Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

blowhard

Definition:(noun) A very boastful and talkative person.
Synonyms:braggart, line-shooter, vaunter
Usage: If I have to listen to that blowhard brag about his latest project for one more minute, I am going to lose my mind!
Article of the Day

Thousand-Yard Stare

The phrases "thousand-yard stare" and "two-thousand-yard stare" were first used to describe the unfocused, dazed gaze of the battle-weary soldier. Because such a look is characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder, it is not limited to combat veterans. The thousand-yard stare can be displayed by anyone coping with the stress of trauma by dissociating from it rather than consciously acknowledging it. During World War II, what artist captured the thousand-yard stare for Life magazine? 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
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

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

Cute Cats Key to Language Learning?

Cat memes spread across the Internet like wildfire, but they could be more than just a fun way to pass the time. Researchers studying the Japanese concept of kawaii have linked cuteness with improved cognitive function, and at least one app developer believes this could be a powerful tool when it comes to learning a new language. The company has developed an app that aims to teach users Spanish by combining images of cute cats in humorous poses with related Spanish phrases. Time will tell if the method is effective. More...
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