Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

criterion

Definition:(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.
Synonyms:standard, touchstone, measure
Usage: Their criterion of a good rider is, a man who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on his own feet.
Article of the Day

The Hussite Wars

Arguably the first European wars in which hand-held gunpowder weapons played a decisive role, the Hussite Wars were a series of 15th-century conflicts that followed the execution of Czech religious reformer Jan Hus by the Roman Catholic Church. Protests from his followers, called Hussites, who opposed the ascension of Emperor Sigismund to the Bohemian throne, led to three anti-Hussite crusades and a number of armed conflicts. War broke out after what was thrown out of windows in Prague? More...
This Day in History

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species Is Published (1859)

Darwin, a British naturalist, formed the basis of his theories of evolution during his scientific survey expedition to South America aboard the HMS Beagle from 1831–1836. He developed his theory for more than 20 years before publishing it in his famous On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection in 1859. Darwin's controversial theory was quickly accepted in most scientific circles. What three words were added to the final sentence of the second edition of Darwin's book? More...
Today's Birthday

Dale Carnegie (1888)

Born into poverty, Carnegie worked as a traveling salesman before he began teaching public speaking at a YMCA in New York City in 1912. His classes were extremely successful, and he was soon lecturing to packed houses. To standardize his teaching methods, he began publishing pamphlets, which he collected into book form. His hugely popular How To Win Friends and Influence People won him a national following. How many people are said to have taken his courses during his lifetime? More...
Quotation of the Day
Did it ever strike you, on such a morning as this, that drowning would be happiness and peace?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a gong show

A wild, chaotic, ridiculous, and/or disastrous event. Sometimes written as "gongshow." From the 1976–1978 television show The Gong Show, an amateur talent contest in which judges would end particularly bad acts by striking a giant gong. Primarily heard in Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Thanksgiving (United States) (2016)

The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious and occurred on December 4, 1619, but most Americans think of the first "official" Thanksgiving as the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621—a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions and traditions, most of which center around the preparation of an elaborate meal featuring turkey and a dozen or so accompanying dishes. The widespread sales that begin in stores the next day mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. More...
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In the News

Astronauts Have Been Celebrating Thanksgiving in Space Since 1973. Here's How

As Thanksgiving approaches, time-honored, turkey-centric celebrations will assuredly take place wherever Americans happen to be come Thursday—even if that location happens to be somewhere in outer space. Celebrating American Thanksgiving on the ... More...
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