Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

hang-up

Definition:(noun) An unforeseen obstacle.
Synonyms:rub, hitch, snag
Usage: My real estate agent says there are some legal hang-ups that might delay the sale of our home.
Article of the Day

Drawing Rooms

A drawing room is a formal reception room where visitors to a home may be entertained. Its name comes from the 17th-century term "withdrawing room," the place to which ladies would withdraw, leaving men to smoke and drink. Later, it was just a place to "withdraw" to for more privacy. Its equivalents include the American "parlor" and the French "salon." Because the drawing room was mainly used to entertain guests, it gave rise to drawing room plays. What is likely the genre's most famous example? More...
This Day in History

United Air Lines Chesterton Crash (1933)

In 1933, a Boeing 247 operated by United Air Lines exploded mid-flight and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. The crash killed all seven people aboard, including four passengers and three crew members. Investigators concluded that a bomb caused the explosion, making this the first proven act of air sabotage in the history of commercial aviation. No suspect has ever been identified or charged in the incident. How did investigators determine that a bomb caused the explosion? More...
Today's Birthday

Thelonious Monk (1917)

One of the key innovators of modern jazz, Monk worked as a pianist in the early 1940s at Minton's Playhouse and other clubs where the rudiments of the new jazz style were being developed. Known for his highly idiosyncratic, percussive playing, he performed with many notable jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, before recording under his own name beginning in 1947. Monk is one of only five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine. Who are the other four? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have a trick up (one's) sleeve

To have a secret plan, idea, or advantage that can be utilized if and when it is required. A reference to cheating at a card game by hiding a favorable card up one's sleeve. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiji Day (2016)

Fijians still celebrate the date of the signing of the 1874 Deed of Cession, the document that initiated the protracted process by which Fiji gained independence in 1970. In Levuka, festivities focus on the historical aspects of Fiji Day, and people dress in traditional garb to re-enact of the Deed of Cession. In Suva, leaders, dignitaries, and citizens gather in historic Albert Park for addresses by the president and the prime minister. There is also a parade, the singing of the national anthem, and a ceremonial firing of cannons. In other communities, Fijians hold oratory contests and cultural performances. More...
In the News

Haitians Sue UN in US Court over Cholera Outbreak

Victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since late 2010 have filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the UN in US court. Though a UN-appointed panel concluded that it could not definitively identify the epidemic's source, an American investigation found strong evidence to suggest that UN peacekeepers from Nepal, where the disease is endemic, touched off the epidemic in Haiti by dumping raw sewage near a river used for drinking water. Earlier this year, the UN formally rejected victims' requests for compensation, prompting them to take legal action. More...
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