Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

readjust

Definition:(verb) Adjust anew.
Synonyms:readapt
Usage: Some soldiers find it hard to readjust to civilian life when they leave the army.
Article of the Day

The Singapore Flyer

At 541 feet (165 m)—or 42 stories—high, the Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it was opened to the public in 2008. The wheel contains 28 enclosed capsules, each of which is capable of holding 28 passengers. A complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. The wheel originally rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from the nearby Marina Centre, but its direction was later changed. Why? More...
This Day in History

Jacqueline Kennedy Weds Aristotle Onassis (1968)

Jacqueline Bouvier married future US President John F. Kennedy in 1953. As first lady, she promoted the arts, history, and high style. After Kennedy's assassination, her stoic behavior enhanced her standing with the public, but she stunned the world in 1968 when she married Greek millionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. For a time, she was the world's premier celebrity, but after Onassis's death in 1975, she returned to New York, where she got a job doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur "Art" Buchwald (1925)

Buchwald was an American humorist who started as a columnist covering the lighter side of Parisian life. After moving to Washington, DC, in 1961, he began poking fun at issues in the news and soon became one of the sharpest satirists of American politics and modern life. His syndicated column of wry humor eventually appeared in more than 500 papers worldwide, and he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1982. What was unusual about his video obituary featured by The New York Times? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice, and the general reason of mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) druthers

To have one's choice or preference; to have things the way one would like them to be; to have one's way. Usually formulated as "if I had my druthers…". Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Revolution Day (2016)

On October 20, 1944, university students and military leaders aligned to overthrow the dictator Jorge Ubico. Guatemalans fondly remember the replacement government and its executive leader, Juan José Arévalo, who implemented a series of successful labor and agrarian reforms. Music and fireworks mark the day's lively celebrations, the grandest of which are held in the Plaza Mayor in Guatemala City. It is also common on this day for activists to exercise their free speech, a human right that Arévalo championed. Some protests draw thousands of people and extend into the next day. More...
In the News

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Officials in eastern Ohio were urging residents to stay indoors and school districts to close earlier this week because of some unusual predators loose in the area—lions, tigers, and bears to name a few. Dozens of exotic animals escaped Tuesday from a wild animal preserve, after the site's owner apparently opened their cages and left fences open before taking his own life. Police managed to shoot down a number of the animals and tranquilize others, and by Wednesday afternoon, nearly all of the animals had been tracked down. The bizarre and frightening incident has many calling on Ohio lawmakers to toughen the state's regulations regarding exotic pet ownership. More...
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