television speeches to the nation. More...
In the News

Laughter Abounds in Latin America

There appears to be some truth behind the adage "money doesn't buy happiness," because the world's richest people—Qataris—are not even close to being the world's happiest. That distinction goes to Panamanians and Paraguayans, followed closely by the residents of a number of other Latin American countries. In fact, the 10 most upbeat countries in the world, as determined by a recent Gallup poll, include seven in Latin America. It is interesting to note that many of these countries fare poorly in other measures of well-being, such as income, life expectancy, and education. More...
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