Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

retread

Definition:(verb) To make or do over again, especially with minimal revision; rehash.
Synonyms:make over, rework
Usage: I refuse to write a script that retreads old romantic comedies, no matter how many times producers request that I do.
Article of the Day

Sita

Sita is one of the most revered figures in the Hindu pantheon. She has become a symbol of women's strength and suffering and appears in the epic Sanskrit poem the Ramayana. Sita married Prince Rama, hero of the Ramayana and an incarnation of the god Vishnu, but was abducted by the demon-king Ravana. Afterward, Sita walked on fiery coals to prove that she had remained faithful to Rama during her long imprisonment. However, once Rama became king, he exiled his pregnant wife. Why? More...
This Day in History

O.J. Simpson Found Not Guilty in the "Trial of the Century" (1995)

In 1994, Simpson, a former football star, was charged with the murder of his estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. His trial was a media-saturated event that highlighted racial tensions in America and resulted in his acquittal in 1995. In 1997, a civil jury levied a $33.5 million wrongful-death award against him in a suit brought by the victims' families. Simpson's infamous car chase in June 1994 interrupted TV coverage of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Wolfe (1900)

After beginning his career writing plays, Wolfe turned to novels, many of which are thinly veiled autobiographies. His writing habits, influenced by excessive drinking, were haphazard and undisciplined. In his The Story of a Novel, Wolfe describes how editor Maxwell Perkins helped him turn the chaotic manuscripts for his first two books into publishable works. Which one of Wolfe's literary contemporaries likened his writing to "an elephant trying to do the hoochie coochie"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Today's Holiday

German Unity Day (2015)

Unity Day celebrates the reunification of East and West Germany that took place on October 3, 1990. In setting the date of the official reunification, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to honor the historic events of November 1989, in which the government of East Germany resigned and thousands of citizens scaled the Berlin Wall and began to demolish it, but did not want to overshadow other important November observances. German Unity Day is observed with speeches, marches, and public events, including the government's official Unity Day celebration street festival. More...
In the News

Six Seconds to Minty Freshness

Would you like to have a few spare minutes in the morning? If so, the new Blizzident toothbrush might be right for you. Instead of spending minutes brushing your teeth, you could have perfectly clean pearly whites in seconds. The key, apparently, is brushing all the teeth at once. This is accomplished using a custom-made brush created to precisely fit the user's teeth. One simply bites down on and grinds against the Blizzident, and in six seconds the device's hundreds of bristles supposedly scrub the teeth, gum line, and interdental spaces clean. According to its makers, six seconds of Blizzident use is equivalent to three minutes of conventional brushing. More...
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