Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

elephantine

Definition:(adjective) Of great mass; huge and bulky.
Synonyms:gargantuan, giant, jumbo
Usage: As we approached the city, the silhouettes of its elephantine buildings came into view.
Article of the Day

Eunuchs

The custom of employing eunuchs—men who have been castrated—as servants in wealthy or royal households dates back millennia. In ancient China and the Middle East, eunuchs acted as guards in harems and as chamberlains to kings. The confidential position enabled them to exert considerable influence over their masters. Use of eunuchs in royal courts peaked during the Byzantine Empire and faded with the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Whose assassin's killer castrated himself to avoid sexual temptation? More...
This Day in History

Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

Minutes after taking off from an Athens airport on November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648 was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists. The plane was forced to land in Malta, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the hijackers. The terrorists shot two Israelis and three Americans before Egyptian commandos launched a disastrous raid in which nearly 60 hostages were killed. Remarkably, three of the passengers shot by the terrorists survived. How did one of the terrorists almost escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Adolph "Harpo" Marx (1888)

Harpo was a member of the American comedy team known as the Marx Brothers. The brothers enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from the early 1900s to about 1950. Harpo never spoke during their performances and instead blew a horn, whistled, or mimed to communicate. He also got laughs with his prop-laden sight gags, many of which involved the seemingly infinite number of odd items he managed to produce from his topcoat's oversized pockets. How did he get his nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

golf widow

A woman whose husband frequently absents himself from home so as to go and play golf. More...
Today's Holiday

Repudiation Day (2016)

The Stamp Act of 1765 forced the American colonies to pay a tax on various official documents and publications, such as legal papers, liquor permits, lawyers' licenses, and school diplomas. In defiance of the new law, the court of Frederick County, Maryland, declared that it would carry on its business without the tax stamps required by the Act. The date on which the Stamp Act was repudiated, November 23, has been observed for many years as a half-holiday in Frederick County to commemorate this courageous act. More...
In the News

Scientists Warn of "Unpredictable Pandemics"

The news that the first known case of H6N1 bird flu in humans has been reported in Taiwan has prompted dire warnings from scientists about "unpredictable pandemics" caused by influenza viruses making the jump from birds to humans. There are many subtypes of avian influenza, but only some strains can be transmitted to humans, and fewer still are capable of being transmitted from person to person. Nevertheless, these viruses are constantly evolving, so health authorities must remain vigilant if future pandemics are to be prevented. More...
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