Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

turnkey

Definition:(noun) Someone who guards prisoners.
Synonyms:jailer, screw
Usage: The turnkey will take you to the prisoner's cell and leave you there.
Article of the Day

Cinema of Iran

Despite periods of censorship when some films have been banned, Iranian cinema has flourished throughout the various eras of modern Iranian history. The country's ethnic minorities, such as the Kurds, have contributed to the industry, and Iranian films often reflect and react to cultural and political shifts. Iranian films and filmmakers have been honored at film festivals around the world, and such festivals are also held in Iran. In what year did the first movie theater open in Tehran? More...
This Day in History

After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

adrenaline junkie

One who constantly seeks out the sudden increase of energy associated with dangerous activities, similar to the way drug addicts seek out the "high" achieved by drug use. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent's Day

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More...
In the News

The Fad Diets of Old

Fad dieting may seem like a modern development, but in fact it has been around for centuries. The Victorian era ushered in an age of fad diets that included Fletcherism, tapeworm ingestion, and arsenic pills. Fletcherism, developed by "the Great Masticator" Horace Fletcher, was a popular diet that promoted thoroughly chewing food and then spitting it out. At around this time, desperate dieters also began turning to the extreme and dangerous practice of ingesting parasitic tapeworms, risking their health, vision, and memory, among other things, for the opportunity to lose weight. Suddenly, eating cabbage soup for a week doesn't seem so bad, does it? More...
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