Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

belly-up

Definition:(adjective) Financially ruined.
Synonyms:bankrupt
Usage: The struggling grocery store was forced to lay off several employees to avoid going belly-up.
Article of the Day

Perpetual Motion

The expression "perpetual motion" arose in connection to the quest for a mechanism that, once set in motion, would continue to do useful work without an external source of energy. A mechanism using this type of motion, now called perpetual motion of the first kind, would clearly violate the now firmly established principle of conservation of energy. Still, this fact has not deterred inventors throughout history from proposing hypothetical perpetual motion machines. What are some of them? More...
This Day in History

Japanese WWII Soldier Found Hiding in Guam Jungle (1972)

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who went into hiding in the jungles of Guam in 1944 as Allied forces took the island; 28 years later, he was still there. He had hidden in an underground cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that WWII had ended. In 1972, he was found by hunters and returned to Japan. He was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, before Hiroo Onoda and Teruo Nakamura. What did Yokoi allegedly say upon his return? More...
Today's Birthday

Hadrian (76 CE)

The nephew of Roman emperor Trajan, Hadrian became emperor when he was adopted and named successor just before Trajan's death, after years of intrigue. After executing his senatorial opponents and abandoning many of Trajan's conquests, he began to travel widely, and many of his accomplishments were related to his visits abroad, including the beginning of construction of Hadrian's Wall. The wall is one of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation of what area? More...
Quotation of the Day
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

farmer's tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. More...
Today's Holiday

Jizo Ennichi (2016)

Tradition calls for Japanese Buddhists to honor Kshitigarba Jizo on the 24th day of each month with a ritual known as Jizo Ennichi. Kshitigarba Jizo is a Bodhisattva, or "Buddha-to-be." Among Japanese Buddhists, he is known for helping children, women in labor, and the wicked. He is also believed to participate in ushering in the souls of the faithful when they die. His statue is most often found outside temples, where he can guide both the dead and the living. Shrines in his honor are set up along roadsides, since he protects travelers as well. More...
In the News

Doomsday Clock: Just Five Minutes to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock, a symbol of humankind's proximity to catastrophic destruction, has been moved one minute closer to midnight. The clock, maintained by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947, was moved to five minutes to midnight because of inadequate progress on nuclear disarmament and climate change. It was a step back from 2010, when scientists, optimistic that world leaders would address global threats, turned the clock back a minute to six minutes to midnight. More...
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