Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

superfluity

Definition:(noun) Extreme excess.
Synonyms:overplus, plethora, embarrassment
Usage: He will look at the city which is within him, and take heed that no disorder occur in it, such as might arise either from superfluity or from want.
Article of the Day

Demoparties

The demoscene is an international subculture of computer programmers who create non-interactive, real-time audio-visual computer presentations, or "demos," for fun. The scene formed in the 1980s, and today, people from the demoscene gather at demoparties. Such events can last days, allowing time for competitions and demo-making as well as social interaction. Some large, well-known demoparties take place annually and can attract thousands of people from around the world. Where do attendees sleep? More...
This Day in History

The Apalachin Meeting (1957)

The Apalachin Meeting was a summit of some 100 Mafiosi from the US, Canada, and Italy that was raided after their fancy cars and out-of-state license plates aroused the suspicions of law enforcement agents in Apalachin, New York. Fifty-eight Mafiosi, including bosses Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese, were detained. Perhaps the most significant consequence of the raid was that it confirmed the American Mafia's existence, a fact that had long been denied by what prominent law enforcement official? More...
Today's Birthday

Aaron Copland (1900)

Famously public-spirited and generous, Copland came to be unofficially regarded as the US's national composer. Although his earliest works show European influences, the American character of the greater part of his compositions is evident in his use of jazz and American folk tunes. He is best known for his three ballets based on American folk material: Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. For what films did Copland compose music? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

cloud of suspicion

A general sentiment of suspicion of wrongdoing or illegality. More...
Today's Holiday

Loi Krathong (2016)

Loi Krathong, an ancient festival held under a full moon throughout Thailand, is considered to be the loveliest of the country's festivals. After sunset, people make their way to the water to launch small lotus-shaped banana-leaf or paper boats, each holding a lighted candle, a flower, joss sticks, and a small coin. Loi means "to float" and Krathong is a "leaf cup" or "bowl." One legend linked to the origins of this festival holds that it celebrates the lotus blossoms that sprang up when the Buddha took his first baby steps. More...
In the News

Murder Sends Antivirus Mogul into Hiding

Police in Belize are seeking John McAfee, the founder of antivirus software firm McAfee, for questioning in the murder of his neighbor this past weekend, but the millionaire has gone into hiding and is nowhere to be found. At this point, McAfee is considered simply a "person of interest" in the matter, and another person has been detained in connection with the case. Still, McAfee refuses to turn himself over to police, claiming that the authorities have been out to get him for months and are now conspiring to frame him for murder. More...
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