Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

uncouth

Definition:(adjective) Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste.
Synonyms:rough-cut, vulgar, coarse, common
Usage: He was an uncouth fellow, ragged and dirty and unshaven.
Article of the Day

Costco

The first Price Club opened in 1976 in an airplane hangar previously owned by Howard Hughes, and the first Costco opened in 1983. The two merged in 1993, and Costco is now the largest membership warehouse chain in the US. Costco sells items, often in bulk, at low prices in its unadorned warehouses, displaying products on pallets. The company maintains a markup limit of 15 percent, and will not stock a product if it deems the price too high. What did Costco refuse to sell for this reason in 2009? More...
This Day in History

Statue of Liberty Is Dedicated (1886)

The Statue of Liberty, originally known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was proposed by French historian Édouard Laboulaye in 1865 to commemorate the alliance of France with the American colonies during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor F. A. Bartholdi, the statue is 152 ft (46 m) high and is possibly the tallest metal statue ever made. It was shipped to New York in 1885, assembled, and dedicated in 1886. What New York tradition originated during the dedication? More...
Today's Birthday

Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837)

Tokugawa was the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. The Tokugawa family held the shogunate and controlled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Beginning at the time of Yoshinobu's birth, there were numerous peasant uprisings and samurai unrest. Undermined by increasing foreign incursions, the Tokugawa were overthrown by an attack of provincial forces from Choshu, Satsuma, and Tosa, who restored the Meiji emperor to power. Yoshinobu resigned in 1867. How did he spend his retirement? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) blood on (one's) head

To be the cause of (someone's) death; to bear the guilt or responsibility of (someone's) death or injury. More...
Today's Holiday

Czechoslovak Independence Day (2016)

The Republic of Czechoslovakia was founded on October 28, 1918, when the National Committee in Prague proclaimed independence from the Austrian Hapsburg emperors and took over the administration of an independent Czechoslovak state. Independence Day was widely celebrated in Czechoslovakia until the Communists seized power there in 1948, but the day continued to be recognized in the US with special banquets, addresses, religious services, and cultural programs. Communities with large Czech or Slovak populations may also mark the occasion. More...
In the News

Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More...
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