Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

finagle

Definition:(verb) To obtain or achieve by indirect, usually deceitful methods.
Synonyms:wangle, manage
Usage: Howard was able to finagle an extra ten dollars out of his parents by telling them that he needed the money to buy a schoolbook.
Article of the Day

Human Branding

Historically, human branding—the practice of burning marks or patterns into the skin of a living person—was used to mark slaves and criminals. The ancient Romans branded runaway slaves with the letters FUG, for fugitivus. Until the 1800s, hot irons were used to brand British criminals with letters specific to their crimes. Today, human branding is generally voluntary and is used as body decoration or as an act of initiation to gangs. What religious sect practices human branding? More...
This Day in History

The Warren Commission Is Established (1963)

Chaired by US Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Warren Commission was appointed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shooting of his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. After months of investigation, it reported that Kennedy was killed by Oswald's rifle shots from the Texas School Book Depository and that Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby was not part of a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. What later reports questioned its findings? More...
Today's Birthday

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835)

Cixi was the Imperial consort who controlled the Chinese Qing dynasty for almost half a century. A low-ranking concubine of the Xianfeng emperor, she bore his only son, the future Tongzhi emperor, in 1856. After the emperor's death, Cixi joined a triumviral regency that governed in the name of her son, who was only six at his accession. During that period, the Taiping and Nian rebellions were put down and the government was briefly revitalized. What happened when Cixi's son died in 1875? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

good enough to eat

To have an extremely beautiful or aesthetically pleasing appearance. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (2016)

In 1977, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On December 1, 2000, the Assembly reaffirmed the UN's responsibility to work towards the peaceful creation of a Palestinian homeland and lauded those countries that observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. More...
In the News

North Korean Leader Sexiest Man Alive?

On Tuesday, a 55-page online photo spread of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un graced the website of China's People's Daily newspaper after he was named the "Sexiest Man Alive for 2012" by The Onion. What the journalists at the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper apparently failed to realize is that The Onion is a US news satire organization and that the entire story was merely a tongue-in-cheek jab at the moon-faced statesman. The People's Daily even published quotes from The Onion describing the "Pyongyang-bred heartthrob" as "every woman's dream come true" before realizing its mistake and taking down the story. More...
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