Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

exacta

Definition:(noun) A method of betting, as on a horserace, in which the bettor must correctly pick those finishing in the first and second places in precisely that sequence.
Synonyms:perfecta
Usage: Even though she knew it was risky, she was tempted to go for the exacta, which had a higher payout than a bet on just the winning horse.
Article of the Day

Anomie

In his 1897 book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced his concept of anomie, a social condition characterized by institutional instability, the breakdown of social norms, and a divorce between socially valid goals and available means for achieving them. The alienation, anxiety, and amorality afflicting individuals who live under such conditions is widely believed to result in delinquency, crime, and suicide. How did the Industrial Revolution factor into Durkheim's theory? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them? More...
Today's Birthday

John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. How many times was he married? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn't can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head in the sand

To refuse to acknowledge or deal with problems, danger, or difficulty, especially in the hopes that they will resolve themselves. The phrase is a reference to ostriches, which were believed (incorrectly) to hide their heads in the ground at the sight of approaching danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Hoshana Rabbah (2016)

Hoshana Rabbah is considered the last possible day on which one can seek forgiveness for the sins of the preceding year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, God seals the Book of Life—and thus each individual's fate for the coming year. But since the Middle Ages, Hoshana Rabbah has been regarded as an extension of the deadline for Divine judgment. According to an old Jewish folk belief, notes fell from Heaven on this day, informing people of how they had been judged. The traditional Yiddish greeting, a gute kvitl, "May you receive a good note," reflects this belief. More...
In the News

Accidental Discovery Could Be Renewable Energy Breakthrough

In an unexpected twist of fate, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a process to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol fuel — a breakthrough with implications for the future of renewable ... More...
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