Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

android

Definition:(noun) An automaton that resembles a human being.
Synonyms:humanoid, mechanical man
Usage: I programmed the android to mimic my expressions, but something about its subtly inhuman smile leaves me, a scientist, unsettled.
Article of the Day

Pecking Order

A pecking order is a basic pattern of social organization within a flock of poultry in which dominance is established by aggression—members maintain their status by pecking those lower in rank without fear of retaliation and by submitting to pecks from those of higher rank. Nowadays, the term is used somewhat colloquially to describe social hierarchies among other creatures, including humans, and has even been applied to the finance industry. Who coined the term? More...
This Day in History

Bank Robber "Baby Face" Nelson Killed in FBI Shootout (1934)

Born Lester Gillis, George "Baby Face" Nelson began his life of crime in his early teens. After a series of auto thefts and bank robberies, Nelson joined the notorious Dillinger gang, which was being pursued by the FBI. Despite his innocent-sounding nickname—given for his youthful appearance and small stature—Nelson hated police and FBI agents and hunted them at every opportunity, a pastime that ultimately led to his undoing. How many times was Nelson shot in his final shootout with FBI agents? More...
Today's Birthday

Jimi Hendrix (1942)

One of the tragic figures of 1960s pop music, the left-handed Hendrix taught himself to play the guitar, which he held upside down. His appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the success of the album Are You Experienced? lifted him to instant stardom. A year after his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969, Hendrix died at age 27 of an apparently accidental barbiturate overdose. Hundreds of people attended his funeral, including which well-known musicians? More...
Quotation of the Day
I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

Black Friday (United States) (2015)

Shoppers and retailers in the United States refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because it marks the beginning of the Christmas commercial season and is traditionally a frenetic day of shopping. More...
In the News

Amsterdam Paying Alcoholics in Beer to Clean Streets

An unorthodox program in Amsterdam that employs alcoholics to clean the streets and pays them in cash, tobacco, and beer is raising a few eyebrows. The program was developed because alcoholics in Amsterdam's Oosterpark were becoming a regular nuisance—getting into fights, being noisy, making lewd comments to passing women—and it was thought that street cleaning would keep them occupied and out of trouble. Still, the practice of enticing addicts to work with promises of the very substance to which they are addicted does not sit well with some. More...
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