Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

quittance

Definition:(noun) Payment of a debt or obligation.
Synonyms:repayment
Usage: I should have flung at him a quittance for my foolish stepfather's debts, and then dismissed him.
Article of the Day

The Saxon Wars

In 772 CE, Charlemagne invaded pagan Saxony—what is now northwestern Germany—intending to absorb the region into his Frankish realm. However, for the next 30 years, the Saxons had to be repeatedly re-conquered before their resistance was finally crushed. The Saxon pagans were converted to Christianity more than once before finally accepting Frankish rule. Charlemagne stood in as godfather for their leader, Widukind, at his baptism. What did Charlemagne do with the last unruly tribe of Saxons? More...
This Day in History

First Computer Mouse Patented (1970)

While working at the Stanford Research Institute in the early 1960s, human-computer interaction pioneer Doug Engelbart invented the first computer mouse, so called because of its resemblance to the small rodent. His mouse was constructed out of a wooden box and two wheels set perpendicular to one another. The rotation of each wheel was translated into motion along one axis, and this information was relayed to the computer to indicate the mouse's position. What is the proper plural of "mouse"? More...
Today's Birthday

Martin Scorsese (1942)

Scorsese is an American film director whose movies often deal with violent and obsessive aspects of modern America and the themes of sin and redemption. He won critical attention for his film Mean Streets in 1973 and went on to make a number of acclaimed films, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed, for which he finally received the Academy Award for best director. What vocation did Scorsese pursue before attending film school? More...
Quotation of the Day
My last page is always latent in my first; but the intervening windings of the way become clear only as I write.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2015)

In 1939, Nazi troops invaded Czechoslovakia and took over the country. On November 17, student protests were held. Nazi troops subsequently executed nine students and sent many to a concentration camp. On November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, and the national flag is flown in all public places. More...
In the News

Campaigners Say Nerd and Geek Need New Definitions

For decades, the words nerd and geek have been considered derogatory terms, but dictionaries are now being pressured to update their definitions and remove these negative connotations. Campaigners say that self-proclaimed nerds and geeks have taken the labels as badges of honor, while society in general now celebrates a number of nerdy and geeky public figures—for example, Facebook founder and multibillionaire Mark Zuckerberg. Who is credited with inventing the word nerd in 1950? More...
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