Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 9, 2014)
Word of the Day

diffident

Definition:(adjective) Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
Synonyms:unsure
Usage: Because she was only a first-year student, she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture.
Article of the Day

Madame Nhu

The sister-in-law of the unwed president of South Vietnam, Madame Nhu was the country's de facto First Lady from 1955 to 1963. A Catholic by conversion, she pushed for the passage of "morality laws" outlawing, among other things, abortion, contraceptives, dance halls, and beauty pageants. The Buddhist majority resented the leadership's imposition of Catholic values, and the family was eventually forced from power in a coup. Why was Madame Nhu nicknamed "The Dragon Lady"? More...
This Day in History

Garry Kasparov Becomes Youngest World Chess Champion (1985)

In the 1984 World Chess Championship, 1980 World Junior Champion and international grandmaster Gary Kasparov faced reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov. The longest title match in chess history, it was aborted after 5 months of play and 48 games, after chess officials concluded that it was taking too great a psychological and physical toll on Karpov, who was leading but appeared likely to lose. Kasparov won a rematch 6 months later, becoming the youngest world champion ever. How old was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Stanford White (1853)

White was an American architect and a designer of jewelry, furniture, and interiors. In 1880, he formed an architectural firm with Charles F. McKim and William R. Mead that soon became the most famous in the country, known especially for its seaside mansions. He enjoyed a lavish lifestyle before being shot to death at Madison Square Garden—which he had designed—by Harry Thaw, the husband of the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, with whom White had had an affair. The resulting trial became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be in tall cotton

To be in a time or period of great success or wellbeing; to be doing very well. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia Independence Day (2016)

Cambodia was a French protectorate for 90 years before it gained independence on November 9, 1953. Independence Day, which marks that event, is a national holiday. The principal celebrations are held in the capital city of Phnom Penh, beginning with a morning ceremony at Independence Monument. Later in the day, there is a gala parade held in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with colorful floats and marching bands. Shops are adorned with national flags. After dark, a large fireworks display is held near the riverbanks of the Royal Palace. More...
In the News

Wi-Fi Hotspots Today: One for Every 150 People

Today, there is one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people on Earth, and over the next four years, the number of hotspots is projected to grow considerably, bringing the ratio closer to one for every 20 people. These numbers do not paint a completely accurate picture though, as hotspots are not evenly distributed around the globe. Currently, Europe has the most Wi-Fi hotspots of any continent, but Asia is expected to overtake it by 2018. And while North America is projected to have one hotspot for every four people in 2018, Africa will have only one for every 408 people. More...
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